City of Dublin Winter Solstice Festival – 21 December 2018

Venue: Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman and Smithfield Square

Indoor Festival: 16:00-17:30 at DIT Grangegorman Campus The gathering begins. All are welcome to come and enjoy a spectacular céilí featuring traditional Irish dancing and music, storytelling performances, poetry readings, face painting and craft making to work on masks, banners and wreaths for the parade.

Outdoor Festival and Parade: 17:30-19:00, An Croí, DIT Grangegorman Campus to Smithfield Square Parade assembles at 17:30 and starts at 17:40, moving from DIT Grangegorman Campus to Smithfield Square and culminates in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony. All activities are free.

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. The celebration invites everyone to take part in this inclusive gathering of people of all ethnicities to be a participant in the Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony, on Smithfield Square.