With the city getting ready to roll out the green carpet for a four-day St Patrick’s Festival running from 17 – 20 March, now’s the time to get booking.
Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival is legendary. It’s the high point of the year when the city’s heart, soul and imagination is in full flow and the famous Irish welcome more amplified than ever.
This year the festival kicks off with the St Patrick’s Day Parade, a performance based thrill that bursts onto the streets mesmerising the crowds along a 2.8km route through the heart of the city.
Leading street theatre companies will present fantastical creations and stunning performances, all inspired by the 2016 theme ’Imagine If’ which will incorporate the thoughts of the youth of Ireland who have inspired the creations. Music ensembles from around the world will provide the soundtrack for the stunning parade.
Running for the full four days of the festival is the ’I Love My City’ culture programme which will offer a host of engaging, evocative and intimate cultural happenings staged in some of Dublin’s most beautiful, historic and prestigious venues and spaces.
Headline events, featuring established and emerging Irish and international artists, from literature, music, film, spoken word, design, visual art and more, will be presented throughout the festival.
In addition, citywide venues and spaces will host inspiring events presented by exciting artists, performers and collectives, immersing audiences in the vibrant cultural fabric of the city.
On Friday 18 March it will be time to get the dancing shoes on for the Festival Céilí, the country’s largest outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing. Learn the steps, enjoy live traditional music and soak up the atmosphere on the vibrant streets.
Saturday 19 March brings the Festival Treasure Hunt, a free, fun-filled and novel trail through a collection of Dublin’s landmark buildings and venues – a great way for all ages to discover the city.
It also brings 60s legend, icon, poet and singer-songwriter, Donovan, on his 50 Years of Music Tour, which will be a celebratory evening in the spectacular setting of the National Concert Hall.
Street Theatre is also part of the festival feast and from 18 – 20 March Dublin will become the stage for nationally and internationally revered acts delivering crazy performances, bizarre antics, theatrics and side splitting comedic shows that will wow audiences.