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Céilí Afro Dabke with Catherine Young


  • Sunday 15 March 4:00pm

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Free of Charge Suitable for all ages

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An evening of world music, dance and song kicking off with an excerpt from Catherine Young’s new dance work Le Chéile with The Welcoming Project, followed by a world music céilí, where all are welcome to join in. Experience the upbeat nature of African dance and drumming, Palestinian Dabke Dance, and Irish traditional Céilí dances. The Welcoming Project is the culmination of a series of dance workshops with Catherine Young Dance, individuals from the Clare Direct Provision Centres and other local participants.

Learn to dance, have fun and meet people from around the world based in your town at our Céilí Afro Dabke Performance Project.

Choreographer Catherine Young and glór are thrilled to bring you Céilí Afro Dabke, an inclusive, exciting dance project created to bring people in the community together for a chance to learn something new, meet their neighbours and get active.

An ongoing project by Catherine Young, Céilí Afro Dabke is a world music céilí featuring African dance, traditional dabke dance from Palestine/Syria and the old style Irish céilí dances. The project encompasses seven workshops of African dance and Palestinian dabke in the community centre in Miltown Malbay beginning on Saturday 25th January and continuing through February and March, (dates and times  below), and finishes with a public performance of Céilí Afro Dabke in glór on Sunday March 15th at 4pm. The workshops are open to everyone over the age of eighteen who is interested in music, dance and meeting new people. No previous experienced required and the workshops and attendance at Céilí Afro Dabke is free of charge.

An invitation has been extended to individuals currently living in Direct Provision in Ennis, Lisdoonvarna and Miltown Malbay to participate in the workshops, with the assistance of Clare Immigrant Support Centre, which works to support and promote the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Clare.

Transport to the workshops from the Direct Provision centres in Ennis and Lisdoonvarna will be provided to make it as easy as possible for residents to attend. We hope that by taking part in the project all our attendees will widen their social circles, make new friends and discover a love of dance!

Céilí Afro Dabke Performance Project Information:
Workshops (Free, over 18s)
2-4pm, Miltown Malbay Community Centre unless otherwise stated

Saturday 15th Feb 2-4pm The Westbridge Miltown Malbay
Saturday 22nd Feb 2-4pm
Saturday 29th Feb 2-4pm
Saturday 7th March 2-4pm
Saturday 14th March 2-6pm

Performance & Céilí Afro Dabke (Free, booking required, all ages welcome)
Performance in glór, Ennis on Sunday 15th March at 4pm.

How to get Involved 
To attend the workshops please join us from Saturday 25th January – ideally everyone will attend all of the workshops in order to prepare for the performance element within Céilí Afro Dabke. For more information on the workshops, please see email
For more information on the public event, see


Other Related Performance:
glór will also present State of Exception by Catherine Young Dance on Sunday 23rd February at 7.30pm, which features a cast of international professional dancers and delves into the world of asylum seekers and Direct Provision, challenging the borders that divide us. Catherine was inspired to make this work in response to her experience leading dance workshops with residents from Direct Provision centres across Ireland. For more information, see here: