The Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest has joined with the Renaissance School in Portland, Oregon to sponsor a Fall festival:  the Portland Festival of Irish Language and Culture.  We will offer two days of workshops on the three aspects of traditional Irish culture: sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and the Irish language.  Join us for a half-day, full day, or the entire weekend.

This weekend will also be a fundraiser for the Irish Cultural Society and the Renaissance School's travel scholarship fund.  Please help us raise funds to help Renaissance School students travel to Ireland AND help us raise money so we can submit our 501(c)(3) application!  Any extra funds raised will go to help defer expenses for the Sean-nós Northwest Festival.


A new format for a new festival!

We originally planned Saturday as a half-day of singing and a half-day of dancing.  But we've heard from folks who would rather take an entire day of just one or the other and would like some time to socialize.  So we've changed our original Saturday schedule to accommodate you!  If you'd like to spend part of the day singing and part dancing, you are welcome to do so.  But If you'd like to just do one or the other, the new schedule is built just for you!

THE SATURDAY SCHEDULE NOW MIRRORS THE SUNDAY SCHEDULE.  PLEASE NOTE THE LATER STARTING TIME!  (You don't have to get up quite so early on Saturday morning.)


Saturday, November 8, 2014

All singing classes taught by Seán Williams and dance classes taught by Alicia Guinn

10:00 am - 11:30 am:  Intro to Sean-nós Singing or Intro to Sean-nós Dancing

11:30 pm - 12:30 pm:  Box Lunch (available with registration or bring your own)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm:  Light-hearted Sean-nós Songs or Set Dancing

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm:  Break

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm:  Sean-nós Love Songs OR Intermediate Sean-nós Dancing

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm:  Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm:  Song Circle for all singers or Céili with Caller Maldon Meehan

Sunday, November 9, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 pm:  Gaeilge (Kids, Beginners, Advanced Beginners, Intermediate, or Advanced)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:  Box Lunch (available with registration or bring your own) and Gaeilge Discussions

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:  Gaeilge Classes Continuted

Come for just one topic, just one day, or the whole weekend!


Workshops are $40 for one day, or $75 for both days.  Bring your lunch with you, or add a box lunch for $10 more each day.

If you want to order a box lunch, please choose from the following options:

1.  Sandwich Box Lunch:  Honey Glazed Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey, Mesquite Chicken, House Smoked Chicken, Peppered Bacon BLT, Pulled Pork or one of two vegetarian options:  House-made Hummus or Veggie Natural.  Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, cookie, and drink.

2.  Salad Box Lunch:  Chicken Caesar, Chef, Oriental Chicken, Tuna, Cobb, or Willamette Valley Greens.  Lunch includes salad, fresh fruit, cookie, and drink.

The caterer does offer gluten-free bread and cookies, so please let us know if you need those.

If you're coming for both days, you can choose a different lunch for each day.  If so, please let us know which lunch you want on which day. 


All workshops will be held at the Renaissance School in Southwest Portland.  The school is located at 0234 SW Bancroft Street, between Barbur Boulevard and I-5.