The launch of the 2018 Liberties Festival.

Opera, a Lego workshop, an outdoor cinema, comedy, printing and a family fun day all feature in this year’s Liberties Festival, the programme for which was launched last week at an event on Thomas Street.

The unique culture, character and heritage of Dublin’s oldest quarter will be celebrated in this year’s festival, which opens on Wednesday, July 18.

The five-day programme of events has something for all ages and also includes old favourites such as the Blue Rinse Ball, the Street Traders vs Gardai Football Match, and the 10th annual Liberties Fun Run.

Established in 1970, the festival is organised by South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA) and is now in its 48th year.

Denis Murphy, festival lead for the SICCDA board, said: “This is a community festival, with the community at its heart, and we invite everyone from the Dublin 8 area and beyond to check out this year’s events.”

More than 20 events will be held in venues across the Liberties between Wednesday, July 18 and Sunday, July 22, with the festival launch in the Digital Hub at 6.30pm that Wednesday, headlined by Delorentos.

Josie Sheehan, a long-term Liberties resident, said: “I have witnessed lots of change in the Liberties over the years, but its community spirit remains strong.

“I am very proud to be from the Liberties, and to be involved in the Liberties Festival, which continues to showcase what a fantastic and welcoming place Dublin 8 is.”

Donore Credit Union – the first Credit Union in Ireland – is sponsor of the Liberties Festival as part of its celebration of its 60th anniversary.

A spokesperson said: “The Liberties is an area of history, character, grit and spirit, and Donore Credit Union mirrors that. In 60 years, Donore Credit Union has witnessed the ups and downs of our community, but through it all, the community has looked to their credit union and always found support there.

“Donore Credit Union is proud to support the Liberties Festival, and is delighted to be able to put something back into our community on our 60th anniversary.”

For more information on tickets, events and pricing, as well as the full festival programme, see the website at www.libertiesfestival2018.com