Festivals this April 2018 on the Island of Ireland
This April 2018 means chocolate shaped eggs and bunnies for many, and although this cacao treat comes high on my agenda, always, there are lots of culturally enlightening, interesting and fun things to do on this beautiful island of Ireland during the month of April, apart from gorging out on your own body weight of the stuff – everything in moderation folks.
Spring has undeniably sprung what with our longer days, brighter mornings and sunnier skies – and here are the Festivals you should know about to help celebrate it:
image source: Limerick Fringe Festival
Festival: Limerick Fringe Festival
Where: Various Venues, Limerick
When: April 4th – April 7th
Now into its second year, Limerick Fringe Festival is an award-winning festival that celebrates creativity and the arts through mediums such as cabaret, comedy, music and dance.
“Limerick Fringe is a new vibrant, multi-genre performance based event hosted in Limerick Ireland. It is a not for profit organisation that looks to support artists and producers to promote new, vibrant and daring arts to a wider audience utilizing non-traditional spaces.”
Limerick Fringe’s vision “is to be an internationally acclaimed fringe event and professional resource, that stimulates, educates and develops audiences and artistic communities.” (limerickfringe.com)
image source: Irish Vegan Festival
Festival: Irish Vegan Festival
Where: Europa Hotel Belfast
When: April 8th
This year marks the Irish Vegan Festival’s fourth year in Belfast and this year it takes place over three floors of the gorgeous Europa Hotel. The programme of events is packed with talks and there will be lots of vegan food to taste and buy throughout the day.
Organised by Farplace Animal Rescue – festival goers will also benefit from the warm and fuzzy feeling of helping animals in need because the profits from the ticket sales and the Farplace Animal Rescue stalls at the event will help pay for food and vet bills for rescued animals. Excellent.
Festival: It Takes A Village
Where: Trabolgan, East Cork
When: April 13th – April 15th
“Ever fancied being at a festival, hidden away from the world, in a secluded setting on the edge of the Atlantic… with a roof over your head? This coming April, there’s something happening in Cork that will change the way people think about festivals in Ireland. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of April, It Takes A Village drops itself on to the landscape in the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan, East Cork.” (ittakesavillage.fm)
What to expect? Well, apart from the fact there are 140 self-catering houses and apartments, and thirty fully-serviced camper-van sites (sounds like the perfect music festival to me already!) there will be three main venues, pop-up stages spread out over the 120 acre site, a swimming pool with wave machine, a hot tub, food trucks selling local produce, activities ranging from talks and walks to go-karting and archery, and of course a stellar line-up!
image source: Music Town
Festival: Music Town
Where: Various Venues, Dublin
When: April 13th – April 22nd
“MusicTown will be back with a bang this April, with a ten-day musical celebration taking place from April 13th – 22nd , brought to you by Dublin City Council and Aiken Promotions. Setting out to explore and celebrate the diverse constellation of music cultures that exist in Dublin City, MusicTown aims to unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin’s musical heritage, whilst welcoming newcomers and visiting artists. The overall programme this year focuses on the themes of collaboration and community.” (musictown.ie)
image source: Shore Shots Poster designed by Donegal Artist Barry Britton
Festival: Shore Shots – Irish Surf Film Festival
Where: The Model & Various Locations, Sligo
When: April 20th – April 22nd
This year’s Shore Shots Film Festival will be the festival’s sixth. Although titled as a film festival, Shore Shots is a celebration of all things surf and that includes photography, music, crafts, workshops and talks. The festival runs from Friday April 20th until Sunday April 22nd in Contemporary Arts Centre, The Model in Sligo, and various local locations.
“Shore Shots started as a grassroots initiative in Dublin and has grown into an inspirational event which attracts surfers, ocean explorers, creatives and outdoor enthusiasts from all over Europe. 2018 is the sixth year of the event and we have sold out all previous five events. After three years in Dublin we moved the event to Sligo on the North West coast in 2016 and we found our natural home.” (shoreshots.ie)
image source: West Waterford Festival of Food
Festival: West Waterford Festival of Food
Where: Various Venues in Dungarvan and West Waterford
When: April 20th – April 22nd
West Waterford Festival of Food has taken place in Dungarvan and West Waterford each year since 2008. From Gratton Square to Dungarvan Castle – the festival which takes over Dungarvan includes everything from grow your own classes, to fine dining. There are free and paid for events, and lots of family friendly things to do (having a young family I know how important this is).
It’s a celebration of the region and “has become synonymous with fabulous food, fantastic family events and most importantly lots of fun.” (westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com)
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