Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! is the theme of this year's St. Patrick's Festival, offering a clarion call to Irish people worldwide to throw off the long, dark months and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead...
For this year's online event, hundreds of artists, musicians, performers, makers, creators, arts and live events workers and community organisations across Ireland are gathering to celebrate via St. Patrick’s Festival TV, a dedicated online global TV channel that launches on March 12, and runs over six virtual days and nights - viewers can tune in to the celebrations via RTÉ Culture.
From 12-17 March, the SPF TV programme will host over 100 events, showcasing Irish music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, virtual tours, food, culture and more.
Artists and performers set to take part include comedians Foil, Arms & Hog and Michael Fry, legendary poet Pat Ingoldsby, writers and broadcasters Marian Richardson, Brendan Balfe and Manchán Magan and chef Tadgh Byrne, who will present a series on the history of Irish food. For the young (and young at heart), the fabulous Fanzini Brothers and Tumble Circus will entertain, and there will be wellness and mindfulness events with Bressie, Michael Ryan and guests.
A formidable musical programme includes the likes of Pillow Queens, New Jackson, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mary Coughlan, Myles O’Reilly, Gemma Dunleavy, Sorca McGrath, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Matthew Nolan, Lisa Hannigan, Adrian Crowley, Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell of The Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, The Breath, Moxie, Kíla and Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds.
Also taking part are a host of acclaimed traditional performers and storytellers, including Eddie Lenihan Donnacha Dwyer, Sin A Deir Sí, Ceiliúradh ó Chorca Dhuibhne, Shandrum Céilí Band, Caoimhe O Flaherty, Ronan O’Flagherty, Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil, Nuala Hayes, Jerry O’Reilly, Dermot Bolger, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Nell Ní Chrónín - international guests include Welsh legend Gruff Rhys and Scotland’s Brìdghe Chaimbeul and Aidan O’Rourke.
In addition, RTÉ will once again co-host a virtual St. Patrick's Day parade, encouraging people from all over the world to come together online on March 17th.
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Find out more about this year's St. Patrick's Festival and SPF TV here.