Céilí Afro Dabke

Culture Night 2023
September 22nd, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Centenary Hall, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee (V92A409)

Come join us for some African dance, Dabke, Ukrainian dance finishing up with the Irish céilí dances. The evening will kick off with a short performance with our Ukrainian friends who have been working with Catherine over the past few weeks.


Céilí Afro Dabke is Ireland’s first world music céilí. It vibrantly mixes and merges African dance, traditional dabke dance from the Levant (Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon), old style Irish céilí dances and Ukrainian folk dance.

Established in 2018 as a way to bring people from all cultures together, Céilí Afro Dabke extends a warm invitation to everyone to meet and dance with your neighbours from around the world.

Céilí Afro Dabke is a core part of The Welcoming Project, a dance programme designed to foster cultural integration and social inclusion.

Back to all Projects.


St. Patrick’s Day (2023)

Backstage, Longford (2022)

Culture Night Kerry (2022)

What Next Festival, Limerick (2020)

Culture Night (2019)

Féile Na Bealtaine, Dingle (2019)

KFest, Killorglin (2019)

Culture Night Kerry (2018) 


Past events SUPPORTED BY
Kerry County Council, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council, Siamsa Tire, Backstage Theatre, Dance Limerick, Healthy Ireland, Presentation Primary Tralee, Respond, Mercy Mounthawk.





Director / Choreographer
Catherine Young

Music Director
Martin Schärer

Dancers (2023)
Kristyn Fontanella, Ahmed Lulu, Tatiana Santos, Hannah Buckley and Róisín Ní Lúing and community casts from Ballybunnion and Tralee

Musicians (2023)
Ieva Breen, Greta Curtin, Pádraig Enright, Brian Fleming, Teresa Galvin, Ted Moynihan, Mícheál Ó’Dubhghaill, Pádraig Ó’Dubhghaill, Martin Schärer, Birgit Tol.

Special Guests
Yershov Sisters and our Ukrainian community

Film / Video
Johnny White and Michael Kelly

Rory Kirby and Michael Kelly

Supported by
Healthy Ireland, Kerry County Council, Arts Council, Creative Ireland, Respond, Presentation Primary, Mercy Mounthawk and NEWKD.