Taller Iniciación al Tin Whistle / Intro to Tin Whistle Workshop

poster for event with a photo of a person playing an irish whistle

Alguna vez has pensado que te gustaría tocar música irlandesa? El sábado 20 de Mayo la Asociación organizará su primer taller para principiantes en el ambiente encantador del Antiguo Cauce del Río, 5 minutos andando desde Metro Túria. En este taller impartiremos las bases del tin whistle, un instrumento típico de Irlanda. Ven a conocer este instrumento y nuestra música traditional. Aportación 20€, con tin whistle incluido. Para más información o reservar tu plaza, contáctanos en aciv.vlc@gmail.com

Have you ever wanted to learn Irish music? on Saturday May 20th the Association will organise its first workshop for beginners in the beautiful surroundings of the old Turia riverbed park, a 5 minute walk from Turia Metro stop. In this workshop, we will teach the basics of the tin whistle, an instrument commonly played in Ireland. Come along and get to know this instrument and our traditional music. Contribution €20, with tin whistle included. For more information or to book your place, contact us at aciv.vlc@gmail.com

April Literary event: “Homage to Heaney”

April Literary event: “Homage to Heaney”

An enjoyable morning with new and old friends was had by all during the Saturday morning event, held in Sankofa Espai Intercultural. Chris Dove opened with a few words of welcome, and Dermot Hurley was the first reader on stage. His choices were “Blackberry Picking’ and ‘Scaffolding’, short poems featuring some of Heaney’s typical themes of nature, childhood, memory and relationships. These themes were continued in Grania Flanagan’s choices, ‘Death of a Naturalist’ and ‘While the Others were away at Mass’. Gavin Reid, VICA’s resident English lit teacher, then followed, regaling the crowd with some anecdotes of his own before reading ‘The Barn’ and ‘Digging’, both of which poems can be seen to follow the thematic line from the others. Chris Dove then took a darker turn, reading an extract from ‘Beowulf’ and another extract from ‘Station Island’, with themes of violence added to the mix. When the floor was opened to guests, Seán from Co. Derry, a close neighbour to Heaney’s homeplace, read ‘Whatever you say, say nothing’, a poem in which he said he could see the northern persona, and again referenced the Troubles Heaney lived through and documented. This theme of the Troubles, portrayed through the people who lived them, was continued in Dermot’s next reading, ‘Casualty’, and Gavin’s ‘Two Lorries’. To finish off the programme, Chris Dove sidestepped completely, to ‘The Given Note’ – an origin tale for the ethereal ‘Port na bPúcaí’, which he went on to perform on the whistle.

As always we thank Pep at Sankofa for hosting us for this event, and thanks to all who came.

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Universitat de Valencia to host AEDEI Conference this spring.

Universitat de Valencia to host AEDEI Conference this spring.

The Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses are celebrating their annual Conference in Valencia in 2023, hosted by the Universitat de Valencia. The event will take place from Wednesday 31st of May to Friday 2nd June in the Facultat de Filologia, Traducció i Comunicació, Av Blasco Ibañez 32 and will feature guests from all over Iberia and beyond. The website for the event can be found at https://www.uv.es/aedei2023/ where details of the speakers and schedules can be found, as well as other information related to the conference. VICA looks forward to attending this prestigious event.

La Asociación Española de Estudios Irlandeses va a celebrar su conferencia anual en la Universitat de Valencia este primavera, desde el miércoles 31 de Mayo hasta viernes 2 de junio, en la Facultat de Filologia, Traducció i Comunicació, Av Blasco Ibañez 32. Esta conferencia acogerá invitados desde cada parte de la península ibérica y más allá. Se puede encontrar toda la información relacionado con la conferencia en el sitio web https://www.uv.es/aedei2023/ . En VICA estamos esperando asistir a este evento prestigioso.

AEDEI Conference Poster


VICA is looking for new members! If you want to help promote Irish culture in Valencia city and the Valencian Community, why not join us as a member? For an annual subscription of €20, members will receive discounts on events and merchandise, and be invited to and have a vote in the committee meetings. The subscription can by paid by bank transfer (Valencian Irish Cultural Association, ES71 3159 0056 1726 3246 4224, ref.: “Suscripción 2023”), cash or Bizum (to the President, Dermot Hurley, 600231528 or the Treasurer, Kevin Cash 628 06 84 68).

La VICA busca nuevos socios! Si quieres ayudarnos a promover la cultura de Irlanda en Valencia capital y la Comunidad Valenciana, ¿porqué no te apuntas como socio? Por una suscripción anual de 20€, los socios recibirán descuentos en entradas y productos de merchandising, además de la oportunidad de participar y votar en las reuniones del comité. El pago de la suscripción se puede realizar por transferencia bancaria (Valencian Irish Cultural Association, ES71 3159 0056 1726 3246 4224, concepto: ” Suscripción 2023″), en efectivo o bien por Bizum (al presidente, Dermot Hurley, o al tesorero, Kevin Cash).


El comitè de la VICA i els seus voluntaris us fa saber a tots que el dissabte 7 de gener de 2023 a les 12.00 hi haurà una reunió en St. Patrick’s Irish Pub per parlar sobre la organització de la festa de Sant Patrici enguany.

the VICA committee hereby notifies that an open meeting will be held in St Patrick’s Irish Pub, Gran Vía, on Saturday 7th of January at 12.00 to discuss plans for this year’s St Patrick’s Day events.

VICA Celebration of Song Weekend, 4th-6th November

VICA Celebration of Song Weekend, 4th-6th November

The VICA Singer’s Club are delighted to welcome to Valencia the members of our extended online singer’s Circle. Since March 2020, singers from across Ireland and the UK have joined our local and Spanish members in a weekly online gathering, which has been an endless source of new and old songs. Now for the first time we are able to welcome them to Valencia and sing together in person!

On Friday at 18.30 there is an open singing session in St. Patrick’s Scholar’s Irish Bar on C. Ramon Llull. All are welcome to join, or simply to listen.

Saturday afternoon will see the main event, with a concert featuring more than ten singers and a variety of languages. The concert takes place from 19.00 in Sankofa Espai Cultural, C. Beata Ines 10, close to Plaza Patraix.

Sunday morning will see our weekly riverbed session from 11-13.00 transform into an open singing session, with all welcome to join. A final farewell sing-song will take place from 18.30 in Max Max Pub Celta, C/ Vinalopó

Entry to all events is free, and we hope to see you at one or all of them!

Recital of Songs from Ireland and Beyond!

Vica’s Singer’s Circle invite you to join us for an intimate recital on Saturday 14th May at 7pm in Sankofa Espai Cultural – C/ Beata Inés 10, Patraix (Valencia)

The programme includes songs and singers from Ireland and beyond, as far afield as England, Scotland the United States and even Valencia! The evening will reflect our usual format, with singers taking turns to perform a song of their choice, accompanied by ad hoc contributions from the other members. The atmosphere is relaxed and the songs cover the spectrum of human experience, with emotion, tragedy and hilarious tales. Some songs also have a chorus which we invite everyone present to join in!

We hope to see you there!

Canciones de Irlanda y de otros lugares con encanto

El sábado 14 de mayo de 2022 a las 19:00 en Centro Cultural Sankofa, c/ Beata Inés 10, Patraix Hay un recital de canciones por miembros del grupo de cantores de la Asociación por la Cultura Irlandesa de Valencia (VICA).

El programa incluye una mayoría de canciones irlandesas con otras de Inglaterra, Escocia, Estados Unidos… incluso de Valencia. El concierto refleja el formato habitual de las sesiones del grupo, donde cada uno toma su turno y canta una canción de su elección con aportaciones ad hoc de los demás. El ambiente es relajado y las canciones cubren toda la gama de actividades y emociones humanas, tragedias e historias hilarantes. Hay canciones con estribillo en las que el público está invitado a participar.

¡Os esperamos el 14 de mayo!

St. Patrick’s Day festival 2022

St Patrick's Day festival 2022 in Valencia

Thanks to everyone who came and supported our St. Patrick’s Day festival 2022. This was a smaller event than in previous years, as due to Covid we did not receive a permit to have an official event this year.

The VICA musicians were joined by members of the Singers’ Circle and the Irish Dancing group, and a great time was had by all. We saw some old friends and welcomed new members of the Irish community and friends of Ireland to the festival.

Well done to everyone on a most enjoyable afternoon!

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