10 Days in Dublin comes from the minds of Rob Kearns and Dan Bergin. The festival is Ireland’s first and only completely open arts festival and they have a lot going on. Rob gave us a quick outline of how 10 Days in Dublin roles “We programme artists from every background, we programme every performer that we can based on submissions, and we adopt no curatorial statement or theme. What we end up with is a broad, diverse expression of what the city can do artistically. As such, we are creating a platform for all kinds of acts, and opening a conversation between artists and the public which is not driven by the curatorial aims of the festival directors”. An admirable idea which is clearly working out for them with the festival tripling in size since last year.
The festival started last year with 30 acts across 10 venues in the city, and has now expanded to having over 96 acts/shows/exhibitions in 26 different venues. The programme now includes music, film, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts, magic, poetry and storytelling. Keep an eye out in our 10 Days of Dublin section for daily previews of what’s happening over the 10 days.
Some of the highlights include Jarlath Regan, Conor O’Toole, Diet of Worms, the Trinity College Orchestra, Cloud Castle Lake, Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands, Spilly Walker, the world premiere of the Irish feature film ‘The Gingerbread Men’, the award-winning plays ‘Sluts’ and ‘Spurt’, an Irish production of the Edinburgh Fringe First winning play ‘Heroin(e) for Breakfast’, a special night of Milk and Cookies stories, the performance art piece ‘Old House’, and rising star Shane Gillen’s new magic show ‘Mind Heist’.
Programmes are available to view and download here. Tickets are available in the ticket office located at No 9 Wellington Quay, just between the Clarence Hotel and The Workman’s Club. The ticket office is open from 10am till 6pm every day until the end of the festival. You can also book online through the programme available at 10 Days in Dublin online.