A NEW four-day festival celebrating Viking culture is coming to Dublin this Easter weekend. VikingFest 2018 takes place at Dublinia and Wood Quay from Friday, March 30 to Monday, April 2.
The festival of Viking heritage will include Living History demonstrations and Viking ships moored and on display in Wood Quay. The highlight of the festival is a live outdoor spectacle with the Follow the Vikings audiovisual and theatrical performance on Saturday, March 31 at the historic Wood Quay amphitheatre.
Denise Brophy, director of Dublinia, said: “Dublinia is delighted to be part of the Creative Europe Follow the Vikings project which seeks to create a borderless tourism destination focusing on the Viking world. “Working with our international partners we have created the Follow the Vikings roadshow which travels to 12 important Viking heritage sites across Europe, with Dublin and Waterford being two of those sites.
“With the support of our partners, Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland, we have upscaled this event to bring you VikingFest.”
Living History, Viking weaponry, coin minting and crafts will all be on display at Dublinia throughout the festival, allowing visitors to experience activities from Viking times. The Vikings are coming back to Wood Quay in style, with two Viking ships sailing up the Liffey to Wood Quay.
These will be moored and on display for all to see, with a shoreside Viking ship to be found at Wine Tavern Street. Lakeland Viking warriors will be on hand to tell visitors all about Viking life and the sea.
The organisers say that one of the highlights of the festival will be the Vikings-focused audiovisual and theatrical extravaganza on Saturday night, March 31. Audiences will be enthralled by the international Follow the Vikings show, taking place outdoors in the Wood Quay amphitheatre. The creative narrative of the show uses the life and times of Icelandic warrior poet Egill Skallagrimsson as its inspiration.
Egil, a revered and fearsome warrior saves his own life not with the sword or axe as you would imagine, but by reciting a poem to make his great enemy, Erik Bloodaxe, immortal!
The 45-minute show mixes film, animation, projection, sound, dance, drumming, battle reenactment and live action. The performance takes place at 8.30pm with a second show at 9.45 pm.
The show is free of charge but is ticketed, and tickets are now available at www.dublinia.ie. Dublinia is also offering discounted admission to its exhibitions during this exciting weekend.