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'Dancing on the Green's' an initiative by Iúr Cinn Fleadh, an of-shoot of Newry 2020 is now open to the Aviva Community Fund public vote, and organisers are asking for your support. The event began in 2017 bringing Irish Traditional music, song and dance out to greens in Newry housing estates.

The Aviva Community Fund offer community groups the chance to improve and enhance their areas. You can vote from now to midday 20 November 2018 by clicking community-fund.aviva.co.uk How to vote information is below.

Dancing on the Green in Mourneview Park, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Dancing on the Green in Mourneview Park, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

 

Funding is being sought to expand the event out to 9 housing estates in Newry in 2019 culminating in a massive event in Hill Street in Newry with a world record attempt taking place.

Dancing on The Greens is based on the old event of Dancing at The Crossroads.

As Brian Fitzpatrick, co-ordinator says  "Hill Street Newry is a desolate area after shops have closed down, the idea is to bring people and entertainment back onto the main street of Newry City. The bringing of life and entertainment back to our city main street has benefits for local people and businesses"

Dancing on The Greens is also seen as a way to inspire others from other cultures to perhaps form singing/dancing groups within local housing communities thus breaking down isolation and bringing people together.

Dancing on the Green at High Street, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Dancing on the Green at High Street, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Next year sees a change of direction with 9 housing estates, with 3 groups of performers. Each group to have a group of drummers, who drum on the walk from each housing estate. One Irish Adult dancing group. 3 irish Traditional musicians, a group of singers, hopefully related. e.g. Father and son, father/daughter, uncle/niece as well as one other ethic/Cultural group.

As Mr Fitzpatrick adds "Newry is not seen as a centre for Irish Traditional music but the hope here is to develop this more within the local housing estates so that they will perform and help at future Dancing On The Greens. The ethos is to keep expanding the idea thus year 4 will see 12 housing centres asked to participate."

How To Vote

To vote go to the Dancing on the Green's page on the Aviva Community Fund website via link above. You must Register and Log in via the link on the right and you get 10 votes. Once you register you have to confirm your email address and once finished registering search for Dancing on the Greens and vote.

 

 

 

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