The Manchester Irish Festival has been a feature of the Manchester city events for over twenty years. Along with such local communities as the Gay Village and the China Town the Irish Festival has been a celebration of the city’s multicultural and open character. As a part of the fieldwork for a postgraduate course at the University of Manchester we ethnographically observed the Festival, including the St.Patrick’s Day Parade, and arranged several interviews. We came to see the festival as a more than a simple ‘ethnic festival’ but an event interlaced with creating and promoting multicultural, cosmopolitan and international Manchester. Our findings fall into three broad categories: (1) The ambiguity of the event of Manchester ‘St.Patrick’s Day Parade’ that takes place a week before the actual St.Patrick’s day and thus serves several purposes including carnival corporate identity of the ‘Irish Migrants’ living in Manchester, ‘Irish Heritage’, a city wide branding activity, and different perspectives on the Festival by migrants and ‘local’ Irish; (2) The Albert Square as the primary location for diversity celebration in Manchester; (3) ‘Irishness’ and ‘Irish Identity’: very clear labeling of some cultural signs and symbols as being ‘Irish’ help in identifying the Irish as ‘cultural Other’ in the city of Manchester, because of their ‘invisible migrant’ status.The wider implications for the city from theoretical standpoint of cosmopolitanism are also addressed in this paper, and how the movement and influx of new migrants and communities has been incorporated into the festival.
|Title of host publication||host publication|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jul 2012|
|Event||GSA Conference - MMU|
Duration: 5 Jul 2012 → 7 Jul 2012
|Period||5/07/12 → 7/07/12|
- Irish Festival, St.Patrick's Day, Identity, Migration