Since EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum first opened in 2016, it has worked hard to challenge stereotypes attached to Ireland and its people.
In a new campaign, EPIC has curated a selection of images that contrast modern-day St Patrick's Day accessories with historical images of Irish people. The campaign isn't about raining on anyone's parade, but encouraging visitors and locals alike to dig a little bit deeper and discover what it truly means to be Irish, and how that meaning is forever tied to the people who have left these shores.
EPIC believes that St Patrick's Day is about more than just wearing plastic hats, painting your face green and donning shamrock shades, it's about celebrating the rich heritage and culture of people in Ireland and their impact all over the world - whether that's through Ireland's language, literature, art, music, dancing, sense of humour or politics.
Aileesh Carew, CEO of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, said, "This St Patrick's Day, people all over the world will join us as we celebrate our country and our culture. Whilst we encourage people to celebrate this very special day, we are also challenging people to look beyond the stereotypes and delve a bit deeper into what it really means to be Irish."
Nathan Mannion, head of exhibitions and programmes at EPIC, said, "Throughout the year, we curate a huge number of tours, exhibitions, and events to help our visitors to learn more about our history, our culture, and, most importantly, our people. EPIC is home to the stories of over 300 people who either left Ireland or are descended from Irish emigrants. Each and every one of them has left a lasting impact on the world.
"This St Patrick's Day, we invite people to come to the museum and discover the many ways our cultural traditions have evolved over time and changed both Ireland and the wider world."
St Patrick's Day Events
EPIC will host a number of events over the course of the St Patrick's Day festival, including "Together We Grow", an exhibition celebrating the growth of Ireland's cultures. Taking place in the CHQ building on 18 and 19 of March from 12pm to 5pm, the exhibition will bring together 14 artists from diverse backgrounds who will shine a light on Ireland's multitude of cultures, promoting and representing inclusion in the Irish art industry.
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