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Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra

The Square

Allen-Taylor’s Afrobeat Orchestra grew from the Oleku Band, formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian musicians recently settled in and around Dublin. Led by composer/ arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi – originally from Abeokuta in south-west Nigeria, the birthplace of Fela Kuti – the band plays
authentic Afrobeat and highlife from their Yoruba roots.

Oleku Band was always an Afrobeat orchestra in miniature so it was no surprise that the six-piece band metamorphosed into a full Afrobeat orchestra, with a brass section, rhythm section and chorus. AllenTaylor Adeniyi is still in charge of the band and his wife Tomilola still runs the chorus.
Since its debut Irish performance in 2007, the band has played festivals including The National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore and the Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire. It toured Ireland with Music Network in 2010, and has featured on RTÉ 1’s Nationwide.


The Grand Parade

The Square

To Infinity and Beyond!

Having travelled around the Sun and a half a billion kilometres more through space, LUXE return to Clifden with a magnificent illuminated parade to celebrate our collective journey amongst the stars.

Followed by fireworks (weather permitting) and Afrobeat Orchestra on the Gig Rig from 10 PM

Photo credit: Julia Dunin Photography


The Mexican-Irish San Patricio Celebration

The Square

Celebration to honour the memory of John Reilly and the San Patricio Battalion. We will celebrate the shared culture of Ireland and Mexico through music and dance.


Clifden Elf and Fairy Trail

The Square

Fairy JIL and her family and friends left a message for Clifden Tidy Towns asking if they could arrange for the children to come out together again.

The elves and fairies watched the children from their safe hiding places and were delighted to see so many dressing up and having fun finding their homes. Our magical friends are happy living in Clifden and love the beautiful flowers and clean streets. They are also very impressed with all the work the children do with their Green Flag projects! They have told Tidy Towns that they fly into the polytunnel at Scoil Mhuire and around the school garden at night to see what the children have planted. They also love the wild garden on the Ballyconneely Road, cared for by the students of Clifden Community School. More fairies have moved in during the year, and we need you to find them for us and say hello to our old friends. Fancy dress for adults and children adds to the fun!

Admission €2 in aid of Clifden Tidy Towns

A guardian must accompany children at all times.

2023 Festival Programme