Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March, in the delicate period of passing winter and the first signs of joyous spring. This great festivity has evolved during the last couple of decades from a simple national holiday of Irish people everywhere to a great international festival, that only formally kept connections to Irish tradition.
Irish enthusiasts in Belgrade have been celebrating this day ever since the 90’s, when the first Saint Patrick’s Day concerts were held by the most famous Irish rock band from Serbia – Orthodox Celts. Since then, their audience has grown, and eventually new bands were formed, as well as the first Irish dance troupe.
This year, the first Belgrade Irish Festival (http://www.irishfest.rs/home) will be held from march 11th to 17th. Although primarily a film festival, other activities will be held – such as a theatre play, a concert and photo competition. The films representing new Irish cinematography will be played at Cinema Fontana, Jugoslovenska Kinoteka and Dom Omladine.
If you find yourself in the heart of the city on Friday night (march 15th), be sure to visit splav Boem to Irish (http://www.facebook.com/
On Sunday the 17th, the famous Orthodox Celts (www.orthodoxcelts.com) will be playing at their traditional St. Patrick’s Day concert at the SKC. On the same day, T-Pub (www.facebook.com/tpub.beograd