Electric Picnic celebrates Irish language with new Gaeltacht camping
Ireland’s culture, music and language will be celebrated in a special hidden area in the woods this upcoming Electric Picnic 2018 in Stradbally, Co. Laois, 31 August - 2 September, as part of Bliain na Gaeilge.
In an area called An Chollchoill (The Hazel Wood) there will be a stage, bar and a bonfire, all located in the woods on the edge of the festival’s main area.
Bliain na Gaeilge are delighted to be working with Festival Republic to organise this area and to increase the Irish language presence at the biggest music festival in Ireland.
There will be a blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music on the stage in The Hazel Wood from 7pm-12am on Saturday and Sunday.
As well as music and dance on the mainstage, attendees will enjoy storytelling, poetry and sean-nós singing as they warm themselves by one of the only two bonfires on site at Electric Picnic.
There will be service provided through Irish at the café and bar, as well as bilingual signposting in this beautifully decorated and atmospheric part of the woods.
REIC poets and comedic storyteller Aindrias de Staic will guide wanderers through the night, presenting them with enchanting music and explosive acts - Scannal, Seo Linn, Lauren Ní Chasaide, Liam O'Connor, Just Like Us, Dó Fá Dó, and many more amongst them.
Síomha Ní Ruairc, Comhordaitheoir Bhliain na Gaeilge; “We are really looking forward to this opportunity Electric Picnic have given us to strengthen presence of the Irish language at Ireland’s biggest music and arts festival as part of Bliain na Gaeilge.
"We are excited to announce the musicians and entertainers lined up for An Chollchoill, we are sure that the Irish speaking community and all festival-goers will really enjoy what we have in store for them.
"The stage will be situated in a beautiful area of the festival grounds, which will provide an enchanting atmosphere, which is fitting as space in which we can showcase our magical culture through music, dance, storytelling and spoken word over two nights at the festival.”
Sorcha O’Reilly, Festival Republic; “As we are celebrating Bliain na Gaeilge 2018, we felt it important that there should be an emphasis on the Irish language at the festival this year.
"Electric Picnic is an arts and culture festival, and An Chollchoill, [The Hazel Wood] will provided a platform on which we can celebrate our beautiful culture and heritage.
"This area will provide an additional space for the Irish speaking community, but all will be welcome - we hope to inspire people of all backgrounds to take part in the music and atmosphere created in this enchanting space.”
As well as this stage and entertainment area, there will be an official Gaeltacht camping area founded by Bliain na Gaeilge and Festival Republic on the grounds of the festival.
This camping area will cater for over 200 people, in which Irish will be the spoken language between its residents.
Tickets for Electric Picnic have sold out, but those who already have tickets will be able to stay in ‘An Ghaeltacht’, this newly designated camping area for Irish speakers. Due to a limited number of spaces, prior registration will be required at www.electricpicnic.ie.