Bluefire Street Fest Announces Programme Line-up

September 9, 2019

The programme for the 7th annual BLUEFIRE STREET FEST has been announced. The one-day, all ages festival will take place on Saturday 21st September in Smithfield Square, Dublin.  All events are free to the public – booking is required for some.  Most events are suitable for all ages but there are some restrictions – see website for details   

BlueFire is proud to be the first Irish organisation to launch a MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY stage with live music on Smithfield Square from Munky, Outsider Yp, Shakalak & more.  ‘LIFE’S TOO SHORT FOR SMALL TALK’ will discuss hot button topics including ‘Irish Media | Misrepresenting The Irish’ and ‘Hypersexualisation Of Women’.  ARTIVISM| ART ON A MISSION will be led by noted Artivists Will St Leger and Emily Robyn Archer.  A new addition for 2019 is HEALTH AND HARMONY, a global therapies fair including Children’s Yoga Workshop.  Feast on food from around the globe at GLOBAL VILLAGE and admire jewellery and art from far flung destinations.  DUBLIN YOUTH DANCE COMPANY will perform a choreographed piece while at the DANCE PLAZA all age groups can enjoy fun dance moves including Bollywood Beats for Kids and Capoeira. Stunning STREET ART OPERA will light up the sky in Smithfield, projected onto Jameson Tower accompanied by a magical operatic soundtrack.  WORKSHOP TENT will feature an array of classes packed with creativity and fun activities from arts & crafts to writing, head dress wrapping and screen printing.

BlueFire Street Fest will open at 11am with a Peace Ceremony including ‘Midday Global Minute of Silence’ led by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe with Naoimh McNamee, CEO of Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre and members of the Tibetan Buddhist Centre.  The festival coincides with International Day of Peace, whose 2019 focus is Climate Action and also with the 150th Anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s greatest peace-makers Mahatma Gandhi.  It is in honour of these significant events that the festival will embrace the theme of Peace | People + Planet throughout its programme. 

The festival has proudly partnered with the Embassy of Colombia for a special opening event for Culture Night on Sept 20th at Voodoo Lounge, 40 Arran Quay.  From 8.30pm acclaimed artist Julio Victoria and band will take fans on a sonic ride that goes from 80 to 126 bpm, merging electro rhythms with indigenous instruments. The event is free but tickets must be pre booked here.

Bluefire Street Fest is a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to promote social integration and cohesion amongst young Dubliners across all cultural backgrounds.  Now is its 7th year and with the support of its funders the Arts Council and Dublin City Council, BlueFire Street Fest has refocused its artistic vision, expanded its team and taken a bold step in the direction towards becoming a more socially responsible and ‘conscious festival’. 2019 will see the festival and its community of young change-makers embrace a wider public discourse, exploring the impacts we have upon each other and on our planet.

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