One of Ireland’s oldest festivals, the Liberties Festival Dublin, is set to take place this Monday July 13th, running until Saturday July 18th.
From modest beginnings in 1970, the festival has grown to become a highlight of the summer in Dublin, with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, as well as an exciting multi-cultural and arts programme which will include visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music.
There is a wide range of entertainment on offer and some highlights include a photographic installation by students past and present of the Institute of Photography, entitled ‘Chronicle’ which will run for the duration of the festival in the Exhibition Theatre. There is also a flash fiction competition on 15th July in Arthur’s Pub, a 6km fun run in aid of St. James’ Hospital on 16th July, and a performance by Opera in the Open on 17th July at John’s Lane Church.
Returning to the festival for the fifth year is the hugely popular ‘Nighthawks at the Guinness Storehouse’, which will take place on 18th July at the Storehouse. With Tucan, Andrew Stanley, Kevin Gildea and many more taking to the stage, this will be a fitting and fun finale to the festival.
There are many different events to entertain younger attendees also and children’s events include puppet making workshops, drama workshops, gardening classes, fencing classes, a sports day on 16th July from 11am to 3pm, a day-long family fun day taking place on Saturday July 18th from 11am to 5pm which will include acrobatics, comedy, juggling and much more. There will also be a children’s talent show taking place on 18th July in St. Catherine’s Church.
Many of the events are free but booking in advance is advised. For more information or to books tickets visit the Liberties Festival website.
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