Irish folk culture jamming has taken place around the country for decades.
It started with the arrival of the first settlers in the area around 1620, but the festival continues today, with some of the best-known acts including The Who and The Kinks.
Now, it’s all about the craft.
We want to show you how to make it all happen and how to take the best of what’s happening now and give it a modern twist, says Irish festival organiser Paul Ryan.
What is Irish Folk Dance?
The term Irish Folk dance is used to describe the Irish folk traditions that come from a place and time far, far removed from the Irish countryside, says Paul Ryan, who is leading the Irish Folk Festival in Dublin this year.
He’s organising the event in a new location, with a new festival name, but with a similar approach to the original Irish Folk Arts Festival, which was started in Dublin in 1967.
Ryan says the festival is about creating an event for all of us.
The main theme is about all of the things that are happening right now and all of our cultures in Ireland.
Ryan says the main focus is to give everyone a sense of community and to have fun with a lot of different kinds of music and music scenes.
“It’s going to be a lot more about the festivals than it is about the people that are doing the festivals,” Ryan says.
Ryan wants to create an event that celebrates Ireland and the Irish people, rather than the festivals themselves.
“I think that’s the great thing about this festival is it’s not just about the bands,” he says.
“It’s not even about the music, it doesn’t even have a festival theme.”
Ryan says there will be a large range of different festival venues, with more than 40 different styles of music, from traditional to electronic, jazz, folk and even some of his favourite bands, including The Kink and The Who.
Ryan hopes the festival will be more than just a festival, which is why he’s asking people to come along to the event.
“We want everyone to come and just experience the culture, not just the festivals.
We want to take you out and see the place and experience the people and the culture that is happening,” he said.
Ryan is also asking people not to forget about the Irish language, as that’s also important to him.
Ryan has put together a special website with a list of local language resources, as well as a map of the city centre and a map showing the festivals and festivals in the surrounding area.
Ryan also wants to encourage people to get involved in the festival by sharing the festival’s Facebook page with friends and family.
“The more we can spread this festival, the more we will see people come to these festivals and come out to see what they are doing,” he adds.
“And if we can bring people together, that’s what we are trying to do.
We have to keep going.”