Events - FestivalsDarklight Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Darklight_FestivalVenue: Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Dates and full programme TBC Darklight is the foremost festival for independent creativity in Ireland. It has been associated with new cinematic practices and creative technology for the past 15 years. Darklight has its origins in digital culture and new paradigms in film production, distribution and marketing. Each year, a new area in creative thinking and practices is explored during Darklight's three day festival. Darklight celebrates and encourages new work and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and artists, while introducing new work to a core audience of cultural influencers and innovators.   Darklight is distinctive as it provides a unique experience for its audience, who can engage with speakers and contributors in an open and shared creative environment.  It showcases experimental work that attracts the curiously cultural and is not readily shown elsewhere in Ireland.  It is our mission to stay diligently informed of the practices synonymous with the continued evolution of moving image storytelling and share this with an engaged audience.  Darklight's vision is curating a programme that continues to capture the imaginations of the next generation of innovators. Franco-Irish Literary Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Franco_Irish_Literary_FestivalDates TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! Offsethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Offset_Grand_Canal_TheatreDates TBC Originally an initiative of The Small Print when it begun in early 2009, in only 5 years OFFSET has become one of the world’s most important creative events. Hosting a weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more live on stage. They speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give incredible insights into their practices and personal perspectives. Independently founded and run, OFFSET has grown from 450 to 2000 delegates in its latest edition.  Each year OFFSET attracts visitors from across the globe to attend the 3-day conference and last year delegates made their creative pilgrimage from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. There are no VIP areaS and no green rooms at OFFSET, the space is a democratic one facilitating both speakers and attendees and allowing both to mingle freely and settle in for three days of inspiration. The intimate surroundings of the Second Room allows delegates to get a little closer to some of the legendary speakers, who will give interviews, contribute to debates and take part in group discussions on the topics that are at the heart of the creative agenda. St. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   Dine in Dublin Restaurant Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dine_in_Dublin_in_FebruaryDine in Dublin, the bi-annual event, celebrates the fantastic food offering in Dublin’s city centre. The week-long event promotes city centre dining and showcases offerings of city centre eateries through fantastic value meals, specials offers, and great events. The Dine in Dublin experience is not just about ‘dining’ but also about getting out and ‘doing’, so whether diners are passionate about food or simply want a new experience, Dine in Dublin has something to suit every palate. In the past, restaurants have served mouth-watering menus including a starter, main course and dessert which included a 20% saving off regular á la carte menus. Diners can expect similar offers again this time with additional offers and events from both bars and cafés.  This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, wine-tastings, trad sessions, belly dancing events, and much more.   Jameson Dublin International Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Jameson_Dublin_International_Film_Festival_2014Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February. JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Over the years an array of film talent has joined in with the celebration including Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, among others, all of whom have graced the JDIFF red carpet. Audiences and industry members have been delighted to meet a widely diverse range of luminaries and gain insights in to every area of the film world including perspectives from directors, producers, screenwriters and critics such as Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Mc Donagh, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Neil Gaiman, Jan Troell, Sarah Polley, Frederic Raphael and Todd McCarthy among many others. Irish Film Talent is celebrated as an integral part of the JDIFF programme each year by presenting Irish film in all its guises from archival, to documentary, to the very latest Irish feature films from first time film directors. In 2008 the festival inaugurated The Irish Talent Spotlight in order to profile exceptional new and established talent working in all areas of the Irish Film Industry. Ken Wardrop (Writer/Director), Margo Harkin (Producer), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Cartoon Saloon (Irish Animation Company) and Margeret Corkery (Writer/Director) have all been honoured as part of this initiative. Each year the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux. For more information click here Temple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. 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 (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. NYE Dublin Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYE_DublinNYE Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party boasts an exhilarating four day schedule kicking off on the 29th December, running right through to January 1st. Four days of festivities in Dublin….the Countdown is on! Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration the city has ever seen. The NYE Countdown Concert will feature top live music to ring in the New Year. Throughout the evening sample the delicious taste of Dublin’s food and drink at the festival village.  Programme of events to be confirmed   Leopardstown Christmas Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Leopardstown_Christmas_Festival_2014The Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from the 26-29th December each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish racing and social calendar featuring seven Grade 1 races over four days. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days and features the Racing Post Novice Handicap (Grade 1). Day two of the Christmas meeting is the Paddy Power Day and features The Paddy Power Chase, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) and The Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1). Ladies day at the Lexus Chase is one of the most anticipated fashion events on the Irish social calendar. Fashion and glamour polish off a perfect race day. Ladies day is a chance to showcase your winter gems, enjoy a day out with friends, fine dining and entertainment. The day guarantees to be the most stylish day of the Christmas festival. The day features the Lexus Steeplechase (Grade 1), The Topaz Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) and the Woodies DIY Hurdle (Grade 1). Leopardstown has a number of dining options to choose from - the Winter Warmer, St Stephen's Day Luncheon in the Pavilion, the Christmas Festival Restaurant and private suite packages. Click here for more details Bram Stoker Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bram_Stoker_FestivalThis October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin City will celebrate all things ghoulish for the Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th – Monday 27th October, 2014 Taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel 'Dracula’ as inspiration, the festival, spread across Dublin city centre, will celebrate all things macabre, strange, supernatural mixed with some good-old fashioned Halloween fun. The streets will come alive with free pop-up performances of spine-chilling street theatre and sinister sounds, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families and friends, spooky movies in the open-air, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, walks & talks, and a very special event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Dublin Castle. Working alongside both the leading institutions and the talented local independent artists and innovators of the city the festival also presents ‘Culture Bites’ - the Festival’s programme of cultural events ranging from the iconic to the bizarre to the spectacular! With events taking place in churches, castles, libraries, galleries, streets, cinemas, and squares and a strong mix of film & literature, music, installations, feasts, theatre, pop-up events, animation, history, talks & walks, there’s something for everyone to get their teeth into at this year’s Bram Stoker Festival.   IFI Horrorthonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/IFI_HorrorthonIFI Horrorthon returns for its 17th edition, providing audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the best of new international genre productions, as well as a number of judiciously selected classics. Last year we revisied Tobe Hooper’s unfairly neglected Lifeforce, and Hammer’s The Mummy, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  As always, IFI Horrorthon is a must-attend event for any genre fan. Price: Tickets for individual films starting at €9.00 Booking: www.ifibooking.ie Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. Hard Working Class Heroeshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hard_Working_Clas_HeroesHard Working Class Heroes is a music festival with a difference. No porta-loos, no leaky tents and no trying to watch your favourite band through a sheet of bone-chilling rain. Last year saw the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival, an initiative that aims to give support to creative tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders were able to avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a bonus element to the already jam packed festival. Need to be convinced of the credentials of this festival? Recent alumni include The Strypes, Villagers and Fionn Regan. Highlilghts from last year’s crop of exciting new talent included Daithí: the fiddle-house fusion boy wonder, Choice Music Prize nominees: Tieranniesaur, who brought their own blend of indie disco pop to the table, and Hozier who exploded onto the scene this year and managed to pack out The Button Factory for his stellar set. If you take pleasure from boasting about seeing an act 'before they were famous,' then this is the festival for you. The Frank Harte Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Frank_Harte_FestivalClub na Múinteoirí/The Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 The Frank Harte Festival, organised by An Góilín Traditional Singers' Club, is dedicated to the memory of Frank Harte who promotes Irish traditional singing in the English and Irish languages. All are welcome who wish to listen to or sing songs in this genre. The festival begins on Friday at 8pm with the Official Opening & Singing Session featuring invited guests and Góilín regulars.  Saturday consists of a singing workshop; an illustrated lecture & discussion; a singing session and a grand concert featuring invited guests. Singing and a walking tour take place on Sunday followed by a farewell singing session.  See website for more information. Fingal Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Fingal_Film_FestVenue: Venue Movies @ Swords , Pavilions Centre  Swords, Co Dublin The Fingal Film Festival was launched in 2012. It is a new entity that offers a platform encouraging and promoting the works of local film community and National, International emerging filmmakers to showcase their work in an environment where they have access to experienced industry professionals. We provide workshops. training programmes and screen Independent films from new emerging film makers nationally and internationally throughout the four day festival event every year. At least 70% of our festival schedule is dedicated to Foreign films, which broadens the film culture experience to all who attend the screenings in Fingal during the festivals duration. The Fingal Film Festival is a team of people who work effortlessly to deliver a quality service to young emerging filmmakers.   Since we first opened our doors we have given festival contributors access to some of the Industries most prolific names, both nationally and internationally, which has been well received by all who attended. We have eight awards a year for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best International, Best Student, Best Newcomer Award in Fingal, Best Irish Language, Best Animation. Our Awards Ceremony Night is held every year at the end of the festival. This year we have some very special award prizes with Best Student Award Canon are sponsoring this year, Best Irish Language Film is sponsored by TG4 who will broadcast the winners film plus Equipment Hire Ireland are giving a 3 x day Camera equipment hire  prize worth 3,000.00 euro. Click here for more information Dublin Theatre Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Theatre_Festival_2014Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     BlueFire Street Festhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/BlueFire_Street_FestGet into the heart of the city for a good old fashioned street party with the second BlueFire Street Fest in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the capital’s diversity of arts, it’s a unique collaborative arts festival welcoming all nationalities and cultures, and best of all it’s free. Taking place in the bustling surroundings of Smithfield Square, the festival features the very best of music and performing arts from the array of cultures and ethnicities that call Dublin home. Along with fantastic live music from around the world, festival-goers can enjoy workshops and fun educational activities in the BlueFire Street Fest education zone, laughs in the comedy picnic tent, traditional food exchanges bringing people together without the need for a common language, inter-generational story telling, family play-dates with interactive storytelling for children to mix and socialise, free dance lessons, informal traditional music sessions and much more. From Irish bands such as Gypsy Rebel Rabble, to percussion workshops from Brazil, the festival boasts 30 performers, 50 workshops, street performers, a buskers’ tent, a mad hatter’s tea party, language exchanges, a speaker’s corner, and not to mention plenty of tasty grub. With an expanding festival program, there’s definitely something to suit all ages and tastes. Activities and workshops include: Main stage performances Comedy picnic area Drumming workshops Dance lessons Street performers Workshops African drumming Percussion workshops Dublin Community Circus Latin body art Polish dancing French dancing Salsa dancing Capoeira Spoken word Children's painting Culture Nighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_2014Come and enjoy a late FREE night of culture for all the family! For one night only the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! On Culture Night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free! Culture Night brings together a very unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. And remember, everything that’s open on Culture Night will be there when you visit the next time, and the next time...so why not make a habit of it!   Oktoberfesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OktoberfestVenue: Georges Dock, IFSC Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival! The original Oktoberfest will come from Germany to Dublin, giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on Georges Dock for some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Alongside the many surprising foods on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer. Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the 18 day event. Click here for more information Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Mountains_to_Sea_dlr_Book_Festival_2014 The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival enjoyed a fantastic debut in 2009 thanks to the support and enthusiasm of local book-lovers and, thankfully, not a few first-time visitors to Dun Laoghaire. One writer praised our first effort as a festival “of international standard, with a great local tilt” which was gratifying to hear. On a glorious weekend, the Festival welcomed over 5000 guests who rev...elled in near-Mediterranean sunshine while strolling from venue to venue. The sixth annual Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival returns to the Pavilion in September 2014 More details to be announced Coffee and Tea Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Coffee_and_Tea_Festival THE COFFEE & TEA SCENE IS A-BUZZ AS MOMENTUM BUILDS  FOR THE DUBLIN COFFEE & TEA FESTIVAL Word is spreading throughout the growing coffee & tea scene about the inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival 2014.  This unique event is fast becoming a must-do on the Dublin social calendar and takes place at the RDS, Dublin 12th -14th September 2014.   The Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival will be brimming with varying features to tickle the taste buds of coffee and tea lovers including:- The Roasters’ Village Located at the very front of the show the Roasters’ Village will house a vast range of Coffee and Tea micro roasters and retailers all wishing to engage with the public and tell the story of their particular blends.  The Cupping Room a purpose-built cupping room allowing members of the public and media to cup and taste a wide variety of teas and coffees from different Origin countries for the very first time in Ireland.  The People’s Stage showcasing a range of video footage and presentations from farmers, importers, green bean traders, and coffee and tea enthusiasts, acting as an educational platform allowing the public understand the tea and coffee growing and harvesting process first hand. The Food Village comprise a range of hand-picked artisan food and beverage suppliers whose product compliments the coffee and tea drinking experience. And not forgetting the National Barista Championships semi-final and the inaugural Home Barista Championship, the widest variety of tea and coffee blends the country has ever seen under one roof, the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival is guaranteed to whet the visitor’s appetitie and indeed demonstrate the ever-sophisticated offering on the market today. . Visit the official Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival website for more details. Lords of Strut: Chaoshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/lords_of_strut_chaosFame obsessed and socially impaired, the Strut brothers are back with a bang for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1. In this motivational, semi-nude, roller-coaster of a show, watch Sean and Seamus hold it together as they dance and bicker through a hilarious hour of physical and "meta-physical" comedy. Join Ireland’s most emotional dancers as they share their "idiot proof" secret to life and even happiness, while you laugh the night away. Having toured, Europe, Australia and Canada extensively with their much loved street theatre show, the winners of the Street Performance World Championship 2013, unveil their explosive new comedy show "CHAOS”. "A hilarious performance… funny and brilliantly choreographed" Three Weeks Edinburgh. Tickets Preview €11 Concession €12 Full price €14 Tiger Dublin Fringe Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Fringe_FestivalTiger Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. For 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Dublin Fringe, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. See www.fringefest.com for more information on this years programme. Dublin Fashion Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Fashion_Festival_2014Dublin Fashion Festival is an annual shopping event which takes place over four days each year.  Over 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part in the event, including the city’s 8 flagships: Brown Thomas & BT2, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Powerscourt Centre, Arnotts, Clery’s, Ilac Shopping Centre (including Debenhams), Jervis Shopping Centre & Penneys. Over the last decade Dublin has become synonymous with fashion, style and an exciting mix of retail options, from designer and high street to vintage, making it an alluring shopping destination. DFF aims to put the fun and theatre back into shopping and socialising in the city. Bringing fashion and beauty retailers in the city centre together, it offers a heady mix of special offers, live fashion events and in-store activities that are unmissable. DFF is an integral part of Dublin Festival Season Dublin Festival Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_SeasonWho knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Ukulele Hooley by the Seahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ukulele_HooleyDun Laoghaire will host the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea. It brings together some of the world's best ukulele talent and entertainers to celebrate their love and passion for the tiny instrument that is currently the world's biggest selling instrument. There will be ukulele master classes, a "Grand ukulele public busk" and open air ukulele open mic concert for players who want to show their skills. But the show piece event of the weekend is a FREE day long ukulele concert on Sunday at the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire featuring the some of the best ukulele performers from round the World. For more details check out our website ukulelehooley.com Its a fantastic day out for the whole family and you might win yourself a ukulele in a raffle! National Heritage Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/National_Heritage_Week_DublinThere’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week. Check out our video for a snapshot of what’s on offer! From medieval fairs, night time bat walks, classical music, poetry, theatre, traditional music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. There’s something for everyone and most events are free! Click here for Dublin events Dalkey Lobster Festival 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lobster_Fest_2014Venue: Castle Street, Dalkey, Are you craving delicious lobster? You’re in luck! It’s almost time for Dalkey’s annual Lobster Fest.  The festival offers both mouth-watering seafood and wonderful jazz music. The event is perfect for every member of the family. Come out and listen to some smooth jazz and eat some tasty lobsters and crabs! Vestibulehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/vestibuleIncluded in the festival will be a major temporary sculpture exhibition, music events, a satellite exhibition and walking tours held during May to September. Internationally acclaimed artists Aleana Egan (IRL), Daniel Gustav Cramer (DE) and Eva Rothschild (IRL), will present temporary sculpture works and a satellite exhibition which will activate Merrion Square and its institutions. This iconic Georgian square has an interesting past, including close ties to significant figures in Irish literary and political life such as Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Daniel O'Connell and Bram Stoker.  Vestibule is an architectural term which typically refers to a small room or hallway between an entrance and the interior of the building or house. The vestibule acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and the interior structure, between city and nature- a space in which to consider and reflect. Merrion Square is a democratic natural space within the city, which allows for the freedom of movement and play. It is an enclosed site that acts as a gallery but also as an apolitical sphere open to possibilities. Two of the artists whose work will feature in the commissioned temporary sculpture and events programme that comprises Vestibule, Aleana Egan and Eva Rothschild, are rising stars of the Irish contemporary arts scene, while Daniel Gustav Cramer is a German artist who has gained an international reputation and garnered awards for his photography and installation pieces. Vestibule  is being curated by Aoife Tunney.