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Between 15-17 March the Vienese Burgtheater will once again shine green to celebrate all things Irish and a full programme of events, starting 12 March to celebrate the evolving musicality, imagination and culinary innovation of Irish creative talent, including art exhibitions, literature readings and Irish dance performances will unfold. Highlights of the festival, include live music from well-known Irish musicians, such as Mick Flannery, authentic irish tastes and traditions, and activities for children, all of which will feature in Festival Tent at the Burgtheater between 15-17 March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Ambassador of Ireland, James Brennan

A Chairde, Dear Friends,

The Embassy is delighted to once again participate in the celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day in the wonderful city of Vienna. This year is a particularly important year for Ireland, as we hold the Presidency of the European Union from January until June.

Ireland’s national day is celebrated all over the world but the celebrations in Vienna are particularly special. The links between the Irish people and this city are strong and long-standing. We have always felt welcome in the Austrian capital. St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Vienna by the Irish and their friends for centuries, going back to the time of the Irish monks who founded the Schottenstift.

I am delighted that the Burgtheatre will this year join many other iconic world landmarks in once again going ‘green’ from 15 – 17 March. A marvellous weekend-long programme of culture and fun has been put together and I encourage all our Viennese friends to come along to the heart of the old city and celebrate our national day with us.

The Embassy congratulates the organisers – Brian Patton and his team – and thanks those whose sponsorship has made the celebrations possible. We are also hugely indebted to Mayor Häupl, the City Council of Vienna, and the residents of the 1st district for their cooperation and kindness in facilitating and welcoming this special Ireland – Austria celebration.

Beannachtaí  na Féile Pádraig oraibh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.

James Brennan, Ambassador of Ireland.

More about the Programme 

Tuesday, 12. March

  • Event: Opening of the art exhibition “Winter Island – Irish Impressionism” by Tom Phelan und Leonard Sheil and with Ambassador James Brennan, Embassy of Ireland, Austria.
  • Time: 20:00
  • Place: Merikon Art Room, Palais Esterhazy, Wallnerstrasse 4, 2. Hof, 1010 Wien. Tel: +43 664 3203436

Wednesday, 13. March

  • Event: Reading from Julian Gough
  • Time: 20:00
  • Place: Merikon Art Room, Palais Esterhazy, Wallnerstrasse 4, 2. Hof, 1010 Wien. Tel: +43 664 3203436

Friday, 15. March Festival tent at the Burgtheater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 16. March 

  • 10:00 Church Service (Schottenkirche)
  • 11:00 St. Patrick’s Day Parade (from Schottenkirche – Festival tent)

 

 

 

 

 

Festival tent at the Burgtheater

Sunday, 17. March Festival tent at the Burgtheater

More about the Artists 

Niamh Sharkey

Niamh Sharkey is an Irish author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Her books have won numerous awards, including the prestigious MOTHER GOOSE award, and the BISTO BOOK OF THE YEAR. Niamh’s books have been translated into over twenty languages.

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS:

  • Event: An interactive workshop with children  - “Monster Draw”
  • Zeit: 16 March, 13:30-15:00
  • Ort: Festival tent.
  • Event: Exhibition during the Irish EU Presidency
  • Zeit: 14. – 20. March, daily from 09:00 to 18:00. 20. March from 09:00 – 13:00
  • Ort: Palais Auersperg, Auerspergstraße 1 / 1080 Vienna.

Tom Phelan

Tom Phelan was educated at Blackrock College and the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and Il Bisonte, Florence, Italy. As a member of the Dublin Graphic Studio since 1992 he has worked as a master printmaker with many well known artists. For three years Tom was also studio manager of the Graphic Studio Dublin.

He has exhibited extensively in Europe, Asia and North America, including at institutions such as The Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Chester Beatty Library and the National Gallery in Dublin.

Tom has been living in Vienna for the past five years where he is now running his own print studio as well as concentrating on painting.

Tuesday, 12. March

  • Event: Opening of the art exhibition “Winter Island – Irish Impressionism” by Tom Phelan und Leonard Sheil and with Ambassador James Brennan, Embassy of Ireland, Austria.
  • Time: 20:00
  • Place: Merikon Art Room, Palais Esterhazy, Wallnerstrasse 4, 2. Hof, 1010 Wien. Tel: +43 664 3203436

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock

Named after a poem about a haunted canal lock, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock match Irish folk and traditional sounds with more modern experimental rock sounds. With the release of their new album The Brutal Here and Now they have refined their craft, creating melodic folk rock with with a dark, modern feel. They veer away from their peers in tracing a line from the Irish 60’s folk revival through progressive, kraut and post rock.

Lyrically springing from English and Irish folk song, the compositions deal with complex themes of personal and national identity, alienation, Irish history and mythology, revolution and the cynical cyclical nature of greed and power. Live they are a powerful five-piece, overlaying intricate folk melodies with swirling squalls of feedback, delay and soaring three-part harmonies.

EVENT:

  • Event: The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Concert
  • Time: Friday, 15. March, 18:00
  • Ort: Festival tent at the Burgtheater 

Julian Gough 

Julian Gough was born in London. He grew up in Ireland. He lives in Berlin. And he writes novels.

While studying philosophy at university in Galway, he began singing with the underground, and very literary, rock band Toasted Heretic. They played London, Paris and New York, released four albums, and had a top ten hit in Ireland in 1991 with “Galway and Los Angeles”, a song about not kissing Sinead O’Connor.

Gough’s first novel, Juno & Juliet was published in 2001. Set in Galway, it stars identical twin sisters in their first year away from home, and is about Life! Love! Literature! His second novel, Jude, stars an orphan with two penises, and is about everything else. It’s a rather unusual novel, and is being published in a rather unusual way, starting with Jude: Level 1. Levels 2 and 3 will follow in 2008 and 2009, before all three levels of Jude are published in a handsome hardback some time in the glorious future.

EVENT:

  • Event: Reading by Julian Gough
  • Time: Wednesday, 13. March, 20:00
  • Place: Merikon Art Room, Palais Esterhazy, Wallnerstrasse 4, 2. Hof, 1010 Wien. Tel: +43 664 3203436

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