Enjoy traditional music at Irish Arts gathering

A celebration of Irish arts and culture kicks off in Leeds from the 18th to the 26th of November 2017.

Organised by the Irish Arts Foundation, based in Leeds, events are designed to appeal to both those of an Irish background and people from the wider community with an interest in music and the arts.

Cormac O’Donoghue, an Irish Arts Foundation Volunteer commented:

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the co-ordination of a festival of this calibre which not only caters for the Irish community in Leeds and beyond but also introduces the richness of Irish culture to new audiences – this is important, for a country of our size, we have contributed massively to arts and culture across the globe.”

The Leeds Gathering features some of the most dynamic local, national and international performers and artistes in the world of Irish music and arts. As usual, the festival features a number of concerts, traditional Irish music sessions, literary and educational events as well as a film screening.

Events in south Leeds include two traditional Irish music ‘sessions’ in The Grove Inn, Holbeck on Sunday 19 and The Garden Gate in Hunslet on Sunday 26 November both starting at 2:30pm.

Up until the late 1950’s The Garden Gate and The Grove Inn were well-known meeting places for the Irish community in south Leeds, particularly before going to the dances that took place in the now long gone St Francis’ Dance Hall in nearby Holbeck.

For further information and a full programme of events contact the Foundation info@irisharts.org.uk or visit the website www.irisharts.org.uk