Festival of World Cultures

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Festival of World Cultures
Arts Office
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dun Laoghaire
County Dublin, Ireland
Phone: (353) 1-271-9555
Fax: (353) 1-236-0217
Email: fwc@dlrcoco.ie

Festival Description

Indigenous to classical, traditional, folk, eclectic and tribal, the Festival of World Cultures offers a kaleidoscopic programme of concerts & club nights, fairs & markets, dance, street events, workshops and so much more. A gigantic feast of arts and culture! With over 250,000 people attending last year’s event, the Festival of World Cultures is firmly established as one of ’s largest annual events. Most importantly however, it is proud to be an event that celebrates and nurtures the culturally diverse demographic of Ireland. Maintaining its ethos of inclusion and accessibility, the Festival programme remains over 70% free the public, welcoming all ages and walks of life.

Festival Dates July 23 - 25, 2010
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Festival Story:

The Festival of World Cultures is an annual international arts and culture festival that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of artistic traditions. The Festival program focuses on the representation of innovative and developing artistic practice from around the world. It aims to develop both national and non-national audiences’ experience of the arts, challenging perceptions of international artistic culture through a dynamic programme of concerts and club nights, theatre and dance performances, fairs, markets and exhibitions, circus, workshops and master classes. The Festival of World Cultures is firmly established as a pioneer of new audience development and an event that works closely with communities, groups, organisations and individuals on many levels.


Festival Events:

Artists 2010:
  • Rokia Traoré (Mali)
    Calypso Rose (Trinidad)
    Pól Brennan (Ireland)
    Guo Yue (China)
    Ayub Ogada (Kenya)
    Tara Byrne (Ireland)
Highlights 2010:
    • Moving the Festival to July has enabled the Festival to programme some of the finest world musicians touring today. This year audiences can welcome the Irish debuts of international icon, world music superstar, UN Goodwill Ambassador and charismatic Algerian King of Raï, Khaled in a free concert on Newtownsmith Main Stage; the sweaty, jungle-inspired retro voodoo funk from legendary Benin sensations Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou; rising Malian star Rokia Traoré who Time Out credited as “arguably the most exciting, most thrilling live African music show around”; Trinidadian Queen of Calypso, Calyspo Rose; former Sigur Rós string section, Icelandic sensation Amiina; Mexican cabaret icon Astrid Hadad; the extraordinary musicianship, jazz roots and thriving hip hop sensibility of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; and a collaboration of some of the greatest composers and performers in the world as Pól Brennan presents Guo Yue, Ayub Ogada and Tara Byrne.
    • A specially commissioned collaborative performance featuring four of the world’s most fascinating voices. Irish sean-nós singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Canadian Inuit throat singer and recent Björk collaborator Tanya Tagaq and Norwegian ‘yoikers’ Adjágas combine their vocal talents for an exceptional once-off concert exploring the theme of homeland and the stark and stunning landscapes of their birth: West Cork, Nunavut and Sámpi – all in the stunning surroundings of Monkstown Church.
    • For the first time the Festival will broadcast non-stop throughout the weekend with Radio Hemisphere. Tune in via the website for a definitive behind the scenes guide to the Festival. With live and recorded music, interviews, magazine programmes and Festival news direct from the team that make it happen, Radio Hemisphere will ensure the whole world can be a part of Ireland’s world music festival.
    • Three explosive venues. Two jam-packed days. Over 20 outstanding acts celebrate the best in traditional music, song and dance from Ireland and around the world on The Kingston Hotel’s Outdoor Garden Stage and in The Kingston Ballroom and Bar. Highlights include The Máirtín O’Connor Band, Lúnasa, Alan Kelly Quartet, Guidewires, TRASNA and the ‘Departures Lounge’ International Ensemble in Residence, Ttukunak.
    • A thought-provoking, life-affirming multi-faith programme of events in response to the theme of ‘compassion’. Meet Buddhist Monks from India’s Drepung Loseling Monastery and take part in a Q&A session with Tibetan Lama Nyendak Tulku. Relax, sip green tea, talk and exchange with others, and if you are inspired by the International Charter for Compassion, participants are invited to join in affirming and signing it.
    • The Festival hosts an impressive variety of activities for all the family, from the Mela, a colourful blast of South East Asian arts, flavours and creativity supported by Incredible India, incorporating performances by leading Indian cultural troupe Yakshagana Kendra, funded by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, to the dedicated kids activity area within the Cool Earth environmental exhibition and the Festival’s superb programme of fun and educational workshops.


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Practical Info:


The historical seaside town of Dún Laoghaire provides an expansive variety of performance locations ranging from theatres to bars, clubs, hotels, parks, piers and plazas. With these excellent venues and Dún Laoghaire’s heritage as Ireland’s Cultural Port the Festival of World Cultures has a natural and supportive home. “A Festival Town situated only 8km from the capital!” For further information on Dún Laoghaire visit the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tourism Company website. http://www.dlrtourism.com

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  • A complete list of wheelchair accessible Festival venues for 2007 will be released in July.


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