Dublin Fringe Festival: The brightest and boldest talent Ireland has to offer

by Padraig Conlon

Dublin Fringe Festival, which kicks off this Saturday celebrates its 25th birthday with shows in more than 30 city locations over the next two weeks.

A multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts, Dublin Fringe attracts over 30,000 spectators every year who come to see mavericks and inventors showcasing brand new ideas for the very first time.

This year’s festival is gearing up for a whopper birthday celebration with an illuminating city take-over and the biggest party in town for 16 days and nights.

Staging an impressive 36 venues, 77 productions, 545 performances and 54 world premieres, the Fringe is set to take over and transform Dublin city’s map by showcasing the brightest and boldest talent Ireland has to offer.

There will be shows in theatres and arts spaces all across town but this year particularly look out for the shows where the setting tells part of the story, like in a restaurant, a gothic chapel, on the DART, in a dressing room in Croke Park, in a hairdressers, the National Stadium, on an ice rink, in The Four Courts and in a former VIP nightclub.

Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue.

The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life.

For artists, the Fringe presents an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work.

Ruth McGowan, festival director, says this years’ Fringe will delight audiences with art adventures.

“Our 2019 festival focus is on power and pleasure, with an electric programme full of new ideas and adventurous spirit,” she said.

“I can’t wait for this bold assembly of artists to light up the city this September, delivering impactful and urgent performances on powerful stages, from the Four Courts to Dublin Castle and offering joyful escapism with big nights out and one-of-a-kind experiences that will send you home starry-eyed.

“Dublin Fringe Festival is about discovery, we champion invention, new ideas and voices that defy the mainstream.

“I would love for you to join us, you’ll be rewarded with revelation, beauty and intimate encounters that linger long after the curtain falls.”

This year’s festival programme has been broken down into nine defined chapters to help audiences find their ideal Fringe experience and is buzzing with some of the most fantastic events and artworks the city will see this year.

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 runs city-wide from September 7 – 22.

All 2019 Fringe events are now on sale at fringefest.com or 1850 FRINGE (1850 374 643).

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