Celebrating dance at Shakefest

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.

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.

On Saturday, April 14, a full house was treated to a Multicultural dance recital of excellence at The Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin with the official announcement of all workshops and performances for this year’s Shakefest 2012.

Assale Ibrahim, originally from Iraq and of esteemed Oriental and Gypsy dance was Shakefest’s first International Guest Instructor at Shakefest 2010, performed captivating and inspiring routines on the night.

For dance enthusiasts of all ages, we have a special workshop called ‘Dance Like Michael Jackson’ instructed by Declan Kiely who performs regularly as a tribute to Michael Jackson. Hip Hop, Jazz, Natural Voice singing lessons, Poi and Ribbon dancing, Bachata and Argentinian Tango are also on offer. African dance, Poetry, Open-Mic sessions, Kids’ 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 kids and families.

New to Shakefest this year is the Live Action section – KHI Medieval Re-enactors will be treating audiences to Combat Simulations of the Crusaders Knight’s Templar as well as providing authentic Medieval tents, a full try-on armoury and archery for all ages.

Evening performances highlighted will be the annual Multicultural Hafla, followed by daring Fire Show by The Red Embers and special guests Babylon’s Inferno, and 40’s Swing by The Bugle Babes. To finish the evening in a cultural and energetic crescendo, Shakefest this year hosts The North Strand Kontra Band from Dublin, an instrumental band who play a mix of original and traditional material influenced predominantly by the music of Romania and Bulgaria.

All proceeds will be going towards Charleville Castle Restoration Fund – Operation ‘Raise The Roof’ project in which money will be raised towards putting a protective roof on the castle chapel.

Shakefest is supported by the Offaly Local Development Company, the Offaly County Council, The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the European Commission, the Offaly Leader and The Offaly Arts Office.