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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Street Rhythms Dance Festival to return

Pictured at the 2018 Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival were Roma community drummers, Samir and Marcus
Pictured at the 2018 Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival were Roma community drummers, Samir and Marcus

Brendan Keane

The Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance festival will make a welcome return to the town this year over the June bank holiday weekend.

The streets will come alive with rhythm, dance, and magic for what will be the 12th annual festival.

Music in the air, dancing on the streets, fairy tales coming to life, and a fun, family weekend, will provide the perfect way to kick off the summer season.

Since 2008, the festival has brought a great family orientated programme to the streets of Enniscorthy and that will continue this year when the event runs alongside the Strawberry Festival and Strawberry Roots Festival.

The three events will provide day, evening and night-time entertainment for local people and visitors to Enniscorthy.

A spokesperson for the Street Rhythms and Dance festival said showcasing the talent of local people has always been a highlight of the event.

'Every year local dance troops from town and nearby are invited to perform on the custom built dance floor in the centre of the town,' said the spokesperson.

Many of these acts return every year and in some cases, the participants literally grew up with the festival as they initially watched from the sidelines before performing on stage in later years.

The festival also prides itself on bringing some fantastic novelty acts to the town every year from the hilarious Jack Wise, the Corvenios Magicians, and the Lords of Strut - who have since gone on to international fame thanks to Britain's Got Talent.

However, the festival itself has won national awards being innovative with a particular acknowledgement been given for a spectacular light display on Enniscorthy Castle and the Municipal District Council offices in 2010.

It was the first time that such a light display had been seen in Ireland outside of Dublin City.

The fairytales in the castle are always a popular addition to the programme and thanks to the partnership with the Rathnure Pantomime Society, this aspect of the festival always leaves children spellbound.

Once on the grounds of the castle, children and parents are taken on journeys with various different characters including Willy Wonka, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Anna and Elsa, and Belle.

This year it there might be a storm brewing, however, as some guests are expected to land in Enniscorthy searching for the yellowbrick road home.

All will be revealed on the June Bank holiday weekend.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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