A Festival of Folk
Our annual Festival of Folk 2018 takes place this Summer at Siamsa Tíre, celebrating Irish Music, Song and Dance.
Siamsa Tíre celebrates Irish culture through the arts and is home to the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Our annual Festival of Folk begins on Tuesday 8th of May 2018. It's now 50 years since our first season of performances was staged in Tralee in 1968, long before the current theatre (dating from 1991) was built.
This year's season will include our revival of the original show which brought the company so much fame and so many accolades - Fadó Fadó (Long, Long Ago), along with our most recent production, Anam, which toured Ireland in 2017, and the premiere of a new production, due to be launch in August.
Siamsa Tíre protects, develops and explores Irish culture and traditions, who we are, where we come from and who we are going to be. Thousands of visitors to Kerry have enjoyed our performances of Irish music, song and dance as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. There is an energy, a wildness, a passion about these performances, using the best of traditional arts, which come together to create a memorable and emotional experience for our visitors.
Join us for this year's Festival of Irish Folk Music, Song & Dance which runs from May to September, with performances six nights a week in May and September, and seven nights a week from June to August. There's so much to enjoy during our annual festival - from performances and workshops to exhibitions in our gallery spaces.
We bring together the people of Kerry and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the best of Irish culture – music, song and dance in our wonderful theatre in Tralee, in beautiful County Kerry, looking out over the Slieve Mish Mountains and the Dingle peninsula.
Check out our reviews on the website of Travel experts, Trip Advisor, see some clips on our YouTube channel and find out more about our history and then come and see the real thing!
We're delighted to acknowledge the wonderful support of our official sponsors, Kerry Group.