WATCH: Touching visual poem launches St Patrick's Festival

Organisers say more than 30 events will take place

WATCH: Touching visual poem launches St Patrick's Festival

Anna Evans and Liliya Martynyuk from the USA watch the 2016 St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

Details of this year's St Patrick's Festival will bring together 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers.

Organisers say more than 30 events will take place across four days and nights.

The theme for the festival is 'Ireland You Are' - looking to celebrate who we are as a culturally diverse, complex and brave society.

The festival has also commissioned Dublin poet and playwright Stephen James Smith to write a new poem based on the theme.

The celebratory narrative is accompanied by a short film by director Myles O'Reilly, arranged and mixed by Conor O'Brien.

Attracting over 100,000 overseas visitors, the four day festival - from March 16th to 19th - is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Department of the Arts.

The festival parade from 12pm on March 17th is seen as the highlight.

Community groups and pageant companies from across Ireland and the world will present the rich textures of Irish heritage.

Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said: "As first citizen of Dublin I am delighted to be launching the 2017 national St Patrick's Festival programme.

"In celebration of Ireland's national holiday, Dublin is set for four really great days and nights...I invite people from Dublin and all around the country to engage with the programme, there truly is something for everyone to experience and enjoy."

The full programme of events is available here