Mother Presents Cultúr Club. St. Patrick’s Eve at the National Museum

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Cultúr Club is back at St. Patrick’s Festival 2024 for a very special night of live music, queer performance and art in celebration of Irish LGBTQ+ club culture and the transformative power of the dancefloor in one of Ireland’s most iconic spaces.

Across three stages including a 3500-capacity main stage dance tent, a drag cabaret circus tent & the outdoor arena in Clarke Square, Cultúr Club returns with an array of live, DJ, and drag talent from across the LGBTQ+ community, traversing musical styles from electronic & disco to trad, techno and beyond for a massive multi-stage queer dance party.

Headlining the MainStage Dance tent, Irish-born DJ & producer, trUst label boss, and co-founder of Body Movement Festival, SAOIRSE. Having spent the best part of 15 years collecting records Saoirse has now established herself as a hugely respected name within the electronic music community.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize-nominated electronic powerhouse Elaine Mai returns to Cultúr Club in 2024 joined by MayKay and MuRli for a very special performance showcasing the latest and greatest from the electronic producer.

Mother DJs Ruth KavanaghGhostboy Rocky T Delgado will be joined across the site by DJs Kelly-Anne ByrnePuzzy WranglerGLAMO and more with dancers, kinksters, and fabulous drag artists.

The Mother ‘Géilí Mór’, Ireland’s largest Queer céilí returns with the fabulous PJ Kirby (co-host of the smash hit podcast, I’m Grand Mam), with help from a delightful drag troupe, RiverDrag & a live queer céilí band.

The Craic mechanics will be back on the bandstand bringing their joyous Sing Along Social creating a safe and gas space where friends and strangers gather together to sing along to their favourite cheesy pop songs.

Tent Beag will host an array of fabulous drag and cabaret from collectives including EGG, HAUS OF W.I.G, Dance to the Underground, culminating in a fabulous Drag Dance Party DJ-ed by the wonderful Mars Montana.

Fintan Warfield will be performing live in the Snug stage. Fintan Warfield is a musician from Dublin, Ireland. A singer, guitar and violin player, he is first and foremost a performer of Irish songs and ballads, while his wider repertoire spans folk, country, and modern and contemporary pop. Increasingly, his live performances reflect his interest in storytelling and Celtic mythology.

Louise McSharry will be joined by an esteemed panel including James Kavanagh and Phil Keogh (Victoria Secret) and Kerry Mahony (HONEYPOT) to chat all things clubbing and culture.

REIC (pronounced ‘wreck’) is a multilingual spoken word event featuring poetry, rap, music, storytelling and more! Hosted by Ciara Ní É, REIC is a welcoming space where Gaeilge is encouraged. With readings by guest poets and open mic slots.

Cloistear filíocht ó bhéal, rap, amhránaíocht, scéalaíocht agus neart eile ag imeachtaí REIC, a reáchtáiltear go rialta timpeall na tíre. Anocht cuirfidh bean an tí Ciara Ní É fáilte roimh cúpla aoi speisialta agus beidh maidhc oscailte ann. Bí ann go luath le do spás a chinntiú!

Ciara Ní É is a bilingual writer, performer, and broadcaster. Co-founder of LGBTQ+ arts collective AerachAiteachGaelach, she was chosen as one of the Irish Examiner’s ‘100 Women Changing Ireland in 2022’.

Speaking about the continuation of the collaboration with Mother, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO, Richard Tierney said ‘We have talked in the past about how we needed to find an inclusive space in our programme for our wonderful LGBTQ+ community – but actually, we’ve come a long way from that now. This ongoing partnership, and the cementing of this incredibly joyous show at the heart of the Festival really shows that LGBTQ+ club culture IS Irish culture.

Mother co-founder Cormac Cashman said: “We’re very happy to have Cultúr Club, in all its queer glory, return to the beautiful site of the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks on March 16th. As the opening party of our national festival, Cultúr Club is our annual love letter to the Irish dancefloor and our first big festival outing of the year. We’re proud to programme some of Ireland’s finest DJs, drag queens, and performers to help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Eve and kick start the weekend’s festivities.”

Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland said: “St Patrick’s Day is a really important for Ireland as it has traditionally been seen at the beginning of our tourism season. It has proven to be a draw for international visitors with so many travelling to Ireland to take part in or enjoy the celebrations and parades right across the country. The Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks is an exciting part of the overall St. Patrick’s Festival offering and has become a platform to celebrate the best of Irish music, arts and entertainment. Unique festivals and events play a key role in delivering visitor experiences which enable domestic and international visitors to fully immerse themselves in Ireland’s diverse culture, history and heritage.

Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland addsWe’re delighted to be hosting Cultúr Club again this year at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks with another incredible line up for 2024 that will make this year both a celebration of Irish LGBTQ+ club culture and a joyful party”

Cultúr Club marks the return of St. Patrick’s Festival to the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History at Collins Barracks, which in 2023 saw almost 35,000 people enjoy a packed programme of family entertainment, music, art, conversation, workshops, spectacle and street performance, along with the best of Irish food and crafts at the iconic Dublin site. Open to all ages throughout the day, before transforming into the ultimate urban Festival space after dark, St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter is an open invitation to Dubliners, to people from the four corners of Ireland and visitors from all over the world to come and celebrate all things Irish this March.

Just a short walk from the city centre and easily accessible by Luas and bus, and adjacent to Heuston Station, Collins Barracks will once again be a bustling hub for locals and visitors alike for the duration of the Festival.

Tickets from €20 (plus booking fee) and are on sale and can be purchased here. Doors to the site open at 5:00pm on Saturday 16 March.

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