For the first time in three whole years, St Patrick’s Day celebrations are back! And what better way to celebrate than enjoy a four day weekend? So strap yourselves in for a full schedule of art and culture events to prepare you for the big day.
The Chester Beatty will be hosting three events in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. On Wednesday 16th March at 6.30pm is a celebration of both St Patrick’s Festival and Norouz (Persian New Year) with An Evening with Navá. Navá, a group of young musicians, will be “exploring the relationship between the ancient musical traditions of Ireland and Iran”. Music will range from Irish jigs to Persian dastgáh. It is a free, first-come-first-serve and in-person event at Chester Beatty, Dublin 2.
Those with a passion for arts and crafts can enjoy two events on Saturday 19th March. At 12 pm, there is the opportunity to make shamrock suncatchers, inspired by stained-glass windows. This event is free and aimed at families, booking is via: https://chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/workshop-for-families-shamrock-suncatcher/.
At 3pm, teenagers can enjoy a workshop about Art and Resilience, led by art therapist Andrea Clare Plunkett. Let your imagination flow through working with paper, paints, brushes and markers, challenging both your senses and abilities. Booking is free but essential, through the Chester Beatty website: https://chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/onsite-lab-club-for-teens-art-and-resilience/.
“Showing off Ireland’s vibrant culture, the festival will have a massive concert stage, a Craic Comedy Tent and Story Yurt.”
New to 2022 is the Festival Quarter, in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland. Located in the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, the festival will be running from March 16–20 . It has been described as “a magical day-to-night urban festival for all” and is definitely something to look forward to. Showing off Ireland’s vibrant culture, the festival will have a massive concert stage, a Craic Comedy Tent and Story Yurt.
During the day, there will be film screenings, circus and science shows and a variety of games. Notable mentions to Bloco Atha Cliath, an exciting Urban music event featuring music ranging from celtic to drill, and a talk from The Indo Daily Podcast. At night, there will be a celebration of contemporary and traditional music. What could entice you more than Damien Dempsey on Friday and Malaki on Saturday? Tickets are on-sale now via https://stpatricksfestival.ie/blog/tickets-on-sale-this-friday, ranging from €10–€20.
And if you haven’t been persuaded enough, the Irish Food and Craft Village will also be at the Festival. Food will be ranging from poutine to BBQ with a selection of craft beverages and refreshments, accompanied by live music and entertainment from the Festival Bandstand. Unlike the other events, entry is free and tickets aren’t required; however, it’s over 18s only!
“For those who are craving calm amidst the celebrations, the Breathe Festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday.”
For those who are craving calm amidst the celebrations, the Breathe Festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday. The Festival will consist of yoga and mindfulness classes, as well as talks, and a mobile sauna! It’ll be located at The Law Society, Dublin 7. Tickets are between €10-€15 and are on-sale now via https://happenings.usheru.com/in-cinema/breathe-roadshow/law-society-dublin?idFestival=203.
“And finally, the National St Patrick’s Day Parade will be back on March 17, with this year’s theme being Connections/Naisc.”
And finally, the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be back on March 17, with this year’s theme being Connections/Naisc. The festival is a celebration of Irish culture, arts and heritage, combining both contemporary and traditional elements. It’s always a hit with families but this year it’s undoubtedly going to be a spectacle for all! Starting at 12pm, the parade starts at O’Connell Street, ending on Nicholas Street. While it’s free to watch, grandstand tickets VIP packages are available to purchase via https://stpatricksfestival.ie/events/parade.