St Patrick’s Day Festival 2019 Revealed
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, the theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival is….. A Celebration of Irish Storytelling!
Get ready for a fun-filled five days of storytelling for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Running from the 14th – 18th March, the St Patrick’s Day Festival team have truly outdone themselves with this spectacular line up.
Launching the programme this week was Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. This year the festival celebrates Ireland’s rich heritage of Storytelling with the programme showcasing the best in traditional and contemporary Irish storytelling. Featuring a host of fun-filled family experiences, breathtaking large scale events, diverse and challenging newly commissioned performances, a myriad of musical treats, the magnificent National St Patrick’s Day Pardae and for the first time, a three-day Festival Village at Merrion Square.
Speaking at the launch, Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, said the event is the biggest celebration of a National identity in the world.
“This is a 3,000 participant, five-day statement of intent around our nationality, our values and culture and a platform to remind people what is unique about Ireland.
As well as promoting our heritage, it is a chance to truly reflect on the zeitgeist of Ireland, what inspires us and challenges us today.
The Festival has achieved extraordinary growth and success in recent years with more than 500,000 people attending the Festival Parade alone, delivering an overall benefit to our economy in excess of €73 million.”
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring said “The evolution of the Festival from the traditional Parade into a spectacular five-day extravaganza of fun, celebration and festivities is one of the major success stories of Dublin. I remember being on my father’s shoulders and on ladders watching the Parade as a child. Now, as Lord Mayor of this great city I have the huge honour of unveiling the amazing St. Patrick’s Festival programme.”
This year’s highlights:
St Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17th at 12noon
- Street theatre and pageant companies from across Ireland and the world will join together to present SCÉALAÍOCHT AGUS SEANCHAÍ – A Celebration of Irish Storytelling for the Festival Parade, which kicks off at 12pm from Parnell Street on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances, inspired by long lost legends and contemporary Irish experiences, will weave through the streets of our capital city in a dazzling spectacle. Bands from far and wide will bring dynamic rhythms and uplifting musical scores to the streets of Dublin in a magnificent procession.
- The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and St. Patrick’s Festival, in association with Fundación Mapfre will present a major exhibition of work by world-acclaimed Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle. Running in the RHA, Dublin from March 14 to April 22, Eamonn Doyle – Irish Contemporary Photography is the world premiere of Doyle’s exhibition, the largest show of the photographer’s work to be staged in Ireland and the starting point for a world tour of the collection. The exhibition will feature a staggering 146 images, 103 of which will be up to 2.5metres in size. For a limited run, from March 14 – 24, Doyle will also present Made in Dublin, a dynamic multi-media immersive installation designed by Niall Sweeney and featuring music by David Donohoe, words by Kevin Barry and a nine-screen cinematic surround-sound panoramic work of 10,000 images.
- Dublin’s Merrion Square will be transformed into a bustling Festival Village, running from March 16 to 18, offering three days of fantastic events, fun adventures and glorious food. The jam-packed programme will feature a Gaeltacht, a Céilí Mór, circus and science shows, children’s readings and discos, live music, village hall talks, street theatre, world food stalls and much more. Whether you’re a fully-fledged Gaeilgeoir or a fan of the cúpla focal, the Gaeltacht at Festival Village will offer ceol agus craic for all ages. Discover the enchanting world of science with workshops, explosive shows and enthralling exhibitions in the Science Foundation Ireland Science Zone. Dig for ancient treasure at the Village Big Dig; take on the machines at the Actual Reality Arcade, a life size interactive zone for gamers young and old; explore large scale mathematical exhibits that encourage the wonder of discovery and investigation at the Lifetime Lab; marvel at extraordinary feats of circus, acrobatics and street theatre with a host Irish and international performers including Pif Paf and Le Bistro. Kick back and relax with a smorgasbord of delicious global flavours at the World Food Market, open daily at the Festival Village.
D1 Recordings 25th Anniversary Party
- Embracing the world-class, cutting-edge Dublin dance scene, St. Patrick’s Festival in partnership with Hidden Agenda will host the ultimate techno and electro session D1 Recordings 25th Anniversary Party, with a takeover of Yamamori Tengu on St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrating 25 years of records from the legendary Dublin label conceived by creative powerhouse Eamonn Doyle, the gathering will feature sets from a host of DJs and producers including Dechord [Americhord+Decoy/Decal], Mark Broom, Rob Rowland, TIME [Somadrone), Who’s The Technician?, Derek Carr, Lerosa, Sunken Foal, Eamonn Doyle and many more.
The full St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 Programme is now available at stpatricksfestival.ie
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