Community Kids and Family

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day

A free day of Irish arts and culture for all!

Details

FREE
Date(s)

Sun, Mar 10, 2019

12:00pm

Contact

Box Office

866-811-4111

info@irishartscenter.org
Location

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
and
PAL William J. Duncan Center (right next door!)

Overview

In partnership with Police Athletic League (PAL)

Immerse yourself in Ireland's rich culture at our annual free open house. Visitors of all ages can join in a céilí, have their faces painted, do arts and crafts, learn words as Gaeilge, try a traditional Irish instrument like the tin whistle or bodhrán—or simply grab a seat and delight in the day’s live music and dance performances.

Activities include soda bread-making demonstrations and the U.S. premiere of Cartoon Saloon, Fócas Films, and TG4’s Cúl an Tí series of animated shorts celebrating the Irish song.



“Irish Arts Center's annual extravaganza…an Irish favorite for kids and parents”
Time Out New York



SCHEDULE


IAC DONAGHY THEATRE

12-12:30pm
Music performance: Irish Arts Center’s resident céilí band

12:30-1:45pm
IAC student performances: From storytelling to set dance—a sample of IAC classes for all ages

2-2:45pm
Music performance: Cleek Schrey (fiddle) and Stuart Jackson (uilleann pipes) 

3-4pm
U.S. premiere of Cartoon Saloon, Fócas Films, and TG4’s Cúl an Tí series of animated shorts celebrating the Irish song

IAC GALLERY

12-3pm 
Enjoy tea, coffee and soda bread

12:30pm & 2:30pm 
Cooking demonstration: How to make soda bread

12-4pm
Danielle Tegeder Exhibition: Drawing Room—The Field Guide to Experimental Irish Literature

PAL (POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE) GYM

12-4pm
Arts and crafts 

12:30-3:30pm
Face painting

12:30-3:30pm
Irish instrument petting zoo (try out a fiddle, tin whistle, or bodhrán drum) 

PAL STAGE AREA 

12:15-12:45pm 
Uilleann pipe demonstration and performance with Stuart Jackson 

1-1:30pm 
Performance and dance lesson by Niall O’Leary School of Dance

1:45-2:15pm 
Music performance: Irish Arts Center’s resident céilí band

2:30-3pm
Irish song sing-a-long with Tommy Deegan 

3-4pm
Céilí dance lesson, dance, and music (social dance for all ages) led by Jonathan Matthews of Darrah Carr Dance with music by Cleek Schrey (fiddle) and Stuart Jackson (uilleann pipes) 


PAL EDUCATION ROOM

12-12:45pm 
Irish song circle for all ages with Peadar O’Hici

1-1:30pm
Tin whistle sample class for kids with Kieran McCarthy-Fell

1:45-2:15pm
Tin whistle sample class for adults with Kieran McCarthy-Fell 

2:30-3pm
Irish language sample class for kids with Bláthnaid O'Donoghue

3:15-3:45pm
Irish language sample class for adults with Bláthnaid O'Donoghue



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Support for this program is also provided by Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, Knights of St. Patrick, and Society of Friendly Songs of St. Patrick, Westchester County.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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