Gearing up for the first ever Tafelta festival

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake is pictured launching the first ever Tafelta Festival,
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake is pictured launching the first ever Tafelta Festival,

The first ever Tafelta festival, the ancient name for Magherafelt, will take place in the town centre next month.

The 2-day music and entertainment event will take place in Magherafelt from 10-12 of August.

The event, which has been organised by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with Magherafelt Town Centre Forum and local hospitality businesses, will see a selection of free family friendly entertainment in the town accompanied by entertainment in hospitality businesses throughout the weekend.

The idea for the festival came from the hospitality trade in the town following the success of last year’s Magherafelt Christmas Market.

From Monday 6 – Friday 10 August, an Orchestra of Change Makers Project will take place from 11am – 3pm at the Bridewell where young people aged 11 - 18 can get involved in performing, producing, choreographing etc a musical piece that will then be showcased in the Bridewell on Saturday 11 August at 2pm. The project is being facilitated by Beyond Skin and delivered by experienced tutors Raphael Frank and Nikolas Petsakos.

Anyone interested in taking part should email info.beyondskin@gmail.com.

On Saturday 11 August free family entertainment will take place in the town centre from 12pm – 4pm including face painting, balloon modelling, street entertainment (including HipOps and Queen B and Honey B), and a street art workshop where children can experiment with graffiti and chalk art.

Drop in arts and craft workshops will also take place during the same time in Bank of Ireland.

Sunday 12 August will see a host of family entertainment including face painting, balloon modelling and special walkabouts by singing chefs circus jesters, take place at Meadowlane Shopping Centre from 1pm - 5pm.

Hospitality businesses taking part in the festival include: Mary’s Bar, Dorman’s Bar, Slims Healthy Kitchen, The Coachman, The Terrace, Ground, Brysons, The Flax, The Step Inn, Market Tavern and Meadowlane Shopping Centre.

A host of entertainment and promotions will take place in the establishments over the duration of the festival including musical and dance performances, a Farmer’s Market and special food and drink promotions.

Speaking ahead of the first ever Tafelta Festival, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake said, “I am delighted that the Council has worked closely with local hospitality businesses in Magherafelt to develop and deliver the first ever Tafelta festival in the town this August. This is an excellent example of partnership working which will benefit the entire town and local community.

“The event will undoubtedly bring large crowds to the town allowing us to showcase the unique retail and hospitality offering Magherafelt is famed for. I look forward to experiencing the hive of activity and special buzz in the town from 10-12 August.”