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BlueFire is a youth-driven social enterprise creating innovative solutions to fostering integration in society. ​​

Here at BlueFire, we’re all under 30* and proud to be fostering an inclusive environment in Dublin; inhabiting our organisations core belief that young people aren’t just leaders of tomorrow, we’re also leaders of today.

*+/- cause after all, youth is a frame of mind! Our CEO and, and our managers, are under 30.

Our flagship event is #Dublinternational (formerly BlueFire Street Fest), a world cultures arts festival that draws on the breath of Dublin’s diversity. 2017’s festival was an incredible success, as we celebrated our 5th edition with the launch of our After Hours series, and we’re looking forward to welcoming 10,000+ people to 2018’s festival on September 15th when we’ll be expanding the festival to span Smithfield Square and Dublin’s infamous fruit markets in North-West Inner City Dublin.

Our quarterly Igniting Change series explores the issues that matter most to the communities we work for. Igniting Change is an informative, insightful & compelling interactive discussion for anyone interested in the local community, be it through the topics of youth outreach, migrant integration, social innovation, arts and culture, or the festival industry.

​We’re also delighted to be launching our Fellowship Programme this March, a 9 month social leadership action based learning programme building young adults leadership capacity and empowering them to become meaningful changemakers. Want to become the first cohort of fellows? Applications are now open!

But that’s not all! One of our favourite things about our generation, is we love to do A LOT! Central to our work is Community Collaboration, and every year we run a number of projects that empower teenagers in our community and provide an opportunity for young people from different cultures to meet and connect.

Among these projects is:

Teenzone Summercamp, 6 months of weekly workshops, and one week-long summercamp bringing together teenagers from different cultures to develop Dublinternationals Teenzone.

Digital Photography, a 4-month Digital Photography workshop for asylum seekers and at-risk young people, culminating in an exhibition on a topic of their choosing.

We also run projects and are involved in collaborations which reach all generations! Are we not a youth organisation? Not exactly! We’re a community of youth changemakers between 15 – 30 who are committed to achieving our vision – ‘A Vibrant City Embracing Intercultural Community’. This can only be achieved when all generations are active members of the community. We believe in youth leadership, and as leaders, we believe in including all people, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic background, disability, sexual orientation, gender and/or religion. Check out our blogs section to see some of the projects & collaborations we’ve fostered. 

​Want to get involved? We are currently looking for some fresh faces to add to our team as part of our annual volunteer drive

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LATEST BLOGS

Together we can make all the difference

Sound Training College

Students from STC (Sound Training College) organised all of our back of house needs, including site and production, health and safety, volunteer and artist coordination, giving them first hand experience in the festival scene.

Third Space Social Area

We are delighted to have such a strong community partnership with our friends at Third Space, who provided great support and enthusiastic ideas. This year the festival's 'Third Space Social Area' was developed by a collaboration of community groups who use Third Space Café as their communities meeting space.

BlueFire Street Fest ’17 Launch

On Saturday 12th August we launched BlueFire Street Fest on Smithfield Sq., announcing our full line-up. The event was part of our collaboration with Instagrammers of Dublin & Jameson Distillery, and involved the igers of Dublin community coming together for a photowalk to discover the people & places behind Dublin 7.

Creating Together in Inner City Dublin

For the 3 months leading to Dublinternational we collaborate with local people to create the festivals Art Installation & Decor. Attendees ranged in age, race, nationality & socioeconomic background, and were a mix of professional and amateur artists, local people & new migrants looking for a shared creative space.

CFCP at BlueFire Street Fest

We first met Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP), a multidisciplinary and intercultural arts organisation, back in 2013 before the very first BlueFire Street Fest. Five years on, as we mark our 5th edition, the opportunity to collaborate has unfolded, with CFCP bringing the ‘New Voices Series’ to BlueFire Street Fest 2017!

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