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The Liberties Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals. From modest beginnings in 1970 it has grown to become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting multi-cultural and arts programme encompassing visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music. Wednesday 18.07.18 Festival Launch The Digital Hub, Thomas St. Doors 6.30pm, Show 7pm And we’re off! As we welcome you to the 48th year, we kick off the Liberties Festival with a bang. Expect performances, speeches (we’ll keep them short!), nibbles courtesy of Leo Burdocks, refreshments from Diageo, a film reel of the 50 Francis St archive, all topped off with an amazing performance from the one and only Delorentos ​Street Art SWICN Clubhouse Starting on Wednesday and running throughout the week, come see the walls of the SWICN Clubhouse transform with the work of street artist Shane O’Malley and the helping hands of the SWICN young people. Liberties Fun Run Start Royal Hospital Kilmainham 7.45pm St James’s Hospital Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Liberties Fun Run in aid of St James’s Hospital. Thursday 19.07.18 Home Coffee Brewing Master Class Legit Coffee Co. Meath St 6pm […]

From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways. With over 45,000 attendees each year across 14 venues in Dublin City Centre, the festival is Ireland’s annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design and has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of it’s kind in Europe. The Festival of Curiosity takes a brand new, innovative & research-led approach to audience participation and engagement in science, arts, design & technology for all ages and has sold out every year since it’s inception. In 2013 the festival was set up with the support of Founding Partners Dublin City Council, The Matheson Foundation, The RDS and Science Foundation Ireland. The festival brings together the most innovative leaders & strategic partners (local, national and international) in Industry, Education, Culture, Government, Media and Philanthropy who believe in forging a brighter future for Ireland and creating a culture of curiosity. Together we believe we can ignite Dublin’s curious heart.

A FREE music, comedy & spoken word festival taking place in venues along the banks of the River Liffey. The Festival was set up in order to provide the city centre with an equivalent to the summer festivals taking place in less urban location during the summer. The Dublin Quays Festival also intends to curate ‘afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights.’

The Swords Summer Festival is a 3 day festival with lots to do for the whole family in Swords Castle and Town Park. Swords Summer Festival programme featuring ABBAesque on Friday 20th July Live at the Castle Marquee. Saturday 21st July Hothouse Flowers in concert at Swords Castle. FREE Family Fun including music/ puppet/ magic shows and a craft and food fair in Swords Town Park on Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm. While also on Sunday the Castle Marquee has Line & Jive dancing workshops followed by the JIVE SESSION where you can put what you learned in to practice. To finish off the Festival and back by popular demand we have Marvin & The Grooves on stage at 4.30pm.

Dublin Maker is a free to attend, community run event, which will be held on Saturday July 21st, 2018 in Merrion Square. Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds, coming from all over Ireland and beyond. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors.

Fun, fresh air and frolics are promised for the 2018 Mayo International Kite Festival taking place on Sunday 22nd July at Keel Beach, Achill Island. With spectacular sights of hundreds of colourful kites and free entertainment all day long, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends. Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a kite – or if you can’t remember the last time you did – because there will be plenty of kiting experts on hand to get you off the ground! Take part in kite flying competitions such as highest kite, best design, most colourful or even best kite crash, and enjoy demonstrations from the pro kite fliers! With exciting games, kite making workshops, and buckets of enthusiasm you’re sure to have a great day at the Mayo International Kite Festival. Let’s go fly a kite! Brought to you by Mayo.ie, Mayo County Council and Pure Magic. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Mayokitefest/

Grace Beverly Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican-Americansinger, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, she moved when she was 13, along with her siblings, to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York. Jones began her modelling career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She worked with photographers such as Jean-Paul Goude, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, and became known for her distinctive androgynous appearance and bold features. In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, initially becoming a star of New York City’s Studio 54-centered disco scene. In the early 1980s, she moved toward a new wave style that drew on reggae, funk, post-punk and pop music, frequently collaborating with both the graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and the musical duo Sly & Robbie. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with “Pull Up to the Bumper”, “I’ve Seen That Face Before”, “Private Life”, and “Slave to the Rhythm”. In 1982, […]

Il Divo put a fresh face on popular classical songs, utilising their exceptional voices, good looks and cultural diversity to bring their romantic blend of classical and pop music to audiences around the world. Formed by Simon Cowell after a two-year search, the quartet is comprised of American tenor David Miller, popular French singer Sébastien Izambard, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, and Spanish baritone Carlos Marin. See the classical crossover group in the summer of 2018 on their Castles & Country Tour which will visit stately homes and castles across Britain.

Sussex hip hop/bluesman Rag’n’Bone Man has been a prolific underground artist for several years, honing a ferocious live reputation through guitar-wielding solo performances. In 2014, he released an an EP, Wolves, through an independent label, and followed that up with another EP, Disfigured, in 2015. His first hit single, Human, came out in July 2016 and was followed by a debut album with that song and others from his EPs in March 2017.

Vodafone Ireland and Aiken Promotions today announce the unmissable line up of acts that are set to take centre stage at the Vodafone Comedy Festival 2018. This year’s Festival is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, with over 120 acclaimed performers from Ireland and across the globe confirmed to bring laughter and craic to Dublin’s beautiful Iveagh Gardens. The festival will take place across five fully seated venues over four fun-packed days from 26th – 29th Thursday 26 July Tommy Tiernan / Aisling Bea / Joe List / MC Joanne McNally 19:30 The Gas Station Thursday 26 July Foil, Arms & Hog / Jarlath Regan / Eleanor Tiernan / Julie Jay MC Gearoid Farrelly 21:30 The Gas Station Thursday 26 July Rory Scovel / John Early / Kate Berlant / MC David O’Doherty 19:30 The Punch Line Thursday 26 July Abandoman / Michael Che / Glenn Wool / Yvonne Orji MC Joe Rooney and Cipha Sounds 21:30 The Punch Line Thursday 26 July Jason Byrne / Enya Martin / Al Foran / MC Barry Murphy 19:30 The Funny Bone Thursday 26 July Alison Spittle / Nicole Byer / Rhea Butcher / Lolly Adefope MC Emma Doran 21:30 The […]

Formed in the late 1970s, Madness achieved immediate success with their debut album, One Step Beyond, which reached No.2 in the British album charts. Between 1980 and 1983 the band went on to score 13 UK top 10 singles including My Girl, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and House of Fun. Firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite acts and pioneers of the SKA movement, Madness have since released over 11 albums. In 2016 they launched their inaugural House of Common festival in Clapham, a one-day festival with a line-up full of SKA and reggae peformers, at which they headlined. House of Common returned for a second year in 2017.

Roxy Music were one of the biggest bands of the 1970s, and lead singer Bryan Ferry was the epitome of the cool front man. During his solo career, Bryan has recorded both original material and cover versions of classic tracks like Sympathy for the Devil and As Time Goes By. The recent Roxy Music reunion and tour proved that he has lost none of his enthusiasm for live performance, where he remains a force to be reckoned with.