Winter Solstice Celebration Festival at DIT Grangegorman

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Smashing Times and Slí an Chroí, in partnership with DIT, and with support from Dublin City Council Arts Office, have announced the 9th annual City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival taking place on Friday 21 December 2018 from 4 pm.

Young and old are invited to take part in this year’s magical parade which honours the Winter Solstice on December 21, marking the shortest day of the year which is celebrated worldwide across a range of cultures. This family festival is a colourful gathering of local communities with national and international visitors celebrating the Winter Solstice, bringing together céilí dancing, traditional storytelling, poetry and craft making with the processional parade culminating in a powerful and moving collective fire ceremony in Dublin’s Smithfield Square.

Winter Solstice Celebration Festival

Come and gather on the darkest day, step into the warmth of the indoor festival for storytelling, poetry recitals, a céilí, face painting, music and craft making. Meet with The Sun Queen and Snow Princesses, place your withies in the flame, join the festival in the colourful drum led parade to Smithfield Square and be there as they raise fire to the world in a roaring climactic moment. Bring warm, colourful clothes to wear for the parade. Red and yellow colours are preferable. Please also feel free to carry your own battery operated lanterns, or a drum or rattle if you have one. Come and welcome the return of the light on this festive and magical night for family and friends to enjoy. The City Of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival 2018 is a family-friendly, participatory and inclusive festival.

Where: DIT Grangegorman Campus to Smithfield Square

When: 21 December 2018

Indoor Festival: 4-5.30pm

Outdoor Festival and Parade: 5.30-7pm

For more information about this year’s Winter Solstice Celebration Festival, please visit Event Brite.


Gemma Creagh

Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist. She was born in Cork, lives in Dublin, and studied in Belfast & Galway, where she graduated from NUIG’s Writing MA. She has penned articles for national publications and is the editorial assistant for Film Ireland Magazine. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy ‘Rental Boys’ for RTÉ’s Storyland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world.
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