W.E. IRISH CultureFest

A celebration of Irish culture and heritage, which builds to a grand St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 17th March 2024.

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During the CultureFest, there will be a Fringe Festival with music, dancing, a comedy craic-house, an Irish film festival, and a programme of talks on contemporary Irish history and shared experiences with black and ethnic minorities. There will also be sports and food events.

The West of England, and Bristol in particular, is home to many thousands of Irish immigrants. Many who came here in the post-war era – who built our roads and staffed our hospitals – are quietly living out their lives, but do not enjoy a real sense of Irish identity or community. These immigrants could not wear their identity with pride, as they were demeaned and subjugated by the ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’ attitude that welcomed them. Subsequent waves of immigrants, who came in the time of the ‘Troubles’, worried that they were tainted with a terrorist connection and, therefore, did not highlight their nationality or heritage.

It is only with the most recent wave of immigrants – post Irish boy-bands, Riverdance and Ryanair weekends to Temple Bar in Dublin! – that we Irish feel safe and proud to shout out about our culture and heritage. This festival will provide an opportunity to those Irish who have served the City and the region, to share their culture with pride.

When Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled due to Covid, Dublin City Council announced that it lost £73 million in income. While the W.E. IRISH Culture Fest is a lot smaller in its ambition for 2024, there is no reason why it cannot bring in a ‘crock o’ gold’ for the West of England region. A festival in March is just the boost that the economy needs.

In a time when many artists are still struggling post-Covid, we aim to offer work to Fringe performers and to artists to create floats and costumes for the Parade. Our aim for 2024 is to have 10,000 attend the Parade and a full programme of Fringe events every night of the festival.

A focus of this festival will be to bring together people of Irish/black dual-heritage. There are many similarities and cross-overs which have never had the opportunity to be revealed. The festival will also present opportunities for the Irish diaspora to share their experiences with more recent immigrants facing a hostile environment.

During the CultureFest, there will be a Fringe Festival with music, dancing, a comedy craic-house, an Irish film festival, and a programme of talks on contemporary Irish history and shared experiences with black and ethnic minorities. There will also be sports and food events.

Sunday 17th March @ Bristol City Centre – Various locations

 

Join Us for the W.E. Irish St Patrick’s Day Parade & CultureFest Party!

PARADE assembles at 12:00, departs at 13:00 from M-SHED & arrives at 14:00 in St Nicholas Market.

FREE after-party @ Glass Arcade in St Nicholas Market.

TICKETED after-party @ Revolution Bar

Link for tickets BELOW! 

THE PARADE

Please join us Behind the M-Shed at 12:00 to be a part of the parade on foot, in a pram, on a bicycle, wheelchair or mobility scooter.

If you want to enter a float or decorated vehicle, you need to contact us by the 1st of March – email [email protected]

Tá fáilte roimh gach duine – Everyone is welcome.

FREE AFTER-PARTY @ SAINT NICOLAS MARKET

After the parade arrives at Saint Nicholas Market we will be hosting a free after-party. Come and join us for a drink before heading to our ticketed event at Revolution Bar!

TICKETED AFTER-PARTY@ REVOLUTION BAR

This is a ticketed event and doors open at 2pm, after the St Patrick’s Day Parade has arrived at St Nicholas Street.

Doors open at 2pm (After the Parade – no entry before)

Food will be available to order in the venue.

Party Venue: Revolution Bar, Bristol, St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1QZ

Ticket entry only – Via St Nicholas Street.

Join us for an afternoon of Irish Traditions! Youngsters are encouraged to come along and get in touch with their Irish heritage. All activities take place at The Boardroom (St Nicholas St) between 2:15 pm & 5:00 pm.

Debates and talks on Irish culture, heritage and ideas.

A multi venue celebration of Irish Culture, Comedy, Poetry, Literature, Dance and Music.

Showcasing Irish film-makers and actors, screening throughout the region. Subsidised film screenings and events.

Through Bristol on 17th March 2024 20 plus floats • 4 Dance schools performing • Several bands • Street performers Representation from all diverse communities across the region