Feile an Phobail West Belfast

Feile an Phobail West Belfast

Féile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland. It is now Ireland's Biggest Community Arts Festival & Summer School

Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, and for sport. It furthermore aimed to provide events and entertainment at a price that the majority of the community could afford. 

In August 1988 the first Féile opened with a relatively humble parade of floats, bands and GAA clubs walking in their club regalia to an open-air party in Dunville Park. Street parties were organized throughout the West. Door-to-door collections were made to fund day trips to the seaside for pensioners and outings for young people.

Soon the street confrontations associated with the week around August 9th were displaced by a positive display of the community and its creativity. The August Féile has proved a resounding success, growing from strength to strength and inspiring other troubled areas to organize similar festivals. Our carnival parade routinely brings over 50,000 participants for a colorful, musical procession with specially-designed floats representing a chosen theme, dancers and children in costume and face-masks.


To organise the annual west Belfast festival now the biggest community based festival in Ireland and Europe.

We have grown from a one-week festival to a year-round programme with many events.

Féile an Phobail runs numerous festivals throughout the year. Among the festivals are:

  • August Féile – oldest project. Among Europe's largest community festivals, runs in August
  • Féile an Earraigh – Springtime Irish traditional music festival
  • Draíocht – annual children's festival beginning in mid-October
  • Stand up in the West – monthly comedy night in Belfast's Western Bar, no longer running
  • Laugh at the Bank – Belfast's first comedy festival. Launched May 2009

​The festival also has its own radio station, Féile FM. The station initially broadcast across Belfast for two one-month periods in the spring and summer, during which young volunteers are professionally trained in media and management skills for free. In 2007, the radio was successful in securing a full-time licence, and now broadcasts 7 days a week, throughout Belfast. Some of trainees have gone on to find employment in the local media, including UTV, BBC Northern Ireland and Irish News Online in Belfast.

Contact Details

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Feile an Phobail West Belfast
Teach na Feile
473 Falls Road
Co Antrim
BT12 6DD
United Kingdom


028 9031 3440

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