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NW tunes up for €3.5m boost 01.12.11

INISHOWEN is tuning up for a share of €3.5m next summer when the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention takes place in Ireland for the first time.
Some 400 musicians and 40,000 visitors are expected to travel to Derry and Co Donegal for the five-day event which takes place from June 27 to July 1, 2012.
Performers from countries including Ireland, Scotland, the US, Canada, Denmark and Norway are scheduled to take part.
They include The Chieftans, The String Sisters featuring Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh; Liz Carroll from the US; Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill; Cathal Hayden and the Wrigley Sisters.
The event has previously been held in Scotland, Sweden and Canada.
Convention director and fiddle player, Liz Doherty, said the event is "about cultural exchange, developing new audiences, forging partnerships".
"International musicians and dancers will meet and mingle with local players and a vibrant and exciting five days and nights of music and dance is in store," said Ms Doherty.
The event was launched yesterday in the Great Hall, Magee Campus of the University of Ulster in Derry city by The Chieftans frontman, Paddy Moloney.
Programme manager, Tom Sherlock, said visitors could look forward to a wide variety of concerts, ceilis, materclasses, session trails, talks and an international youth fiddle camp.
Liz Doherty.
"North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2012 (NAFCo2012) will attract over 400 artists and performers and more than 1,000 musical participants and it aims to attract an audience in excess of 40,000 to its various events over a five-day period in June. It has been estimated that NAFCo2012 will generate an economic impact in excess of Stg £3 million for the North West," said Mr Sherlock.
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