The History of the Festival

Tampere Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2023

Lähtö. Kuva: Riku Tulla

The theme of the 2023 festival was Irish dance, and the festival e.g. premiered an Irish dance show “Lähtö” on the Hällä stage. Other festival venues included G Livelab, TTT-klubi, Tampereen ylioppilasteatteri ja Telakka.

Artists:

Aodán Coyne
Brách
Eala
Edel Vaughan
Eimear Coughlan
Eugene Chernov
Francis Cunningham
Fuarán Irish Dancers
InSpiral Dance Company Finland
Laura Merisaari
Maija Koskenalusta
Mark Hennessey
Marko Keskitalo
Maxima Irish Dance Studio
Nelli Sinisalo
Noora Karjalainen
Pellava
Petra Karjalainen
Sami Rantasalo
Salla Rimmi & Niilo Sirola
Tara Howley
Testostenorit
The Pink House

Producer: Minna Aurivuo

Artistic director: Maija Koskenalusta

Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2022

TTT-klubi, photo: Jacky Law

For the first time, the festival was held in Tampere. There still was a concert in Kangasala Hall, and other venues included TTT-klubi, The Tampere Old Church and Cultural Center Laikku.

Artists:

Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín
Eala
Jari Sirniö
Laura Merisaari
Maija Koskenalusta
Noora Karjalainen
Pellava
Salla Rimmi & Niilo Sirola
Seán O’Meara
Testostenorit
The Pink House
Thomas Johnston

Producer: Minna Aurivuo
Artistic directors: Maija Koskenalusta & Noora Karjalainen

Kangasala Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2021 (online)

The pandimic situation still did not allow for conventional festivals, so instead the festival took the form of a three-hour live stream, hosted live by Helena Rängman from the empty concert hall of Kangasala Hall.

Artists:

Eala
Frank Boyle
Helena Rängman
MegaTrad
Salla Rimmi & Niilo Sirola
Trio Salamankka

The stream is still available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IrishFestGathering/videos/4036923006365216/

Kangasala Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2020 (cancelled)

The 2020 festival had to be cancelled with short notice due to the Covid pandemic.

Kangasala Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2019

Eala & Friends
Jigs for Jacobites

Artists:

Cillian O’Dalaigh
Eala
Kirsten Allstaff
Maija Koskenalusta
Mick McCabe
Noora Karjalainen
Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain
Ruairi McCabe
Testostenorit
Thomas Johnston
Tola Custy

Artistic directors: Maija Koskenalusta & Noora Karjalainen

Kangasala Irish Festival - The Spring Gathering 2018

Eala & Friends

Artists:

Caitlín Nic Gabhann
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
Cillian O’Dalaigh
Eala
Kirsten Allstaff
Maija Koskenalusta
Mick McCabe
Noora Karjalainen
Thomas Johnston

Artistic directors: Maija Koskenalusta & Noora Karjalainen