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Festival of World Cultures
22nd July to 24th July 2011
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.
Please see www.festivalofworldcultures.com for full details and booking information for ticketed events
I just wanted to follow up with a huge Thank You to you for helping plan our wonderful trip to Ireland! We had a fabulous trip and the best decision of all was hiring the chauffeured coach. Our driver Joe O'Connor was absolutely terrific. He answered every question we asked, was extremely patient with us and provided us with such a wealth of information that we never would have learned on our own. The accommodations were great - especially the castles! We hope to return one day and maybe spend more time in the Northwest (County Mayo - where the McHale's are from). We would certainly be in touch with you again. Please pass the word on to Joe how much we enjoyed his guidance and wisdom.
Julie McHale, Annapolis MD