Dublin City Council are delighted to present the Dublin City Council Luke Kelly Festival this August 13th at Smithfield Square, Dublin 1 from 12 pm to 6 pm.
This FREE festival promises to be a huge celebration of Dublin music legend Luke Kelly through an engaging and entertaining mix of live music performances, interesting discussion sessions and family-friendly arts & crafts.
As a nod to his inner-city roots, the Dublin City Council Luke Kelly Festival will take place at Dublin’s famous Smithfield Square and boasts a thoughtfully curated programme suitable for fans of all ages, along with anyone who wishes to learn more about the inspiring Dublin native. Put together by artist MacDara Yeates and author Leagues O’Toole, in liaison with Paula McCann representing the Luke Kelly family, each aspect of the day has been included to give attendees a real insight into the life and loves of Luke Kelly, along with a taste of inner-city Dublin. The unique mix of cultures, coupled with an inimitable wit and passion that the area and its inhabitants are famous for.
Throughout the day, there’ll be live music on the main stage, with Damien Dempsey singing songs from Luke’s repertoire and former Dubliners member Sean Cannon with some old favourites from The Dubliner’s back catalogue. Expect some surprise appearances on the day by a selection of well-known, extra special guest singers and musicians spanning several generations, performing a selection of Luke Kelly favourites.
Over in the discussion tent, attend engaging conversations that reflect different passions within Luke’s life from those who knew him best. Along with a host of familiar faces, UK folk music legend Martin Carthy will be on hand to discuss the UK folk scene in the early 60s, where Luke trained with Ewan MacColl and plied his trade before returning to Ireland to join The Dubliners. Hear all about Luke’s life and legacy from his biographer Des Geraghty before sitting back to enjoy a superb selection of live interviews and plenty of reminiscing, all of which will offer guests a unique insight into the man himself.
Families with children of all ages are sure to enjoy the selection of creative and interactive arts & crafts activities and the opportunity to share Luke’s passion for all things football at an FAI-hosted football activity happening throughout the day.
Address: Smithfield Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland
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