Festivals

Alcock & Brown 100 Festival

Date
Jun 11 2019 - Jun 16 2019
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Clifden, Clifden, Galway,

Alcock & Brown 100 Festival will mark the remarkable achievements of the aviation heroes.
Taking place from the 11 -16 June, the festival is jam-packed with an incredible line-up of enthralling events taking place in Clifden, Galway.

One of the greatest feats of aviation history, the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight, will be celebrated in the breath-taking surroundings of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way as part of a spectacular centenary commemoration.
Alcock & Brown 100 Festival will mark the remarkable achievements of aviation heroes Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown 100 years after flying from Newfoundland, Canada and crash landing at Clifden, Connemara, Ireland. Making it out alive, the pioneering British aviators marked their place in history and were awarded a prize of £10,000 by the London Daily Mail in addition to knighthoods from the British Empire.
Taking place from the 11th -16th June, the summer festival is jam-packed with an incredible line-up of enthralling events in which Clifden will re-discover the amazing story of respected, unsung local heroes- Alcock and Brown.
Bringing to life one of the most significant moments in history, visitors are sure to be inspired and captivated in equal measure with a live re-enactment of the 1919 landing, featuring the journey of Alcock and Brown to Clifden and a street parade welcome. Visitors will also have a front seat at the premiere of the Alcock and Brown feature length, factual documentary featuring Tony Alcock MBE and more.
As well as the locally organized events The Central Bank of Ireland will launch a commemorative coin and An Post will launch a centenary stamp during the festival in Clifden. The Station House Museum is putting on a Alcock & Brown Exhibition including 10 artefacts of interest from the flight.
The Relative’s and Connections Reception will welcome extended family of pioneers Alcock and Brown. The Alcock & Brown Artefacts Exhibition, taking place throughout the festival, will offer visitors the fantastic opportunity to see pieces of the plane still in existence.

Ensuring both fun and learning for all the family, the festival will also host a string of educational events not to be missed. A series of engaging talks, walks, readings and guided tours will take place within the majestic beauty of Clifden, Connemara.
The Alcock & Brown Facts & Fiction Seminars will see a host of leading guest speakers discuss the many aspects of the historic flight. Exploring the theme of connecting, an expert Conference will host an insightful panel discussion which will shine new light on one of aviation’s most significant feats.
Both young and old are sure to be enthralled by original Centenary Production ‘Those Magnificent Men’. The play will authentically bring to life the amazing story of one of the most pivotal moments in aviation history.
Mesmerising street entertainment will illuminate the festival throughout the week, while magnificent visual spectacles such as the Traditional Boats Regatta and Tour De Bens promises unmissable entertainment for all ages.