YFCU Arts Festival Gala 2018 a huge success

11 April 2018

 YFCU Arts Festival Gala 2018 a huge success

Pictured with YFCU President, James Speers at the Arts Gala held in the Millennium Forum on Saturday 7th April, are producers of the arts festival club plays.

Saturday 7th April brought the return of the hugely popular Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster Arts Festival Gala. The event was held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry.

Sponsored for a number of years by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the Arts Festival Gala saw the top five clubs from the YFCU’s arts festival perform to a packed audience of family, friends, industry representatives, MLA’s, MEP’s and distinguished guests. A VIP reception sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds was also held before the performances.  

The clubs that took to the stage were Finvoy YFC, Kilraughts YFC, Kilrea YFC, Randalstown YFC and Spa YFC. Each club performed a short drama piece which the members wrote and produced themselves.  The outstanding performance of the night award went to Finvoy Young Farmers Club.

Compère at the event was Tim McGarry, who provided light hearted entertainment throughout the night. Guest speaker was BBC presenter, Karen Patterson.  Karen delivered an intriguing talk about her background as a former young farmer and her journey to fulfilling her career aspirations as a broadcast journalist.  Following this Karen then presented representatives from the performing clubs with their awards.

Results were as follows:

Most amusing moment: Finvoy YFC

Most innovative musical moment: Randalstown YFC

Most imaginative theme: Finvoy YFC

Best choral piece:  Kilraughts YFC

Best choreography: Glarryford YFC                                            

Best newcomer: Dungiven YFC

Outstanding Performance of the Night: Finvoy YFC

Awards of special merit: Finvoy YFC, Kilraughts YFC, Kilrea YFC, Randalstown YFC and Spa YFC.

Photo Caption: Karen Patterson, BBC presenter and guest speaker at the YFCU Arts Gala pictured with YFCU President, James Speers

Photo Caption: Martin Malone, NFU Mutual with wife Allison pictured along with YFCU President James Speers at the Arts Gala, sponsored by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

Photo Caption: Norman McConaghie, Chestnutt Animal Feeds, along with wife Caroline and YFCU President James Speers pictured at the recent YFCU Arts Gala VIP Reception, sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds.