The Remembering Bunting Festival 2021 ONLINE

The Remembering Bunting Festival 2021 ONLINE

Friday, 5 February 2021, 9.00am

The annual Remembering Bunting Festival: From Ulster to the world - online!

The Remembering Bunting festival is set to open its doors to a global audience for the first time by going virtual! The festival, which is in its fourth year in succession and normally held in Belfast, is a celebration of collector and transcriber of Irish traditional music, and will this year be held online over the weekend of the 5 -7th February bringing rich cultural and musical history and heritage to you!

The festival which is hosted by Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, the Ulster Regional Resource Centre for Ulster Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, will see a weekend of jam packed free of charge events with academic talks and a look at the Bunting archive, which is exclusively held at Queens University Belfast special collections library and now on exhibition digitally for the first time. There will also be an exciting line up of musical performances by Irish talent such as Oriel’s Gerry O’Connor and the CEOL Band, a unique group celebrating the weaving of shared cultures reinforced by Irish traditional instruments and pipes and drums. There will also be music by international acts hailing from Germany, Australia, Canada and South Africa, all in the name of honouring the important and significant work of “Belfast’s adopted son”, Edward Bunting.

Edward Bunting was once organist apprentice at St Anne’s Church in the 1700’s and was residing at the home of the prolific Belfast McCracken family. Bunting went on to transcribe traditional music at the Belfast Harp festival in 1792 before collecting 250 items of invaluable melodies which has been lost for many years but are now bequeathed at Queens University for over 100 years. Edward Bunting contribution to traditional Irish music cannot be overstated and his story, our story, continues to live on through the music of today both knowingly and at times, unknowingly.

Event organiser Karen D’Aoust spoke of the excitement of opening the festival to a new global audience, “We are very excited to share and celebrate our rich cultural traditions online this year for our fourth annual festival. With such shared challenges around the world at this time, it is a fitting privilege to have the opportunity to share the good stuff; namely the enjoyment of a proud shared heritage!”

So join us for the fourth annual Remembering Bunting Festival and a weekend of glittering musical talent, academic talks and much more all from the comfort of your own home! For a full itinerary and to tune in, you can visit where you will also see a list of past festival events and performances, exclusive photographs and the official Bunting archives as donated by Queens University Belfast. Follow us on Twitter @Ceolbuntingfest and Facebook @RememberingBuntingFest for exclusive festival updates. For further information please e-mail [email protected].

This event is funded by The Executive Office’s Good Relations Fund through Together Building a United Community Programme (T:BUC), Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre as Ulster regional resource centre for Ulster Comhaltas and support from Queens University Belfast.

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