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 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 Féile Portland an annual event just like the Sean-nós NW Festival in spring.  Our 2014 Portland festival will be structured a little differently than our spring festival:  Saturday will offer a choice between sean-nós singing (with Seán Williams) or sean-nós and set dancing (with Alicia Guinn) followed by a céilí.  Sunday will feature multiple levels of courses in Irish language (Gaeilge) with a variety of teachers for the entire day. 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!



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