Feis to resume within weeks, confirm organisers

Feis to resume within weeks, confirm organisers

Cork ETB SM Junior Guitar Ensemble performing the James Bond Tune earlier this year at Feis20. Picture: Ger Bonus.

The 2020 Feis is to resume within weeks, organisers have confirmed.

Last March, Feis Maitiú organisers suspended their activities in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and while it had been hoped that activities would be resumed in the Spring, this was not possible.

In a statement, organisers have confirmed now that they intend to proceed with the remaining events in mid to late October, albeit with some changes.

There will be limits to how many people can attend events, with just 38 people, including performers, supporters, adjudicator and staff, allowed to attend events.

Each performer can only be accompanied by one supporter, and they will sit with their supporter in assigned seats.

Performers will also go directly to the stage from their seat when it is their turn, and return from the stage to their assigned seat after the performance.

A one-way system will be in effect at the venue with separate arrival and exit facilities.

Organisers say they have contacted performers in relation to the full changes.

They say performers can transfer their entry to the 2021 Feis, but must make contact with organisers before September 22nd if they wish to do so.

First established in 1927 by Fr. Micheál O’Shea, O.F.M. Cap., a local Capuchin who saw the need for a platform to help and encourage people interested in the performing Arts, the Feis is now almost 100 years old.

Around 15,000 performers, aged from under 6 to over 60, participate in the eight week Feis festival each year.

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