By Johnny Ward of Onestep4ward.com
Dublin, the capital of the Emerald Isle is a city boasting a cosmopolitan vibe and round the clock entertainment. It has a plethora of electrifying events jam packed into every month of the year.
In fact there’s so much going on in Dublin that their motto is “If you’re not having fun, then what are you having?”
Here are some of the bigger events taking place in the city in 2013/14!
1. Saint Patrick’s Day Festival – 14th to 18th March
In 2013 as part of the “Gathering Ireland 2013”, the festival invited over 8,000 people from around the world to march in the city’s parade. The route took place along a 2.5km stretch, starting from Parnell Square and finishing at St. Patricks Cathedral. It covered O’Connell Street, Westmoreland Street, Trinity College and Dame Street.
Traditionally, Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge event and next year is sure to be an even bigger spectacle!
2. International Gay Theatre Festival – 6th to 19th May
This annual event that is held in Dublin every year will have over 25 productions taking part. It provides a stage for exciting works and creations by gay authors, as well as a party atmosphere for all involved.
This year will see the tenth year in existence and will also mark the 2,000th performance of a festival production since it was first created back in 2004.
There will be events taking place in a load of different venues spread across the city center. Venues include: The Workmans’ Club, Speak Easy Cafe Bar (George’s Street), The Front Lounge (Parliament Street), and The Teachers’ Club (Parnell Square West).
Check out the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival website for more information.
3. Dublin Dance Festival – 14th to 26th May
Dublin Dance Festival is another annual event that takes place every May. It brings together a mix of dance artists and choreographers from all around the world to showcase their excellent dance skills.
Since its inception back in 2002, the festival has provided an excellent array of international dance skills coupled with a vibrant atmosphere that shouldn’t be missed.
The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Project Arts Centre-Cube and the Smock Alley Theatre make up the venues where the majority of productions will be shown.
A mixture of dynamic, creative and contemporary dance animations will be on display from production names such as Fearghus O Conchuir, Re-Staged Productions, Lucy Guerin Inc, Philip Connaughton and Tero Saarinen Company.
Check out the Dublin Dance Festival website for more information.
4. Bloom – Irelands Garden Festival – 30th May to 3rd June
Last year, this festival reported over 80,000 visitors to its 70-acre site in the phoenix park. It has something for everyone with live music and entertainment, craft demo’s, activities for the children, gardening advice (for the enthusiasts) along with mouthwatering Irish foods to sample and enjoy.
Check out the Bloom 2013 website for more information.
5. The Gathering Dublin – January to December
This massive event is a powerful grassroots movement. Anyone who has a drop of Irish blood in them, or even just a love for the country, is invited to join in the numerous events being held throughout the year.
It aims to try and reconnect people from around the world with the Irish global community. It’s the year to celebrate being Irish, so if you are thinking of visiting the country then you’ll have plenty of events to keep you occupied for a long time.
Check out The Gathering Dublin website for more information.