The 2019 National St. Patrick’s Festival will celebrate Ireland’s rich heritage of Storytelling.

The Festival will feature family experiences, large scale events, diverse and challenging newly commissioned performances, a myriad of musical performances, the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of Dublin 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.

“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,” said Susan Kirby, launching the 2019 Festival.

“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.”

“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,” said Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring at the launch.

“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.”

“We all have great stories, and with this year’s theme being storytelling – scéalaíocht agus seanchaí, I have no doubt that these stories will be told over the week. I would also like to congratulate the St. Patrick’s Festival Board for all their hard work, professionalism and dedication which results in the Dublin Festival being the showcase for our Irish culture and heritage.”

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.

“This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is set to be another fantastic event, celebrating Ireland’s age-old tradition of storytelling,” said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.

“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.”

“Stories are at the heart of Irish culture and we are delighted to see our connection with storytelling celebrated at this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin. Festivals and events are crucial to the tourism sector and play an important role in attracting overseas visitors, generating business at off-peak times of the year and delivering brilliant visitor experiences,” added Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals at Fáilte Ireland.

“This year we are supporting the St Patrick’s Festival with funding of €950k through our National Festivals Programme as we believe festivals and events are critical for tourism growth and attract more overseas visitors to Ireland.”

“With this significant investment and a fantastic line up of exciting events from music and dance to theatre and art, the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival promises to be another vibrant showcase of Ireland’s culture, people and places.”

St. Patrick’s Festival events are supported by many partners including The Arts Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Foras na Gaeilge, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 -2030, Conradh na Gaeilge, Guinness Storehouse, Scottish Government, British Council, Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, Fundación MAPFRE Madrid, Fingal County Council, Dublin Airport, Irish Hotels Federation – Dublin Branch, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Irish Times, FM104 and Actavo.

 

 

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