Postponement – St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020

Following the decision of the Government of Spain and the Generalitat Valenciana to postpone the 2020 Fallas celebrations due to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Valencia Irish Cultural Association has decided to postpone the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020.

We hope to be in a position to have a cultural festival in Tinglado 2 later in the year.

Fundraising drive continues for St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020

With the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade less than a month away, we are hoping for a bigger and better event this year. The event will once again take place in Tinglado 2 in the Port area of the city on Tuesday, March 17th from 1130 to 1430. Over 500 people attended the event last year, and we are hoping for an even bigger crowd this year. This is a family friendly event with plenty of activities for both children and adults.

Although the event is being part-funded by the Ayuntamiento de Valencia, the Embassy of Ireland in Madrid and Tourism Ireland, we are relying on the generosity of the public to ensure that we can organise a great event for all friends of Ireland in Valencia.

With that in mind, we have set up a fundraising “GoFundMe” page. Please help us to ensure the success of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade by giving as generously as you can. Thanks!

VICA Table Quiz – Saturday February 29th

VICA Table Quiz in St. Patrick’s pub – Saturday February 29th at 20:00: We’ll be having a table quiz on February 29th in St. Patrick’s Pub (Gran Via del Marqués del Túria, 69).

Questions will be in English, but we will be translating them into Spanish as well. Maximum 4 people per table, with a €20 entry fee per table. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle, with all proceeds going to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade fund.

THE LAST PINT in concert at MAX MAX

Next Saturday 23 November at 11 p.m “The Last Pint” musicians together with “Mediterrània dancers” will be playing, singing and dancing some traditional tunes at Max Max Celtic Pub. Nothing better than some Irish music and beers for these cold evenings. Come and join us!

El próximo sábado 23 de noviembre a las 23 h, los músicos de “The Last Pint” junto con las bailarinas de “Mediterrània” interpretarán, cantarán y bailarán temas tradicionales en el Pub Celta Max Max. Nada mejor que algo de música irlandesa y unas cervezas para estas noches frías. Os esperamos!

Irish Literary event – November 30th

Our next event will be an evening of Irish literature, which will take place in Mulligan’s pub on Calle Yecla on Saturday, November 30th at 1900. Titled “Irish Poems and Stories: Ancient and Modern” we will have a variety of speakers bringing to life the old tradition of Irish poetry and storytelling. The event will include readings of original work, as well as some well known pieces of Irish literature. We expect a big crowd in on the night, so get in early! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

poems and stories

Irish dance and music at VI ConFusion Festival (Benimaclet)

Mediterrània school dancers together with The Last Pint Irish Music Folk group will participate next October 20 in the 6th ConFusion Arts Festival in Benimaclet. The show will start at 19:00 with a concert in which the audience will be able to enjoy well-known Irish traditional tunes, songs and Irish dance.

You can find us in the conFusion program www.orfheo.org/event/confusion2019 and on the site of the official event  https://www.facebook.com/events/867530150288609/

The concert will be followed by a Céilí workshop where people will be invited to dance some steps along with the music of The Last Pint musicians. Come and join us!

VICA AGM agrees calendar of upcoming cultural events

The 2019 Valencia Irish Cultural Association AGM took place at in Sankofa Espai Cultural last Saturday, September 21st. The following officers were elected for the upcoming year:

Chairperson: Dermot Hurley
Secretary: Fionn O´Reilly
Treasurer: Edel Byrne
Public Relations Officer: Philip Jones
Co-ordinator for traditional music sessions: Nick Skelton
Co-ordinator for dancing events: Cynthia Couriel
St. Patrick’s Day funding: Karen O’Reilly

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Irish dancer Charlene Morrison confirmed for July workshops

Hailing from Louisburgh, County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Charlene has been an avid Irish dancer from a young age, dancing competitively and performing throughout Europe and North America during her dance career. She performed as lead dancer on the PBS production Celtic Crossroads: World Fusion which toured USA and Canada from 2010-2013. In 2012, she starred as lead dancer with Altan during their tour of Norway and UK.

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