Music, Dancing & Theatre
Many local groups and bands have formed and re-formed in the Islands since the early 1900s. Relatively recently "The Fighting Pig Band" made regular live performances at their venue, "The Trough" located on VPC Road (see Stanley map). "The Pigs" are now retired but others step in to provide entertainment. Occasional impromptu gigs happen in Stanley and also in Camp clubhouses. Visiting muscians from overseas including rock bands from the military base may also perform. Military (brass and silver) bands often visit for parades and usually add extra concerts at venues around the Islands.
Dancing is a popular activity in the Falklands with the tradition dating back to the founding of Stanley in 1843. The "May Ball" and "Winter Ball" are the highlights of the year with ball gowns and smart suits donned for these occasions. "May Queen" and "Prince Charming" are selected at the former and a "Belle of the Ball" and "Best Young Man" for the latter. Dates for these can be found in the events calendar.
Local dances including the Palais Glide, Valeta Waltz, Boston Two Step and Falklands Circassian Circle are similar in style to Scottish country dancing. The local/Scottish dance group is always interested to hear from visitors who are keen dancers, particularly those that can teach a new dance step or two. Other evening events which include dancing are held at various times throughout the year.
FIODA, the Falkland Islands Operatic and Dramatic Association presents one or two plays each year including pantomime, crime, drama and comedies. The society organises a variety show every July highlighting a range of local talent including music, dance and comedy sketches as well as hosting popular murder dinners.
For more information contact the Falkland Islands Tourist Board or check the "Penguin News" which often carries advertisements or news items about such events.