Irish Festival 2012

Past Event: 18 November 2012

Irish Festival
Image Courtesy of Tourism Ireland

A celebration of Irish culture for the whole family.

Join us for a celebration of Irish culture and heritage full of music and dance, hearty food and good craic, held in association with the Irish community in Victoria.

With one in ten Australians claiming Irish ancestry, the Irish Festival is sure to appeal to many. Whether you’re a fan of Irish music and dance, interested in researching your Irish surname, planning a trip to Ireland, or simply enjoy Irish cuisine – the day offers an array of activity celebrating all things Irish.

View Irish Festival program (PDF, 222 KB)

Activities include:

  • Contemporary Irish Australian musicians and singers such as Damian Howard, Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance and Pat McKernan.
  • A traditional céili and session under the direction of cultural group Comhaltas – bring along your own musical instrument and join in!
  • Irish step dancing by world champions Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing as well as a centuries-old ‘brush dance’ performance
  • Workshops on fiddle playing, Irish step and céili dancing, Irish migration and family research
  • Contemporary Irish migration stories and photography in our Leaving Dublin exhibition
  • Enjoy hearty Irish fare such as Irish stew and sausages, fresh oysters, pies and baked potatoes from local businesses The Irish Times, Paddy’s Meats and PJ O’Brien’s, with tea and sweets by Comhaltas and Lake School.
  • Representatives from Irish community organisations in Victoria, providing information about the community
  • Travel information – what to see and do in Ireland to celebrate the inaugural ‘gathering’ in 2013
  • Family craft activities