The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. It is set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. The job has been to harness them, and make this national holiday an unforgettable experience for all.
HOME is the theme for the 2018 edition of the Festival; the exploration of my home, your home, our home. It is the inspiration for the artistic programme that includes a unique film commission project, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more.
Ireland’s leading street theatre and pageant companies have responded artistically to the theme, Home is Where the Heart is. Their magnificent creations and flamboyant performances inspired by all things home, will weave their way through the capital in spectacular fashion. Bands from far and wide will deliver dazzling rhythms and uplifting musical scores that will reverberate throughout the streets of Dublin for the magnificent procession. Marvel at as the Festival parade swirls by in all its glory and cheer along with the hundreds of thousands of people who make the atmosphere at the Festival parade something special to remember.
City Fusion the Festival’s in house community arts participation project is of great importance and promotes integration, inclusion and celebrates diversity. It is commissioned annually and engages with groups and communities from a variety of backgrounds. Participants work together alongside professional artists to create a large scale pageant and are immersed in the creative process. After learning skills in performance, street-theatre, dance and circus they perform in their City Fusion pageant on 17th March.