Midsummer in Temple Bar

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Temple Bar, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Temple Bar Cultural Trust
12 East Essex Street
Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 6772255
Email: info@templebar.ie

Festival Description

Temple Bar Cultural Trust invites you to celebrate Midsummer in Temple Bar on June 20th and 21st as we salute the sun with fire, feasting and film. Experience Temple Bar like you have never experienced it before as Meeting House Square is transformed into an urban meadow with a carpet of grass for the duration of the festivities.

As the sun sets on Saturday the 20th of June, Meeting House Square will burn brightly with performances from Brightspark Fire performers who will mark the start of the Summer Solstice festivities with a breathtaking visual display of fire dancing and juggling. If things get too hot for you, “view the world from a different perspective” immediately after the fire performance and grab a seat on the grass for the outdoor screening of Dead Poets Society (1989). Join English teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams as he introduces his students to an array of poetry and literature including William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Grab your picnic blanket on Sunday morning and come back in and join us from 11am for the Midsummer Fair which will feature Temple Bar’s three outdoor markets – the Food Market, the Book Market and Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane. The fair will feature handmade jewellery, art, books, flowers and additional food delicacies sourced nationwide. Make sure that your father feasts like a Midsummer’s King this Fathers Day ( June 21st) and treat him to lunch at the fair where he can sample spit roast hog, homemade ice-cream from Burke’s Farm, Raclette Irish-Style or freshly baked Irish potatoes from ‘Dinner Jackets’.

Children and adults can pick their space on the grass and enjoy all the fun of the fair and be entertained by the ‘One Man Show’ including magic shows, a Punch & Judy show, games, gags, dance-a-longs, face painting and much more. Make sure and keep your eyes peeled for ‘Mr Whizzy and his friend the Juggling Jester’ as they get up to all kinds of mischief or enjoy a very special Maypole Dancing performance from the Drumreilly Active Retired Community Group. Music at the Fair includes traditional musicians from ‘The Irish House Party’ and samba band ‘The Mad Hatters’ dressed in 3-feet tall, flower adorned tea party hats and splashing summer colours and South American sounds through Temple Bar.

Festival Dates June 20 - 21, 2009
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Program 2009:
  • The longest day of the year will be celebrated with fire, feasting, film and a fair to mark Midsummer in Temple Bar taking place 20th and 21st June. Bring your picnic blankets into Temple Bar as we recreate a green meadow for one day only to celebrate the magic of Midsummer!
  • Saturday 20th
    • 4:00pm Talk: ‘Midsummer Eve - A Folkloric Perspective’
      Venue: The New Theatre
    • 6:00pm Music: ‘Music for Midsummer’
      Venue: The Contemporary Music Centre
    • 9:00pm Brightspark Fire Entertainment (Venue: Meeting House Square
    • 10:00pm Outdoor Film Screening - Dead Poets Society (1989)
      Venue: Meeting House Square
  • Sunday 21st
    • 11.00am – 5.00pm Midsummer Fair in Meeting House Square
      A grass covered Meeting House Square with 20 stalls including food, fruits, flowers & hand-made crafts
  • Features on the day
    • 11:00am ‘The Mad Hatters’ Samba Drumming Group – Temple Bar Walkabout & MHS
    • 12:00pm Trad Music from musicians from ‘The Irish House Party’
    • 1:00pm Mr Whizzy Walkabout & the Juggling Jester
    • 2:00pm Free Face-painting
    • 2:30pm Really Grand Events presents the ‘One Man Show’: Punch & Judy / Magic Show / Balloon Modeling
    • 4:30pm Maypole Dancing by Drumreilly Active Retired Community Group
    • 6:00pm Dublin City Summer Solstice Walk


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