Top News

Fogo Island gearing up for Spring Festival

The second annual Fogo Island Spring Festival is set to take place May 19-21.
The second annual Fogo Island Spring Festival is set to take place May 19-21.

FOGO ISLAND, NL — Billed as a celebration of music, songs and stories of the sea, the second annual Fogo Island Spring Festival is set to begin.

The three-day event kicks off May 19 at 8 p.m. with a concert at the St. Patrick’s Parish Club in Tilting. Admission is $5 and the show will feature local musicians including Joan Foley, Al Dwyer, Paddy Barry, Craig Foley and Colin Brett.

Saturday festival organizers are hosting a round table discussion on the fishery. The discussion will focus on the 3K fishing zone, the traditional fishing ground for area fishermen. Glenn Blackwood, vice-president of the Marine Institute of Memorial University will be on hand at the event to host the discussion.  

“It’s sort of a what’s happening about the fisheries situation, particularly crab and cod and shrimp,” Gordon Slade, chair of the Fogo Island based and Ocean Shorefast Foundation told the Pilot. “This is part of my new ocean ethic, which is the celebration of the stories and songs of the sea.”

The event moves back to traditional festivities later in the afternoon with stories and songs, and a meal of fish and brews. There will also be a dance Saturday evening. 

Sunday there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary Atlantic, at the Fogo
Island Inn’s Cinema. 

The festival closes out Sunday evening with a performance by pianist Ian Sutherland, and Soprano Jane Leibel from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  

Admission to the screening is free, to obtain tickets to the screening and concert, or for more information on the festival, call 709 658 3444 or email frontdesk@fogoislandinn.ca. 

 

Patrick.Murphy@SaltWire.com

Recent Stories