The City of Londonderry Highland Dance Festival

This is a major event within the dancing world, and incorporates two championships, the prestigious European Open Championship and the Confined Ulster Championship. The comprehensive event will all also incorporate graded non-championship events to provide a springboard for less experienced local dancers particularly dancers who are starting out on their competition careers, helping them in their personal and social development through a series of target setting opportunities.

The competitions’ importance is recognised by the fact two of the current World Champions have given a commitment to taking part. Dance is an integral part of Ulster Scots culture, and is a lasting legacy from the many Scots who settled here over the years bringing with them, their music, song, dance and language.

The area around Derry~Londonderry is the hub of Scottish dance, with links to groups in towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland, and which now have extended across the border to Monaghan, Cavan & Donegal. The event is inspiration for existing local dancers. This International Festival will attract the cream of Highland Dancing competitors from all parts of the UK, Republic of Ireland and mainland Europe.


European & Ulster Highland Dance Championships -9.30am – 4.30pm each day.

Friday Night

Junior Ceilidh- 8pm – 9pm 

Sontas   9pm – 10.30pm  Admission: Free

Saturday Night

Ceilidh music by Cutting Edge- from Dundee- 8pm to late Admission £5.00

Your Itinerary

The City of Londonderry Highland Dance Festival


5 April 2013 - 6 April 2013


Everglades Hotel