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Festival of World Cultures
New this year, are an exciting range of themed events, which include the highly anticipated Feast Americana that offers a banquet of live music and food in celebration of the quintessential American country fair. The new tranquil Health and Harmony fair offers a chance to reclaim control of your well-being, while Salon Culture offers traditional adornment techniques and an opportunity to get festival fresh!
A definite highlight will be the spectacular audio-visual show Hotel Kiev, a night time visual montage projected onto the façade of the Royal Marine Hotel. Created by Dún Laoghaire artist Ciaran McClelland the show features a live soundtrack by the compelling Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha, who last year received a standing ovation on the main stage.
The Festival would not be complete without perennial favourites the Global Village, in association with Oxfam Ireland, the World Dance Plaza and the vibrant Mela festival in celebration of South Asian Arts. Now in its 9th year, the Festival attracts over 250,000 people making it Ireland’s largest intercultural celebration. With a diverse world music line-up, food fairs, art exhibitions, workshops and cultural demonstrations as well as a Festival newspaper and nightly Festival Club where Irish artists jam with world musicians, this family-friendly celebration is a round-trip ticket to a world of culture. And, with over 90% of the events free of charge, the Festival is the top value-for-money event on the summer calendar, appealing to all the senses as well as to the wallet.
Our tour guide/bus driver was Tommy O'Rielly and he was extremely knowledgeable about Ireland in every category. He was very willing to answer even some of the stupidest questions with great pride for his country of Ireland.
The trip to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren were filled with rain and fog and we had to buy a lot of postcards to fill in the gaps. Tommy was great at keep our spirits up until the end of that day.
I will definitely recommend to anyone that you put on a first class tour. We all found the accommodations fabulous and very unique with a lot of character.
Dorothy Watt, Sylvan Lake Alberta Canada