Iseult Fitzgerald

I am delighted to introduce and support the Belgrade Irish Festival on behalf of the Embassy of Ireland. This has been an exceptionally strange, difficult, and sometimes sad year. The crisis has had a particularly harsh impact on the arts and on creative artists, with long periods when audiences were unable to gather. But this year has also made us value art and performance all the more, as a comfort and an inspiration, a welcome distraction from our fears, and as a way to help us understand the experiences we have been through.

So this year more than ever, I would like to celebrate the welcome return of the Belgrade Irish Festival to our calendar, with a really outstanding programme. This is a positive and hopeful sign, and the beginning of the better times that are to come.

Belgrade Irish Festival has for many years showcased a breadth of Irish culture and art, from theatre to music, classic to contemporary, that can hardly be rivalled elsewhere. Ireland has a unique culture and heritage and Belgrade Irish Festival has become not only a showcase of Irish culture, but a unique promotion of Ireland itself in Serbia.

I would like to thank the festival’s director, Mr. Jas Kaminski, and his team, whose vision, commitment and resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges, have driven Belgrade Irish Festival to continued success year after year. Not only has Jas’s cultivation and curation of Belgrade Irish Festival raised the profile of Irish culture in Serbia but it has provided a platform and exposure for contemporary Irish artists to be recognised and celebrated internationally.

I must also thank Culture Ireland for its continued support for Belgrade Irish Festival and for its innovative support to Irish artists and creatives over this last year.

Finally, I must express my appreciation of and deep admiration for the those who will participate in this festival and who bring such joy and inspiration to many thousands of people.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day – Lá Fhéile Phádraig sona daoibh go léir – and I very much hope to attend this wonderful event in person next year.

 

Iseult Fitzgerald
Ambassador of Ireland to Serbia


 

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TONIGHT BELGRADE IS GREEN.

BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH ONLINE SCREENING AND OUTDOOR PROGRAM!

The fascinating exhibition of The Great Book of Ireland is held on the beautiful Savamala Promenade, while Belgrade joins the world's metropolises in Greening tonight - next to New York, London, Boston, Sydney and Moscow and our capital will shine green in honor of the celebration St. Patrick's Day!
 

PHOTO COMPETITION

Wherever you are in Serbia, this year we’d like to see your pictures on the themes of 
1. GREENING IT UP - What does greening say to you this Spring?
2. CELTIC CONNECTIONS - Share your photo that illustrates Celtic connections between Serbia and Ireland.

ALL BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CULTURAL EVENTS CANCELED THIS WEEKEND

DUE TO NEW COVID -19 WEEKEND MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM, ALL BELGRADE IRISH FESTIVAL CULTURAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR THIS WEEKEND ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

NEW DATES OF THE EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE

THE GREAT BOOK OF IRELAND

The Great Book of Ireland – Leabhar Mór na hÉireann, is a vellum manuscript and modern illuminated book, produced in Dublin between 1989 and 1991.  It incorporates the work of Irish poets (144), artists (121) and composers (9). All the contributors worked directly onto the large (handmade) vellum pages and their work was unified by calligrapher Denis Brown.
 

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I am delighted to introduce and support the Belgrade Irish Festival on behalf of the Embassy of Ireland. This has been an exceptionally strange, difficult, and sometimes sad year. The crisis has had a particularly harsh impact on the arts and on creative artists, with long periods when audiences were unable to gather. But this year has also made us value art and performance all the more, as a comfort and an inspiration, a welcome distraction from our fears, and as a way to help us understand the experiences we have been through.

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