- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IrelandWeek’s inaugural conference and culture festival will take place Oct. 16-21 in Los Angeles, with the event a way to present the country’s culture, economic opportunities and resources to a new audience. The event will take place in association with Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Irish Film Board, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, IDA Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

IrelandWeek will feature conference-style breakout sessions designed for participants to learn about the international trade benefits of Ireland. Furthermore, live entertainment from across the country’s amazing history will be on offer.

CONNECT353, the conference component of IrelandWeek, takes place Oct. 18-19 at L.A. Live Regal Theatre, where seminars and speeches about Brexit, film, TV, music, tourism and technology will be featured .

“The Irish Government is very happy to lend support to Ireland Week and the Connect 353 conference in Los Angeles this October,” Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar said in a statement. “There is significant potential for growing trade & economic links between Ireland and Los Angeles.

“This initiative will help our agencies to promote Ireland as an attractive location for trade and investment. The strong focus throughout the program on culture and tourism is particularly welcome given that Ireland and LA are now benefitting from increased direct connectivity.”

Sponsors of the week include Aer Lingus, The Ireland Funds and The California Irish Legislative Caucus. Aer Lingus, which offers nonstop flights from Dublin to Los Angeles, is offering discount code “IRLLAX17” for those traveling along that route for IrelandWeek.

For tickets and more information, visit IrelandWeek.com.

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