It’s Luton’s 21st St Patrick’s Festival and organiser Luton Irish Forum (LIF) says it’s shaping up to be the best yet!
Luton St Patrick’s Festival provides the largest celebration of Irish culture to the highest percentage of Irish living outside of London. This inclusive and diverse Festival is a pinnacle event in Luton’s cultural calendar that showcases the best of Irish music, arts, performance, culture, and food from both Britain and Ireland.
This year’s Luton St Patrick’s Festival, Saturday 14th to Tuesday 17th March, is the 21st Festival and organiser Luton Irish Forum (LIF) says it’s shaping up to be the best yet! In advance of the celebrations LIF has teamed up with The Mall and will be holding arts and crafts sessions on Saturday 7th in the shopping centre from 11am ‘till 2pm.
The Festival starts at Luton Library Theatre (Saturday 14th) with two showings of the Irish comedy drama, An Ordinary Man, described as a ‘rollercoaster of laughter and tears’ produced by The Beezneez Theatre Company, Co Leitrim.
Sunday 15th is the big parade and music day with lots of entertainment – and it’s all free! What’s expected to be the biggest and most colourful parade yet will feature an Irish wolfhound, a digger, a Vintage Car Club, Irish characters – and much more! The parade will leave Luton Irish Forum in Hitchin Road at the later time of 12pm and head for the town centre, finishing in Market Hill.
As well as live entertainment along the parade route, the Festival has great headline acts on Market Hill stage including award winning country singer John McNicholl and Female Vocalist of the Year 2019 Olivia Douglas. The Irish market and family area will feature Irish accessories, face painting, kids’ crafts, a photo booth, games & more. The Mall Stage inside the shopping centre (at Smith’s Square) will be the venue for superb singers and musicians plus two school choirs and award-winners from several local Irish dancing schools and from Ireland. Festival newcomer, the Hat Factory Stage will keep the festivities going well into the evening with Trad, Celtic and Folk Rock. Entertainment will include local favourites, The Skivers and The Galway Street Club – a 10-piece street band who are taking the world by storm.
The Festival will draw to a close with a St Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Celtic Club on Tuesday 17th March with music by Eamon’s Country Sounds, local musicians and more award-winning dancers.
It’s still not too late to promote your group or company by joining the parade, get in touch with Luton Irish Forum now. For full listings, click on the St Patrick’s Festival poster at www.lutonirishforum.org or phone 01582 720447.