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Artistic Director

St. Patrick's Festival are delighted to announce that we are recruiting for a new Artistic Director.

St. Patrick's Festival is Ireland's official celebration of our national holiday, St. Patrick's Day. Its origins lie in honouring Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick. Initially, it was a solemn commemorative feast day dedicated to paying tribute to the saint, but over the years, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a vibrant celebration encompassing the richness of Irish culture.

St. Patrick’s Festival is a joyful occasion which typically runs for 4-5 days in Dublin, centred around 17th March marked by our Flagship events, the National Parade, Festival Quarter and Céili Mor featuring performances and diverse expressions of Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Festival’s ‘One City’, a new strand to the programme introduced in 2023, curates a variety of events in collaboration with cultural partners throughout Dublin from art exhibitions to orchestral performances, walking tours to brand-new theatre pieces.

The Festival is a multicultural international event that is committed to displaying contemporary and traditional arts, culture and heritage of the Irish people and the people who call Ireland home. We are now seeking to appoint a dynamic Artistic Director who will provide innovative creative leadership across all aspects of the Festival programme. This role will be an 8-month annual contract (September to April) for a 3-year period.

St. Patrick’s Festival is an equal-opportunity employer.

  • The role of the Artistic Director is to support the CEO in the creative direction and management of the Festival’s operations, with a focus on its creative programmes, public engagement, and community outreach.
  • Reporting directly to the CEO, the Artistic Director is a key role on the Executive management team. The Artistic Director will work closely with the CEO to create and sustain the international standards and practices that enable a highly effective, impactful and successful parade and series of associated events.
  • The Artistic Director will support the CEO in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the Company’s many stakeholders, working closely with the festival’s funders, artists, pageant companies, local community organisations, philanthropic institutions, marketing bodies and arts and tourism organisations nationally and internationally.

  • Research and plan the overall Festival’s artistic content, themes and creative narratives for each year’s Festival.
  • Develop a long-term creative strategy for St. Patrick’s Festival (SPF) in line with organisational priorities.
  • Manage the creative/programme team and ensure sufficient resources are in place to achieve creative organisational goals.
  • Coordinate and manage pageantry and creative content for Parade; designing briefs for pageant and street performance companies and other creative partners.
  • Implement a creative quality control system, overseeing structured KPIs and output by pageant companies and other creative partners.
  • Oversee the Festival Quarter team to develop a holistic and engaging Festival Quarter programme that is in line with organisational programming priorities.
  • Oversee the curation of the One City programme to ensure a broad range of activities and events across Dublin are represented in the St. Patrick’s Festival Programme.
  • Manage presentation, information materials and written content for the entire Festival programme, including the TV commentary and stakeholder briefing presentations/documents.
  • Ensure effective communications with all creative participants through welcome packs, information documents, briefings, and other tools.
  • Manage the overall Programme budget, ensuring that the Programme team maintain accurate financial records in line with company procedures.
  • Develop and advance the Festival’s existing community partnership programme which links strategically to SPF’s organisational priorities.
  • Manage contracts and agreements for the Programme department, including agreements with pageant companies and other artists, venue agreements, and contracts with suppliers for costumes, props, and other materials.
  • Provide creative input for partnership proposals, working with the Commercial Director and Sponsorship Manager to ensure successful outcomes for partners.
  • Project manage the TV broadcast, working with SPF’s broadcast partner and their nominated production company.
  • Assist in the collation of documentation for aspects relating to Programming, including audience figures, employment records, and other key metrics.

Informal enquiries to Sean O’Driscoll, Athru Consultancy Limited

Tel: +353 (0)1 4061924 (landline) or 0872202045 (Mobile) or Email:

Interested candidates should contact the recruitment consultant who can provide the role specification and candidate pack. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role and a full Curriculum Vitae to the email address above.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 pm on the 31st May 2024.