Scoil Acla CCÉ was delighted to be named as host branch of the 2020 Mayo Fleadh Cheoil, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic the event could not go ahead. This year in response to national and international events Comhaltas has decided to hold a virtual “Fle adhF est” for 2021.
FleadhFest in 2021 promises to be one of the most interesting and comprehensive cultural responses to COVID-19 nationwide and among the Irish diaspora. It is organised by the Irish cultural movement Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann which operates in each County in Ireland and in 18 countries worldwide. The Fleadh Cheoil is a unique Irish institution which for 70 years has been embraced by generations of Irish people. It has, down the years, marked the resurgence of Irish traditional music and other cultural traditions.
The Fleadh story has for the first time since 1951 been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fleadh Cheoil as we know it, will not be possible to take place in each county, province and at national level as normal. It will be replaced by FleadhFest. This is a factual-virtual celebration of the Fleadh at all levels which will depict the vitality and universal appeal of Irish culture.
Fleadh Fest will link the Irish fireside with the world stage. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2019 had an attendance of 750,000 people. Fle adhFest will build a bridge of renewal with millions of Fleadh fans worldwide. Communities at home and abroad will have the opportunity to introduce their favourite musicians, dancers, singers, poets and storytellers to our world neighbours.