The organisers of the recently announced Viking Fire Festival which will take place on Wexford’s Quayside on Saturday, September 28th are calling on the retail and hospitality community in Wexford town to join in the spirit of the festival celebrations and enter a Viking Fire Festival window dressing competition.
Speaking of the competition and its theme festival organiser Maura Bell says; “We are delighted to host the first Viking Fire Festival in Wexford this September 28th and we would now like to invite all of the retailers and business owners in Wexford town to help showcase a vibrant celebration of our history. We are asking all businesses to dress their windows under a Viking theme at any time from now until September 30th. Not only will the community effort enliven the festival experience we also have some brilliant prizes on offer for the winners of the competition.”
The Viking Fire Festival is on offer to locals and visitors free of charge from 11 am till late on September 28th. Festival-goers will enjoy the opportunity to experience a real-life Viking Village on Wexford’s quayside. The ancient settlement will be populated throughout the day with a host of re-enactors who will be going about their day-to-day life as if it was 900AD and offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, a Viking market, coin striking, spinning, weaving, leatherworking, metalwork and woodwork, with some Viking music performances and even the chance to participate in some slave trading.
On Saturday evening a Viking Parade will be led by the Bloco Garman Drummers onto the Wexford Quayside where the festival will culminate in a spectacular Inferno Fire Show. The fire show will be performed by Ireland’s most skilled fire performers, as they present their most popular production, Firestorm, a show of enchanting light and shadow, skill and choreography. Inferno is an intense blazing experience. A Viking Treasure Hunt, Viking Talks and Children’s Storytelling plus a Craft Beer and Food Market will all be on offer to visitors throughout the day.
The Viking Fire Festival window dressing competition will be judged during the weekend of the festival based on the best use of the Viking theme and the winning business will receive a prize of a Viking Stayover for up to six people at the Irish National Heritage Park. For further details on the new Viking Fire Festival see www.irishheritage.ie/special-events/
Pictured in Wexford is ‘Viking Gavan Murphy announcing the details of the inaugural Viking Fire Festival which will take place in Wexford town on September 28th. Photograph Patrick Browne.