October 25th & 26th
Blaine Performing Arts Center
Blaine, Washington USA
Dear friends in dance:
We wish to welcome you back to Feile Samhain, sponsored by the Pacific Celtic Foundation with the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy. Historically, Samhain (the forerunner to Halloween) was a time for friends and family to come together to renew their bonds of kinship and remember those who had departed. Thank you for celebrating the Celtic New Year with us and continuing a time-honored tradition!
After eight years in Portland, Oregon and a one-year hiatus, we are pleased to host this year’s event at the Blaine Performing Arts Center in Blaine, Washington, just across the border from Vancouver, BC. We hope that siting the feis just 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver will provide competitors a convenient opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Western Canadian and Western US Oireachatsaí.
The syllabus reflects the cross-border nature of this year’s event, incorporating features of both Western Canadian and Western US feis syllabi. The age groups adhere to the Western US syllabus, the region in which the feis is sited; the specials reflect the Western Canadian syllabus under which the majority of the participants compete. As always, we will also feature the Costume Reel, a 16 bar anything goes competition that challenges competitors to come up with their creative best. 50% will be awarded in all competitions!
This year’s event will be capped at 125 paid championship competitors and 250 paid grade competitors, with additional dancers accepted on a space-available basis. For those unfamiliar with a capped feis, entries will be accepted on a first-paid, first-entered basis. Entries paid after Monday, October 13th will incur a $50 late fee; payments and changes will be accepted until Friday, October 17th. All fees are in US dollars.
In the spirit of the season, our goal is great competition seasoned with lots of fun! We hope that you will join us!
The Feile Samhain Feis Committee