On behalf of the Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest, welcome to the web site for the Sean-nós NW Festival and the Portland Festival of Irish Language and Culture!  We've expanded our offerings and are now sponsoring festivals in both Olympia AND Portland!  We hope you will join us for both!  We're trying to offer a variety of workshops to keep things fresh and interesting. 

Our first fall festival is co-sponsored by the Renaissance School in Southwest Portland.  We hope to make the Portland Festival of Irish Language and Culture an annual event just like the Sean-nós NW Festival in spring.  Unlike our spring festival, our 2014 Portland festival will be structured to let attendees take classes in all topics instead of having to choose!  Saturday morning will feature Seán Williams for sean-nós singing, Saturday afternoon will feature Seattle sean-nós dancer Alicia Guinn, and Sunday will feature multiple levels of courses in Irish language (Gaeilge) with a variety of teachers. Join us for one day or both!

We have also begun preparing for our 2015 Sean-nós Northwest Festival. This year's festival will again be held in the Communications Building at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington over Presidents' Day Weekend.  Our confirmed instructors for next year's festival include Liam Ó Cuinneagáin for Gaeilge studies, Brían Ó hAirt for sean-nós singing, Brian Cunningham for sean-nós dance, and Dale Russ and Tes Slominski for Fiddle.

We hope to see you!



Portland Festival of Irish Language and Culture

November 8-9, 2014

The Renaissance School, Portland

$95 for full weekend pass including 2 lunches

Single-day and no lunch options also available


Sean-nós Northwest Festival

February 13-15, 2015

The Evergreen State College, Olympia

$110 for full weekend pass including concert and 2 lunches

Single-day, no concert, and no lunch options also available