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Commemorating William Lamport

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Wexford Zorrofest 2015

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This year Wexford Zorrofest celebrates William Lamport’s 400th Birthday Anniversary. If he was around today William would be dancing his socks off into the small hours on Charlotte Street, glorying in the oohs and aahs of the ladies, and ever-ready to draw on the first buck to get between him and the prettiest of them. No doubt he would be railing against the taxes being heaped on the heads of the poor and down-trodden and giving a voice to the disaffected. He would likely have long flowing locks not unlike a certain Independent TD in this neck of the woods! Local radio man Alan Corcoran would turn to him as the embodiment of the true spirit of Wexford. Vincent Browne would love him. Miriam would flash her big eyes at him and sigh agreeably at his sweet words. And woe betide anyone getting the wrong side of him on panel discussions – they would feel more than the sting of his words.

If William was to stroll down Main Street on May Bank Holiday Saturday he would no doubt marvel at the number of jesters and other makers of merriment he would encounter at every turn. For while this weekend is dedicated to him, and the Zorro character he inspired, it is also JestFest weekend – Wexford’s first ever comedy and street theatre festival. We think he might be rather pleased at Wexford making such a big effort to celebrate his birthday!

The spirit of Zorro lives on.

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Saturday May 2th
11:00 ……Walking History Tour of 17th Century Wexford with Wexford Historical Society
(Meeting point Wexford Arts Centre 10:50)
11:00 ……William: the Poet who was once a Pirate.
Saturday Art Club for Children at Wexford Arts Centre.
12:15…….2 Many Dance Moves*
Where are you? Youth Dance Company County Wexford
Aren’t I going to be me? Young Moves

13:00 …….Flamenco Guitarist Angel Lejarza – The Bullring
15:00 …….Mariachi & Folkloric Dancers – The Bullring
Featuring Mariachi Band San Patricio & The Mexican Folkloric Dance Troupe Galway
16:00 …….Mexican Cookery Demo at D’Lush Cafe @ Wexford Arts Centre*

*These two events have a ticket cost, for details please contact Wexford Arts Centre
(www.wexfordartscentre.ie)

Zorrofest Grog and Grub
Mexican Fare will be on offer at various restaurants and bars throughout the town

Friday May 8th
18:00 ……..Commemorating William Lamport
Symposia with historians Andrea Martínez, Mercedes de Vega, Fabio Troncarelli and Thomas O’Connor
Wexford County Council HQ, Carriglawn, Wexfordz

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Zorrofest – Wexford, May 4, 2013

Programme for Zorrofest 2013

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There’s loads happening at Wexford’s ZorroFest this May bank holiday weekend.

 Fri, May 3

19:30 First Friday Poetry @ Café Fusion, North Main St, Wexford. Readers, writers and listeners are invited are to an evening of poetry about Wexford, its history and its people. And, of course, for the weekend that’s in it, expect to hear of the exploits of one William Lamport and of the legendary figure he inspired, el Zorro. Tel 086 2434360.

20:00 Eleanor McEvoy, Wexford Opera House, High St, Wexford. Eleanor’s GIRL IN A BLACK CAR tour rolls into town for the launch of her new album. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144.

21:00 The Cáca Milis “Viva Zorro!” Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. All part of ZorroFest 2013. Featuring Hostess Helena Mulkerns and Pianoman Josh Johnston; Su Nami – Circus in the House; Fiction from Margaret Hawkins; 16th Century Mexican Song with Caitriona O’Leary; Comedy with the Wexford Improv Group; Wexford film-maker Laura Way’s Sci-Fi short “Gonadz”. Tickets €17 (includes tapas from D’Lush. BOOK EARLY AS SEATING LIMITED! Online at www.wexfordartscentre.ie. Or tel. 053-9123764.

22:00 Cousin Bill, Maggie Mays, Monck St, Wexford. Long awaited launch of debut album “F1RST” from one of one of Wexford’s best loved bands.  For the weekend that’s in it we temporarily re-christen the band “mi primo Guillermo”!

Sat, May 4

11:00 Walking tour of 17th Century Wexford with Brian Matthews, Chairman of Wexford Historical Society. Meet 10.55am at Wexford Arts Centre.

11:00 Little Artist Club, Sugar Skulls and Spanish workshop (Children 4-7 years), Wexford Arts Centre. Tickets – ph 053 9123764.

12:00 “Bones” by Bui Bolg Youth Group, Abbey Street Green – beside Wexford Arts Centre  (preceded by a procession starting at Selskar Square)

12:30 Little Artist Club: “Sugar Skulls and Spanish Workshop” (Children 8-12 years), Wexford Arts Centre. Tickets – ph 053 9123764.

13:00 Mariachi San Patricio & The Mexican Folkloric Dance Troupe, Galway, Selskar Square (beside Greenacres)

14:30 Concert: “Viva la Vida” with Camilla Griehsel & Maurice Roycroft (aka Maurice Seezer), Greenacres Gallery. Expect “Hot Huapangos and Raunchy Rancheros”! (Invitation-only event).

15:30 The William Lamport Saga: A Double-sided Tapestry, White’s Hotel. Display of a tapestry made by students of Scoil Mhuire N.S., Schull, Co Cork in which they “unravel the threads of Mexican/Irish historical connections”. Educational supervisor Maria Kennedy; Artistic Supervisor Maria Pizzuti.

16:00 Photography Exhibition: Photographs of Mexican Life & Culture by Padraig Grant, Rowe Street, Wexford.

16:30 Book Presentation: “Don Guillén de Lampart, Son of his Own Exploits” by Dra. Andrea Martínez Baracs with a presentation and reading by the author, Wexford Arts Centre. In this book she takes a warts and all look at Lampart, “the theologian, mathematician, astrologist, rebel, pirate, soldier of the Spanish Empire and a spy for the Crown of the New Spain (Mexico today)”. The book includes original writings by Lampart, never before published.

20:30 Classical Spanish Guitar Concert with Angel Lejarza, Wexford Arts Centre. For tickets ph 053 9123764.

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Selected restaurants in town will be offering authentic Mexican dishes in their menu on the day. Participating restaurants include Greenacres, La Dolce Vita, The Yard, D’Lush Cafe, Cístin Eile. Mexican fare will also be offered at Library Bar & Central Station, both in White’s Hotel. Bars such as Maggie May’s and The Sky & The Ground will also be serving up mojitas, margaritas and, for los hombres duros, a lick of salt, bite of lime and shot of Tequila!

“El mercado de la Plaza de Toros”
All weekend The Bullring Market in the middle of Wexford will be tipping the hat to all things Zorro. Expect this to take in all manner of Iberian and Mexican elements.

Zorrofest 2013, Wexford – May Bank Holiday Weekend

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Wexford will be sizzling hot this May bank holiday weekend as the town gives itself over to Mariachi and mojitos! “Que”, you ask, “what gives?” It’s FIESTA time, ZorroFest 2013.

Zorrofest is a celebration of the life of 17th-century Wexfordian William Lamport, the “Irish Zorro”, and the many links between Ireland and Mexico.

It includes a performance by the Mariachi Band San Patricio alongside traditional Mexican dancers (baile folklórico), a concert of Spanish Classical Guitar music, a Mexican-inspired parade by Bui Bolg, lectures, a photography exhibition, children’s workshops, Mexican food, and much more.

The creator of Zorrofest is Karla O’Connell-Sanchez Zepeda. She reckons that the extraordinary life of William Lamport is too good not to celebrate especially, from her point of view as a Mexican living in Ireland, as it so strongly links Ireland to Mexico. “Who would have ever imagined that an Irish adventurer and poet would be so influential in Mexican history?

His avant-garde ideas and texts set the basis for what was to become an independent nation 2 centuries after Lamport’s death. A statue is dedicated to Mr. Lamport (Guillén de Lombardo) at the base of one of the most important monuments in Mexico City: La Columna de Independencia?

The life and adventures of William Lamport were arguably one of the strongest inspirations for the story of the swashbuckling caped and masked El Zorro.

This May Bank Holiday come join Wexford in our Mexican Zorro-esque “fiesta”.

ZorroFest 2013 – What’s Happening?

There’s loads happening in Wexford this May bank holiday weekend.

 Fri, May 3

20:00 Eleanor McEvoy, Wexford Opera House, High St, Wexford. Eleanor’s GIRL IN A BLACK CAR tour rolls into town for the launch of her new album. Tickets €20. Tel 053 9122144.

21:00 The Cáca Milis “Viva Zorro!” Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford. All part of ZorroFest 2013. Featuring Hostess Helena Mulkerns and Pianoman Josh Johnston; Su Nami – Circus in the House; Fiction from Margaret Hawkins; 16th Century Mexican Song with Caitriona O’Leary; Comedy with the Wexford Improv Group; Wexford film-maker Laura Way’s Sci-Fi short “Gonadz”. Tickets €17 (includes tapas from D’Lush. BOOK EARLY AS SEATING LIMITED! Online at www.wexfordartscentre.ie. Or tel. 053-9123764.

22:00 Cousin Bill, Maggie Mays, Monck St, Wexford. Long awaited launch of debut album “F1RST”. May bank holiday weekend in Wexford is starting to look good!

Sat, May 4

11:00 Walking tour of 17th Century Wexford

11:00 Little Artist Club, Sugar Skulls and Spanish workshop (Children 4-7 years), Wexford Arts Centre. Tickets – ph 053 9123764.

12:00 “Bones” by Bui Bolg Youth Group (including a procession starting at Selskar Square)

12:30 Little Artist Club: “Sugar Skulls and Spanish Workshop” (Children 8-12 years, Wexford Arts Centre. Tickets – ph 053 9123764.

13:00 Mariachi San Patricio & Folkloric Dancers (Selskar Square)

14:30 Concert: “Viva la Vida” with Camilla Griehsel & Maurice Roycroft (aka Maurice Seezer), Greenacres Gallery. Expect “Hot Huapangos and Raunchy Rancheros”! (Invitation-only event).

15:30 Tapestry Exhibition Opening – made by students of SchullPrimary School in Cork

16:00 Padraig Grant Photography Exhibition Opening

16:30 Book Presentation about William Lamport by Dra. Andrea Martínez Baracs, Wexford Arts Centre.

20:30 Classical Spanish Guitar Concert with Angel, Wexford Arts Centre. For tickets ph 053 9123764.

 Mexican Food & Drink Trail

Selected restaurants in town will be offering authentic Mexican dishes in their menu on the day. Participating restaurants include Greenacres, La Dolce Vita, The Yard, D’Lush Cafe, Cístin Eile. Mexican fare will also be offered at Library Bar & Central Station, both in White’s Hotel. Pubs like Maggie May’s and The Sky & The Ground will have margaritas on top of their cocktails menu … with straight Tequila for those in a hurry!

 “El mercado de la Plaza de Toros”

All weekend The Bullring Market in the middle of Wexford will be tipping the hat to all things Zorro. Expect this to take in all manner of Iberian and Mexican elements.

Wexford #Zorrofest Programme 2015: Saturday 2nd May

Weather Warning – ALTERNATIVE VENUE IN CASE OF RAIN @WexfordArts Centre for:

  • Flamenco Guitar
  • Mariachi Band
  • Folkloric Dancers

All other events as advertised

Saturday May 2nd

10:45am:     Saturday Art Club for Children at Wexford Arts Centre €8

William: the Pirate Poet.

William: the Irish Fox.

11:00am:     FREE – Walking History Tour of 17th Century Wexford with Celestine Murphy of the Wexford Historical Society

Meeting point Wexford Arts Centre 10:50

12:15pm:     FREE – ¿Bailamos?Selskar Square

2 Many Dance Moves

– Where are you? Youth Dance Company County Wexford

– Aren’t I going to be me? Young Moves

This performance is in aid of the Hope Foundation Ireland.

– With Réalta: stunning Fantasy Stilt Walkers

1.00pm:     FREE –  Flamenco Guitarist:  Angel LejarzaThe Bullring / Alt: Wexford Arts Centre

– With Contemporary Dance Artist: Deirdre Grant

3.00pm:     FREE – Folkloric Dancers & Mariachi Music – The Bullring / Alt: Wexford Arts Centre

 The Mexican Folkloric Dance Troupe Galway
Banda San Patricio

4.00pm:     FREE – Mexican Cookery Demo at D’Lush Cafe in Wexford Arts Centre*

Zorrofest Grog and Grub

Mexican Fare will be on offer at various restaurants and bars throughout the town

#ZORROFEST ALTERNATIVE VENUE IN CASE OF RAIN @WexfordArts: Flamenco Guitar, Folkloric Dancers, Mariachi music only

Please check www.WexfordZorrofest.com for latest updates.

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