March 2016

Belfast Nashville Songwriter Festival

Wednesday 2nd March | Sunday 6th March

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Founded by arts organisation Panarts, the five-day festival (2nd-6th March) will showcase over one hundred performers, forty concerts and twelve interactive workshops, celebrating the art of song writing and featuring a wide variety of music styles.

Taking place between the Belfast Empire Music Hall and Clayton Hotel, ‘BelNash 2016’ will feature some of the very best in Northern Ireland talent including: Brian Houston, Iain Archer, Triona, James Huish, Ciara O’Neill, Best Boy Grip, Peter McVeigh, Brigid O’Neill, Colum Sands, Cup O’ Joe, Simon Murphy, AER Club, Society Session, Belfast Guitar Society, twelve year old Ben Cutler, The Savage Five and John T Davis.

This year will also see the event film a television special, recorded with Music City Roots in Belfast and Nashville, Tennessee which will feature many of the festival artists performing their own songs alongside traditional music.

 

1848 Tricolour Celebration

Friday 4th March | Sunday 6th March

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The 1848 Tricolour Celebration is a cultural and historical event, which commemorates the flying of the Irish National Flag for the first time by Waterford man Thomas Francis Meagher in his native city at the Wolf Tone Confederate Club at 33 The Mall, Waterford on March 7th 1848.

 

Doolin Writers Weekend

Friday 4th March | Sunday 6th March

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The Doolin Writer’s Weekend consists of workshops in novel writing, short story writing, poetry writing and song-writing. The weekend features an eclectic mix of music, food, poetry, theatre and literature.

Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.

 

Feis Ceol

Saturday 5th March | Friday 18th March

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Set up in 1896, Feis Ceoil Association promotes excellence in the learning and performance of music across all ages, levels and disciplines. We run an annual festival before Easter each year in Dublin which comprises almost 200 competitions, attracting over 5,000 participants from all over the island of Ireland. We also run non-competitive events and concerts throughout the rest of the year.

 

Fresh Film Festival

Monday 7th March | Saturday 12th March

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Founded in 1997 as part of the Limerick Film Festival as the Irish School’s Video Competition, Fresh Film Festival was originally a schools video competition for secondary students. It has since grown into a year round organisation with a focus on national and international filmmakers spanning the primary and secondary age groups. ‘Fresh’ has incrementally grown in scope in response to increasing numbers of entries and ‘Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards” now constitute three sections – Junior (7-12 years) – Senior (12- 18 years) and The International Young Filmmaker Awards. Each section is open to individual filmmakers, schools, youth and community groups in these age categories.

 

Wexford New Music Festival

Monday 7th March | Saturday 12th March

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Waterford New Music Week is an annual festival presented by Waterford Institute of Technology and Garter Lane Arts Centre, celebrating and promoting contemporary music for all ages, with free daytime events. Now in its 17th year, Waterford New Music Week is the only annual contemporary music festival outside of Dublin and Belfast. It aims to support and promote Irish and international contemporary music, musicians and composers.

 

Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival

Wednesday 9th March | Sunday 13th March

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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2016 will take place from March 9th to 13th 2016 with events for readers of all ages and interests. Headlining the festival will be Michael Parkinson in conversation with his son Michael. This will be preceded by a special event on 2nd February 2016 when the iconic author John Irving discuses his new book Avenue of Mysteries with John Boyne. Also confirmed are Donal Ryan, Pauline Bewick and Nuala O’Connor. Leading the family programme will be award-winning writer, Cathy Cassidy. Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness and Louise O’Neill will join us to talk about their bestselling Young Adult books. Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, Theo Dorgan and AE Stallings are just some of the poets that will feature in the Poetry Now segment.

 

Silk Road Film Festival 

Thursday 10th March | Monday 14th March

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The Silk Road Film Festival features films from countries which were once part of the historical network of ancient trade routes of the Silk Road. It focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African and European cinema. Be taken on a journey along the roads that once connected the distant lands of East, South and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world … a journey that once ensured not only trade but cultural exchange and international understanding.

 

Aran Celtic Festival

Friday 11th March | Sunday 13th March

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A three day celebration of Celtic music, dance and culture.

Renowned artists from Ireland and the Celtic Diaspora coming together for a unique fusion of our shared culture on the intimate setting of the Aran island of Inis Mor.

 

Irish Beer & Whiskey Village

Wednesday 16th March | Saturday 19th March

Running for its fifth year – the Irish Beer and Whiskey Village is a true celebration of beer, cider, whiskey, artisan food and entertainment! This festival is totally indoors so you don’t need to worry about the weather as you browse the stalls, enjoy a masterclass or two and soak up the festive atmosphere and live music.

Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Week with us from the 16-19th March in the RDS, Dublin 4 at the Irish Beer and Whiskey Village.

 

Tradfest Kilkenny

Wednesday 16th March | Sunday 20th March

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The 4th annual Kilkenny Tradfest returns to the marble city from 16th to 20th March 2016,  with a jam-packed programme filled with free and ticketed events for all ages.  The first round of acts announced include Damien Dempsey, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Kila, Hothouse Flowers, Duke Special, The Gloaming’s Iarla O’ Lionard & Steve Cooney with many more to be announced.

The stellar music lineup kicks off on St Patrick’s Day with Kíla who will bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, funky, groovy brand of trad to Kilkenny Tradfest for a free outdoor concert in the magical grounds of Kilkenny’s Castle Park. The 6-piece have been celebrating the continued success of their recent album Suas Síos, the remarkable film Song of the Sea by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon which they co-wrote the score for and the most recent news that the music they wrote for the documentary about the Shannon Ireland’s Secret River was nominated for an Emmy award.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Thursday 17th March | Sunday 20th March

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As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. To make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all.

 

Cork St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Thursday 17th March | Sunday 20th March

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Join us for free family fun on the streets of Cork as the city bursts into life with this year’s Cork St. Patrick’s Festival from Thursday 17th March to Sunday 20th March 2016.

 

Dingle International Film Festival

Thursday 17th March | Sunday 20th March

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Dingle International Film Festival is couched within the breathtaking town of Dingle on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, southwest Ireland and is part of The Wild Atlantic Way. The festival takes places annually in mid-March and as such it often celebrates St Patrick’s Day as part of its festival programming. Dingle is home to many film makers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

Dingle IFF offers feature screenings from Ireland and around the globe, covering all genres; it is home to the Gregory Peck Award: For Excellence in the Art of Film, (recipients including Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Jean Jacques Beineix, Stephen Frears and Laura Dern); it is the first Irish festival to embrace the field of Animation and in 2015 held Ireland’s first ever Animation Awards ceremony in association with Animation Ireland; it is home to the Murakami Award for animation, (recipients including Jimmy T. Murakami, Richie Baneham and Tomm Moore); it has a full and inclusive Animation Programme of events as part of Animation Dingle; and, housed within this Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event.

 

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

Friday 18th March | Sunday 20th March

Linking in this year with the St Patrick’s Day Festival, The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival will be held on Fri 18th Sat 19th and Sun 20th of March. Whatever way you like your prawns – barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced – Howth’s many award winning restaurants will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite sized portions at the food village of this year’s Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, in addition to a variety of other minature dishes. In addition to a market, local foods, fish filleting & fishery skills, demos and a programme of family fun, the food village will also include exciting cooking demonstrations for the budding cooks out there.

 

Galway Comedy Festival

Sunday 20th March | Saturday 26th March

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Galway’s comedy festival has grown since its beginning in 2005 to become a major event on the comedy circuit in Ireland, regularly attracting big international names to the city for the October Bank Holiday weekend. It’s a non-competitive event, with several shows a night featuring well known comidians both Irish and international – there is always a decent number of ‘faces from the telly’ there.

The programme is rounded up each night at a late night festival club in the veranda lounge of the Radisson Blu Hotel, were madness and mayhem reign until the small hours.

You may also find pop up shows on the streets, unannounced events and who knows what other surprises.

 

Galway Food Festival

Thursday 24th March | Monday 28th March

Join us from March 24th – 28th 2016 for five festive days of open-air markets, food trails and family fun. Last year, over 70,000 people attended Galway Food Festival events including the festival food village at Spanish Arch; the Galway, Moycullen and Woodquay Country Markets and a packed programme of talks, tours, tastings, demonstrations and workshops involving over 100 restaurants, food outlets and food producers located across the city and County.

 

Tramore Ska and Reggae Festival

Friday 25th March | Sunday 27th March

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The three-day international Ska Festival is slated to kick off on Friday, March 25th, in the picturesque sunny south-east seaside village of Tramore in Co. Waterford. Renowned for its beautiful 5 km beach, amusement park and fairground. The town is eagerly awaiting the arrival of hordes of ska addicts and surfers to its shores over the Easter weekend.

 

Mallow’s Racing Home for Easter Festival

Saturday 26th March | Monday 28th March

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Make it Mallow this Easter Bank Holiday weekend for 3 days of top class horse racing, fabulous fashion, family fun, food, crafts & culture! There’s live music, performance artists, amusements & more!

 

**Easter Rising Centenary Festival**

Saturday 26th March | Tuesday 29th March

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The commemoration will be measured and reflective, and will be informed by a full acknowledgement of the complexity of historical events and their legacy, of the multiple readings of history, and of the multiple identities and traditions which are part of the Irish historical experience.

Ireland 2016 is an ambitious and wide-ranging national commemorative initiative, embracing seven distinct programme strands each with an extensive programme of events. The extensive programme of formal commemorative events is focused on remembering and honouring those who took part in the Easter Rising, and especially those who gave their lives.

2016 will belong to everyone on this island and to our friends and families overseas – regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history. Formal State celebrations will, as they have always done, mark 1916 as the moment when Irish nationalism joined forces with a revolutionary, cultural and language movement to forge an irresistible movement towards self-determination. The Proclamation of the Republic, drawing on the ideals of that generation, has remained an inspiration over succeeding generations. Ireland 2016, as a year of reflection and engagement for everyone on this island, goes far beyond the formal marking of a key historical moment. It is a once-in-a-century invitation to people of all ages, at home and overseas, to shape, and then to actively engage in, a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities, all designed to facilitate reflection, commemoration, celebration, debate and analysis, and an active re-imagining of our future.

Ireland 2016 will offer the world an insight into our particular journey towards independent statehood and how we fared post-independence, while at the same time we will deepen our knowledge of ourselves by understanding the journeys of other nations.

 

Pan Celtic Festival

Tuesday 29th March | Sunday 3rd April

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The Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2016 has been launched. The competition is to find Ireland’s entry for the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2016. The song must be in Irish with music and lyrics newly composed. Entries can be in any genre whether traditional, pop, folk or celtic rock and the songs may be performed by a solo singer, group or band.

 

Feile Neidin: Kenmare Irish Music Festival

Thursday 31st March | Sunday 3rd April

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From sessions to concerts, session to ceilis and dancing Feile Neidin: Kenmare’s Irish Music Festival has it all. A fantastic weekend of traditional entertainment.

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