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.
We 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. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all.
Why was St. Patrick’s Festival started?
- To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world.
- To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity.
- To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations.
- To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.
The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration.
Future Festival Dates:
2020: Friday 13th - Tuesday 17th March
2021: Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st March
St. Patrick’s Day is always on 17th March.
We are delighted to have won Best Festival / Event Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019, held 1st of February in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. See full list of Winners at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019.
We are also delighted to be awarded the EFFE label. The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. 715 festivals across Europe were awarded the EFFE Label 2017-2018.