Members of the public are being urged to attend the annual meeting of the Fermanagh Feis next week in a bid to revive the county’s biggest arts and cultural event for young people.
Organisers have been unable to stage the event for the past two years due to an over-stretched committee and a shortage of volunteers.
Since 1962 the Feis has celebrated young local talent and served as a stepping stone for success both nationally and internationally. Past participants have included actors Adrian Dunbar and Ciaran McMenamin.
Former Feis Committee members met last week to discuss the possibility of either formally winding up the event or trying to stage it again in 2017.
One of those in attendance was Ann Allen who says the option was taken to try and revive the event next spring but stressed that this can only be achieved with the support of the local community.
She told the Herald: “We are keen not to let the Feis die but instead get it going again because it brings people together from across the community. It is regarded as a cornerstone of the cultural life of the county and has been the highlight of the school calendar for the thousands of children who participated.
“By providing children with the opportunity to showcase their talents in a supportive, family-friendly environment, the Feis boosts their confidence and encourages participation in the arts. Our adjudicators have often commented on both the talent of the children in Fermanagh and the genuine warmth and encouragement of parents and competitors towards one another.”
Ms Allen is urging those willing to play a part in giving the children of Fermanagh the opportunities the Feis provides to attend the AGM, which takes place on Monday next, September 12th at 8pm in St Michael’s Parish Centre, Enniskillen.
“People talk fondly of participating as children or of their children’s experience. All agree on the valuable role it can play in a child’s life, of the fun they had and their sadness that the opportunity is denied to others. To survive community groups need more than a groundswell of goodwill. They need people who are willing to play a part in their organisation. The Feis is no different and if we are to revive it then we need your support,” she added.
Posted: 8:31 pm September 7, 2016
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