For the past three months a number of Young Farmers’ Club have been busy preparing and rehearsing their entries for the second YFCU Arts Festival, which is being sponsored by Cantrell and Cochrane Ltd.
Festival groups from 18 clubs will be presenting programmes of music, humour, song and dance at three different centres – Town Hall, Portstewart on Tuesday, February 25; Town Hall, Cookstown on Wednesday, February 26, and the King George VI Youth Centre, May Street, Belfast, on Thursday, February 27.
At each centre the show will commence at 8pm and will open to the public. Altogether, with the performers on stage and the assistants backstage, this will involve more than 500 young people in making an active contribution to the festival.
The aim of the festival is to foster self-expression and to encourage young people to use their leisure to produce original forms of entertainment and artistic achievement, while preserving all that is best in the Ulster cultural tradition.
So far the concentration has been on entertainment, and the 1969 theme is “Country Sound,” but it is hoped that in future years the festival will expand to encompass other forms of cultural and artistic achievement.
While the festival is non competitive, awards of merit will be made where appropriate by the adjudicators, Mr John Whitehorm, BBC television producer, and Mr Ambrose Marriott of Stranmillis Training College.
From among the best performers a team will be chosen to represent the Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster at an International Arts Festival to be held in Wales in May.