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May 26-27th, 2012 * Charleville Castle * Tullamore * Ireland * Shakefest.net *
This year will be Shakefest's "7th" Annual Dance and multi-cultural festival held at the historic epic Charleville Castle. The festival grounds is starting to bustle with activity as preparations are in the flow to welcome local and international community, visitors, friends, and family to celebrate culture. Since 2006, Shakefest has been bringing together an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, Cultural Dance, and Artistic Workshops ending with a multi-cultural evening of dance performances. This year, Shakefest is expanding into more folklore, diversity, performance art, crafts, and themes for all ages, sexes, and cultures. This year features numerous workshops, classes, performances, and activities such as a "Faerie Glen" to get lost in, A "Madhatter's Tea Party", A bouncy Pirate Ship, Indian Cuisine, Performances by Tullamore's "The Red Embers", Galway Bellydance, Appolonia Tribal Bellydance, Sheeoneh, Nicole Volmering, and Aoife Hardiman.
Joana Saahirah ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest
This year's International Guest Instructor is Oriental Dancer Joana Saahirah of Cairo, Egypt providing authentic education on Egyptian History and Folklore as well as Oriental Dance instruction in Classical, Saiidi and Alexandria of Mellaya styles. Declan Kiely will host a special workshop on how to "Dance like Michael Jackson". Hip Hop, Jazz, Poi & Ribbon Dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango classes are also offered. There will also be African dance, poetry, open-mic sessions, a kid's gigantic Dragonfly and butterfly hunt, punch and judy, juggling & stiltwalking by Stagecraft Ireland, Drum Circles, and a magic show. This year will also be breaking ground on a live history section with the KHI Medieval Re-enactors treating audiences to combat simulations of the Crusader's Knight's Templar with medieval tents, a full try-on armoury and archery for all ages.
KHI Medieval Re-enactors ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest
Featured musical performances by 40's Swinging The Bugle Babes, Our Annual Multi-cultural Hafla, daring fire show by The Red Embers & Babylon's Inferno, The North Strand Kontra Band from North Dublin. Dazzling Romanian and Bulgarian instrumental band is expected to finish off the fest with explosive energy and lively dance accompanied by original and traditional tunes from clarinet, saxophone, trombone, keys, banjo, double bass, and drums. If you're travelling through Ireland this weekend or live in the magical isles, this event is not to be missed. Gates open at Noon on Saturday the 26th with admission only â‚¬10 general entry, â‚¬10 camping, â‚¬20 family day pass or only â‚¬15 for evening entertainment.Â All proceeds will be going towards Charleville Castle Restoration Fund â€“ Operation â€˜Raise The Roofâ€™ project in which money will be raised towards putting a protective roof on the castle chapel. We'll be covering this event, so come back here for photos, review, and the stories we weave from the experience ...
North Strand Kontra Band ~ photo courtesy of Shakefest
Absurd Pirate Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)
#6. Pirates Talked Like ... Well, Pirates
The Myth: Quick -- do a pirate voice. We don't care if you can't imitate any other accent in the world, if we ask you (or anyone else on earth) to talk like a pirate, you'll go, "ARRRR, MATEY!"
Getty You can tell he's making the "ey" noise right now.This is thanks to decades of cartoons and movies where everyone playing a pirate was legally obligated to litter their speech with "arrs" and the like while assuming the intonation of a rowdy drunken Englishman. Unless your name is Johnny Depp, that is; then you're obligated to assume the intonation of Johnny Depp in every Johnny Depp movie ever. Read the rest of this entry »