- 09 Jan 18
St. Patrick’s Festival, funded by Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht returns to the capital from March 15th to 19th 2018.
The five day event is in its 22nd year, and is expected to top its previous records of over 105,000 visitors from abroad generating over €73m across the country.
Events that have been revealed so far include performances from Kormac: Equivalent Exchange & The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, plays, performances (including THISISPOPBABY- Where We Live) and screenings.
The theme this year is “Home”, and this will be the artistic inspiration behind the film, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more.
The Festival Parade theme will be ‘Home is Where the Heart is’, an apt decision as the national holiday will welcome thousands of natives back to the island.
Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Strategic Development Orla Carroll said “Festivals and events are crucial to tourism - allowing us to create compelling reasons to come to Ireland and generate visitor activity”. She believes that the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival this year will allow us to “fire the starting gun on the tourism season”.
Also speaking about the event, Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha said “I invite people from Dublin and all around the country to engage with our national festival which truly has something for everyone to experience and enjoy”
Tickets for Where We Live events (from €8.00) are available from www.thisispopbaby.com; Tickets for The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock ‘Lockout’ (€13.50) and for Kormac: Equivalent Exchange (€24.90 incl. booking fee) are available from www.stpatricksfestival.ie
The full programme for St. Patrick’s Festival will be announced in February 2018.