About Us 2017-08-24T22:40:04+00:00

About Us

BlueFire Street Fest is the only World Cultures multidisciplinary arts festival in Europe. An Aladdin’s Cave of Cultural Delights, we celebrate & showcase the diverse arts being produced in our multicultural city. The festival encompasses 10 zones including Street Performers, World Music on the Main Stage, Workshops & Live Street Art.

BlueFire Street Fest is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, The Arts Council, Fáilte Ireland and Department of Justice.

  • 5th Edition ¦ Bigger. Better. Bolder.

  • Over 150 Artists.

  • 10+ Zones.

About BlueFire Street Fest:

This multidisciplinary arts festival is an Aladdin’s Cave of Cultural Delights, bringing you “Around the World in 80 Steps”. Founded to connect with, and provide a platform for the wide variety of arts in our now multicultural city, and to create a space where people from diverse cultures could meet, BlueFire Street Fest is now a thriving event in its 5th year. Bringing together over 150 artists, from a mixture of professional and amateur backgrounds, the festival is an eclectic mix of Dublin’s arts scene.

Central to BlueFire Street Fest is Community Engagement, where in the lead up we bring people from diverse cultures together to create an element, performance or art installation for the festival. Many of the young people we work with wouldn’t previously have had the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way, or had the opportunity to connect with people from different cultures.

BlueFire Street Fest is run by a team of volunteers between 13 – 30 and they work hard throughout the year to transform Smithfield Square into a colourful and stirring celebration of Dublin’s diversity. This year’s festival is Bigger, Better and Bolder, with the best programming we’ve ever had and even more members of Dublin’s inner-city communities involved in creating it.

#BlueFire17 Street Fest’s first edition took place in Wolfe Tone Square with about 3,000 visitors. We transitioned to Smithfield Square the following year and started offering more activities and performances. Today, the festival is the flagship event of BlueFire (the organisation), attracting over 10,000 people on an annual basis.

This continues to be an incredible journey for us all and we are grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey. We can’t wait to celebrate the 5th #BlueFire17 Street Fest with you on 16th September 2017!

Our Partners:

Over the past 5 years we’ve built strong relationships with local businesses and statutory agencies. BlueFire Street Fest simply wouldn’t exist without the support of our partners, not just in terms of financial support, but with organisations, and individuals in these organisations, who’ve actively encouraged us, and collaborated with us.

Special thanks goes to:

About BlueFire:

BlueFire is a youth-driven social enterprise empowering young people between 13 – 30 (in a peer-to-peer led environment) to create innovative solutions which foster cohesive communities. Our young people provide a platform for integration on an individual and community level through activities which create cross-cultural collaboration and interaction.

Founded in 2013, we have since worked directly with over 300 young people. These 300 young people have impacted over 15,000 people from 50+ cultural backgrounds.

Mission: Empowering young people to foster cohesive communities

Vision: A modern, positive, productive Dublin that celebrates and embraces intercultural relationships, and the role of young people as meaningful agents of change.

Visit our website to learn more.

Contact Us: 

“I went to see the bands on the mainstage but only caught one act, as each zone had so much to offer. I don’t think I’ve ever danced so much, and it’s been a long time since I had this much fun.”

Ciara Healy, Attendee at BlueFire Street Fest '16