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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.
My husband and I really want you and Irish Tourism to know that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
We LOVE Ireland—such a beautiful country, great people! We saw lots of countryside, coastline, villages large and small. It was awesome!
All of the B&B’s were just wonderful. All of the innkeepers were just great. All of the Irish breakfasts were fabulous!! I bought a recipe book and can’t wait to try Irish brown bread!
We found Irish Tourism on the internet, and it was a leap of faith to go with a company we had not heard of or had not been recommended to us. We would highly recommend Irish Tourism to anyone thinking of a self-driving tour to your beautiful country. Even though we were on our own and not in a tour group, we never felt that we were ‘alone’ in a foreign country.
Thank you for helping to make this one of our most memorable experiences!
Lisa & Seth Crippen, Virginia, USA