COS COS FES­TI­VAL

POR­TUGUESE STICK DANCERS TAKE PART FOR FIRST TIME

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - BY JENNY MC CUD­DEN

ANY­ONE who got the chance to visit the Cos Cos Fes­ti­val over the week­end was in for a real treat.

The line-up of per­form­ers even in­cluded an in­ter­na­tional troupe of dancers all the way from Por­tu­gal. These tra­di­tional stick dancers or ‘Pauli­teriros’ in colour­ful cos­tumes gave a se­ries of im­promtu ‘Flash Mob’ shows of one of their coun­tries most tra­di­tional dance forms.

Or­gan­iser Brenda O’Cal­laghan was de­lighted with this new ‘in­ter­na­tional di­men­sion’ and re­ported that the dancers who man­aged to dance a jig on the top of Kings Moun­tain were ex­tremely pop­u­lar with at­ten­dees.

Of course the an­nual Cos Cos Fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of our old­est tra­dional art forms and there was plenty of top qual­ity per­for­mances to see over the few days. Mu­si­cians and dancers also trav­elled from other parts of Ire­land, in­clud­ing the Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Or­ches­tra ‘In Tune for Life’ from County Tip­per­ary.

“This young tal­ented group put on an amaz­ing show be­fore a packed au­di­ence in Rath­cor­mac Hall on Satur­day night,” says Brenda. This year’s fes­ti­val was big­ger and bet­ter than ever ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee who put in so much hard work in ad­vance. Although the week­end weather was a bit of a mixed bag, many of the out­door events en­joyed glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

While the in­door con­certs were spec­tac­u­lar as Brenda ex­plains: “We had a very spe­cial con­cert in Drum­cliffe Church on Satur­day night with award win­ning Sean Nós singer Lor­cán Mac Mathúna and renowned fid­dler Daire Bracken with Pread Meader for a unique evening of tra­di­tional mu­sic, Sean Nós Dance and po­etry. “

Mean­while the fes­ti­val mar­quee in Rath­cor­mac was a hive of ac­tiv­ity all week­end with a num­ber of free per­for­mances draw­ing in the crowds.

The Wild Atlantic Sean Nós Danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion took place in Collins Lounge from lunchtime on Sun­day af­ter­noon and was fol­lowed by a rous­ing Cel­e­bra­tion Céilí in Rath­cor­mac Hall from 4pm with the world fa­mous Kil­fenora Céilí Band, en­sur­ing the fes­ti­val went out with a bang.

“It was great to see so many lo­cal peo­ple come out and sup­port the fes­ti­val,” says Brenda “And also the grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors. We are thank­ful to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port.”

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