All Kinds of Everything will be brought together for Derry’s annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations, organisers have said.
Celtic and Greek mythology, the rhythms and colours of Africa, India and South America, the 70’s punk influence of the Undertones and exotic birds and flying machines all form part of this year’s Spring Carnival which will run over March 16 and 17.
“Since its inception, the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival has grown from a one day civic event into an extended festival focusing on cultural identity and shared celebration,” Derry’s Mayor Kevin Campbell said.
This year’s Carnival parade is set to bring together a mixture of new and seasoned community group performances, carnival groups, tradition and contemporary dance groups and pipe bands along the 2km route.
The programme has been further enhanced with street theatre, music, crafts, drama, dancing, storytelling, discussion and debate so there is something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend’s celebrations.
Also incorporated within the programme are details of events taking place throughout the city to celebrate Irish Language Week 2013 and in particular Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) which is a celebration of Irish language and culture to mark the end of Irish Language Week 2013.
Events will include an outdoor céilí, traditional Irish music sessions, performances by children from our local Gaelscoileanna, an Irish language information point and arts & crafts activities for families.
The Mayor continued: “I am delighted to be able to support the Lá na Gaeilge event through the mayor’s initiative which will see the Music Stage in Guildhall Square feature Comhaltas Dhoire who, as hosts of this year’s All Ireland Fleadh, are sure to put on a display which will celebrate the city’s rich Irish traditional musical talent. They will also be joined by Sontas, who are renowned locally for their fusion of Irish/ Scottish music.”
The Walled City Market returns to Guildhall Square during the celebrations while street theatre will take place at Ebrington.
A kid’s carnival, iconic photographic Portrait of the City film material looped live from the Live Screen at Waterloo place and entertainment trail will also be incorporated in the programme
The programme is now available at venues across the city and online through the official website www.derrycity.gov.uk/stpatricksday.