OrigiNation A Festival of Native Cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Arizona

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12-4 pm

FREE Admission

About This Event

The culmination of the Discovery Series, this special Sunday A’Fair celebrates the cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Arizona in an afternoon of entertainment and interactive experiences. Visitors enjoy music, dance and stories; arts-and-crafts by local artists; creative art stations for kids and families; and native-inspired foods and beverages.

The Rave British Invasion
Noon – 1 p.m.
Fountain Stage
Embrace your favorite British tunes of the 60’s

Renaissance Costume Workshop
12:15 p.m.
Catwalk Lounge
Learn what it takes to create a renaissance-period costume, led by Queen Mum from the Arizona Renaissance Festival

Ceili Dance Demonstration
12:15 p.m and 1 p.m.
Participate in Irish social dancing

The Celtic Caterer
12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Stage 2
Learn how to cook traditional Celtic dishes from the acclaimed Celtic Caterer with the following recipes: Irish Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon & Irish Asparagus Blue Cheese Salad (12:30 p.m.), Welsh Creamy Potato & Leek Soup w/ White Wine (2 p.m.), and Scottish Orange Chocolate Whisky Mousse (3:30 p.m.)

Scottish Highland Dancers
1 p.m.
Fountain Stage
Watch dancers from the Maschino School of Highland Dance perform traditional Scottish highland dances

Scotch Tasting
1:15 p.m.
Catwalk Lounge
Learn more about the origins of this spirit will sampling premium Scotch, guided by a representative of Southern Wine and Spirits. $10, limited seating. To purchase tickets visit the Box Office.

Tramor with special guest The Living Traditions Dance Troupe
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Fountain Stage
Experience a collaboration between the American Welsh group Tramor and Native American dancers from The Living Traditions Dance Troupe.

Peter Pan by Arizona Curriculum Theater
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Listen to the beloved story of Peter Pan written by the Scottish novelist N.M. Barrie, performed by the Arizona Curriculum Theater. Great for ages 5-10!

Celtic Tea Party
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Young @ Arts Gallery
Hosted by the Phoenix-Ennis and Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, Daughters of Scotia, and The Desert Shamrock magazine, includes an etiquette lesson, entertainment with Scottish and Irish music and dance, tea from Belfast, Kerry butter from Ireland, and light fare. Scone, Devon cream from England, and strawberry jam from the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree, Arizona.

Scottish Highland Athletes
2:30 p.m.
Fountain Stage
Watch Scottish Highland Athletes demonstrate their skills and talk about the Highland Games.

The Dread Fleet Sword Demonstration
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Witness an epic sword demonstration packed with stories from the infamous Pirates of The Dread Fleet!

Tales of Wales with John Good 
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Catwalk Lounge
Head of the Welsh League of Arizona, John Good will share his stories and traditional Welsh instruments like Celtic flute and bagpipes.

The Big Fellahs
3 – 4 p.m.
Fountain Stage
The Big Fellahs are the Irish rock band your mother warned you about.


All Day Activities

Visit the following booths both indoors and out for amazing cuisine and other cultural activities that celebrate the UK, Ireland and Native Arizona

  • C.O.F.T. – Learn about Irish lace-making, spinning and weaving with the Celtic Reenactment Organization of Fellowship and Trades
  • DeLorean Car – See the iconic Irish-made DeLorean car thanks to the Arizona DeLorean Club
  • Irish Arizona Historical Photographs – Imagery of some of the first Irish settlers in Arizona featured in Janice Bryson’s book Irish Arizona
  • Desert Irish Wolfhound Association – Enjoy the company of Arizona’s finest wolfhounds
  • Imagination to the C.O.R.E. – Celtic image making with recycled materials lead by Drury Design Arts
  • Currach Rowing Team – Take a look at an authentic Currach from The Irish Currach Team of Phoenix
  • Irish Colleen Titleholders – Chat with current and former titleholders of the Arizona Colleen & Rose of Tralee, Arizona Irish Lass and Little Miss Shamrocks!
  • Kid and Family Activities – Make fun crafts and learn about UK and Ireland culture
  • WISEnheimer – An interactive American English and British English word-match game
  • Native American Featured Artisans – Ron Carlos (Salt River Pima – Maricopa - Pottery) and David A. Montour (Potawatomie and Mohawk - Native American Flutes) demonstrate their traditional crafts
  • The Barmy Brit Food Truck – featuring classic UK dishes like fish and chips and Scottish egg



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