Virtual Irish Festival features Gaelic dance, music, and culture

March 1, 2021 | Press Release
Virtual Irish Festival features Gaelic dance, music, and culture

SEATTLE -Seattle Center Festál: Irish Festival Seattle, presented virtually in 2021, continues a tradition of bringing together Irish culture carriers to share their arts, ideas, and stories about what it means to be Irish. Created in partnership with the Irish Heritage Club, Irish Festival Seattle posts digitally March 13 and 17 at

The 2021 festival features traditional Irish music performed by Carrigaline Celtic Band; several Irish step-dancing groups, including the nationally acclaimed Tony Comerford School of Irish Dancers; and Irish fiddle music by the "shining jewel of Northwest fiddle players," Dale Russ. The festival also presents Gaelic games, genealogy, and language, as well as Irish cooking demonstrations.

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Seattle Center Festál highlights the culturally rich communities who help shape the character and course of our region. The series provides a virtual stage in 2021 for immigrant and ethnic groups of the Pacific Northwest to share their history, traditions, stories, and dynamism with the broader community and world at large. The online festivals connect people in ways that build understanding, dispel stereotypes, and generate pride among those who participate in these shared experiences. The series began in 1997 to offer a central place for festivals to invite the public to join in their unique cultural expressions.

Seattle Center presents Festál: Irish Festal Seattle in partnership with Irish Heritage Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Irish cultural activities in Western Washington and cultural exchanges with Seattle's Sister City of Galway, Ireland. Virtual admission is free of charge. For more information, visit
Seattle Center Festál, Where the World Gathers, presents 24 ethnic cultural festivals on weekends throughout the year, virtually in 2021. Seattle Center Festál is produced with the generous support of T-Mobile, 4Culture, the City of Seattle, and the Seattle Center Foundation.