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 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. 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 céili. 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!
FALL FESTIVAL DETAILS
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
SPRING FESTIVAL DETAILS
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