IrishCentral visited the Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals conference, where organizers and planners behind some of the world’s largest (and smallest) Irish and Celtic cultural events gather to collaborate.
From Thursday, October 4 until Saturday, October 6, over 140 conference attendees landed at the Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals conference, this year hosted by Milwaukee Irish Fest.
The annual event is organized by the Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals, creating a jam-packed weekend conference where the global Irish community can discuss the best ways to preserve and promote the great work of Irish and Celtic festivals the world over.
IrishCentral attended the 2018 conference, joining Irish Minister of the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon on the list of speakers looking to spark the next wave of improvement among Irish festivals and help organizers to grow and develop.
Here's a look back at some of the highlights from the weekend:
Irish Minister for the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon opens the conference:
During his speech, Minister Cannon stated that "there are deep roots, richness, complexity, and importance when thinking about diaspora" and that they are connected to the “power and excellence of Irish communities worldwide.”
Breaking from the Irish tradition, Hawaiin shirts were the theme of the night:
Plenty of festivals had their work on display:
Lots of fab swag swap of goodies from Irish festivals around North America! pic.twitter.com/mug95lZ4mT— IrishCentral (@IrishCentral) October 5, 2018
You can find more information about the conference here.
More information on the Milwaukee Irish Fest can be found at https://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm.
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