Dublin Fringe Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Comedy, Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Dublin Fringe Festival
Sackville House
Sackville Place
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 1 8171677
Email: info@fringefest.com

Festival Description

Each year Dublin Fringe Festival launches an amazing programme of events that is Ireland’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival. The festival stages up to 525 events in over 40 venues, and around 150,000 people have at least one Fringe experience during the Festival. For over two weeks the festival transforms Dublin into a ‘dream factory’, an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Unlike many Fringes internationally, Dublin Fringe is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience.

Festival Dates September 7 - 22, 2013
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Festival Events:

Highlights 2013:
  • This year’s festival celebrates activists, whistle blowers, outsiders, women, children and industry with an incendiary programme of the best new Irish and international arts. Central to this programme is Anu Productions’ (multiple award winners for World’s End Lane and Laundry) hotly anticipated co-production with DFF THIRTEEN; a citywide exploration and interrogation of the 1913 Lockout; building each day from one to thirteen events around themes and locations associated with the dispute through site-responsive performances and installations.
  • The festival is also very excited to announce an exciting new co-production and inaugural event in its FRINGE ON TOUR series with the fantastic HotForTheatre (award winners for I ♥ Alice ♥ I and Eternal Rising of the Sun). Entitled BREAK and written by Amy Conroy, the show features as a major highlight of the 2013 festival – running for all 16 days at Project Arts Centre. BREAK brings the audience behind the closed doors of the school staff room, exploring the complicated lives of teachers and their role within the education system.
  • As part of The Gathering DFF is delighted to programme a number of works by Irish diaspora artists and international artists returning to the Fringe, including the premiere of London resident Maeve Higgins’ (IRE) first play MOVING CITY performed by the author and based on her experience of transitioning from Dublin to London, the return of James Walmsley (UK) of Dead Cat Bounce with a new show DON’T SWIM WITH KILLER WHALES and Kildare native Aisling Bea (So You Think You’re Funny? winner 2012) with her debut show C’EST LA BEA which will be coming to Dublin from its premiere at Edinburgh, Nic Gareiss (US) and Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (IRE) of This Is How We Fly will be presenting a new work MICE WILL PLAY, exploring mice as a site of deviance through traditional music, dance and documentary footage. Nic Green (Scotland) returns to DFF with FATHERLAND, unearthing national identities and the notion of fatherhood. Her return follows DFF’s hugely successful presentation of her award winning production Trilogy at Dublin Fringe Festival 2010.
  • The festival is also thrilled to present the return of Taylor Mac with THE CENTURY SHOW: ABRIDGED fresh from New York where it has received rave reviews. Taylor Mac previously stunned audiences at DFF at 2010. More Gathering events will be announced in the full programme.
  • Also amongst this year’s highlights is the Blue Teapot production SANCTUARY which will be performed in Axis Ballymun. This is a fresh look at the sexual lives of people with intellectual disabilities and was a sell out at Galway Theatre Festival in 2012 and is a highlight of Galway Arts Festival 2013.


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  • Dublin Fringe Festival 2012
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT2sCWY62jg&feature;=share&list;=UUmrrnN5gd7VPZzTUGDSTHWg
  • Timelapse of ABSOLUT Fringe at Meeting House Square
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDg1olGQp1w&list;=UUmrrnN5gd7VPZzTUGDSTHWg&index;=2
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Practical Info:

  • The Button Factory
    Curved Street
    Temple Bar, Dublin 2


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