Derry's Foyleside Shopping Centre has a whole weekend of festivities planned to bring in the St Patrick's Bank Holiday in style with dancing, music and craic this Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday at 1pm our ‘Try the Pipes’ events consist of intermittent performances by accomplished pipers on stage, between which members of the public who may have gathered listening to the music will be encouraged to have a go themselves.
An experienced team of pipers will then guide them individually through the process of picking up the instrument and sounding their first notes. Local volunteers are on hand to provide further information to those who may be interested in following up this introduction with regular tuition.
This event aims to promote the playing, the making and the teaching of the Uilleann Pipes.
This will be followed by an exciting routine from the Nicole Gillespie Irish school of dancers at 4-5pm.with the Charmaine Wade school of dancing on stage at 5-6 pm
Then at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day itself, there will be a performance from the mega-talented McCloskey/ McCafferty Academy who will be taking attendees through a mixture of modern stepdance, traditional dancing and sean-nós dancing.
This will be followed by the City councils St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Derry city centre at 2pm, and a closing performance at 3pm by the Cullen School of Irish Dancing.
With over 50 big brand stores, convenient parking and a warm family-friendly atmosphere, Foyleside is the perfect place to spend this St Patricks weekend. For more information, please visit www.foyleside.co.uk
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