Packed weekend of events for Earhart Festival

Fri, 18/05/2012 - 14:38 -- Editor

THE Earhart Community Arts Festival have a packed, long weekend of events planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's landing in Derry.

A new event in the Earhart Festival calendar, 'The Walled City Live & Traditional' guarantees an afternoon of Derry's finest traditional music talent performing in venues across the city all on the afternoon and early evening of Saturday, May 19th.

Performers and venues include
The Mad Hatters - Masons bar 3-5pm
Ciara McCafferty & Friends - Dungloe Bar  4-6pm
Danny McGilloway -The Rocking Chair 4.30-6.30pm
Piosa Beag- Castle Bar 5-7pm
Dougie Breslin- Tracey's  Bar 5-7 pm
Ramon Ferguson-  Peadar O'Donnells  5-7pm
Niall Gallagher- Strand Bar  5-7pm
Ronan Kearney & Rozza - Bound for Boston 5-7pm
The Paddy Danagher Band   - Sandinos  4-6pm

On Monday and Tuesday of next week the Tower Museum is hosting an exhibition that offers a unique opportunity to view some previously unseen photographs recording Amelia Earhart's day in  Derry,  May 21st/22nd 1932. The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am- 9pm and forms the backdrop for the launch of 'Amelia Earhart :First Lady of Aviation,' a publication specially commissioned from Joe Campbell and Felicity McCall to mark the 80th anniversary of Earhart's solo transatlantic crossing.

Also on Monday Donegal-based flying club will make its own unique tribute to the legendary aviator during the gala celebrations.The Convoy based Finn Valley Flying Club under the leadership of John Kilpatrick will stage a fly past in the Guildhall Square at 3pm. Up to six planes are expected to take part.

Festival Director Oliver Green says : 'This is a wonderful endorsement of the significant and lasting place that Amelia Earhart holds in the history, and hearts, of our community. On this, the 80th anniversary of the day she landed at Ballyarnett and became the first woman in history to fly solo across the Atlantic, the Finn Valley Flying Club are reminding us in spectacular and thrilling style of the pioneering act of courage and inspiration that underlies all our celebrations.'

The fly past will take place during a five-hour family friendly event in Guildhall Square, compered by the inimitable Chico. It incorporates the presentation of the first Earhart Awards marking local schoolchildren's outstanding achievements.