About the Serca Festival
The Serca Festival inspires and entertains our community with theatre and culture, consciously revealing and celebrating the vast, complex and often unsung contribution of Irish writers, artists and stories to the culture of the world.
The Serca Festival mounts innovative and vivid professional productions of Irish theatre for Edmontonians in the Alberta Avenue area. Serca also offers Irish music, dance and spoken word art. We provide performances and activities for people of all ages: children’s programming, rich and enjoyable theatre performances for adults, and an intimate nighttime cabaret/pub with live music, dance and poetry. The Serca Festival is a place for Irish culture and the Edmonton community to collide, and to celebrate cultural diversity.
The Serca Festival of Irish Theatre Society was established in 2010. The 2010 Festival took place at the Old Cycle Building on 118 Avenue. We also ran an Irish pub in the foyer, featuring poetry reading and live Irish music. The intention was to continue producing the Festival in the Old Cycle Building when it was renovated as a permanent venue on 118 Avenue. Unfortunately those plans never materialized, and the next two festivals were held at La Cite Francophone instead.
We presented the Serca Festival at the Alberta Avenue Community League in 2015 and in 2016, and changed the dates of the Festival to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. In 2016 we introduced a St Patrick's Day Irish Ceilidh, which was met with great support from the community. The Festival has a rich history of presenting traditional Irish theatre alongside new Canadian adaptations of Irish stories. We have presented 6 original Edmonton created works and 15 Irish written plays, along with numerous musicians, dancers and poetry readers in a cabaret/pub atmosphere.
In 2017, Liz Hobbs was hired as Artistic Director.