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New Haven Feis

The New Haven Feis at the Connecticut Irish Festival


FEIS CO-CHAIRWOMEN: Meghan Lenihan and Erin Collins



FEIS SYLLABUS:  New Haven Feis Syllabus – 2017


$20 family admission fee paid at time of feis registrations is your admission into the Festival – Please present your confirmation receipt email at entrance gate

This year the National Anthems will be sung by: TBD

One of the main highlights is the New Haven Feis (pronounced Fesh), dating back to 1966, which is held on the Sunday of the CT Irish Festival.  The Feis consists of Irish dance competitions: solos and championships and Irish soda bread competitions.

This is an old fashion outdoor Feis where the dancers compete on stages under opened tents. The Irish dancers will compete in light jig, reel and slip jig dance competitions wearing their soft shoes (called Gillies) as well as in hard shoe competitions dancing a treble jig, hornpipe and/or traditional set.

Competitors come from all over Connecticut as well as NY, NJ, MA, MD, RI, PA, NH, VT, ME, and VA.   There has been competitors from as far as California and Alaska and repeatedly every year from Quebec and Ontario, Canada.

The cultural exhibits building at the festival will feature Irish soda bread competitions. There are 3 different Irish Soda Bread competitions:  Brown, Raisin and Fancy Bread.  $10.00 Entry Fee. There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category. Winners will receive WATERFORD CRYSTAL VASE. To enter click on following for Irish Bread Contest Entry Form

Feis Syllabus: New Haven Feis Syllabus – 2017



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  1. Robert

    When will you be posting the Syllabus?

    1. ctirish

      Hi Robert,
      The New Haven Feis Syllabus will be posting on and by weeks end.
      Theresa O’Brien
      Feis Secretary

  2. Rebecca

    When are you posting the Syllabus for the feis? I really need to know soon. I am a novice dancer.

    1. ctirish

      The syllabus has been posted on and for registrations.

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