Welcome to the Home of Sean-nós in the Pacific NW!
On behalf of the Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest, welcome to the web site for the Sean-nós NW Festival and the Féile Portland Weekend of Irish Language and Culture! We've expanded our offerings and are now sponsoring workshops in both Olympia AND Portland! We hope you will join us for both! We're trying to offer a variety of topics to keep things fresh and interesting.
Our first Féile Portland Irish Weekend was co-sponsored by the Renaissance School in Southwest Portland. We hope to make it an annual event every fall just like the Sean-nós NW Festival in spring. The 2014 Féile Portland weekend was structured a little differently than our spring festival: Saturday offered a choice between sean-nós singing (with Seán Williams) followed by a song circle or sean-nós and set dancing (with Alicia Guinn) followed by a céilí. Sunday featured multiple levels of courses in Irish language (Gaeilge) with a variety of teachers for the entire day.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about what you would like to see for next year's Féile Portland, please let us know! Feel free to send us an email or drop us a note via the Contact Us page on this website.
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, Dale Russ and Tes Slominski for Fiddle, and Danny O'Mahony for Accordion. We're planning a number of changes from last year, not the least of which is a better dance floor for our dancers! More details are on the Sean-nós NW Annual Festival page.
We hope to see you!
Féile Portland: the 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