SHAKEFEST, a celebration of dance and culture, was formed at Charleville Castle in 2006 with an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern, cultural dance and artistic workshops that ended with a multicultural evening of dance performances. Seven years on, Shakefest grows from strength to strength and will be offering much more interactive activities and performances for all ages.
This year Shakefest promises an electric evening lineup such as The North Strand Kontra Band from North Dublin, who have no problem getting their audiences and fans to jump to their energetic, cultural electric beats.
Shakefest also boasts a large mix of dance and culture workshops and family activities for all ages. There is also a special workshop called ‘dance like Michael Jackson’ instructed by Declan Kiely who performs regularly as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Hip Hop, Jazz, Knight Combat Simulation workshops, Poi and Ribbon dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango are also on offer.
African dance, Poetry, Open-Mic sessions, Kid’s gigantic Dragonfly and Butterfly hunt, Punch and Judy, Magician, Bouncy Castle, Juggling and Stiltwalking show by Stagecraft Ireland, Drum Circles, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Fairy Glen are all on offer for a fun-filled day. There will also be a live history section.
Tickets for Shakefest can be purchased on www.shakefest.net or www.brownpapertickets.com and range from €10 general admission, €10 camping, €20 family day pass or only €15 for evening entertainment and gates open at 12pm.