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Tolkien 2019: Banquet and ceilidh on Friday evening

The banquet at Tolkien 2012
The Tolkien Society’s 50th anniversary celebration, Tolkien 2019, will feature a banquet and a ceilidh dance on the Friday evening, on Friday 9th August 2019.

In recent weeks we have already announced that the opening night of the event will include a performance of Leaf by Niggle by the Puppet State Theatre Company, and on the Thursday night we will be hosting the People’s Orchestra who will perform two sets for attendees.

At previous Tolkien Society events we have held a banquet which has proven to be extremely popular, as a focal point for us all to come together and celebrate the Professor and his works. The banquet at Tolkien 2019 will include a full range of meats (as well as vegetarian and vegan options), and we exploring the possibility of including a hog roast in the room. There will be a separate charge for the banquet, as this is not included in the registration fee, and the numbers are limited to 350; we expect to sell out..

Following the banquet, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a ceilidh. Pronounced like “kaylee”, a ceilidh is a traditional Irish and Scottish gathering, including dancing and a folk band. For both events we encourage attendees to dress up in whatever they feel most comfortable.

Tolkien 2019 is the 50th anniversary celebration of the Tolkien Society, taking place at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham from Wednesday 7th August to Sunday 11th August 2019. You do not have to be a member of The Tolkien Society to attend, but Society members – and members of other selected Tolkien societies – receive a discounted entrance fee.

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.