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Arts and culture in abundance this autumn in Fermanagh

15 June

The artistic and cultural wealth of beautiful Fermanagh will come alive this autumn, when the county's popular arts festival, Fermanagh Live (FLive), kicks off in October.

FLive will boast an array of live performers and entertainment,embracing all art forms such as local and international music, thought-provoking drama and awe-inspiring visual arts - all of which will take place in just some of the many great intimate and landmark locations the town of Enniskillen has to offer.

This year, the festival welcomes a diverse programme made up of cool comedy, children's competitions and workshops, literature, classical music, brass and folk, theatre, film, visual art exhibitions and much more. And as it has been created for all ages and interests, there is absolutely something for everyone.

Headlining the bill, Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine will present an evening of Celtic, folk and Eastern European music, with young local traditional musicians also joining in on the act. Both of these outstanding singers and songwriters, who between them play a multitude of instruments including the bouzooki, bodhran, harmonica, mandola and guitar for good measure, have played together as a duo and were also part of two celebrated groups, Planxty and Mozaic.

In addition, FLive is also thrilled to welcome Actor and comedian, Ardal O'Hanlon to Enniskillen. The Carrickmacross funnyman who is most-commonly known for his role as Dougal McGuire on Father Ted, is scheduled to perform at Blakes of the Hollow Comedy Night as part of their 125 year anniversary celebrations, to what is sure to be a sell-out crowd.

Another highlight will be Yankee Panky; a late-night cabaret at the Ardhowen theatre. A sell-out at last year's festival, Jeanne Munroe (Musical Director and Boston-born pianist) and Melissa McKeague (Californian vocalist) return with a new programme of music by such notables as Andrew Lippa, Mel Brooks, Peter Winkler, Tom Lehrer and the great Stephen Sondheim - a night where fun and frivolity will be high on the agenda.

While the festival will feature many ticketed events, lest we forget The Dragon parade, which is both free and fun for all the family to get involved in. Enjoy the parade as it makes its way through Enniskillen led by a large dragon and finishing with free family entertainment in the form of puppet shows, creative art workshops with Jon and Genevieve, music, face-painting, drumming performance and drumming workshops in the grounds of Enniskillen Castle.

Why not check out the exhibitions that will run over the course of the weekend, including Enniskillen 400 which will mark 400 years since the official foundation of Enniskillen town by the Royal Charter of James I. Enniskillen Photographic Society will also create a special celebratory photographic exhibition to be displayed in the Ardhowen Theatre which will feature forty prizewinning photographs from entrants of the Young Digital Photographer of 2012 as organised by Enniskillen Rotary Club.

Boasting many more events, FLive is jam-packed with so much great music, drama and visual art. It is a unique opportunity for audiences to experience an exciting and exhilarating programme with an eclectic mix of events that are not to be missed!

For more information and how to book tickets, visit www.FLive.org.uk, www.facebook.com/FermanaghLive or www.twitter.com/FermanaghLive.

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