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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.
Thank you for your email – we only arrived home at the weekend so have been busy catching up at work and home.
The holiday was fantastic. Ireland is very beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly. We loved every minute of it and the accommodation you organised was excellent, especially the Manor House in Killarney which was superb and the B&B in Galway where our hostess went above and beyond what we expected. The Ring of Kerry and Connemara are just gorgeous and we would love to go back there again.
We hope to come back to Ireland in April 2010 as part of a large insurance conference. I have already given some of our colleagues your details and if you can suggest some other parts of Ireland that we can visit then we will organise this through your company.
Once again, thank you so much for everything you did to make our holiday in Ireland so memorable. We cannot fault a thing. I will try to send through some of the hundreds of photos we took (not so good on that side of things.
Robyn Udy, Wellington, New Zealand