Dublin Fringe Festival programme Announced

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This year’s iteration of the Dublin Fringe Festival has released its much-anticipated programme. Taking place from 11-26 September, the festival promises to celebrate Dublin’s art and culture, and all the cutting-edge contemporary artists Dublin has at its disposal.

The festival, which started in 1995, has come through its most difficult year, shackled in between two of the toughest lockdowns in Ireland. In the unprecedented challenges the festival has faced this year, it has too adapted to the new measures and opportunities posed by a focus on outdoor events.

Fringe isn’t just a place for showcasing work; it offers independent artists support, space, time, resources, and professional development. Artists can grow and network during the 16-day festival and take inspiration from some of the artists on the programme.

Dublin Fringe states it will “overrun the city with outdoor visual art in Dublin 8 and secret locations city-wide, as well as live open-air performances at Dublin Castle and Grand Canal Dock.” 

With over 160 performances of 30 events across 16 venues, this year’s festival may not boast the 30,000 spectator’s it has in previous years, but its ambitions remain: showcase the fabric of what makes Dublin unique and express the cultural identity of contemporary Ireland.

Here are some of the events and artists announced for this year’s programme.

Joy Seekers

Joy Seekers is an expression of joy and beauty across the city that visitors can interact with.

Among many other events, Dreamgun will emerge from their lockdown chrysalis with a brand new Film Read of The Breakfast Club. It is exactly as it sounds.

The rag-tag bunch of comedians perform an unprepared script read of the classic film, rewritten as a “semi-coherent 80s teen medley.”

Join an award-winning ensemble of Tony Cantwell, Ronan Carey, Stephen Colfer, Gavin Drea, Hannah Mamalis and Erin McGathy, who haven’t seen each other for over a year, Dreamgun will be performing in the Dublin Castle gardens at their first gig since 2020.

Virtuosos

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Virtuosos will feature inimitable performances from one of a kind artists.

Expect to see some of the funniest, forward-thinking and unique performances here, but Music for Cranes by Kirkos stands out as something particularly significant in Dublin.

In an outdoor performance reading Dublin’s cranes as musical notation, Kirkos will play music to them – and to you – remembering Dublin’s past, imagining its future.

As Dublin is transforming in ways sometimes difficult to take, Music for Cranes laments the Dublin old heads miss, and asks for a new symbol of a Dublin “being torn down and transformed.”

Intimacies

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Intimacies wants to “pull you closer and dissolve the distance” in intimate settings with smaller capacities. Subject matters will be challenging and personal throughout Intimacies.

Performances will shatter the norms of live performance, with some availing of the ‘new normal’ of digital performances, but one that sticks out is Narcissus by Archway and Tasteinyourmouth.

Narcissus is a new play about queer friendship, life-changing nights out, and celebrity sightings. In Narcissus, a young man reflects on a has-been-would-be life and a “never-ending party all faded in the flash of a camera. A life so glamorous, so beautiful, he may well have dreamed it up.” 

Young Radicals

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Young Radicals is art made by young people, for young people. Simple as that.

Dublin 8 Yer Lookin’ great by Emmalene Burke is one event highly anticipated coming from the internationally renowned street artist.

Burke creates a new mural at Swift’s Alley, inspired by the ideas and advice from children in that neighbourhood.

Working in partnership with Marsh’s Library, Burke has asked the young people from the local schools what makes Dublin 8 great and to share the positive changes in the area for their lives.

This will be open for the entire 16 days and is entirely free to observe.

Night Classes

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Night Classes is the ever-evocative phrase employed for a “craic-based curriculum of Fringe Faculty.” Expanding horizons is the aim, all through the guise of comedy and fun at these events.

Fetish 101 with Matthew Tallon promises to smash taboos in this online college course. Combining the elements of online and performance for this experience.

Each morning anyone who buys the €5 will receive an email, combining video lectures and class notes, to teach you about the world of kink. 

Information Toolbox

On the development side, artists with ambitions to pitch their work internationally, can send applications as part of this year’s Information Toolbox at Dublin Fringe Festival on 17 and 18 September.

Culture Ireland, Irish Theatre Institute, and Dublin Fringe Festival invite submissions from Irish artists and companies hoping to pitch their work internationally and with hope for co-operation in production.

Applicants should apply to ciaran.walsh@cultureireland.gov.ie before 5 pm, Friday 13 August.

For more information about the festival, to get tickets, or even just to check out the programme follow the link.

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