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Workshops and ceilis elsewhere

Canberra Irish Set Dance Weekend, St John's Anglican Church Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid, Canberra, ACT, Australia

9-11 October 2009, $60

A spring set dancing weekend in Australia's capital city. After registration the welcome ceili is from 8 to 10pm with recorded music and calling by Paul Wayper. Ina Bertrand begins the workshop on Saturday morning from 9.30-11am. After a break, Liz Carter takes over for the rest of the day, 11.30am-4pm, teaching sets and couple dances (2-2.30pm). The Corner Ceili Band play for the Saturday night ceili from 7.30 to 11pm. Ina teaches another class of sets on Sunday morning, 10.30am-12pm, and there's a farewell ceili from 2 to 4pm. The weekend finishes with dinner and dancing at King O'Malley's Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic. The set dancing coincides with the final weekend of Canberra's Floriade, Australia's largest flower festival, which is a ten-minute walk from venue. Contact Paul Wayper.

Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire Street, Surrey Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia

24 October 2009, 8pm, $10

Ceili with music by Jimmy Mallarkey and friends. Contact Trish McGrath and Alarna Stephenson.

Also on: 12 December 2009

Workshops and ceilis in Europe

Irish Charter Cruise, Barcelona, Spain

16-23 September 2009, $1673-$3727

There's a galaxy of Irish music stars on this cruise of the Mediterranean, and even set dancers are well catered for with the bands on board - the Kilfenora Ceili Band, Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh and the Lough Ree Ceili Band. Dance master Gerard Butler serves as MC and workshop tutor. The cruise begins and ends in Barcelona and makes stops in Monaco, Cannes, Mallorca and Casablanca. The price shown above includes the cruise, meals, entertainment, port charges and taxes and varies with the type of accommodation chosen. Flights are additional. Contact Gertrude Byrne.

Craic on the Cruise, Barcelona, Spain

21-28 September 2009, €956-1762, £739-1359

Cruise the Mediterranean with the cream of the crop of Irish country music, plus Danny Webster, the Copperplate Ceili Band, Brian Ború Ceili Band and the Annaly Ceili Band playing trad music for set dancers. During the day you can visit Tunis, Valletta, Messina, Rome, Genoa and Marseille, and if you prefer to stay on board, there are workshops and music sessions. Price includes cruise, meals and entertainment; flights and mandatory insurance are extra. Contact Gerry Flynn.

Irischer Herbst, Seminarhof Proitzer Mühle, Schnega, Germany

1-4 October 2009, €190

This weekend festival of Irish culture features set dancing workshops for beginners and improvers with Mick Mulkerrin and classes in sean nós dancing and steps for sets with Patrick O'Dea. Music, singing and step dancing workshops are also offered. The venue is a converted watermill in the countryside outside Hamburg and Hannover. The price includes entertainment, hostel accommodation and full board. Contact Kerstin Kuhn.

Workshop weekend, Hotel Scheid, Talstrasse 176, 69198 Schriesheim, Germany

2-4 October 2009

The Heidelberg set dancers know how to run a good weekend! The dancing features workshops with Jim Monaghan and ceilis with the Abbey Ceili Band and Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh. Micheál and Pat play for opening ceili on Friday night, 9pm-1am, and again on Saturday afternoon, 2.30-6.30pm. The Abbey rounds out the programme on Saturday night, 9pm-1am, and Sunday afternoon, 1-5pm. Jim's workshop is from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. The hotel is set in a scenic valley on the edge of a forest. Contact Andrea Brouwer and Henning Brouwer.

Fleadh Portugal, Hotel Montechoro, Albufiera, Algarve, Portugal

8-22 October 2009, €1199, £899

Sunny Mediterranean seaside resorts have become a favourite destination for set dancing holidays. This one or two week package to Portugal is popular among set dancers in Britain and Ireland thanks to several participating ceilis bands and workshop teachers. The setting is a ten-storey hotel on the Algarve coast; set dancing ceilis are on the tenth floor, social dancing is on the ground and the sea is within walking distance outside.

The dancing lasts all day, with morning and afternoon workshops and afternoon and night ceilis. Participating ceili bands include the Annaly Ceili Band, Copperplate Ceili Band and Brian Ború Ceili Band. There are even more bands and entertainers catering for social dancing.

The price shown is for two weeks' shared accommodation, breakfast, supper, entertainment and return fights from Ireland and Britain; insurance is additional. The one week package costs €889 and £699. Contact Gerry Flynn.

Mulligans, Amstel 100, Amsterdam, Netherlands

12 October 2009, 9-11.30pm

Monthly dancing to live music in an Irish bar on the Amstel River. Contact Nina and Ron Anderson and Ineke Hoff.

Future dates: 9 November, 14 December 2009

Workshop weekend, Burgfelderhof-Saal, Im Burgfelderhof 60, 4025 Basel, Switzerland

31 October-1 November 2009, €80

A weekend of dancing in a beautiful hall near Basel with workshops by Tony Ryan. His classes are on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 12.30pm. The band Swaree from Germany plays for the weekend's two ceilis - on Saturday night from 8pm to 12am and Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5pm. Numbers are limited; register by 17 October 2009. Contact Irène Mühlemann.

New Year's Eve Dance Event, Gwatt Zentrum am Thunersee, 3645 Gwatt, Thun, Switzerland

28 December 2009-1 January 2010, Sfr 610

Celebrate the new year in style at this beautiful lake and mountainside venue in Switzerland near the old town of Thun, south of Bern. Pat Murphy is the resident dance master who will offer workshops for beginners and advanced dancers. Music for the nightly ceilis is by the Swaree Ceili Band. The price includes four nights accommodation in a twin room, full board and dancing; cheaper triple rooms also available. Contact Manuela Morel and Uschi Buchser.

Irish Set Dance Weekend, Unicum, Carl-Thiersch-Strasse 9, 91052 Erlangen, Germany

12-14 February 2010

Pat Murphy and Abbey Ceili Band are the special guests at this weekend in a pleasant Bavarian town. Contact Andrea Forstner.

Workshop weekend, Daumersaal, Camphill Schulgemeinschaft Föhrenbühl, Föhrenbühlweg 5, Steigen, 88633 Heiligenberg, Germany

9-11 April 2010

This weekend features Ian Hughes as workshop teacher, plus two ceilis by Swaree Ceili Band. Starting on Friday at 7pm with a meal and get-together, Ian's classes are from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 12.30pm on Sunday. Ceilis are on Saturday from 8pm and Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5pm. Contact Sönke Speck and Susanne Hauber.

Le Grand Bal de l'Europe, Les Gauthiers, Gennetines, Moulins-sur-Allier, France

15-22 July 2010

Contact Le Grand Bal de l'Europe or see on the Internet.

Le Grand Bal de l'Europe #2, Saint-Gervais d'Auvergne, Puy de Dôme, France

6-13 August 2010

Contact Le Grand Bal de l'Europe or see on the Internet.

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