on Monday 20th March. The event starts at 14:00.
What is it?
W.E. IRISH Culture Fest is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, which builds to a grand St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 19th March 2023.
During the Culture Fest, 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.
We have lots in store for you from entertainment, music, dancing, raffle and much more.
*It is a free event but donations are welcome so show support for our performers and cost of running the event.
www.WeIrish.org - See our website for more information about the whole 'W.E. Irish Culture Fest'.
We have listed over 35 events that which are all listed on our website.
Party Venue: The Corn Exchange, Corn St, Bristol BS1 1JQ
The venue has food available to order.
The lineup for entertainment will be released very soon.
Parade: Please join us at Trinity Centre, BS2 0NW at 12:30 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]
The parade will start at Trinity Centre in Old Market and end at St Nicholas Market in the Centre.