London St Patrick's Day Festival 2018
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
- Parade - applications now open!
- Irish art exhibition – Pauline Bewick at City Hall
- I Am Irish photography exhibition at City Hall
- Busking on the Underground - apply today
- Poems on the Underground
- Irish Film Festival 2018
- Irish walking tours
- Irish Music Trail - Camden Market
- Irish street food market
- Partner community events
- Schools Design a Banner Competition
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.
Full line up announced mid-February
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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.
Good, old-fashioned fudge from Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland.
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:
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.
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.
An all-female breakthrough troupe of Irish artists playing a music trail across Camden Market on Saturday 17 March.
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 – Trafalgar Square East
Buttermilk chicken burgers.
Eat The Farm
Street food company which uses quality fresh ingredients sourced directly from farmers.
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.
Including stalls from:
- Irish Cultural Centre
- London Irish LGBT Network
- Irish in Britain
- Irish Film London
- London Irish Rugby
- Council of Irish Counties Association
e would like to thank our sponsors for this year:
- Aer Lingus
- Tourism Ireland
- Bord Bia
- Irish Post
- JB Riney
- Culture Ireland
- J Coffey Construction
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.
For any other media enquiries, email [email protected].