Friends of SPFB,
Here’s all the latest news from us:
We didn’t receive permission for the parade this year, but not to worry! We’ll open the gates at Urban Spree from 13:00 so rugby fans will be able to watch the first of 3 live games in the NatWest 6 Nations Championship on on big screens in the gallery.
Gallery running order:
13:30 Italy vs Scotland
15:45 England vs Ireland
18:00 Wales vs France
While the rugby entertains revellers inside, we have a packed schedule of activities in the garden. Our friends at Setanta Berlin GAA are building a GAA section showcasing the very best of Gaelic football and hurling. We will have kids activities, such as arts and crafts, face-painting and the very special opportunity to dance with our lovely Irish dancers. They will also be serving delicious cakes and scones!
We also have a cracking line-up of diverse, Berlin-based Irish musicians and performers for the FREE concert in the garden. The opening ceremony will include a welcoming note from Irish Ambassador to Germany Mr. Michael Collins and members of the Berlin Pipe Company will be on hand to treat us a the traditional bagpipe performance to start the ceremony. St. Patrick himself is also due to make an appearance!
The festival site will also be fully equipped with delicious Irish food stalls, coffee, Irish stout and whiskey, Gaelic games exhibitions and friendly security. Food vendors include our Kreuzberg friends Hello Good Pie, who will be serving a selection of delicious Irish stews (Beef & Guinness & vegan option) and bacon sandwiches. They will be joined by Crazy Bastard Sauce serving potato cakes with hot sauce and curry-cheese chips (vegan). Additional vendors to be confirmed. There will also be delicious desserts being served at the GAA stall!
We are also very pleased that members of Berlin-Ireland Pro Choice Solidarity will be joining us to raise awareness about the upcoming abortion referendum in Ireland and to promote the #hometovote campaign.
The slithery Afterparty will begin with a traditional Céilí Mór (Irish dance) led by artist and performer Hugh Cooney, bringing everyone together by teaching them a few Irish dance moves. Revellers will spend the rest of the night enjoying a selection of top Irish DJ talent including The Drifter and Chymera (live set).
Facebook event for the free concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/2001098536790799/
Facebook event for Afterparty: https://www.facebook.com/events/251050682097682/
Tickets for the afterparty can be purchased here