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May 6, 2014
Summer Festival Season begins!

Well, it’s official. It is May and, dare we say it, the sun is actually shining! Summer is finally here and the festival season has well and truly begun. Here in DHR we are working on some fantastic events and festivals that are taking place this summer throughout the country. Here’s a taster of what’s on our radar over the coming weeks:

1. Trócaire Live, 10th May, The Grand Social, Dublin

This annual event showcases Irish and international music, as well as placing a spotlight on Trócaire’s campaigning work throughout the world. It’ll be kicking off at 5pm this coming Saturday, when you can soak up some of the atmosphere in the beer garden ’til the sun goes down and then make your way indoors to check out some of Ireland’s most creative and energetic acts. Yong Buddha and Justine Nantale will keep early birds entertained outdoors, while Daithí, Colours Afrobeat Foundation, The Eskiesand The Animatorswill all perform inside the venue as the night wears on.

Talking Drums will also be drumming up atmosphere outside the venue from 5pm.

Admission is free before 7pm. Tickets are €10 after that time, available at the door or from entertainment.ie with proceeds going to Trócaire. Visit Trócaire’s website for more details: www.trocaire.org/trocairelive

2. Africa Day, 17th – 25th May 2014, Nationwide

Africa Day is an annual celebration of African unity with events taking place right around the globe! In Ireland, events are coordinated and supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to increase public awareness of Ireland’s overseas development programme, which is strongly focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

Regional events will take place around the country in the run up to Africa Day from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th May, with activities in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

The main flagship event will be a free family festival in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday, 25th May, which will feature:

  • A stunning line-up of music performances across three stages, featuring: the internationally renowned Irish folk / world music group Kíla; Irish and Nigerian fusion band, Tig Linn; Ireland’s foremost Afrobeat band, Colours Afrobeat Foundation; 10-piece ska, pop, punk fusion band, The Amazing Few; the international group fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire (now known as Mali), The Manden Express; and the Irish four-piece Square Pegs, paying homage to blues, R&B and big band sounds.
  • A range of popular singers and rappers including DJs DaKrys, Tando & Wax will be performing, as well as student jazz based ensembles from accredited music education establishment, Newpark School, and Irish-Swahili singer, Kiru.
  • An ‘African Bazaar’ with stalls from over 20 different African countries offering food, drumming, dance, hair-braiding, henna hand-painting, traditional fashion designs, and lots more.
  • children’s area, with theatre performances, face-painting, mask-making, storytelling and sports.
  • Mouthwatering food from all corners of Africa will be on offer on the day including: traditional West African jollof rice; jerk chicken and lamb skewers; South African style mutton curry; and traditional Kenyan chicken and rice. In addition to these African delicacies, there will also be Lebanese falafel wraps and lamb koftas; sweet and savoury crepes; German sausages; Irish Hereford beef burgers; vegetarian burgers; gourmet salads; pastries; ice cream; coffee…the list is deliciously endless!

For more information, visit www.africaday.ie

3. Dublin Garden Festival, 13th – 15th June 2014, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin,

Just last week saw the launch of the first ever flower and garden festival at Christ Church Cathedral, the Dublin Garden Festival.

From Friday 13th until Sunday 15th June 2014, Christ Church Cathedral will be transformed into a stunning floral arcadia with contemporary and classic arrangements designed by some of Ireland’s most talented and award-winning floral artists. The unique event, right in the heart of the city, will also feature talks from a host of gardening experts including Diarmuid Gavin, Gerry Daly and Helen Dillon.

There will also be a range of fun activities for all the family including: horticultural displays; a petting zoo; birds of prey; craft demonstrations; urban gardens; live entertainment and an outdoor artisan food tent full of gourmet food including afternoon tea.

For more information and to buy tickets visit: www.dublingardenfestival.ie

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