International Storytelling and Folklore Festival

Sneem, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

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Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival


11th - 13th November 2016

Welcome to the fifth Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival which takes place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016 in the charming colourful village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.


Storytelling was part of the fabric of life in the Iveragh Peninsula in South Kerry for centuries and the festival is breathing life back into this all but lost tradition in the area.


There is a story in all of us and the festival is a platform for all enthusiasts, young and old, to enjoy a yarn and share a tale”, commented Batt Burns, festival founder and renowned seanchaí.


This year the festival has attracted leading professional storytellers who will perform at the Storytelling Concert on the Friday night of the festival. Rhode Island’s famous author and teller Mark Binder, Kilkenny’s Jim Maher, Cork’s Pat Speight as well as Kerry’s Batt Burns will all perform along with a guest performance by singing legend, Seán Ó Sé.


Patrons can look forward to storytelling walks in the countryside, adult and children’s storytelling workshops and talks including a conversation with best-selling Irish author and poet Alice Taylor and a lecture on the life of Lady Albina Brodrick by Kerry author Pádraig Ó Concubhair.


There is also a storytelling pub trail, a Young Tellers concert (11-18 year olds), lunchtime theatre (‘Faith Healer’ by Brian Friel, performed by Sneem DramSoc) and the hugely popular ‘Story Swap Sessions’ which are hosted by our featured tellers over the weekend and where members of the public can come along to share and swap stories with each other.

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