Carafest, Corrymeela Ballycastle

30 Mar - 02 Apr 2018
Corrymeela Ballycastle

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Carafest – A Festival of Faith and Reconciliation at Corrymeela.
Friday 30th March 4:30pm – Monday 2nd April 2:00pm.

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(this link will open in the Get invited To booking website)

Details on the programme will be announced in the coming weeks with a broad programme available from Feb 20th. 

If you have any queries regarding Carafest – please email carafest@corrymeela.org

A detailed programme will be released on March 10th. Click here to have a look at last year.


We are delighted to invite you to our second annual Easter Festival of Faith & Reconciliation at our stunning North Coast site. We are currently confirming more speakers, poets and musicians to take part but just to whet your appetite we can confirm:

Former Beirut hostage Brian Keenan will be joining us to discuss his experience of being held hostage and how arts supported him during this time.

The children of renowned folk act, The Sands Family have formed their own band. Called Na Leanaí (meaning The Kids) they will be bringing new life to some traditional classics. 

Theologian Professor Siobhán Garrigan will be bringing her practice and wisdom on theologies and liturgies of liberation and inclusion. We are delighted that she will be joining us. 

Fans of Fischy Music will be thrilled to know that Stephen Fischbacher will be bringing his unique style of children’s music, celebration, dance and insight for some music workshops. 

Popular commentator from Slugger O’Toole (and other platforms) Claire Mitchell will be sharing insights on writing, politics and identity.

Paul Hutchinson will be speaking about writing, creativity as well as showing some films he’s produced for Corrymeela and the Irish Quakers. 

Lilian Vellem will be speaking about the current state of play for refugees and asylum seekers – in both practice and policy – in Northern Ireland. 

 There will be theology, cups of tea, politics, time to talk, a kid’s programme, arts & craft, worship, a dawn service on Easter Sunday morning and more tea and chat. Accommodation will be available on a bed and breakfast basis. Full details of the ticket costs are available by clicking here.


The word reconciliation means ‘to become friends again’ and so we’ve chosen the word ‘cara’ (friend in Irish and Scots Gaelic) for our festival of faith and reconciliation. We are Corrymeela and you are always welcome.

And here is a reminder of last year’s Carafest.