New Year’s Festival, Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
30 Dec 2015 -01 Jan 2016

Experience the New Year’s Festival in Dublin as the city comes alive over 3 day’s for fun filled New Year’s festivities. Bringing together some of the country’s best talents, NYF Dublin offers you  a host of free and family friendly activities and events guaranteed to entertain. Enjoy live gigs across the city at the NYF Music Trail. Watch how they bring the city streetscapes to life with cutting-edge 3D animations, discover the city at the Spoken Word Festival or follow the NYF Arts Trail or Dublin Discover Trail. Get active on Resolution Day by joining the New Year’s Day Fun Run from Dublin Castle, or take part in free exercise classes in Dublin city parks and fitness clubs.

Temple Bar Tradfest 2016

Dublin, Ireland
28 Jan 2016 -01 Feb 2016

The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland.

 

Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a stage to promote the next...

Bram Stoke Festival

Dublin, Ireland
23 Oct 2015 -26 Oct 2015

As part of the growing worldwide fascination with Bram Stoker and his most iconic creation, Count Dracula, the descendants of Bram Stoker have taken an active role to provide historically accurate information about Bram Stoker and his life, to collaborate with individuals and entities of like purpose, to raise international awareness of Bram Stoker as an Irishman, from Dublin, the city of his birth and where he spent the first half of his life.

The festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration. The festival incorporates a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces and a whole range of film and literary events to whet the appetites of all. The 2015...

Galway International Arts Festival

Galway, Ireland
13 Jul 2015 -26 Jul 2015

The Galway International Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland. This Festival is a showcase for Irish arts and international arts.

For more information visit http://www.giaf.ie 

Bloomsday

Dublin, Ireland
09 Jun 2015 -16 Jun 2015

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. The day involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and other events, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume to celebrate Bloomsday, and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne’s pub. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36hours.

The Giant’s Journey, Limerick

Limerick, Ireland
05 Sep 2014 -07 Sep 2014

One day an Irish Grandmother Giant, having fallen from the sky, found herself spread-eagled in a potato field in the middle of Munster. The peasants, who were surprised by her apparition, put her up in a barn on their property, and they fed and took care of her every day as best they could.

However, after a certain amount of time, they couldn’t afford to keep her anymore and so they put her on a train to Limerick. To welcome her, men built up a wall of light, made of car lights, like the stars of a tidy galaxy. As soon as she had arrived at the railway station, she was greeted by thousands of people who had come from all over Ireland.

The Grandmother Giant, crossing the galaxy yet again, will wait for the day when she will fall once more into the potatoes of Munster.’

The world...

Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival

Enniskillen, United Kingdom
22 Aug 2014 -26 Jun 2014

The HAPPY DAYS Enniskillen International Beckett Festival is the world’s largest annual multi-arts celebration of Irish Nobel Prize writer, Samuel Beckett, who attended Portora Royal School in the island town. The inaugural festival took place in August 2012 to critical acclaim and full houses, attracting audiences from far and wide with an estimated economic benefit of £2.5m.

The festival will present the first major exhibition of material pertaining to Beckett’s work since 2007 (Centre Pompidou, Paris). Was I sleeping, while the others suffered” Samuel Beckett: Witness to the Twentieth Century, will be curated by Conor Carville and Mark Nixon (Beckett International Foundation, University of Reading) and will explore the hidden politics of Beckett’s work and life through...

Galway Oyster Festival

Galway, Ireland
27 Sep 2014 -28 Sep 2014

Galway City, along the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland plays host to the world’s longest running Oyster Festival from 25 – 28 September  .Throughout the Irish food festival, expect  lots of tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster hot spots, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster ‘Olympics’ or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s best restaurants, food producer tours, an intimate Food village at The Festival Marquee, a Mardi Gras style Gala Event through the streets of Galway along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations, ‘Hot Oyster Awards’ cooking challenge and more.

Established in 1954, The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival has welcomed over half a...

Dublin Festival Season

Dublin, Ireland
02 Sep 2014 -31 Oct 2014

Imagine a month of festivals. Now double it! From the beginning of 2 September to 31 October, a continuous run of festivals and events will bring world-class culture, arts, theatre, music and architecture to the capital. Highlights include:

 

  • Dublin Fringe Festival, 6 – 21 Sept, The Dublin Fringe Festival is one of Ireland’s largest performing arts festivals and includes music, dance, street theatre, puppetry, visual arts and comedy. www.fringefest.com

 

  • Culture Night, 21 September, Late night culture for all the family! Dublin city will come alive with free entry into over 100 cultural venues! www.culturenight.ie

 

  • Mountains To The Sea Book Festival, 2 – 7 Sept The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is a literary festival which is run by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County...

Belsonic

Belfast, United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 -22 Aug 2014

Belsonic festival takes place in Belfast’s Custom House Square in Northern Ireland, the city’s premier outdoor space. The big sounds music festival features the best in international pop and rock.

US rock stalwarts Queens of the Stone Age, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and English singer, songwriter and rapper Example are among the lead acts. Headliners also include Imagine Dragons and Kodaline, with special guest Tom Odell. And if that wasn’t enough Little Matador, featuring  Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly will also feature. 

www.belsonic.com

Limerick City of Culture

Limerick, Ireland
31 May 2014 -01 Jun 2014

Limerick is Ireland’s City of Culture throughout 2014. Merging edgy and urban with tradition, in a rich mix of international and local acts, the varied programme  promises  street events, visual art, music, food, fashion and craft, architecture and sport.

Limerick City will achieve a climactic cultural high when its headline event of the year Royal de Luxe presents ‘The Giant’s Journey’ for three whole days (5 – 7 September).The world renowned company will unleash the original tale, developed and specially scripted for the city on the unsuspecting public. Limerick will be transformed as a massive giant rambles through the streets, transfixing audiences as they follow the Giant’s progress on its epic three day journey.

While 2014 is sure to be Limerick’s year in the cultural...