St. Patrick’s Day Round-up
Over the past week, with over 50 Culture Ireland funded events taking place in 22 countries, international St. Patrick’s celebrations have again attracted huge crowds. From Australia and New Zealand to China, the United States, Mexico, Russia and across Europe, Ireland’s world class artists and musicians lit up many stages, venues and festivals.
Culture Ireland was honoured that Heather Humphries had the opportunity to participate in Culture Ireland supported events in New York over the St. Patrick’s Festival including Annual Book Day. This popular cultural tradition of celebrating Irish Literature, introducing New Yorkers to some of Ireland’s most celebrated writers is arranged by The Irish Arts Centre who took to the street of New York and distribute books. Prior to this in London Minister Humphries joined the Grand Marshal, Barry McGuigan leading the parade into Trafalgar Square. Minister Humphries also celebrated the Year of Irish Design 2015 by visiting the exhibition ‘Second Skin’ which showcases Irish fashion design and explores sustainable fashion production at City Hall, London.
Building on its popularity over the last few years Moscow Irish week saw the best of Irish film screening and Irish Musicians, The Jeremiahs, light up the stage, performing both indoor and outdoor over several venues. Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris hosted a literature day and attracted large crowds for performances by The Alan Kelly Gang and Kíla.
China hosted many musicians and artists as part of their St. Patrick’s celebrations. A collaborative Irish/Chinese contemporary art exhibitions inspired by the poetry of Yeats opened prior to St. Patrick’s Day and will continue until March 28th. Sharon Shannon built on Chinese audiences from her December visit performing in the Forbidden City, Shanghai Grand Theatre following from her tour across Australia. The Gloaming expanded their global reach having performed their way from New Zealand to Mexico City.