St Patrick's Day

London St Patrick's Day Festival 2018

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
No tickets required

The London St Patrick's Day Festival - now in its sixteenth year - attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London and to the parade and festival in central London and Trafalgar Square. It's become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture and arts.  

This year's three-day cultural and community festival across London will include:

A Festival of Irish Community and Culture on Trafalgar Square

The culmination of three days of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, this Community and Cultural festival will showcase and celebrate the tremendous diversity, creativity, talent and breadth of the Irish community and culture in London. It will showcase emerging Irish artists and performances by stars of the West End musicals, Big St. Patrick’s Céilí, festival house band and special guests.

 

Main stage

 

Full line up announced mid-February

 

MC Eoghan McDermott

 

Sponsor stalls

Aer Lingus

Tourism Ireland

Irish Post

Moriarty Concrete Services

 

Family zone – Pall Mall East

 

There will be a  fun and lively family zone on Pall Mall East. There will be activity areas, games and workshops. There will also be walkabout performances based on mythical stories from Ireland including characters such as Pirate Queen Grainne Mhaol and The Giant Fionn MacChuaill.

 

The area will also include a picnic area with benches providing a quieter eating space for families.

 

Crafts stalls – North Terrace

 

Wild Irish skincare

Hand made soaps and skincare. All Vegan made using Irish Seaweed and all natural ingredients.

 

Scents of Galway

Natural Galway-inspired soaps, candles and perfumes. 100% natural and  handmade

Fiona Concannon and Martina furlong artists.

 

Spirit of Ireland arts

Connemara marble jewellery and souvenirs -  Irish water and nature charms.

 

Fiona Concannon artist and Martina Furlong artists

Paintings and limited edition Giclée prints, scenes of landscape and wildlife of Ireland. 

 

Mellas fudge

Good, old-fashioned fudge from Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland.

Enter the St Patrick's Parade

We've been inviting individuals, walking groups and vehicles to enter into the St Patrick's Festival Parade. The deadline for entries has now passed but if you've missed it and still wish to take part please send us an application form and we'll try to fit you in:

Become a festival partner

To enhance the three-day London St. Patrick’s Day Festival, we are looking to include affiliate and up to 20 partner events to join under the festival umbrella. We are also offering inclusion in a comprehensive marketing campaign and small grants of up to £250 for partner events/local community events across London.

If you would like to become a festival partner or affiliate, fill in the application form and return to [email protected].

 

 

I Am Irish photography exhibition

Inspired by a persistent lack of representation of the Black Irish experience, Lorraine Maher launched the project #IamIrish to celebrate mixed race Irish people and to question the concept of 'Irishness' and what an authentic Irish identity means for Irish communities today. Lorraine has collaborated with photographer Tracey Anderson to make an intimate study of the faces, lives and experiences of 24 mixed race Irish people.

Available to view from 14 March to 12 April at City Hall, SE1 2AA. 

Irish Music Trail - Camden Market 17 March

An all-female breakthrough troupe of Irish artists playing a music trail across Camden Market on Saturday 17 March. 

Irish Film Festival 2018

London Film School in Covent Garden on Friday 16 March 2018 is the first of our film offerings with two free programmes of selected Irish short films [rating 15]. We're looking for submissions via www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com - the deadline is 16 February 2018.

 

Also on 16 March, the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square will play host to the UK Premiere of an Irish feature at 6:30pm.

 

On Saturday 17 March 2018, Irish Film London will run an afternoon children's screening and shadow animation workshop for children aged 6 and older.

 

Finally, on Sunday 18 March, as the excitement of the parade and Trafalgar Square comes to a close, stroll over to Leicester Square where the Prince Charles Cinema will screen our final feature film at 6:30pm.

 

The St. Patrick's Film Festival London is programmed and coordinated by Irish Film London, in association with the Mayor of London. 

 

16-18 March | London Film school | Prince Charles Cinema

Irish Street Food Market

Irish Street Food Market – Trafalgar Square East

 

Butchies

Buttermilk chicken burgers.

 

Eat The Farm

Street food company which uses quality fresh ingredients sourced directly from farmers.

 

Pie Cart

Individual handmade gourmet pies.

 

Salt beef bros.

Hot salt beef sandwiches served with mustard and traditional pickle.

 

Clonakilty black pudding

In association with Home Town Rolls who will be providing Clonakilty breakfast baguettes and wraps.

Irish community stalls

Including stalls from:

  • Irish Cultural Centre
  • London Irish LGBT Network
  • Irish in Britain
  • Irish Film London
  • London Irish Rugby
  • GAA
  • Council of Irish Counties Association
2018 Sponsors

e would like to thank our sponsors for this year: 

  • Aer Lingus
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Bord Bia
  • Morriarity's
  • Irish Post
  • JB Riney
  • Culture Ireland
  • J Coffey Construction
Media accreditation and enquiries

Media accreditation

Photographers, broadcasters and ‎members of the media looking to cover this event need ‎official accreditation from the Mayor of London's Press Office.

Please complete the accreditation form by Monday 12 March for your accreditation request to be considered. Please note that you must be able to provide an official NUJ ID or equivalent.

Media enquiries

For any other media enquiries, email [email protected].

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