Programme Announced for Smithfield’s BlueFire Street Fest

The programme for the 7th BlueFire Street Fest – the one-day, all ages intercultural event taking place on September 21 in Smithfield, Dublin – has been announced.

The festival is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to promote social integration and cohesion amongst young Dubliners. Organisers say 2019 will see the event embrace a wider public discourse, exploring the impacts we have upon each other and on our planet.

BlueFire is the first Irish organisation to launch a Music Declares Emergency stage, aimed at inspiring change in regards global warming. There will be live music in Smithfield Square from Munky, Outsider Yp, Shakalak and more.

A series of panels titled ‘Life’s Too Short For Small Talk’ will discuss hot button issues. These include ‘Irish Media | Misrepresenting the Irish’ and ‘The Hypersexualisation of Women’. Meanwhile, ‘Artvism’ is a talk led by acclaimed artists Will St Leger and Emily Robyn Archer, celebrating creative works used for activism purposes.

A new addition to the festival for 2019 is ‘Health and Harmony’, a global therapies fair including a Children’s Yoga Workshop.  Attendees can also feast on food from around the globe at the event’s global village, as well as admire jewellery and art from far flung destinations.

BlueFire Street Fest will open at 11am with a Peace Ceremony. This will include a ‘Midday Global Minute of Silence’ led by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe alongside Naoimh McNamee, CEO of Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre and members of the Tibetan Buddhist Centre.

The festival has also partnered with the Embassy of Colombia for a special opening event for Culture Night on September 20 at Voodoo Lounge, 40 Arran Quay.  From 8.30pm acclaimed artist Julio Victoria and his band will take fans on a sonic ride, merging electro rhythms with indigenous instruments.

The festival coincides with the International Day of Peace, whose 2019 focus is climate action and on the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s greatest peace-makers Mahatma Gandhi.  In honour of these significant events, BlueFire will embrace the theme of ‘Peace | People + Planet’ throughout its programme.

All events are free to the public though booking is required for some including the Julio Victoria show.  Most are suitable for all ages but there are some restrictions.

See the festival’s website for more details https://www.bluefiredublin.ie.

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