The Lisburn and Castlereagh Pipe Band & Highland Dance Festival will take place on Saturday, September 3 from 10am in the village of Moira, within the picturesque rural setting of the Moira Demense.

The United Kingdom Adult Solo Drumming Championship will also be held at the event, and follows on from the British Adult Solo Drumming Championship which was held at Piping Live! and won by Mikey McKenna from St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band. The winner of the UK Drumming Championship will be awarded the Bobby Rea Cup. These events are part of a series of new solo drumming events which act as a qualifying events for the World Solo Drumming Championship, taking place this October. Details of the entry are found on under the calendar section. 

•Left to right: Linda Harley – Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Belfast Branch; Mr Trevor Wilson – Ulster Scots Agency; Alderman Allan Ewart MBE – Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Development Committee; Mr Erinn McIlwaine – Press Officer of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch; Mr Winston Pinkerton – President and Life Ambassador of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch; Jorja Turkington – 2022 Junior World Champion Drum Major.

In addition to the pipe band competition, drumming championship, drum majors and Highland dancing, the 2022 festival will see the inclusion of Scottish Country Dancing as well as Pipe Band College Northern Ireland workshops. The branch and its partners are very much looking forward to rounding off a successful 2022 season. 

President and Life Ambassador of RSPBANI, Mr Winston Pinkerton said: “I am looking forward with excitement to this festival which will round off our 2022 season. This event will showcase our wonderful bands, drum majors and dancers who have made this summer’s championships a treat for everyone. I am extremely pleased with the inclusion of the our Pipe Band College who will be delivering some wonderful workshops which will give everyone a taste of the great wealth of knowledge and the demonstrate the work of our college tutors who look forward to a new term of teaching our next generation of pipers, drummers and drum majors starting again this Autumn. I know everyone will enjoy this great day at Moira before we move back into the practice season in preparation for 2023.” 

This event will be managed by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI), together with Pipe Band College Northern Ireland (PBCNI) and the Northern Ireland Highland Dance Association (NIHDA) and in conjunction and Ulster Scots Agency (USA).