Tedfest comes to London


By Madeline O’Connor

THE organisers of Tedfest have revealed plans to stage an event in London this summer.

Tedfest London, described as a One-Day Pop Tart, will take place in The London Irish Centre on Saturday July 12.

The event will feature the Holy Trinity of Tedfest favourites – Ted’s Got Talent, The Craggy Cup (which will be played in nearby Camden Square) and The Lovely Girls Contest.

Other events on the programme will include Matchmaking with Nellie, DJ Sister Scratchy and Rob & Don Morgan hosting a Q&A session about their father entitled An Audience Without Dermot. The legendary Craggy Island Ceili Band is also considering a trip to London.

Tedfest Organiser, Peter Phillips, said: “After eight years of staging Tedfest out on Galway Bay in February, the Northern Line holds no fear for us.”

London Irish Centre’s Gary Dunne said:  “The London Irish Centre team are very excited to be hosting Tedfest’s maiden voyage to London. We’ve seen pictures and heard reports on previous Tedfests, and are pretty sure we’re in for a day of serious craic. There’s huge buzz in our online communities, so roll on Jul 12.”

A London version of The Toilet Duck Award, the Newcomer Stand-Up Competition traditionally held in Galway on the night before Tedfest, is also being staged at The London Irish Centre on Friday July 11. The competition, in conjunction with the London Irish Comedy Festival, will see the winner offered a gig at the Festival in October.

Tedfest, the cult festival homage to all things Father Ted, was conceived in 2007 as the antithesis to a TV convention.

Described by organisers as ‘more of a state of mind than an actual event,’ Tedfest attracts 400 people each year to the windswept craggy island of Inis Mór, inconveniently located many miles off the coast of Galway.

For more info on both events, see www.tedfest.org.


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