About the Festival

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, along with Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance and Cassin Academy of Irish Dance, is excited to announce a new Irish cultural festival hosted on the grounds of the ICC at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Lúnasa at the ICC will take place from 12:00 – 7:00 pm, and will be a day of Irish dance, music, and culture. This family friendly event will have something for everyone. A trad Irish seisiún will open the festival. Irish dance exhibitions by the Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance will be featured throughout the day. Visitors can learn Irish dance, visit vendors of Irish crafts and products, and participate in workshops featuring Irish arts. Irish language Fulbright teacher, Jill McMahon, will present the history of “lúnasa” and a beginner Irish workshop. Bakers can enter an Irish soda bread competition. View the full schedule.

In the evening, the Celtic fiddle group Searson will perform a special concert. Known for their original music from Canada’s Ottawa Valley, mixed with traditional Celtic, East Coast, and Scottish, Searson is acclaimed for “Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots…seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies.” Look for some of the dance schools’ students to join them onstage!

The festival will take place rain or shine in the outdoor pavilion area on the ICC grounds at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under.

View the rules for the day and our FAQ. Please no dogs except service animals. No smoking, no coolers. Cash only for tickets, food and drinks.

The Irish word “Lúnasa” (loon-uh-suh) is traditionally used to describe an ancient Irish festival to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season and end of the summer months.

Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance are both run by fully certified TCRGs through An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland. Both schools aim to pass on the tradition of Irish dance to the next generation of dancers.

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