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Five-day extravaganza to mark National St Patrick’s Festival

THE programme for this year’s National St Patrick’s Festival has been unveiled by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon.

With the theme ‘Seoda – Treasures from Ireland’, and running from March 3 to 17, the festival will celebrate our rich heritage with a spectacular, world-class programme showcasing both contemporary and traditional Ireland over five great days and nights.

St Patrick’s Festival 2020 will feature a host of fun-filled family experiences, large-scale outdoor events, and newly commissioned performances.

There will also be a myriad of musical treats including two world premieres, as well as the magnificent National St Patrick’s Festival Parade and an expanded four-day Festival Village and Food Market at Merrion Square.

This year’s event will offer a richly diverse programme including Abair – a remarkable programme of performances celebrating Ireland’s oral traditions, art exhibitions, poetry and literary events.

There will also be the all new Festival After Dark club series, hidden Dublin tours and trails, an exciting Port to City Treasure Hunt, Céilí Mór, and much more.

The full festival Programme is available now at stpatricksfestival.ie, where all information you need can be found.

Susan Kirby, the CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, said: “This is one of the world’s largest cultural celebrations and one of the most important and powerful tools that brand Ireland has in promoting our country.

“St Patrick’s Festival continues to be five great days and nights where Ireland welcomes the world. This year’s festival will present today’s culture creators and celebrate who and what our contemporary national treasures are, as well as taking pride in our traditions.

“Over 3,000 people will come together to create St Patrick’s Festival 2020. Recent years have seen more than 500,000 attend the Festival Parade alone, and the economic benefit is in excess of €73 million.”

Speaking of the festival programme announcement, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, added: “It’s a wonderful honour for me to launch the 2020 St Patrick’s Festival. As a boy I remember coming into the Parade each year, and now our national festival has grown into a five-day extravaganza celebrating all that is great about Ireland today. We have so many modern-day treasures, people creating our contemporary culture each day and it’s fantastic that the festival will showcase these across five days and nights of fun and celebration.

“I have no doubt that Dubliners and visitors to the city will enjoy memorable experiences and leave with lasting memories. I would also like to congratulate the St Patrick’s Festival Board for all their hard work.”

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