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Fermanagh Live festival set to kick off as it aims to display best of local talent

Some of the best of local arts talent in the west are set to be showcased as the Fermanagh Live festival is set to come to the county next weekend.

The festival will officially launch as part of the Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 23, with the festival itself taking place between 6 October and 9 October.

A wide variety of events will take place celebrating some of the west’s best musicians, artists and poets.

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Jazz features prominently on this year’s lineup with Northwest based quartet ‘Jazz Gazette’ tuning up for lively ‘Gin n Jazz’ night in association with the Boatyard Distillery, in Enniskillen’s Westville Hotel on Saturday 8 October.

The chair of the festival committee Lisa Clarke told MyFermanagh the festival is lucky to be able to count on local talent.

“We are trying to feature the best of the west, we have and have always had a wonderful cultural background to our county, which we try and show off as best we can,” Lisa said.

“Every year in our festival we do aim to promote local talent, local artists and poets and we want to celebrate the work that is done throughout the year by these people in this one weekend.

“There are a lot of art exhibitions, poetry readings, writing clubs and musical events that take place on a regular basis in Fermanagh and hopefully now that we’ve gotten back to normal we’ll be seeing more and more of these events.

“We’re lucky to have so many impressive homegrown talents on our doorstep."

The organiser added it was refreshing to be able to host the festival properly this year after hosting virtual events for the last two years due to the pandemic.

“We welcome everyone to come out to live events after three years and we’re really looking forward to see the variety of events that we have here.

“We were online last year so it’s obviously just not the same.

“A lot of the events make use of the lakelands and we’re trying to make use of most of the lovely venues we have in Fermanagh.”

The full programme of events can be viewed and tickets can be bought at http://www.flive.org.uk/.

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