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Traditional Irish Music Festival

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Traditional Irish Music Festival

Traditional Irish Music Festival

Birmingham Tradfest By Birmingham Tradfest

6th year of traditional music festival to keep alive the Irish musical tradition in one of UKs main irish immigrant locations. Hosting reknown irish musicians and music workshops for the community

Birmingham Idea stage

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Not for profit organisation set up in 2013, with an aim to encourage, promote and drive Irish music and culture into the Irish community already within the Birmingham area, and to positively impact on the younger generation of Irish also to put the city on the map as a hotbed of young up and coming talent in both music and dance. There are events linked to the festival all year round, such as the Molloy Summer School, Schools project where musicians will give masterclasses at schools who are interested, there are also year round music and dance workshops for both the new and experienced, old and young.

What we'll deliver:

  • Opportunities for local musicians to promote their work.
  • Multiple Music workshops for beginners to advanced
  • Community and School outreach work

Why it's a great idea:

This is a local idea, dreamt up and organised by a young local committee of young (mainly under 30 anyway) musicians to try and prevent the withering away of traditional Irish music in one of the UKs main immigrant centres. That goes hand in hand with promoting a positive, fun and rewarding social activity/pastime/career for anyone who cares to join in. This is not exclusive to the Irish community, and similarly to the St Patricks Parade in the city, there are plenty of example of non-irish musicians and bands taking part. The festival also attracts fans from right across the globe, in particular North America and Australia. A secondary impact but no less worthwhile is that on the pubs, clubs and bars that are used as venues for the festival, and the eateries and accommodation providers that provide hospitality. Our aim is to make this the single biggest Folk Festival in the UK - which is nothing less than Birmingham deserves.

Steps to get it done:

  • Festival dates are 23rd to 26th November.
  • 3000 tickets sold across the weekend
  • 250 weekend tickets sold

All committee members are passionate musicians in their own right, most have played at various festivals around the UK and Europe. All have a history of volunteering and teaching music and dance in the locality, and this festival is a natural progression for them. There is no intention to make money here, other than to re-invest in creating more opportunities for irish music to foster and grow - whether by growing the festival, more bands and venues more community programmes or expanding out of Birmingham.

Location Birmingham

About the space



Birmingham City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £10,402

Artist Fees - £4,000 (38%)
Artist Accommodation & Travel - £2,100 (20%)
Venue Hire - £1,250 (12%)
Marketing/Promotion - £800 (8%)
Sound & Lighting - £750 (7%)
other - £500 (5%)
Other - £1,002 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Artist Fees
Artist Accommodation & Travel
Venue Hire
Sound & Lighting
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £10,402

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