Merrion Square will be transformed into a bustling Festival Village, with three days of fantastic events, fun adventures and glorious food, featuring a Gaeltacht area, Céilí Mór, circus and science shows, children’s readings and discos, live music, village hall talks, street theatre, world food stalls and much more.
Experiment with the enchanting world of science with workshops, explosive shows and enthralling exhibitions in the Science Foundation Ireland Science Zone. Join leading STEM presenter Dr. Ken Farquhar, and find out about card tricks, the height of a Diabolo throw, juggling patterns and other astounding stunts and marvellous trickery in this mind- bending show. Get hands-on with cellular and molecular biology in Cell Explorers Workshop.
Fancy electrocuting a doll on a Van Der Graff generator or shooting giant smoke rings at each other with fabulous Smoke Cannons?
Join Junior Einsteins to find out more! Dig for ancient treasure at the Village Big Dig. Put your hard hat on and get your hands dirty to experience life as an archaeologist.
Over at the Lifetime Lab, explore large scale maths exhibits that encourage the wonder of discovery and investigation.
No Irish Village is complete without a Gaeltacht! Whether you’re a gaeilgeoir or keen to learn the cúpla focal, you’re sure to be entertained with a series of fun and informative shows in the Irish language. Join in the ceol agus craic with Rí an Ruaile Buaile, Bodhrán workshops, Ballet Poulet, Ronald Fanzini, Gaeilge Tamagotchiwith Manchán Magan, An Sorcas Craiceáilte (The Crazy Circus), Ceardlann Scileanna Sorcais (Circus Skills Workshop) and Cleas Craic. Bigí ann agus bain trial as!
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide read Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, will come to life as the author tells the story of the hilarious and ridiculous adventures of an alien from Planet Plonk. Join Elīna Brasliņa, creator of the superb, funny and playful book illustrations, who will be on hand over the weekend to help Festival goers create their own stories and drawings.
Marvel at the extraordinary feats of circus and street theatre from international companies such as Pif Paf (UK) with their side-splitting show SEED, or the hilarious antics from Le Bistro (Swiss), and check out Actual Reality Arcade (UK), a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by classic arcade games.
Come see the hilarious trio The Foolhardy Three perform their quirky street show, jam-packed with song, dance, slapstick, comedy, music and snappy banter. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry! Tumble Circus specialize in the absurd and the extraordinary with their high skill circus, theatre and comedy, thrilling audiences with one of the most unique experiences in contemporary Irish circus. Lauded as the country’s funniest clown Marcel So What is a silent mime artist who pulls the most hilarious faces and ridiculous postures entertaining children and adults alike!
Feast on global flavours at the World Food Market! Tuck into the very best of Dublin’s street food scene with Irish and international dishes using the very best produce. A taste sensation, something to whet all appetites!
The Festival Village is the place to be over the festival weekend – not to be missed!