What is the Féile?
In 1993, residents of the Bogside and Brandywell came together with community organisations to organise the first Gasyard Wall Féile on 29th August 1993. Since then, we have provided events, festivals, workshops, fun days and creative training programmes throughout the year in a variety of locations in Derry. These are events that are seasonally or culturally based, such as Halloween trails, Christmas carol services and Spring carnivals! The main Féile Festival takes place in August every year and has become the biggest arts and cultural festival in the North West, with over 20,000 people being brought to the city during the programme of events.
At the Gasyard Wall Féile, we involve numerous other community organisations including:
- Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum
- Bogside & Brandywell Initiative
- Dove House Community Trust
- Fountain Forum
- Pilots Row
- Bluebell Arts
- Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
- Peace Barriers Project
- Triax – Neighbourhood Management Team
- SureStart Edenballymore
- Gasyard Centre
- OLT HLC
- Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership
- Volunteer Investment Project
- Gasyard Development Trust
- Cathedral Youth Club Fountain
- Bloody Sunday Trust
The Féile is only possible thanks to the commitment and hard work of a multitude of groups, volunteers and initiatives who come together each year to construct and deliver a fantastic and productive programme of events, which can be in the form of music, sport, education, literature, visual arts, carnivals, fun days, health, discussions, lectures & conferences, community consultation and tours.