The Fleadh Goes North

Ep 1/1

Friday 23 August

11.00am-11.30am

BBC RADIO 4

The all-Ireland Fleadh, the biggest traditional music festival in the world and the embodiment of Irish cultural identity, heads to Northern Ireland for the first time ever.

In August 2013, Derry~Londonderry hosts the all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. The 10-day spectacle, which combines performance with competition, is the biggest traditional music festival in the world and is the embodiment of Irish cultural identity. Seventy per cent of participants are young people, who come to compete in numerous fields from fiddle and accordion to banjo and harp.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected from all over the world and this is likely to be one of the most ambitious public events in Northern Ireland's history. It also takes place during the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture year.

Peter Curran follows the twists and turns of bringing the Fleadh Cheoil north.

Presenter / Peter Curan, Producer / Claire Burgoyne for the BBC

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