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  • Northside West

Bluefire back in Smithfield

Thursday, 19th September, 2019 7:59am
Bluefire back in Smithfield

Bollywood Fusion at a previous Bluefire Fest. Photo: Ciaran Maguire

Bluefire back in Smithfield

Bollywood Fusion at a previous Bluefire Fest. Photo: Ciaran Maguire

THIS year’s Bluefire Street Fest in Smithfield Square is shaping up to be the best ever with lots of free acts and events to suit all ages taking place on Saturday, September 21.

Amongst the highlights are live music on the ‘Music Declares Emergency’ stage where performers including Munky, Outsider Yp and Shakalak will be strutting their stuff.

The ‘Life’s Too Short For Small Talk’ event will discuss hot button topics including ‘Irish Media - Misrepresenting The Irish’ and ‘Hypersexualisation Of Women’ while ‘Artivism| Art on a Mission’ will be led by noted Artivists Will St Leger and Emily Robyn Archer.

A new addition for 2019 is the ‘Health and Harmony’ global therapies fair that features a children’s yoga workshop.

Visitors to the festival can feast on food from around the world at Global Village and admire jewellery and art from far-flung destinations.

The Dublin Youth Dance Company will be there too, performing a choreographed piece while budding dancers of all age groups can enjoy a fun bob-along at the Dance Plaza.

The Smithfield sky will be lit up with stunning Street Art Opera projected onto Jameson Tower accompanied by a magical operatic soundtrack.

There will also be a Workshop Tent featuring 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 the 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 peacemakers Mahatma Gandhi.

The festival has also partnered with the Embassy of Colombia for a special opening event for Culture Night on September 20 at Voodoo Lounge, 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.

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.

Most events are suitable for all ages but there are some restrictions. See the website at for details.

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