Ireland – The Festival of World Cultures will be held in Dun
Laoghaire (Ireland) August 25, 26, and 27. With over 150 artists and groups from
around the world descending on Dun Laoghaire for three days at the end of
summer, the annual Festival of World Cultures has become a perennial favorite
for lovers of world music and intercultural ‘craic’.
Now in its 6th year, the three-day, all-weather Festival of World Cultures
is Ireland’s largest intercultural celebration. Entertaining audiences in excess
of 200,000, the Festival, a Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council event,
features more than 160 events in 40 venues and showcases artists from 50
countries over the three-day period.This year the Festival whips up global music, street theatre, dance, club
nights, markets, exhibitions, workshops and activities for children. From
Colombian cumbia to Moroccan Gnawa and Johannesburg jive, gospel rappers to
punk-rock folk, intercultural speed dating to Tibetan folk dance, the Festival
of World Cultures creates global beats and community events for all ages.
With participating artists from Algeria, Tibet, Sudan, Israel, Cuba,
Poland, Niger, Russia and Mexico audiences can sample a planet of diverse
cultures without leaving Ireland.
“Anyone who still believes that Ireland is mono cultural needs look no
farther than Dun Laoghaire at the end of summer to see how global the country
has become.” For those that cannot make it to Dun Laoghaire, highlights of
the Festival will be broadcast on RTÉTwo sometime in September.
The full program will be announced in July 2006. For further information
Author: World Music Central News Department
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