Liberties Festival

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

Shirley Chance, Public Relations

Festival Description

Since 1970 the Liberties Festival has produced a multi-disciplinary roster of events is one of Ireland’s oldest continuous Festivals, with an enhanced programme featuring the best of music, film, photography, theatre and community events, and an exploration of the history of Dublin’s historic Liberties area. Over 32 events will be presented in 16 venues with over 90% completely free of charge.

Festival Dates July 17 - 21, 2013
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Highlights 2013:
  • Slam poetry
    • John Cummins
  • Stand-up comedy
    • Hilarious comedians Colum McDonnell and John Colleary
  • Reading
    • Kevin Gildea — the writer, journalist, and TV presenter
  • Music
    • Nighthawks
      This highly anticipated gig has become a summer highlight and always sells out fast. It takes place at the Guinness Storehouse for the third consecutive year.
    • Elevens — the acclaimed band will perform
    • Keith Moss & The Tightrope Walkers — Psychedelic popsters
    • The Rockets — Rock-n-rollers
    • Sinead White — A rising star
    • Dublin Gospel Choir — perform in the stunning St Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday 18 July. Always guaranteed to raise the roof, the 53-member Dublin Gospel Choir has collaborated with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Nitin Sawhney, John Legend, Riverdance, James Brown, Damien Rice, Rod Stewart and The Chieftains, and is the only act to have played on the Main Stage at Electric picnic every year. Their repertoire will include songs from artists such as Sigur Ros, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, David Guetta, Queen, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, Train, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, U2 and Mumford and Sons.
  • Guided Tour
    • Pat Liddy, legendary historian, leads a free guided tour - Let’s Walk & Talk: The Liberties - An Historic Circle Of Immigration & Emigration on Wednesday, July 17
  • Theatre
    • Dublin Theatre Company presents Mr Joyce Is Leaving Paris, by Tom Gallacher at the Backloft Theatre
  • Fun Run
    • The fifth annual St James’s Hospital Liberties Fun Run takes places on Thursday, July 18 with up to 1,000 runners, joggers and walkers; registration on
  • Cinema
    • A mobile cinema presenting a selection of fantastic films for children and grown-ups, on their doorstep
  • Children’s event
    • children’s activities include the annual Children’s Talent Competition with a surprise celebrity judge on Sunday, July 21
  • Community events
    • The 25th annual competitive football match between Kevin Street Garda Station -v- The Traders (currently Traders 15, Garda 9) on Wednesday, July 17 and the Blue Rinse Ball on Friday, July 19.


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