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4 Mar, 2015

I Love My City Cultural Programme Unveiled

Colm Meaney, David Kitt and Donal Dineen among the artists billed in St. Patrick’s Festival cultural series 2015

Dublin, 4th March 2015: St. Patrick’s Festival’s I Love My City cultural programme, now in its fourth year, was officially launched today by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht. The Minister was joined by artists Glenn P Keating, a multi-instrumentalist, producer and synthesist and DJ Sally Cinnamon who gave just a flavour of the eclectic series of 18 unmissable events and happenings that will take place in some of Dublin’s most beautiful, historic and often hidden venues and spaces.

Curated by St. Patrick’s Festival, the series of evocative and intimate cultural events and happenings, featuring both established and emerging artists, from a variety of disciplines including literature, music, film, spoken-word, photography, design, visual art and more will be presented over the 4 days of the Festival, 14th – 17th March.

The events are either FREE ticketed or PAID ticketed and those wishing to register or buy tickets for all events should visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie

The I Love My City programme will be staged in the beautiful surroundings of some of the city’s most culturally significant venues including The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Marsh’s Library, Belvedere House, The Chapel Royal Dublin Castle, The Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital, The Little Museum and many more site-specific and pop-up spaces throughout the City.

Speaking at this morning’s launch, Minister Humphreys commended the programme commenting: “As a country, Ireland embodies the best of what it means to be creative, passionate and artistically courageous. These qualities are perfectly captured by some of our most talented performers as part of I Love My City. Initiatives such as I Love My City, which foster and encourage artists and performers, play a very important role in maintaining and promoting Ireland’s reputation for artistic excellence. I would like to commend St. Patrick’s Festival, especially those involved in developing the I Love My City programme, for their artistic vision and I would encourage as many people to register for tickets to experience the best of Irish culture this St. Patrick’s Festival.”

Speaking about the programme, Susanna Lagan, Creative Director of the Festival said: “St. Patrick’s Festival is committed to artistic excellence across all events and programmes, a commitment that is reflected across the entire I Love My City series of events which has embraced significant happenings in the Irish cultural calendar including Irish Design 2015 and Yeats 2015 as inspiration. It is a testament to the calibre of the events, the artists and the venues that the series is over-subscribed every year and it is a real privilege to be involved with some of Ireland’s most talented performers as part of this special programme. I would encourage people to register for these events now and experience some of the best in music, spoken word, film-making and more in some of Dublin’s most iconic locations.”

Particular highlights of this year’s programme include the Ultimate Sunday in Belvedere House when I Love My City will bring the Sunday papers to life through talks, interviews, live music, comedy, games, films and more. Other events include; Bia Beatha at the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE® - a unique dining experience, celebrating Irish cuisine and culture in a setting filled with old world charm, the BoNs Synth Ensemble, a debut musical performance by Glenn P Keating at Freemasons’ Hall Molesworth Street and a special screening of The Snapper plus Q&A with acclaimed Irish actor Colm Meaney which will take place in the appropriate surrounds of the Pillar Room in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital.

The programme offers something for everyone in the family including children with Mad Myths at the RHA where children are invited to join a playful, interactive session of stories and songs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Spaces at these intimate events are limited. The events are either FREE ticketed or PAID ticketed and those wishing to register or buy tickets for all events should visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie

St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from 14th – 17th March.  Please do link with the Festival; like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #ILoveMyCity, #StPatricksFest and #LoveDublin, Twitter @stpatricksfest

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For further information, please contact:
Maria McGrath, FleishmanHillard, on +353861653055 or maria.mcgrath@fleishmaneurope.com
Elle Caffrey, FleishmanHillard, on +353872447146 or elle.caffrey@fleishmaneurope.com
Notes to Editors:
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are the principal funders of the I Love My City programme. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council are the principal funders of St. Patrick’s Festival.

Full List of I Love My City Events below and available on www.stpatricksfestival.ie