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City Of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration 2013

Slí An Chroí and Complex Productions are delighted to once again produce the 4th annual Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration, now bigger and better than ever.

Saturday, 21 December, 2013, 6pm – 8.30pm

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb St., Dublin 7 and Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.

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 2013 Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration is generously supported by The National Museum of Ireland, again by Dublin City Council and the NWIC Network, augmenting the scale of every aspect of the Festival, making it a truly vibrant presence in Dublin City’s calendar, on the longest night of the year.

Gathering Begins

6.00pm, The National Museum, Decorative Arts And History, Collins Barracks in The Riding School Hall.

Lighting Of The Winter Solstice Ceremonial Fire

7.00pm, Clarke Square, Collins Barracks.

Parade Assembles

7.15pm, Clarke Square, Collins Barracks

Parade Route

Ellis Quay and Arran Quay to Smithfield Square

Fire Ceremony

8.00pm-8.30pm, Smithfield Square

For More Information: to external website & to external website

John Cantwell, Sli An Chroí:, Tel: 01-670 4905 / 087 2414 963

Press photography of previous events and 2013 event, contact John Cantwell, Slí An Chroí.

Free Event. All Welcome

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