Pat is Back! – The Return of St Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin
By Brendan Power . March 9, 2018
They say you can’t keep a good thing down, and so, after a 1 year hiatus, the St Patrick’s Day Berlin Festival is coming back to the hauptstadt, and boy have they got some Gaelic-themed treats for you.
‘Tis the most wonderful time o’ the year……to wear green, eat some stew, get hammered on Guinness and Jameson and let out a few ‘yips’ and ‘yeeeeeows’ while a traditional Irish music band whips you and the crowd into a frenzy.
The welcome return of this celebration of all the good things from the Emerald Isle takes
place on Saturday, March 17th 2018 at the Urban Spree venue on the RAW Gelände in
In collaboration with other local companies and performers, the SPFB will celebrate Ireland’s friendship with Germany by having a packed day full of Berlin-based Irish musicians, performing artists, cuisine from Hello Good Pie, Crazy Bastard Sauce and of course delicious beverages to wash them down, promising to make this the best Paddy’s Day festival yet.
Activities this year have been tailored to accommodate visitors of all ages. They have invited Setanta Berlin GAA to build an indoor GAA section showcasing the very best of Gaelic football and hurling. There will be kids activities, such as Irish Storytelling, face-painting and the very special opportunity to dance with our lovely Irish dancers.
Rugby fans should also be in for a big day as Ireland will be facing off against their old foe, England, possibly (fingers crossed they get beaten by Scotland this weekend) for a rare grand slam, while all the games of the last round of the Six Nations tournament will be shown live on the big screen.
They will have live music in the garden throughout the day with 4 Minute Mile – a five-piece band drawing from the well of the pioneers of rock, grunge and indie rock, on stage at 14:00 followed by 2-piece Irish folk group Slí na Sláinte at 16:00. After the Irish rugby match, headline act Joey Ryan and his band will perform a mix of his own material as well as Irish crowd favourites. Conor Kilkelly will then perform a selection of folk songs before final act Sean Óg and David Flowerkraut, armed with a fiddle and mandolin, knock out some authentic Irish ballads from 20:00.
Finally the afterparty will begin with a traditional Céilí Mór (Irish dance) led by artist and performer Hugh Cooney, bringing everyone together by teaching them a few Irish dance moves. Revellers will spend the rest of the night enjoying a selection of top Irish DJ talent including The Drifter and Chymera (live set).
St Patrick’s Day Festival Berlin
Saturday March 17th from 14:00