Blue Fire Street Fest returns to Smithfield Square on 16th September for a FREE and family-friendly celebration of Dublin’s cultural diversity. The multidisciplinary music and arts festival, which is celebrating its 5th birthday, promises to transport festival-goers “Around the World in 80 Steps” with performances from all corners of the globe.
The mainstage will be headlined by a diverse set of musical acts, including internet sensation Jiggy. The eight-piece Irish act became an instant hit after their track ‘King of the Fairies’ clocked up over eight million views.
Rhythm Africana, a musical collective of artists led by vocalist Justine Nantale and Congolese guitarist Terence Mungwande, will bring traditional African styles, and Libyan born songwriter and pianist Farah Elle, who’s album ‘Move’ was nominated for Bantum’s Choice Music Prize, will showcase her unique pop sounds. Other acts taking to the mainstage include Kiruu & Band, ten piece world-cultures orchestra Basork, and Latin fusion band, Ronix & AllegroAndante.
The best of the city’s street performers will also showcase their talents with groups like The Vulture Collective, Bollywood Beats, Alma Boliviana, Raices de Venezuela and Zouk Ireland sharing the traditional and new dances of their countries. Festival goers will have the opportunity to learn some new moves for themselves at workshops taking place throughout the day, featuring breakdancing, bollywood, Peruvian and Ugandan dance. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to learn to DJ from BBoy Andrew Funk B’ or catch up on your relaxation, with some yoga.
Youth empowerment is central to BlueFire’s mission so it’s no surprise the festival will once again run engaging Youth Talks as well as a Teen Zone which was co-created this year by members of Stoneybatter Youth Services, Bradog Youth Services and CDETB unaccompanied minors, with activities such as graffiti, interactive walls and stop motion animation. A dedicated Kids Area will keep the youngest members of the audience busy with everything from drumming and dancing lessons to face-painting and balloon making.
Launching the BlueFire Street Fest 2017 programme founder Keren Jackson says: “BlueFire’s flagship event is an incredible space which brings together emerging intercultural art, and the diverse arts home to our city. Celebrating the festivals 5th birthday, we’ve a special programme in store including fire breathing, Chinese Lion Dancers, and 16 Burundi Drummers. ”
The fun doesn’t have to stop after the festival ends. This year the festival is introducing the ‘BlueFire After Hours’ series, which will kick off straight afterwards with live gigs, spoken word, Igers of Dublin photo exhibition, Irish Trad and more, taking place in Smithfield venues from 8 – late.
Where: Smithfield Square
When: Saturday, 16th of September, 2 – 8pm
Why? It’s completely FREE!