Shakefest returns to Charleville Castle

SHAKEFEST – a celebration of dance returns to Charleville Castle on May 28 and May 29. The dance festival is one of the castle’s many successful creative and musical pursuits towards a gathering of local spirit.

SHAKEFEST – a celebration of dance returns to Charleville Castle on May 28 and May 29. The dance festival is one of the castle’s many successful creative and musical pursuits towards a gathering of local spirit.

This is a community-run holistic Fair Day for families, international dance enthusiasts and anybody ...  who is active! Different types of dance and culture are easily available in larger communities and cities in Ireland, and bringing such a variety ‘Shake – A Celebration of Dance’ helps link such creativity together at Charleville Castle. Shake is an educational series of dance workshops happening during the day on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

It is purposely orchestrated with a multicultural and international theme; in line with a new Ireland, that leads to an eclectic evening of amazing and inspiring dance! Shake over the past years has grown from a day of Energy, Movement and Dance to a unique week-end full of multicultural and artistic workshops and international relaxation and holistic living.

There is something for everyone - from new and innovative workshops such as Acro Yoga, Basic Fire Performance Skills, Basic Circus Skills, Specialty Middle Eastern and Ethnic dance, Native American Meditation, Latin Influence and African Drumming, Jazz, Drumming and Basic Circus Skills for kid.

Come for the week-end – stay locally or camp around the castle, peruse the eclectic market stalls and holistic services, get the kids involved in face painting, workshops and bouncy castle fun, but also, if you prefer, just pop-in for your preferred workshop – this is a special time-out for everyone – every age – every taste – a community switching-on!

This year Charleville Castle hosts Chandani and Yancah, part of German Experimental Tribal Dance Troupe ZAGHAREET. From Germany, Zaghareet have been on the board of management for the German Association of Oriental Dance for four years, and have been performing together for five years. Their medium is Tribal Bellydance, but they also experiment with a variety of styles in order to keep creativity and innovation fresh. It is important to promote the talents and cultural background of such International Guests to further promote a community and world without borders - all guest instructors support the Charleville Castle Restoration Project, and there will always be a variety of cultural guest dance instructors each year to suit all tastes!

Also new this year is a special Irish treat - the Irish Kilt Club Hibernian Games will be also on .