The Dublin Fringe Festival is back!

 

Dublin Fringe Festival

The Dublin Fringe Festival launch party took place a couple of days ago in the new venue The Liquor Room (it’s under the Clarence Hotel) … I wasn’t there but I had a nosey at some of the photo’s that were posted on the Fringe Festival Facebook page (click here if you want to do the same) … and it looked like fun. Last year was the Fringe Festival’s 18th Birthday which I suppose makes this year it’s 19th … last year it was called the Absolut Fringe Festival, this year it’s the Dublin Fringe Festival and according to the Róise the Festival Director, this years festival is bursting at the seams …

‘from things to tickle your funny bone to unbelievable circus spectaculars, from an epic opportunity to experience Dublin one hundred years ago to one-off musical extravaganzas.’ and this year is going to be ‘bigger and more jam-packed than ever’

… well count me in then!

Last year I went to see the fabulous Briefs, which you can read about by clicking here. If you missed them last year, fret not as they are due to return this year with their show The Second Coming … and if it was anything like the show I witnessed then it’s bound to be spectacular. Actually I read that they’ve got ‘new wigs, new briefs, new feathers and new boys’ so it’s certain to blow those cobwebss away in a burlesque with balls way. They’ve got a total of eight shows in Vicar Street this year and I hope to make it to at least one.

Briefs

This year my eye is on Anu Productions, Thirteen. Not being lazy but there is no better way to set the scene of what Thirteen is all about than the words used on the Fringe Festival website; ‘Building incrementally day by day over thirteen days of the festival, ANU presents a series of thirteen interconnecting works combining performance, installation and digital technology allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the tumultuous events of 1913 as they unfold in present day Dublin.’

Well what do you think of those apples? I’m sold! even though the tickets are free. Booking is essential though and I’ve got August 21st in my calendar for when they do. The thirteen performances will be held and begin in and from the following historically apt parts of Dublin City; Jervis Street LUAS Stop, 14 Henrietta Street, 2 Scarlet Row, outside Liberty Hall, National Museum of Ireland / Collins Barracks, Liberty Hall / Beresford Place corner, outside Abbey Theatre main entrance, Markievicz Swimming Pool, Oonagh Young Gallery and The Art Park (Spencer Dock LUAS Stop). For more information you can click here.

Thirteen

This year my other eye will be on the 4 of 704 and the first installation is on Friday September 20th at 11.59pm at Sandymount Strand.

There are approximately 704 high tides in Ireland each year and at this years festival through the visual installation of 4 of 704, Rosie O’Reilly creative director of Re-dress, The Better Fashion Initiative, and fashion label, We Are Islanders, who I’ve mentioned before in my Loft Market post, will use rising tide levels to demonstrate and discuss what our landscape faces – physically, culturally and socially. We Are Islanders in collaboration with Design Goat will design and position self-contained dying units on Sandymount Strand. They have engineered these units with a buoyancy system to record 4 of the 704 annual high tides which will then transfer the mark of the tides rise and fall onto garments over 48 hours (20 – 22 Sept), creating a ‘textural time lapse’. Friday’s installation will as I mention begin at 11.59pm … the sky will be black and the moon high … I will be intrigued to see the final creations. For more information you can click here.

The Fringe Festival is happening and from September 5 -22! If I could attend everything I most likely would. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the events and performances I do attend and witness. If you live in Dublin get out and explore. If you don’t, there is no better time to take a trip and enjoy what Dublin and the Fringe Festival have to offer.

We Are Islanders 4 of 704

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Edwina O'Connor
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