Viking Festival to breathe fire into Wexford town
Wexford quayfront is set to be transformed back in time to a Viking village as part of a brand new free festival taking place in the town on Saturday, September 28.
The first annual Viking Fire Festival will be hosted on the quayside by the Irish National Heritage Park and will provide an immersive experience of life over 1,000 years ago.
A recreated ancient settlement will have re-enactors going about their business as if it was 900 AD, inviting visitors to enjoy storytelling, fire events, a Viking market, music performances, coin striking, spinning and weaving demonstrations, leatherwork, metalwork and woodwork.
The Vikings founded Wexford town sometime before 900AD when they first settled here and the mark that they left is still visible today, with the layout of narrow town centre streets attributed to those early settlers.
The same streets will see Vikings marauding once again through the town on the evening of Saturday, September 28 as the festival draws to a close and a Viking parade, led by the Bloco Garman Drummers, finishes up on the quayside where the festival will end with a spectacular Fire Show.
The fire show will be performed by renowned group Inferno, presenting their most popular production, Firestorm, which is described as a blazing experience of light and shadow, skill and choreography.
Running alongside the recreated Viking Village will be a Viking treasure hunt, Viking talks and children's storytelling as well as a Craft Beer and Food Market which will be open to visitors throughout the day.
Speaking at the launch of the festival, the organiser and Irish National Heritage Park's General Manager, Maura Bell, who is also Deputy Mayor of Wexford, said: 'We are very excited to announce details of the first Viking Fire Festival'.
'It is going to be a spectacular event celebrating our unique heritage and offering locals and visitors an incredible visual spectacle with an Inferno Fire Show. This is an event not to be missed.'
Entry to the Viking Village, the Viking Parade and the Inferno Fire Show on Wexford's quayfront will be free of charge.
The event is expected to draw a large crowd of onlookers, providing a welcome boost to the town between the busy summer period and the start of Wexford Festival Opera and Fringe Festival in October.This is the inaugural event and the organisers say they have ambitions to grow the festival and to stage it for many years to come.