‘Words’, written, spoken and drawn, will take centre stage in Magherafelt when the Tafelta Festival returns to the town centre on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June.
Over the two days ‘words’, in all forms, will be celebrated and explored through reading, writing and illustration workshops at locations around the town centre alongside music performances and kids’ entertainment.
The festival, which has been organised by Mid Ulster District Council, features activities aimed at both children and adults with something to suit every age group and all events are free.
Children’s events over the weekend include: Clive McFarland reading and drawing workshops, theatre without walls drama storytelling workshops, a wonderland tea party, Barry Falls illustrator reading and drawing workshop, Mary Poppins storytelling & singing experience, and a Lego animation workshop.
There’s plenty for adults to enjoy also including: local poet Maura Johnston reading from her newly released poetry book, a flash fiction workshop with Byddi Lee, Gerard Brennan workshop on crime writing, Candimoon reminiscence singing and a book reading with David Braziel.
Music performances and kids’ entertainment, including face painting, balloon modelling, walkabouts, puppet shows, chalk street art and arts and crafts will also take place around the town centre during the two days.
Speaking about the return of the Tafelta Festival, Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin Kearney said, “I am delighted that the Tafelta Festival will return to Magherafelt town centre again this year. The event provides a diverse offering sure to appeal to a broad audience from small children to parents and grandparents. It’s also great to see so many of the local businesses taking part and supporting the event throughout the weekend.
“The event will undoubtedly bring additional footfall to the town which will allow us to showcase the unique retail and hospitality offering Magherafelt is famed for. I look forward to experiencing the hive of activity and special buzz in the town on 21 and 22 June!”
For more information on the Tafelta Festival, including a full list of activities, times and locations, and to book, go to: www.midulstercouncil.org/Tafelta.