President Higgins to attend Royal Albert Hall concert as part of UK visit

Monday 24 February 2014 15.08
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Queen Elizabeth met President Michael D Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in June 2012 in Belfast
Queen Elizabeth met President Michael D Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in June 2012 in Belfast
Tickets for the concert will be available to members of the public from 28 February
Tickets for the concert will be available to members of the public from 28 February

President Michael D Higgins is to be the guest of honour at a special concert at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the forthcoming State visit to the United Kingdom.

In April, President Higgins will become the first Irish head of State to make an official State visit to the UK.

The three-day visit follows Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland in May 2011.

President Higgins's itinerary will include an evening of music, spoken word and dance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Entitled 'Ceiliúradh' (Celebration), the concert will feature world-renowned and emerging artists from Ireland and the UK.

The event will celebrate the "the strength and range of collaboration and creativity between Ireland and the United Kingdom and the contribution of the Irish community".

The line-up of performers has yet to be finalised.

Tickets for the concert will be available to members of the public from 28 February.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Irish Youth Foundation (UK) to be used in support of Irish cultural projects in Britain.