Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival

Nov 08 2019 - Nov 10 2019
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Sneem, Kerry,

There is a full weekend of storytelling, folklore, plays, singing, laughter, and great craic to suit every member of your family in the colourful village of Sneem. Come along and see what's happening in November, small village - big entertainment

The 8th annual festival continues to present the best of an old tradition alongside new performance; by artists of a range of ages from many locations. It is centred on Sneem Hotel with events spread throughout the village.

This year’s storytellers are Kate Corkery, from Cork and London, Liz Weir from Northern Ireland, Batt Burns from Kerry and singer Jimmy Crowley from Cork, and guest tellers Paddy Regan (Cork), Vincent Hyland (Kerry). All performers will appear in the popular Friday night concert with many of them taking part in our Storytelling Pub Trail and story swaps around the village.

The Young Tellers will enthrall you with their youthful enthusiasm for storytelling. These talented youngsters represent the future of the telling tradition and appear as a result of our founder, Batt Burns, energetic determination to maintaining the local culture with training and support.

This year they have two short plays on Saturday night. The first one written and performed by Kate Corkery is the Sweetshop on the Shore is a brilliant reminiscence of her childhood in a colourful fishing community. The feature play is developed through the Show in a Bag programme, supported by Fishamble, The Irish Theatre Institute and The Dublin Fringe Festival. Brendan Galileo for Europe is written and performed by Fionn Foley.

Patrons can also look forward to children’s performances throughout the weekend and as in other years the festival opens with storytelling in the barn. The South Kerry Rosen Choir are returning to entertain in the Church of the Transfiguration.

The festival gradually winds down with ever popular Sunday lunchtime theatre by Sneem DramSoc and many of the storytellers mixing with local tellers and patrons at the relaxed closing events in local hostelries.