St Patrick’s Festival – What’s on?

St Patrick’s festival returns to Dublin from the 15th to the 19th of March. The theme for this years festival is Home; ‘ the exploration of my home, your home, our home’.

Funded by Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This years festival will see a cast of thousands of home-grown and international musicians, story-tellers and dancers. In addition to welcoming over 100,000 visitors from overseas every year, the 5-day festival will contribute to the €8.8bn tourism industry.

Parade

The highlight of the festival is the St Patrick’s Day parade which takes place on the 17th of March. The parade will kick-off at Parnell Square from 12pm. Share our national day with the magnificent creations from City Fusion and watch as the parade makes it’s way through the city in all it’s glory with uplifting melodies and swarms of colour.

Going Green

Another fantastic addition to the festivities, buildings all across the city will ‘go green’. Best seen at night-time, why not take an evening stroll through Dublin’s fair-city to see some of our most iconic buildings turn green? Buildings taking part include Aras An Uachtarain, Custom House, 3 Arena, Kilmainham Gaol Entrance and Trinity College Dublin. The buildings will start to be illuminated in Green from the 15th of March at 5 pm.

Music

On Friday, Ireland’s first homeless choir, The High Hopes Choir will preform at The Complex. Created by David Brophy, Carmel Whelan and Glenn Alexander, this ticketed event will start from 8 pm and cost €10. Designed to change the public perception of homelessness while also improving the lives of homeless people through song.

Made in Dublin

Where We Live: MADE IN DUBLIN, is an exhibition which ‘ plays out a series of infinitely unfolding events around the movement of people caught up in time and place’. And in this case, that place is Dublin. Created by Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and David Donohoe, Made in Dublin is ‘a panorama of the city’. Taking place in The Complex, Smithfield, this event is free of charge and is operating from the 6th to the 18th of March.

Funfair

And of course, don’t forget the infamous Paddy’s Day funfair. Taking place in Merrion Square, the funfair will run from the 17th to the 19th of March. From Waltzers to Carousel’s, the funfair will definitely be a treat for the whole family.

St. Patrick’s Festival 2018 will take place from this Thursday, the 15th, to Monday the 19th of March. You can find a full list of events at http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie.