Irish Festival, March 17 – 18

Seattle Center Festál: Irish Week Festival, March 17 and 18, at Seattle Center, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, foods, children’s activities, and a lively marketplace.

Seattle Center Festál:  Irish Week Festival, March 17 and 18, at Seattle Center, explores the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Ireland through live performances, cultural displays, hands-on activities, foods, children’s activities, and a lively marketplace.

Festival-goers may trace their roots in genealogy workshops, learn the Irish language, and take in colorful cultural exhibits. Irish musicians will accompany champion Irish stepdancers from around the Pacific Northwest. Events for children include the “smilingest Irish Eyes Contest” and the “Most Irish-Looking Face Context.” Contemporary Irish films will be screened during the Irish Reels Film Festival.

The 2012 Irish Festival takes place in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon, the Festival features a drawing for a pair of free round-trip tickets to Ireland, donated by Tangerine Tracel in Redmond.

The 21 Seattle Center Festál cultural celebrations highlight the common forms of tradition and expression among ethnic communities in the Pacific Northwest, while underscoring their unique creative contributions, customs, foods and ideals. Each event offers moving entertainment and fascinating insight into a different culture of the world.

Irish Week Festival is part of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center in 2012. The Festival is produced by Irish Heritage Club of Seattle in partnership with Seattle Center. For a full event schedule, visit http://www.irishclub.org/, and for more information on this cultural series and other Seattle Center public programming, click on http://www.seattlecenter.com/.