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Moondance Roots Festival

Folktown, Belfast’s emerging cultural quarter, is hosting a global Folk and Roots Festival in Bank Square on September 30 and October 1. It is supported by the Department for Communities.

Come celebrate the changing of the seasons and a new start for Belfast, with a new moon at Moondance Roots Festival...

The renamed Moondance Roots Festival will feature the Broken String Band, which plays high energy Appalachian mountain music. Bal Feirste is kicking off the party on the square Saturday with French Folk music and dance. Everybody can join in at this free event.

And the Orchestre Des Refugiés et Amis, a group of musicians formed by Beyond Skin and facilitated by musician and human rights campaigner Joby Fox will also perform at this family friendly festival which features acoustic roots music, story-telling, artisan food and craft beer. It is not a traditional orchestra but a space where musicians from other parts of the world work together, collaborate and perform. It was created by Beyond Skin and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Intercultural Arts Programme.

Moondance will also feature discussions about the future of Belfast City Centre, and the Folktown area and its vital role in stitching the city back together post-Troubles. One of Belfast’s leading writers Martin Lynch will host a storytelling event with key people from in and around the Folktown area. The aim of these events is to showcase unique and historic part of Belfast.

Folktown CIC was set up to regenerate and revitalise the Bank Street, Berry Street, King Street and Castle Street area of the city.


Moondance Roots Festival Programme:


(Please note: Mini-conference has been postponed)

3-9pm Folktown Market & Street Food Circle

4-6pm Belfast Ukulele Jam

7-9pm Street Ceili with live music  (CANCELLED, sorry!)

9-11pm Folk and traditional music session (Madden’s Bar)


1-11pm Folktown Market & Street Food Circle

1-3pm Martin Lynch In Conversations With… - stories and debate

3-4pm Robert & Andy Gypsy Jazz

4-5pm Luigi Cirillo Italian folk with a twist

5-7pm Belfast Tango - Argentinean Tango performance and workshop

7-8pm Orchestre Des Refugiés et Amis & Joby Fox - pop-up refugee orchestra

8-9pm Bal Feirste - French folk music and dance

9:15-11pm Broken String Band - High energy Appalachian mountain music