Final countdown to Omagh’s 16th Midsummer Carnival

Published: 16th June 2015

The countdown is on to this year’s Omagh Midsummer Carnival which takes place on Saturday 20 June 2015.

With a theme of ‘Light, Bright and Beautiful’, the spectacular Carnival Parade with its music, dance, colourful costumes and props, will leave Omagh County Primary School at 1 pm and make its way through Omagh town centre before arriving at the Grange Park.

The Carnival Parade, which will be led by carnival group, Artastic, will feature a number of local groups and schools including Omagh Youth Centre and Omagh Youth Centre 15+ Club, Way 2 Go Project SWAP, Eskra Community Arts Group, Omagh Men’s Shed, Omagh Wheelers, Goodwill Gifts Support Group, Recarson Primary School, Omagh County Primary School, St Colmcille’s Primary School, Carrickmore and Omagh Integrated Primary School. A selection of bands, including Beyond Skin Akrowa African Drum and Dance, Omagh Academy Samba Band, Loughmacrory Accordion Band, Mountfield Pipe Band, Border Arts Samba Band and Barr Jubilee Pipe Band will also form part of the parade providing music along the carnival trail.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised this year’s Omagh Midsummer Carnival. Speaking about the event, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The Omagh Midsummer Carnival provides children and adults with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their skills through art, music, dance and culture.

This year’s carnival participants, art tutors and volunteers have dedicated a great deal of time and effort in preparation for the Carnival Parade. There is no doubt that this will be a stunning event for all to see.”

Grange Park will play host to a fun packed afternoon of family entertainment from 1 pm to 4 pm with performances by ‘Music Matters’, a group of adults with a learning disability who showcase song and dance; Stuart Gibson’s Dramatise Youth Theatre; and Irish language theatre, Fíbín, with the story of the Blind Seal in Irish and English.

Further entertainment at Grange Park includes Ghanaian drum and dance group ‘Akrowa’, W5 science show, clown comedy and magic shows, mystical storytelling, performances and demonstrations by Omagh Leisure Complex dance and fitness tutors including taster sessions, St Eugene’s band performing at 1.30 pm, Thai Arts NI face mask design and colourful sand painting, crafting clay and a tree trail treasure hunt devised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Biodiversity Officer. Optimus Prime and Iron Man are also set to make a special appearance throughout the afternoon.

There will also be food stalls, face painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castle, carnival games and much more.

Admission to the event and its associated activities at Grange Park is free of charge.

For further information please download the Carnival programme from the related files section on this webpage or telephone Omagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 8224 7831.


Related Files
Midsummer Carnival Programme 2015
3 MB | pdf | 12 Jun 2015

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