A fusion of Irish music, culture, dance and sport will be on display as part of the inaugural Magners Sydney Irish Festival, taking place in Sydney.
The event, held on 10 and 11 November, will be staged at Sydney Showground (cap. 16,000) and Sydney Olympic Park (25,000), with a concert featuring Damien Dempsey, Mark Black, Lunasa and Saint Sister on the first day. The following day will see a competitive hurling match, between Galway and Kilkenny, held for the first time outside Ireland.
“The festival is unique in the fact that its bringing business, internationally renowned musical acts, a world class sporting event and more community elements such as Irish dance, kids activities, comedy, family entertainment, amusements rides and high quality food and drink together,” says Paul Sergeant, MD of Paul Sergeant Events, which is organising the event in partnership with the Gaelic Athletic Association.
“Sydney ticked all the boxes for the organising team with a fantastic 25,000 seat stadium in Spotless Stadium, a showground adjacent to the venue to allow seamless access between the festival and game site, as well as all the infrastructure the city of has to offer.”
Early-bird two-day passes cost A$99 (US$77).