Dublin Fringe Festival Returns for 25th Year
Dublin Fringe Festival is turning 25 years old. But, while it may be its birthday, the event is giving the city a present instead – the biggest and best party in town from September 7 – 22.
An arts festival, the event will run for 16 days and nights, taking place at an impressive 36 venues, boasting 77 productions, 545 performances, with 54 world premieres. Its programme is broken down into nine defined chapters to help audiences find their ideal Fringe experience.
Mavericks & Inventors spotlights experimental and genre-bending works that defy categorisation. These include Eoghan Carrick, Maeve Stone and Jonah King’s Bodies of Water, Hannah Mamalis’ Symphony of Worms, Emily Aoibheann’s Sorry Gold and Jaha Koo’s Cuckoo.
Club Culture Is Culture is a category which champions art that is made after dark, featuring wild performance parties, inclusive club nights, and top-shelf cabaret and gigs. One highlight of this strand is Lux Alma, an electro folk music odyssey to be performed at Lost Lane. It’s the brainchild of award-winning sound designer and composer Alma Kelliher, star and composer of THISISPOPBABY’s international hit Riot.
The Time Capsule strand highlights urgent and immediate conversations that demand to be talked about. The Examination is a documentary performance exploring mental health and human rights in the prison system in Ireland and the UK. The North Is Next supports the drive for queer and reproductive rights in Northern Ireland. Stephen Colfer’s Powerpoint is a true crime story about gaming addiction, short-term accommodation and death at sea, while Clare Monnelly’s Minefield digs deep into the darkness of the online world.
Other strands include Bodies in Time, showcasing feats of dance, circus and physical performance, The Punch Lines, featuring stand-up, alternative and interactive comedy experiences from the likes of Dreamgun, Joanne McNally, Lords of Strut and Tony Cantwell, and Young Radicals, aimed at younger audiences.
Meanwhile, Plays Plays Plays is a collection of new writing from the playwrights you need to know and The Escapades gives new perspectives on Dublin by hosting events in unusual venues. The latter results in one-of-a-kind experiences that let the setting tell part of the story.
All 2019 Fringe events are now on sale at fringefest.com or 1850 FRINGE (1850 374 643) from August 28.