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Press Release - Dance for WaterAid

Barnsley College

On Saturday 15th October, residents of Barnsley will be dancing for water as part of WaterAid’s Big National Ceilidh which sees ceilidhs taking place across the UK and around the world on the same night.


The Barnsley event is being organised by Josie Whiteley, Head of Department for Creative Media and Entertainment Industries at Barnsley College and Ian Morley, Arts Development Officer, Festivals and Events for Barnsley MBC.


Proceeds from the evening will be donated to WaterAid, a charity that works in 26 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region, helping some of the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. To date, WaterAid has helped over 21 million people gain access to these services.

A ceilidh is a type of barn dance, with a live band. To unify all the ceilidhs, at 10pm everyone will dance the Circassian Circle – one of the simplest, best-loved and most inclusive of dances – to the tune of “Jamie Allen”.


The organisers said, “ceilidhs are a great social occasion that anyone can join in with so we hope we will see a great turn out for a fun evening. Just £15 can give someone a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene so we hope people will be generous in their support, helping some of the world’s poorest people gain access to these vital services that we take for granted.”


The ceilidh starts at 7pm on Saturday 15th October at The Shed at Barnsley College’s Honeywell site. Free parking is available. The event is part of Barnsley's annual Diversity Festival and local band The Rhythm Chaps are providing the music. Pie and Peas will be sold on the night and there will be a Real Ale bar and fund-raising raffle.


Tickets are just £2.50 through the Civic box office on 01226 327 000. A £1.50 booking fee is charged for credit/debit card bookings. Tickets can be bought from the box office without a booking fee.