Community & Outreach Programme

St. Patrick’s Festival Groups and Community Outreach Programme

City Fusion (18 yrs +) & Brighter Futures (13-18 yrs) is an annually commissioned project by St. Patrick’s Festival to create and present pageantry and street performance for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The community outreach programme is an important part of the festival and is about bringing together groups of people from a range of backgrounds to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

From January-March the project participants work with a team of highly skilled and professional artists and facilitators at the project base, taking part in a series of workshops where they are immersed in the creative process, learning skills in: performance, prop making, theatre, street performance, dance and circus. Each year the returning groups remain upbeat, positive and delighted to be part of something so vibrant and uplifting.

How to get involved with the project

City Fusion and Brighter Futures are looking for volunteer theatrical makeup artists, who will work alongside our artistic team to bring alive the look and feel of the Outreach Project pageants during St Patrick’s Festival 2015.
We would ask the volunteer theatrical make-up assistants to commit to:

  • Attend a workshop in February (date TBC), led by one of Ireland’s leading industry professionals in theatrical make-up.
  • Attend a dress rehearsal.
  • Most importantly, commit to the morning of St. Patrick’s Festival parade on the 17th March, to transform all the performers into character.

This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, and to work as part of a professional artistic team. If you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed, get in touch with us and be part of this highly creative project.
For more information, please contact Katie at

The Artistic Team

Our team of professional and creative artists includes the project Creative Designer of 6 years Sabine Dargent,  an award winning set designer, whose imaginative visions are stitched, soldiered, welded and constructed by a dedicated and seasoned pageant team. 

Creative Director, Muirne Bloomer has been directing pageants for St. Patrick’s Festival since 2004, bringing to life Sabine’s imaginings through dance, theatrics and performance. Muirne is a renowned choreographer and has performed with many of Ireland’s prominent dance companies, such as Dublin City Ballet, Vienna Ballet Theatre and Coisceim Dance Theatre.

City Fusion participant groups for 2013 were: The Irish Deaf Society, Filipino Cultural Organisation of Ireland, Lithuanian Association in Ireland, DCU Japanese Society, MENNI Services St. John of God’s, Dublin Pride and BeLongTo.

Brighter Futures participant groups for 2013 were: Irish Deaf Youth Association, City of Dublin YMCA, the Polish Weekend School, Robert Emmett Community Development Project, CDVEC Foundations Project, Sphere 17 for Brighter Futures 2013.

St. Patrick’s Festival is continuously striving for artistic excellence, aspiring to become bigger, brighter, better and bolder in future years.


If you have any queries or would like more information on City Fusion or Brighter Futures please contact Natasha on +353 1 6763205 or

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