A Worldcon in Ireland must have dances!

We will be having two dances for your enjoyment this year.

Friday Night Ceilidh

The Science Ceilidh Band is formed from the team of Lewis Hou (fiddle, calling), Lewis Williamson (fiddle), Gary Rafferty (guitar) and Helen Le-Mar (flute, calling).

The band have played their high energy take on traditional Scottish music around Europe, incorporating elements from continental balfolk, quebecois and nordic traditions with a cheeky dash of techno and geek culture for good measure into their ceilidhs for festivals, events, weddings and conferences. Highlights have included TEDxGlasgow, the Royal Society, Physiological Society Conference, Big Bang Bash at National Museum Scotland, Green Man Festival (Einstein’s Garden), headlining Solarsphere in Wales, Mugstock Festival and weddings in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland.

Sponsored by the Glasgow in 2024 Worldcon Bid.

This dance will be on the Cabaret Stage, Wicklow 2A, at 9pm.

Friday Afternoon Ceilidh Workshop

Come along and help us make a Science Fiction themed ceilidh dance during this workshop which we’ll share at the evening ceilidh! Science Ceilidh explores science through movement, weaving narratives into ceilidh dances to help people understand the underlying concepts – from the Orcadian Strip the Helix to the Dashing White Blood Cell. This works equally well with science fiction with the development of “Sandworm’s Folly” at Follycon for example! No dance experience needed, just your ideas for topics for the dance! You can see examples of this here. Later on, come to the actual Ceilidh!

The Ceilidh Workshop will be held on the Cabaret Stage, Wicklow 2A, at 7pm.

John Scalzi’s Saturday Night Dance Across the Decades

Put on your dancing shoes and bring all your friends as award-winning DJ (and occasional author) John Scalzi plays the most danceable tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s to today. From the Bee Gees to Bowie to Beyonce and beyond — all the best beats to move your feet. Let’s dance!

This dance will be on the Cabaret Stage, Wicklow 2A, 10pm