London St Patrick's Day Festival 2018
The London St Patrick's Day Festival - now in its sixteenth year - attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London and to the parade and festival in central London and Trafalgar Square. It's become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture and arts.
This year's three-day cultural and community festival across London will include:
The culmination of three days of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, this Community and Cultural festival will showcase and celebrate the tremendous diversity, creativity, talent and breadth of the Irish community and culture in London. It will showcase emerging Irish artists and performances by stars of the West End musicals, Big St. Patrick’s Céilí, festival house band and special guests.
Showcase of Irish Community & Culture
A jam-packed line-up to showcase and celebrate the tremendous diversity, creativity, and breadth of Irish culture.
The performers will also pay their tribute to Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, who passed in London in early 2018.
- MC Eoghan McDermott - RTÉ 2FM (bilingual, for Irish Language Year, 2018)
- KÍLA - electrifying traditional music from Ireland
- Speeches - Irish Ambassador, Minister, Mayoral rep
- London Lasses & Chris O’Malley - traditional Irish music
- #IAmIrish - a celebration of diverse and inclusive Irishness
- Songs in Key of D - Dublin community choir celebrate female Irish talent
- #MyIreland - a powerful reading from Stephen James Smith
- Big Irish Céií - Trafalgar Sq gets transformed into a hopping Irish céilí
- Irish Dance Showcases - high energy shows from leading schools
- Trad Gathering - showcase from BBC-commissioned young peoples project
- Special guests; Lisa Lambe, Orla Gartland and Landless (new folk from Dublin)
- Track Dogs & special guest - roots music
- Festival House Band & Guests
- Aer Lingus
- Tourism Ireland
- Irish Post
- Moriarty Concrete Services
Crafts stalls – North Terrace
Wild Irish skincare
Hand made soaps and skincare. All Vegan made using Irish Seaweed and all natural ingredients.
Scents of Galway
Natural Galway-inspired soaps, candles and perfumes. 100% natural and handmade
Spirit of Ireland arts
Connemara marble jewellery and souvenirs - Irish water and nature charms.
Fiona Concannon artist and Martina Furlong artists
Paintings and limited edition Giclée prints, scenes of landscape and wildlife of Ireland.
Good, old-fashioned fudge from Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland.
- Irish Cultural Centre
- London Irish LGBT Network
- Irish in Britain
- Irish Film London
- London Irish Rugby
- Council of Irish Counties Association
- Southwark Irish Pensioners
Family zone – Pall Mall East
Located in a Pall Mall alongside Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17th March from 12-6pm this space is dedicated to families.
This festival zone allows all the family to get involved with a great range of activities including games and stories about mystical secrets of ancient Irish tales including Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Ní Mhaille) the famous Irish pirate and the fairy Queen Maeve.
The fun doesn’t stop there are also bubble shows, Stilt Walkers, Roaming Magicians, Balloon Modelling, Children's Entertainers and bodhran workshops meaning there is always time to dance to some great music, listen to stories being told and make the most of your experience with your little ones.
What’s even better – it’s all free!
The area will also include a picnic area with benches providing a quieter eating space for families.
We've been inviting individuals, walking groups and vehicles to enter into the St Patrick's Festival Parade. The deadline for entries has now passed but head down on the day and join us in the parade!
Irish Film London will deliver a celebration of Irish Film and Animation again this March, with film screenings, workshops and director’s Q&As at the Prince Charles Cinema and the London Film School, as part of the London St Patrick's Day Festival.
The London Film School in Covent Garden kicks things off on Friday 16 March with two FREE programmes of Irish short films [rating 15]. The line-up will include Ian Power’s BAFTA nominated The Tattoo and Irish Film London Best Animation Award-winning Late Afternoon, directed by Louise Bagnall. Screenings will take place in two programmes 1.30pm – 5pm. Please see www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com for more information and tickets.
Later that day, the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square will play host to the UK Premiere of Damo & Ivor (90mins) at 6:30pm. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with the film’s director Ronan Burke and the lead actor Andy Quirke. Tickets are available from The Prince Charles Cinema website.
The festival continues on Sunday 18 March, with a return to the London Film School for a FREE family screening of Moon Man (90mins) and a children’s shadow animation workshop (2hrs). Tickets are free but must be allocated in advance. Please see www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com for more information and tickets.
As the excitement of the Parade and Trafalgar Square comes to a close, stroll over to Leicester Square where the Prince Charles Cinema will screen our final film event at 6:30pm: The Double UK Premiere screenings of An Béal Bocht (30mins) and Kíla: Pota Óir (60mins), accompanied by a Q&A with director Anthony White and members of Kíla. Tickets are available from The Prince Charles Cinema website.
Watch the trailer for Kíla: Pota Óir
The St. Patrick's Film Festival London is programmed and coordinated by Irish Film London, in association with the Mayor of London.
16-18 March | London Film school | Prince Charles Cinema
Join Tony O’Donnell on these St Patricks Day Guided walks
Free but booking is required on 07850 184790.
Friday 17 March at 2pm
Terrible Beauty: the 1916 Rebellion in London Death and rebirth. Love and loathing. Independence and Empire; this tour has it all. After Dublin, London was the city most connected to the Easter Rising. Not just as the seat of government from which the rebels fought to break free but through the deep connections many of them held with this city. This lively tour will turn the walk from Trafalgar Square to Whitehall into an amazing journey through the vortex of change released by the rebellion. This is the London side of the 1916 story. Find out about Countess Markievicz the first woman to be elected to Parliament. An active participant in the 1916 uprising as a member of the Irish Citizen Army. She was born across the road from Buckingham Palace.
Saturday 18 March at 2pm
Where The String Broke (Irish Camden Town): From getting the start, going to the dance, finding a doss or just having a drink - Camden Town could claim to be the capital of Irish London. Discover ball rooms, pubs, churches, hostels and the characters that gave this amazing place its vibrant Irish reputation for so many decades. Lumpers, Impresarios, navvies, writers and musicians populate this fascinating walk. Find out about Margaret Barry proud member of the Traveller community , Ireland's answer to Edith Piaf singing in the Bedford Arms in Camden Town or the Albert Hall - Bob Dylan's favorite folk singer.
Sunday 19 March at 2pm
The Emerald City: Where better to celebrate Irish heritage and achievement than on the streets of London. On this stroll down Ludgate Hill, along Fleet Street, into the Temple and finishing in Covent Garden - we will discover some amazing Irish connections and encounter some of the great names of the Irish past. Stopping at pubs, churchyards, statues, courthouses and theatres - Irish London will come to life. Prime Ministers, politicians, press barons, poets, playwrights, revolutionaries and aristocrats will all have their part to play in this amazing story. A fierce craic altogether! Find out about Peg Woffington the eighteenth century 's Queen of the London stage. From Dublin's back streets to the leading lady of Drury Lane and feted in the salons of Mayfair. Enjoying an elegant retirement sponsoring other Irish talents.
As part of the official London St Patrick’s Day Festival, now in its 16th year, Camden Market will play host to an Irish music trail for the 2nd year running.
Providing the creative canvas and in celebration of the Year of the Woman, on Saturday 17 March, the Market will showcase an all female Irish music trail, continuing its support of emerging talent and international culture. Performances will take place across the Market, ranging from intimate coffee shop venues to pop up open-air stages. The celebrations will conclude with a headline private performance in the Dr Martens Boot Room, for which the limited tickets will be available through prize draw only.
Mac McDermott, Camden Market’s Head of Events comments “we’re passionate about supporting emerging talent and are thrilled we can do this as part of the London wide St Patrick’s Festival. As a nod to the Year of the Woman, together with the London Mayor’s office, we’d like to encourage both locals and international visitors to head down and discover the rising female artists of the Irish music scene.”
Curated by Music From Ireland
A St. Patrick’s Day event in all 33 London boroughs
From open air Irish dance performances in Enfield to music classes in Croydon from children’s art and crafts workshops in Haringey to Lewisham where Irish Community Centre are working in partnership with Lewisham Foodcycle to provide an Irish themed 3 course meal with Traditional Irish Music Song & Dance. The event will provide a free meal to the local community while sharing and celebrating Irish culture.
We are delighted to have new affiliated event on board like Éiríocht a radical alternative to traditional celebrations. With curated performances by Diatribe Records, Ireland's foremost record label presenting a wide-angle panorama of new Irish contemporary and improvised music at the Vortex Jazz Club.
Pop up Irish music - Through the big festival weekend, Irish musicians and artists will travel right across London to play pop-up performances in special spots. Don’t be surprised to hear some jigs in your local Library or reels in the park as the Irish Pop Up comes to London Town.
As part of the London St Patricks Festival 2018, we invited performers to showcase Irish creative talent at various Underground Stations on Saturday 17th March 2018. A flavour of some of the excitement from previous years can be viewed here.
Irish Street Food Market – Trafalgar Square East
Buttermilk chicken burgers.
Eat The Farm
Street food company which uses quality fresh ingredients sourced directly from farmers.
Individual handmade gourmet pies.
Salt beef bros.
Hot salt beef sandwiches served with mustard and traditional pickle.
Clonakilty black pudding
In association with Home Town Rolls who will be providing Clonakilty breakfast baguettes and wraps.
As part of this the Irish Cultural Centre and the Barbara Stanley Gallery present an evening of film and conversation with Pauline Bewick hosted by Dylan Haskins.
Maurice Galway's 2012 film "Yellow Man Grey Man" examines the hugely successful series of work by Pauline Bewick known as "The Yellow Man." The film will be shown and then followed by an interview with Dylan Haskins and an audience Q + A.
Year in, year out the Yellow Man lives alone. No one comments on the colour of his skin, his nakedness nor his antennae. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t make judgements, is not grasping. Like nature he is just there, simply there.
Bewick will be exhibiting her paintings as part of the St. Patrick's Festival viewing daily from 1 - 21 March on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
We would like to thank our sponsors for this year: Aer Lingus, Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia, Morriarity's, Irish Post, JB Riney, Culture Ireland and J Coffey Construction
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Please complete the accreditation form by Monday 12 March for your accreditation request to be considered. Please note that you must be able to provide an official NUJ ID or equivalent.
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