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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.
Hello, I would just like to comment on the best tour of Ireland that my husband and I had last week. First of all our guide Fiona Lane was the absolute BEST! So organized and always there to answer all questions. She did a outstanding job with such a large group. Definitely an asset to your organization.
All the hotels and places we visited, to many to mention, were also so clean and friendly. Again, being such a large group, they were also glad to see us and we had no complaints.
Would definitely recommend your group to my friends. As a matter of fact, one of my co-workers is looking into visiting Ireland next year and I have recommended your tour to her.
Thanks for all the great memories!
Len and Joanne Gregory USA
Len & Joanne Gregory, Irish Thunder Group, USA