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International Uilleann Piping Day - 15th October 2012

A date for your diary - A worldwide celebration of the Uilleann Pipes. Uilleann piping events are planned at a host of locations around the globe.

Na Píobairí Uilleann will be holding an international day of uilleann piping activity on Saturday, October 15, 2011 to promote awareness of and interest in the playing of the instrument.
This co-ordinated day of piping activity organised by Na Píobairí Uilleann, an association of uilleann pipers with over 3,000 members worldwide, is aimed at raising awareness of this iconic Irish instrument in local communities.

Piping recitals, exhibitions, inter-active lessons and discussions explaining the instrument and how it is made will take place across four different time zones and those interested in learning more about the uilleann pipes can attend an activity hosted by groups of uilleann pipers in their locality or tune into activities through the Facebook page set up specifically for this event. We will also be streaming live events through the facebook page throughout the day.
As part of the International Day of Uilleann Piping, events will take place at over twenty locations worldwide in Cuba, USA, Europe, Asia including eight locations throughout Ireland.
The distinctive sound of the uilleann pipes (pronounced ‘illin’) is recognised internationally through the music of famous Irish traditional music groups such as the Chieftains and Planxty but also through the use of the instrument for film scores and with global artists such as Sting, the Pogues, the Rolling Stones, Westlife and Bryan Adams.
As part of this historic international musical event Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) is also highlighting the craft of uilleann pipe making, a highly specialised skill central to the development and growth of the instrument.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 at grassroots level by pipers with the aim of protecting a threatened art form. Now, over forty three years later, NPU is a thriving arts organisation with thousands of members, dedicated to servicing the aims and needs of uilleann pipers worldwide. It is the ambition of NPU to establish the music of the uilleann pipes as a major art form around the world in the 21st century. Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta St, Dublin in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – PipeCraft - has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking. NPU’s commitment to tuition, both on a weekly basis at its premises and internationally, continues to grow, along with its public performance programme.
NPU also maintains a significant online presence. Source, our web-based piping and traditional music resource, makes available our accumulated training, tutorial and archive materials to lovers of Irish music around the world.
Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíonn and Dublin City Council
Contact Details
Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta St., Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-8730093

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