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  • Sarajevo Irish Festival, with a rich cultural and entertaining programme is running around St. Patrick's Day (March 16th and 17th).

    The third Sarajevo Irish Festival will again be offering a diverse program at various locations around town.

    The festival will get underway on March 16 with a gala event at Dom Oružanih snaga BiH. That evening will see a performance by Dónal Lunny, “the Quincy Jones of Ireland,” accompanied by accordionist Pádraig Rynne, and Šola Irskega Plesa, a Slovenian-Irish dance group. Music will also be provided by Broken House Band, a group that plays traditional Bosnian-Irish tunes.

    On St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17), the program will get started that afternoon with a flash mob dance (a spontaneous collective performance) in front of Mercator Center on Ložionička Street. This event will be led by Šola Irskega Plesa, who will also be offering a dance class for children after the flash mob.

    Later that afternoon, there will be a screening of the Irish film, Maze, at Meeting Point, which will be followed by a discussion with producer Jane Doolan and director Stephan Burke.

    The festival will close at Meeting Point, where the rugby match between England and Ireland will be live-streamed. This will also be an opportunity to sample some Irish refreshments, along with traditional Irish music provided by Broken House Band.

    Irish Bosnian community, as well as some fellow Celts, are all working on pulling off long days of culture, ceol, craic agus caint (music, fun and chat) with more guests, more sponsors and more locations.  

    Organizers of this Festival said that 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, an event which was seminal in our modern history. This was a great opportunity to begin with a new tradition of organising this festival in Sarajevo, every year around the St. Patrick's Day, holiday celebrated in honor of the Christian saint and patron saint of Ireland.

    Dress code dictates to wear green, or at least some detail the color of a shamrock, the leaf St. Patrick used as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.