We all know that there is a lot going on in Dublin City during June each year. Many festivals are being organised with the hope for a bit of sunshine (or better: not as much rain) and loads of visitors. In fairness, almost every one of these festivals – no matter if sunshine or rain – is a blast. The Irish know how to celebrate.
Nevertheless, I’m going to concentrate on only 2 of the many Dublin Festivals today – as these festivals are a good example for the side of Dublin that foreign visitors don’t seem to get to experience so much (or at least they don’t expect it…?): the contemporary, young and hip Dublin City.
1. Dublin Street Performance World Championship
(June 16th – 19th)
No, Dublin is not all about Irish Dancing & traditional Irish Music – the annual Street Performance World Championship (SPWC) will bring 16 of the most talented street artists in the world to Dublin this June to compete for the title of Street Performance World Champion. This free family festival runs in Dublin’s Merrion Square on June 16th-19th.
With the European debut of Australia’s Goliath: the World’s Smallest Strongman, the return of 2 time Street Performance World Champion and 11 time world record holder The Space Cowboy, and a visit from Indian snake charmer Jardu this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. The reigning World Champion and only Irish act ever to have claimed the title, magician, ventriloquist and all round messer, Dublin-born Jack Wise returns as the special guest to this year’s festival.
Street Performance World Championship Where’s Wally World Record will see thousands of festival goers dressed as Where’s Wally in an attempt to become to largest gathering of Wallys ever! The Where’s Wally World Record will run in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th. A super high resolution photograph will be taken from a crane capturing all the Wallys and creating the first ever real-life Where’s Wally picture which will be posted online for our World Record holders to find themselves in! To guarantee your place in the world record attempt, pre-order your full Wally costume at www.whereswallyworldrecord.com. Profits from the Where’s Wally costume sales will be donated to the charity Africa Aware.
2. Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival
(June 17th – June 26th)
Big and bright, the Dublin Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Festival is one of the largest festivals in Ireland and as well as being a whole lot of fun, plays an important role in celebrating diversity and creating mutual respect. Whether you’re LGBTQ, have friends or family who are, want to learn more about diversity or just want to take part in an amazing festival, Dublin Pride 2011 is a festival that features events that will interest everyone. From Friday 17th to Sunday 26th June the festival features a non stop line up including a sports day and dog show, a day of song and poetry, dancing at The Pride ‘Geilí’ and the chance to perform on stage at the legendary Post Parade Party and the party itself which will feature a top international performer. The colourful and creative Dublin Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, 25th June and is second only to Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade as the largest Parade in Ireland.
Dublin Pride is kicking off this years festival in style with a choreographed Launch Dance on June 17th, in a secret city centre location. Hundreds of bright young things will be pulling on their dancing shoes and will be re-creating a specially commissioned dance for this years festival.
Get ready for the pride parade 2011, it takes place Saturday the 25th Of June at 2pm, Assemble at The Garden Of Remembrance. We need you all there so come along and lets try and make it even bigger than last year.
More information on: http://www.dublinpride.ie/
This is modern Dublin – a ice little slideshow on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sTQsvkR_EQ