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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.
We had a great time and our driver P.J. was the delight of the trip! My son Drew, (19) and daughter Diana, (29) absolutely fell in love with him and were so disappointed when he dropped us off in Dublin. The itinerary was just right for a first time visit. I am absolutely thrilled that we spent most of our time out in the country. Your suggested tour was exactly what I was looking for. The hotels in Galway, Dublin and Killarney were very nice. The people at the hotel in Killarney were exceptional and they really went over and above to take care of us and the view was spectacular.
We all had a great time and plan to come back again and fly into Shannon (as you had suggested) and stay at Ashford Castle and a couple of other castles too. P.J. got us reservations for tea at Ashford Castle on Monday and we had a blast. What a beautiful place! Thanks for a great trip.
Sandra Doty, Dallas, TX