The Ceilidh - Oct. 18

by Emilee Jennings
Groove Korea (

People are well familiar with St. Patrick’s Day in March, but October is time to embrace the céilidh. The Irish Association of Korea, in conjunction with the St. Andrew’s Society of Seoul, will stage The Ceilídh, a family-fun event on Oct. 18.

A céilidh is a social event with Irish or Scottish folk music, singing and traditional dancing. Phonetically pronounced as “kaylee,” céilidh has its origins rooted in the Celtic culture of Ireland and Scotland. The festival will be packed with activities and a variety of Irish and Scottish dancing and music styles on show. The dances are very easy to learn and the entire day centers on giving people the chance to learn, and experience Celtic culture and have plenty of fun along the way.

Among the planned lineup, there are, to name a few: Korean step dancers Tap Pung, Korean Celtic musicians Bard, the traditional Irish music group Ceoltoirí Seoul, a traditional Scottish bagpiper, Scottish country dancing and rock band Sweet Murphy’s Fancy.

As well as all of this, there will be a special performance of Sean Nós and broomstick dancing. Sean Nós, or “old style,” is a casual style of dance that comes from the far west coast of Ireland, in a place called Connemara. During each performance, there will be an opportunity for all audience members to get involved and learn the simple dance steps.

To finish in style, there will also be an after-party from 8 p.m. at The Wolfhound, Itaewon’s Irish bar. The evening event will be jointly hosted by the IAK and the Seoul Gaels Irish football team. So mark the date, get your dancing shoes ready and come join in these traditional Celtic festivities.
More info
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: D-Cube City at Sindorim Station, lines 1 and 2, exit 1
How much: free
After-party: The Wolfhound. From Itaewon Station, line 6, make a U-turn from exit 4 and turn right. After 100 meters, turn right again.

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