Slí An Chroí and Complex Productions are delighted to once again produce the 5th annual Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration, now bigger and better than ever on Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 5pm – 7.00pm . In partnership with The National Museum of Ireland and Dublin City Council, this grassroots community event is a unique gathering for the ancient Celtic celebration of the darkest day of the year, in the heart of Ireland’s capital.
Since the inaugural event in the snow of December 2010, this colourful gathering of local community together with national and international visitors, has established itself as a stand out indigenous celebration. It is a FREE, family friendly event, bringing together traditional storytelling, poetry and céilí, as well as craft making. It embraces hospitality, culture and heritage awareness through a processional parade, culminating in a powerful, moving, collective fire ceremony. This magical experience honours the Irish ancestral legacy of marking major seasonal celebrations. Young and old are central to this inclusive gathering of people of all ethnicities and cultures. The Celebration invites everyone to take part through costuming, drumming, parading, flag carrying and being a participant in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony, the traditional climax on Smithfield Square.
This year, the 2014 Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration is generously supported by The National Museum of Ireland, Dublin City Council, IPB Insurance and the North West Inner City Network, augmenting the scale of every aspect of the Festival, making it a truly vibrant presence in Dublin City’s calendar, on the unique longest night of the year.
Gathering Begins: 5pm, The National Museum, Decorative Arts And History, Collins Barracks in The Riding School Hall.
Lighting Of The Winter Solstice Ceremonial Fire: 6.00pm, Clarke Square, Collins Barracks.
Parade Assembles: 6.15pm, Clarke Square, Collins Barracks
Parade Route: Ellis Quay and Arran Quay to Smithfield Square
Fire Ceremony: 6.45pm-7.15pm, Smithfield Square
For More Information:
John Cantwell, Sli An Chroí: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01-670 4905 / 087 2414 963
Press photography of previous events and 2014 event, contact John Cantwell, Slí An Chroí.
Free Event. All Welcome