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Téada – Direct from Ireland

An Irish traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia. Their traditional yet refreshingly modern sound entrances wherever the band travels.

Part of Orange City Arts’ 2018-19 World Tour Season, Téada will perform at the Prairie Winds Event Center on Friday, March 8th at 7:30 pm.

A leader in Irish traditional music, Téada (pronounced “TAY-dah”) is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Winner of ‘Best Young Irish Traditional Act’ at Ireland’s Music Awards, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative Irish television series ‘Flosc’. With engaging textural arrangements, Téada—meaning “strings” in the Irish language—revels in the vibrant music traditions of Ireland. Deftly playing up structural intricacies while preserving the contagious energy inherent in the repertoire, the group strives to capture a sense of the rawness and individuality of the solo artist within a modern group context.

The band travels with Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, Séamus Begley on vocals and accordion, Damien Stenson on flute, Seán Gavin on the uilleann pipes, Seán Mc Elwain on guitar, Tristan Rosenstock on traditional Irish instrument the bodhrán, and dancer Samantha Harvey, who also plays keyboard.

Keeping Pace With the Road Ahead

Orange City Arts has spent over 40 years growing alongside our community. In the last 10 years alone we’ve tripled our impact, growing from 12 to 39 events, allowing connections with nearly 9,000 people!

That’s how we met Jess, a domestic abuse survivor in temporary housing. After artists visited her facility to sing with the women living there, she told us, “It’s just so good to feel alive again.”

But without your help, we can’t continue to bring that sense of life to our neighbors who need it most. Please help us close a $30,000 funding gap by January 15 so that Northwest Iowa will always be known as a place to live your best life.

Donations are tax deductible. Give now or send gifts to P.O. Box 202. Thank you for sharing joy!

Making Good, Giving Joy

Gilchrist Foundation Partners with Orange City Arts

The Gilchrist Foundation is providing $10,150 of support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! We are so thankful to partner with wonderful organizations that are doing great work in our area.

The project we are partnering on is bringing the Formosa Singers of Taiwan to do some outreach here in Orange City. They’ll be meeting and singing with area student choirs, giving a short presentation at a local church, and spending time in our community sharing their culture before their public performance on Monday, September 10. Learn more here!

Thank You, Iowa Arts Council!

Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Cultural Trust, has recently awarded Orange City Arts $7,100 in support toward our 2018-19 World Tour Season! Thank you, Iowa Arts Council!

The Art Project Grant will go toward funding a visit from Nobuntu, a female a cappella ensemble from Zimbabwe. Nobuntu’s music embraces humility, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art.

Nobuntu believes that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. We’re excited to join them on that journey this October 10th!

Learn more about Nobuntu.

Home of the Brave

This July 4th, Orange City Arts is partnering with Ode Storytelling of Sioux City and Edem Soul Music of Omaha to celebrate America’s brave veterans and her powerful citizens.

Part of Onstage Orange City 2018, this event invites all local veterans and their spouses to come and be honored and thanked for their service as part of the ceremony. Orange City Arts also wishes to invite all recent citizenship recipients to join the festivities and be congratulated on their entrance to the bold, brave, and powerful collection of believers, optimists, adventurers, and patriots that form the fabric of our country.

Ode Storytelling will feature local personalities sharing their own personal journeys on the theme of “Belonging,” set against a backdrop of a community art project along the same theme.

Edem Soul’s spiritual music explores inner strength, identity, and what it means to be an American today.

Edem Soul Music joins Ode Storytelling in celebrating and honoring our veterans and citizens. This Independence Day event is offered as part of Onstage Orange City 2018. Onstage Orange City is made possible by the generous support of local individuals and businesses. To become a sponsor, email

Oh the Poss-abilities!

On August 1, Orange City Arts will partner with Village Northwest Unlimited, Hope Haven, and MOCHA Kiwanis to present an evening of tremendous possibility—or poss-ability, as we’re tagging it.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” will feature award-winning and critically-acclaimed artists with disabilities, violinist and vocalist Gaelynn Lea and beloved storyteller Kevin Kling. We’ll be showcasing and spotlighting the artwork of our own disability community, and spending some time learning what it means to be truly “accessible.”

The result will be a moving celebration of connection and expression, of strength and grace, and yes—of possibilities.

“Oh, the Poss-abilities!” is offered as part of Onstage Orange City 2018. Onstage Orange City is funded by the generous support of local individuals and business partners. To learn how you can become a sponsor, email