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Dublin Festival Season – All The Creative Fun You Can Handle

Festival Season in Dublin for 2012

The irreverent city of Dublin is fast becoming a stage for talented musicians, artists, street performers and film makers and as such can now boast a flamboyant line-up of world-class events for Dublin’s Festival Season.

Whether you’re an avid festival goer or looking for something new and unusual, Dublin has an event to alight everyone’s senses. What’s more, it’s easy and convenient to get there, with flights to Dublin taking just 80 minutes from London City Airport.

We’ve picked the best of the bunch of Dublin’s festivals to help you create your own unforgettable Dublin festival experience.

GUINNESS DRINKERS: Sip and sing along to well-loved bands
Guinness Festival
Guinness celebrates the legacy of Arthur Guinness, the creator of the famous Irish drink, by putting together an incredible line up of Irish and international artists to play at a series of intimate gigs across the country. Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Aloe Blacc and Ryan Sheridan were among the big names who performed during last year’s event.

When: 27th September
Various pubs and clubs in Dublin and beyond
Yet to be announced

CREATIVES:  Push the limits of your imagination
ABSOLUT Fringe is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival and promises to transform Dublin into a ‘dream factory’ of creative talent from across the globe. It is a platform for new and emerging Irish arts companies and showcases the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. This wholly curated festival seeks innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience.

When: 8th-23rd September
Various venues across the city
: Ticket prices vary, with free admission for some shows

MUSIC FANS: Mix it up with art, music, comedy and theatre
Electric Picnic
Electric Picnic is a music and arts festival held on the rolling hills of Stradbally Hall
, the perfect setting for a feast of eclectic music and entertainment. The three day festival presents international headliners, rising stars and national treasures, as well as an impressive schedule of art, theatre and comedy to keep everyone’s taste buds well and truly tickled.  This year’s line up includes The Cure, The Killers, Hot Chip, The XX, The Maccabees and many, many more heart-thumping acts.

When: 31stAug, 1st and 2nd Sept
: Stradbally Hall, a 50 minute drive from Dublin or just over one hour’s drive from Dublin International Airport. Dublin Coach operates a service to nearby Portlaoise, where a shuttle will be provided to the festival site.
: Weekend camping ticket: €230. Sunday day tickets: €99.50

THEATRICALS:  See the city ablaze with the best acts in the world
Dublin Theatre Festival has presented some of the world’s most highly acclaimed artists, while also premiering work by the biggest names in Irish theatre
. International artists welcomed to the stage have included Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell, Neve Campbell and Geoffrey Rush. Names from Irish theatre, such as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and Tom Murphy, make the list of artists even more impressive.

The programme incorporates everything from cutting-edge theatre and dance to the best acts on Broadway and in 2011 presented 553 performances in 25 venues across the city.

When: 27 Sept – 14 Oct
Various venues across the city
Various depending on performance

BOOKWORMS: Be inspired by Ireland’s literary scene
Running since 2005, The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals.
Go and see the very best of contemporary Irish publishing and writing in a warm and welcome environment. The Festival features an eclectic programme with over 30 events for adults and children, most of which are free!

When: 13 November – 18 November
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar
Mostly free

If you are planning on flying over to Dublin for one of these festivals, London City Airport has created a handy guide to Dublin. If you only have a short time, don’t worry, their handy 24 hour guide will help you to get the most out of the city.

Photo Credits: Flickr-#1 ccharmon, #2 citizen kane


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