Future Festival Dates:
2019: Thursday 14th – Monday 18th March
2020: Saturday 14th – Tuesday 17th March
St. Patrick’s Day is always on 17th March.
Every year on the 17th March people around the world celebrate St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with popularising Christianity in Ireland in the 5th Century.
Ireland welcomes the world to five great days in Dublin. The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. With laughs, unlimited alcohol, food, music and the widest variety of green-inspired costumes the festival is a must. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.
Why was it started?
To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebrations in the world.
To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity.
To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations.
To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.
The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th, 1996, it has since grown to a 5-day celebration and consists of multiple events throughout the city including the main event the parade which is always held March 17th.
We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas, and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all.
Storytelling is the theme for the 2019 edition of the Festival. Ireland has a deep-rooted connection to storytelling reaching back thousands of years, spanning the centuries to include the many modern storytellers of today. From Irish mythology and the great defining historical moments of our past to our heroes through the ages and their legacies, the stories are manifold – both old and the modern stories shaping the island of Ireland today. For the Festival Parade, pageant companies will come together to celebrate the art of Irish storytelling creating spectacles and performances that will resonate with those near and far, unearthing old and new stories of extraordinary experiences, to celebrate on our national holiday. The festival Parade also features domestic and international marching bands that perform musical scores that compliment the festival theme of Storytelling.
Events that have been announced thus far:
- · Abair series: a programme of traditional singing and storytelling events that will take place across the city in a variety of different venues.
- · Greening the city: buildings, venues, and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.
- · Culture Vultures: a night of music and conversation at The Sound House. Hosted by pop culture critic/writer Tony Clayton-Lea, this event promises to captivate minds with music from two-time Grammy-nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney.
The St. Patrick’s Festival full programme and event catalog will be launched on February 12th; all information will be available from the official St. Patricks Festival website on this date.
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The hashtag for the Festival is: #StPatricksFest