Gavin James, Imelda May and The Academic are among the big names in the spotlight at this year’s Púca Festival, which organizers have described as “bigger and better” after years of a Covid hiatus.
The Halloween festivities – scheduled to take place in Athboy and Trim, Co Meath, October 28-31 – kicked off yesterday at Dublin Castle.
Four nights of music, fire, mythology and mischief are set to feature live acts, fire shows, comedy acts and more.
The arrival of the Samhain spirits in procession will kick off the festival in spooky style as it weaves its way through the streets of Trim and reaches Trim Castle, where the Jack O’Lantern Harvest Festival is held.
This illuminated procession will be accompanied by music, fire and performances – with spectators invited to join the celebration by creating their own costumes.
Other performers include Blindboy, Joanne McNally, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty and Jason Byrne.
The festival has not been held since its start in 2019 due to Covid restrictions.
“It’s great that Púca is back up and running, a great celebration of all that is Irish because although Halloween is of course celebrated globally, some people at home and abroad forget. that its origin is in Ireland,” said Tourism Minister Catherine Martin.
“It’s bigger and better, and like many of our other festivals going on these few weeks, from the Fringe Festival to the Dublin Theater Festival to our Culture Night, things are making a big comeback. more and better. So it’s a sign of renewal and rebirth for our art community. “
The festival is organized to attract tourists in the low season.
“From a sustainable tourism standpoint, it is driving both domestic and international visitors to our regions. It’s good for employment; it’s good for our community – and that’s our focus as we develop a new national tourism policy with a focus on sustainability,” said Ms. Martin.
“The tourism and hospitality industry is of vital importance to the national economy. And I believe the Púca festival has the potential to drive thousands of foreign visitors to Ireland during the off-peak times of the year and generate revenue for the local area.
“I am committed to investing in compelling reasons to choose Ireland as a destination. And the development of this festival is a great example of this.”
The festival is set up to tell the origin story of Samhain, or ‘end of summer’, through traditional seanchaí storytellers and contemporary Irish music.
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