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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.
Well, we are safely back from Ireland. My sister-in-law and I had a wonderful time and were very impressed with your arrangements for
us. We loved the north and the Inishowen Peninsula.
I think our favorite area was Connemara region. How lovely. Also, our night on the Aran Islands was a blast. Joe Watty's pub had a terrific group playing traditional music. And our bike ride out to Dun Angues was great. We agreed that we probably wouldn't go back to Dublin. We liked Galway better and it was big enough of a city. But seeing the Book of Kells and drinking our pint on the 7th floor of the Guiness factory was worthwhile and fun!
I just want to say thank you again for your help in making this a fabulous trip.We will be going back there someday and will definitely be contacting you again.
Pamela Trask, USA