The 2019 National St. Patrick’s Festival, 14 – 18 March, unveiled today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, celebrates Ireland’s rich heritage of Storytelling in a spectacular five-day programme showcasing the very best of traditional and contemporary Irish storytelling.
The Festival will feature 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 Parade and new for 2019, a three-day Festival Village at Merrion Square, Dublin. St. Patrick’s Festival is made possible through the continued support of Fáilte Ireland, through its National Festival Funding Programme, and Dublin City Council.
Ireland has a deep-rooted tradition of storytelling, reaching back over thousands of years. From spellbinding Irish myths, to defining moments in our history with our heroes and villains, to our classic and contemporary stories, the tales are vibrant and dynamic.
Through them, life’s rich stories are passed from generation to generation. Using spoken word, music, visual art, literature, film, theatre, street performance and circus, this year St. Patrick’s Festival will celebrate our world-renowned connection with Storytelling and bring to life ancient tales and contemporary narratives.
Speaking at the launch about the tourism benefits of the Festival, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. said: “This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is set to be another fantastic event, celebrating Ireland’s age-old tradition of storytelling. Attracting huge numbers of visitors to our shores and covered by media around the globe, the Festival not only delivers increased economic activity for Ireland but also showcases the country internationally as a destination for friendly people, vibrant heritage and culture.”
For the 2019 Festival, a significant number of new events and performances have been commissioned and supported by St. Patrick’s Festival and many generous partners.
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.
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.com, where further event information, tickets, Festival news, information and special offers can be found.