SCÉALAÍOCHT AGUS SEANCHAÍ - A Celebration of Irish Storytelling
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.
As noted at the launch by Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, the event is the biggest celebration of a National identity in the world. “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. 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.”
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.
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