Tullamore’s Shakefest around the corner

There is just over a week to go to Shakefest which will take centre stage in Tullamore on Saturday, May 30.

Ultimate trad ensemble Kila will headline the event and will play at a special family-friendly hour in the early evening, helping to get the 10th year anniversary celebrations underway.

Starting out in 2006 as a holistic cultural dance workshop weekend, Shakefest has grown from strength to strength over the past 10 years to bring an eclectic festival extravaganza of cultural art and dance to hundreds of dance, energy, and movement enthusiasts.

Shakefest takes place once again at the beautiful Charleville Castle, starting at 12pm on May 30, with overnight camping available on the castle grounds.

The festival will also continue to provide an eclectic mix of workshops ranging from The Fuinneamh Drum Experience, KHI Living History Re-enactments, Children’s Spontaneous Art Zone, Dr Sketchy’s, Gymboree, community dance, musical and poetry performances, circus, and cultural taster workshops for all ages. To celebrate Shakefest’s 10th year milestone, the audience will be treated to the energetic world music of Kila, who are picking up speed with no indication of slowing down after 25 years.

Fans attest to never tiring of their gigs and infectious enthusiasm. Formed in 1987, their performances have been said to be “one of the most euphoric live experiences a music fan can enjoy”. Few other bands can claim to play with such relentless energy and commitment. Every year Kíla produce something magical, something memorable, something special and this year promises to be no different and those attending Shakefest will get the opportunity to enjoy their fine talents.

Shakefest is supported by Maglus Stylus, Aura Leisure Centre Tullamore, Chocolate Brown, Dotser, Offaly Independent, Midlands 103, and Midland Framing.

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