Street Feast are proud to confirm that Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland has been named Patron of The Centenary Street Feast.
The Centenary Street Feast is part of the State’s 1916 / 2016 Centenary Celebrations and is an Irish local community initiative, which invites an individual or a group of neighbours to host a lunch on their street, in a local park or in their front gardens – inviting other neighbours to come along and join them. So far this year, over 1,150 Feasts are confirmed and it is estimated over 110,000 people will take part.
The 7th Annual Street Feast Day will be held on Sunday, 12th June 2016. Street Feast was conceived and developed in 2010 by a small group of volunteers, passionate to identify ways to reduce isolation within their communities, encourage participation and boost community resilience is attracting huge crowds from counties throughout the country.
Speaking about this year’s Special 2016 Centenary Street Feast, President Michael D. Higgins, said:
“I wish the 2016 Centenary Street Feast celebrations every success. This is the 7th annual Street Feast festival, of course it has a special significance this year, coinciding with the 1916 Centenary.
As we remember the momentous events of a century ago, we also have importantly, and in addition, the opportunity to reflect on the decisions and events that shaped our country, and on the options open to us as we continue to build our society.
All of our public events gain from the widest community participation. We must all by now realise the importance of community, inclusion, creativity and togetherness – all values that require support and a conscious effort of care, protection and solidarity. Initiatives such as Street Feast provide exactly that type of opportunity.
I commend those involved in the organisation of Street Feast and the large number of local community groups across the country who are organising events in their own areas on the 12th of June. I hope that all over Ireland people will reconnect with old friends, welcome new ones and embrace this opportunity of grand celebration of local communities as it gets underway”.