This year's National Folk Theatre Exhibition was officially opened with local tourism operators to celebrate 50 years of National Folk Theatre performances
On Tuesday 18th July Siamsa Tíre officially opened its Festival of Folk 2017 gallery exhibition ‘Ag Féachaint Siar’ with an Open Night for local B&B operators in the region. 50 years ago, the first performance by the National Folk Theatre was presented to an audience in Balloonagh School in Tralee. Now, safely housed in our purpose-built theatre, we take a look at this production, Fadó Fadó which still features within the Festival of Folk annual repertoire, along with more recent productions including Oileán (celebrates life on the Blasket Island off the coast of Kerry), Turas (a journey of music, song and dance around Ireland) and its most recent addition Anam (showcasing four different hardshoe styles from Ireland, Canada and USA). This exhibition presents images, costumes and memorabilia from the various productions, and gives an insight into how the different productions and staging has developed and changed over the years. Guests were welcomed by a reception followed by a performance of Fadó Fadó. The Festival of Folk 2017 continues until September 23rd.