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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.
The trip exceeded our expectations.
We enjoyed the route. As you may recall, due to festivals, you sent us in the opposite direction from the normal route for the pub and folk
tour. We found that this worked quite well since the historical part went from the early beginnings to more recent times.
The hotels were outstanding. We were really impressed with the Hotel in Doolin, Killarney & Dublin. We had no trouble driving around Ireland, except in Dublin where the
street signs are non-existant. We were aware of the Dublin situation, based on your advice.The combination of the two really helped us
decide the sites to visit, where to eat and the pubs known for the music.
Linda and I are both looking forward to a return visit and would like to consider going to the west coast area around Kerry and Dingle as
well as the northern portion.
We hope to be able to do the trip in a year or two.
Thanks for all your work and input.
Gary Wignall, Ontario, Canada