Féile an Phobail, the biggest community arts festival in Ireland, is ready to welcome visitors from across the world to its 2024 Féile from 1st to 11th August with over 350 events in total at over 50 venues across the city.

The official launch of this year’s Féile programme took place today in St Mary’s University College on the Falls Road.

The main speaker was the First Minister, Michelle O’Neill MLA.

Féile an Phobail Director Kevin Gamble gave a rundown of the highlights of Féile 2024.

Kevin said:

“In the city of Belfast, the month of August means it’s Féile time!

“Over the years, Féile an Phobail has developed enormously and is now the biggest community arts festival in Ireland, with over 350 events taking place this August.

“We have concerts and major sporting events, drama, art exhibitions, debates and discussions, lectures, carnival parades, parties in the park, and visual arts.

“We are delighted that the First Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA was the main speaker at our launch event today, with Belfast Lord Mayor Micky Murray, Arts Council Director of Arts Development Gilly Campbell, and Tourism NI Chief Executive John McGrillen also speaking.

“Our debates and discussions programme will take place at St Mary’s University College, and we have a whole host of prominent speakers and panellists confirmed to take part including Trade Union leader Mick Lynch, Diane Abbott, and Joe Brolly.

On Saturday 3rd August we have an 80s and 90s Night with Holly Johnson formerly of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 90’s dance artists 2 Unlimited, former Smokey singer Chris Norman, D-Ream, DJ Johnny Hero, and Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac tributes all appearing live. This was an incredible night last year which sold out in record time, and tickets are selling really well for this concert.

On Friday 9th August we have our first ever Way Out West Féíle Country Fest in the Falls Park, headline by Nathan Carter, with The Whistlin’ Donkeys, All Folk’d Up, and more. This concert will sell out and we advise people to get their tickets now.

“We will also be having our biggest ever Féile Carnival Parade and Party in the Park on Saturday 3rd August.

“One of Ireland’s most popular singers Frances Black will be appearing live at St Comgalls on Tuesday 6th August.

“Comedy nights in The Devenish include Andrew Ryan, Neil Delamere, Paddy Raff, and Mickey Bartlett.

“Féile, from its outset in 1988, has sought to display and showcase the positives of West Belfast and the incredible talent and creativity that comes from that.

“We want to thank all our partners, funders, sponsors, and stakeholders, and most importantly our local community for their continued support.

“We hope you can all join us, enjoy, and celebrate the fantastic atmosphere and community that we have.

“Ticket sales for this year’s concerts and comedy shows have been incredible so far, so we are advising you to get your tickets now. Don’t leave it until the last minute. When they are gone, they are gone!

“Let’s show the world why this is very much a Féile an Phobail – a festival of the people!

“Féile 2024 runs from 1st to 11th August and you can view the full Féile events programme at www.feilebelfast.com. So come and join us as we celebrate our community celebration of global culture.

“Onwards and upwards!”





Féile 10K + 5K Run

Sunday 4th August 9am

With over 2,000 runners taking place, it’s going to be huge!

Fee £19.95 includes T-Shirt, Timing Chip, Race Number and Medal




80s and 90s Night

Falls Park, Belfast

Saturday 3rd August

Tickets £20 + Booking Fee online from Ticketmaster.ie


Frances Black 

St Comgalls, Divis Street

Tuesday 6th August

Tickets available from Ticketmaster.ie


Way Out West Féile Country Fest

Falls Park, Belfast

Friday 9th August

Tickets £20 + Booking Fee available from Ticketmaster.ie



Anthem for Dissatisfaction

Roddy McCorley Heritage Centre, Glen Road

8pm on Thursday 1stFriday 2ndSaturday 3rdSunday 4thTuesday 6thWednesday 7thThursday 8thFriday 9thSaturday 10thSunday 11th August

Tickets £13.70 available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anthem-for-dissatisfaction-tickets-877338532167




Neil Delamere

The Devenish, Belfast

Saturday 3rd August

Tickets available from Ticketmaster.ie


Andrew Ryan Comedy

The Devenish, Belfast

Wednesday 7th August

Tickets available from Ticketmaster.ie


Paddy Raff ‘Gimme a Minute’

The Devenish, Belfast

Saturday 10th August

Tickets available via paddyraffcomedy.com




Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh in Conversation with Pádraig Ó Muirigh

Thursday 1st August 2pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

Blinne is a world renowned barrister who represented South Africa at the International Criminal Court in proceedings accusing Israel of genocide in Palestine.


Annual James Connolly Lecture

Thursday 1st August 5pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

By Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT). One of the most recognisable trade union leaders in Britain, Mick Lynch has championed the rights of workers.


The Economics of Irish Unity

Friday 2nd August 3pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

Professor Séamus McGuinness and Professor John Fitzgerald will debate the politics of Irish unity.


Diane Abbott in Conversation

Friday 2nd August 4pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

Diane Abbott, one of the best known figures in British politics, will reflect on the challenges facing left-wing politics, and the evolving relationship between Ireland and Britain in the context of constitutional change.


Let’s Talk Politics

Monday 5th August 3pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

Panellists – David McCann, Freya McClements, Gavan Reilly, and Lee Reynolds will discuss the political issues of the day.


West Belfast Talks Back

Wednesday 7th August 7pm

St Mary’s University College, Falls Road

Chaired by RTE Northern Correspondent Vincent Kearney

Panelists are Joe Brolly, Amanda Ferguson, Paul Maskey, and Allison Morris.





Féile Carnival Parade and Party in the Park

Saturday 3rd August

Carnival Parade – 12pm – Meet at Dunville Park to parade to Sportlann na hÉireann at 1pm

Party in the Park- 2-4pm Sportlann na hEireann

The Féile Carnival Parade ranks as one of the most colourful and inclusive parades in Ireland. Circus performers, music bands, street artists and more! This year’s Party in the Park will bring a mix of local and international music and dance, inflatables, party games, sporting activities, and more!

Free Entry


Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Sunday 4th August 12-3pm

Falls Park, Belfast

We’ll have the usual chaos of inflatables, arts and crafts, petting farm, climbing tower, archery, with a few other surprises thrown in! Just make sure you grab a packed lunch, a blanket, Teddy Bear, and of course its owner.

Free Entry




International Food Fayre and Music

Friday 9th August 12pm-1.30pm

Conway Mill, Falls Road

Our newcomer and ethnic minority communities deliver an exciting cultural experience with food, music, dance, and art. Featuring foods from Syria, Palestine, Poland, Albania, Greece, Nigeria, Mongolia, Ireland and China.

Free entry



Scribes at the Rock

Thursday 8th August 4pm

Rock Bar, Falls Road

Contributions from Michael McKernon, Fiona Gault, Katriona O’Sullivan, Jan Carson, and Ali Dunsworth.

Admission £6 at Door