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Dublinternational 2018-02-06T14:29:39+00:00

Dublinternational is the only World Cultures multidisciplinary arts festival in Europe.

Brought to you by the young people of North Inner City Dublin, we celebrate & showcase the diverse arts being produced in our cosmopolitan city.

This multidisciplinary arts festival is a thriving event in it’s sixth year, bringing you “Around the World in 80 Steps”. Dublinternational (formerly BlueFire Street Fest) was founded to connect with, and provide a platform for the wide variety of arts in our now multicultural city, and to create a space where people from diverse cultures could meet and connect. Bringing together over 150 artists, from a mixture of professional and amateur backgrounds, the festival is an eclectic mix of Dublin’s arts scene.

Central to Dublinternational is Community Engagement, where in the lead up we bring people from diverse cultures together to create an element, performance or art installation for the festival. Many of the young people we work with wouldn’t previously have had the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way, or had the opportunity to connect with people from different cultures.

Dublinternational is run by a team of volunteers between 15 – 30 and they work hard throughout the year to transform Smithfield Square into a colourful and stirring celebration of Dublin’s diversity. 2017’s festival was Bigger, Better and Bolder, with the best programming we’ve ever had and even more members of Dublin’s inner-city communities involved in creating it.

Dublinternational’s first edition took place in Wolfe Tone Square with about 3,000 visitors. We transitioned to Smithfield Square the following year and started offering more activities and performances. Today, the festival is the flagship event of BlueFire, attracting over 10,000 people on an annual basis, and encompasing over 10 zones including Street Performers, World Music on the Main Stage, Workshops & Live Street Art. This year, we’re excited to be growing the festival even further, with the launch of our new food zone in the Fruit Markets.

This continues to be an incredible journey for us all and we are so grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey. We can’t wait to celebrate #Dublinternational18 with you on 15th September 2018!

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Our Partners

Over the past 5 years we’ve built strong relationships with local businesses and statutory agencies. BlueFire Street Fest simply wouldn’t exist without the support of our partners, not just in terms of financial support, but with organisations, and individuals in these organisations, who’ve actively encouraged us, and collaborated with us.

Special thanks goes to:

Check out 2017’s festival zones!

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Mainstage

We invite you to experience the diversity of Dublin’s music scene all in one place. From African to Latin Fusion, help celebrate our 5th birthday and rhumba with us to the mainstage!

Workshops

Take a leap of faith and try something new! From learning Forró dance moves, studying how to be a class slam poet, developing your kick ass drumming beats, or discovering the latest DJ techniques – there is something for everyone. We guarantee a few of us are bound to find a new calling! Maybe you will be our next street performer for Dublinternational 2018.

Street Performers

You won’t have to get on a plane and visit different countries to experience new cultures. Pop over to our Street Performance Zone to catch a glimpse of art forms from around the world right in Dublin’s Smithfield square. With Spoken Word, plenty of dance, live music, a freak show, stand-up comedy, circus tricks and more, we expect this to be our busiest zone for the second year in a row! #BlueFire17

Kids area

Between drum & dance workshops, arts & crafts courtesy of ReCreate, and pop-up activities, this zone is bound to provide an interactive and animated experience for the younger among us, and of course… the young at heart.

YouthTalks

The YouthTalks zone at #BlueFire17 Street Fest, in partnership with GirlCrew, is a chance to explore the powerful role young people (16 – 30) play in our city. What causes are young leaders engaging in? What challenges are young leaders facing in today’s society? What have we achieved and how? How can we create a more positive environment and more opportunities for young people to thrive as leaders?

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New Voices of Ireland by Centre for Creative Practices

The New Voices Series features migrant, experimental and emerging artists engaging with socially relevant topics. Seven outstanding, multidisciplinary artists from different origins present collaborative and participatory pieces reflecting the topic:“Migration – From Burden to Opportunities”.

Presented by the Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) and kindly supported by the Arts Council.

Happenings!

Unexpectedly find yourself immersed in cultures from around the world as performances pop up around you. From Chinese lion dancers to Burundi drummers, stilt walkers and fire dancers; a simple walk around the square is sure to provide an adventure! True to our word… you will be around the world in just 80 steps.

Teen Zone

Made by Teens for Teens! Inner city Dublin youth from over 10 cultures have come together to create this unique zone just for teens. This area, complete with interactive walls, badge making, graffiti and more, is promised to be just as energetic as the personalities that created it.

Third Space Zone

Grab a coffee or smoothie from one of our festival stalls and chill out with friends of Third Space in a café styled zone. Join the community groups who regularly meet in this socially-minded coffee shop and engage in conversation with friends both new and old… perhaps even in Irish!

Food & Craft Markets

An integral part of any culture is the food! Experience cuisine from all corners of the world in our Food & Craft Market Zone. Whether you decide to indulge in one of our made-to-order food stalls or check out the many products available at our craft markets – there is something to whet every appetite.

​Art Installations & Decor

Our weekly workshops – running up until the festival – have been going great! We’ve had participants from WALK, who work to empower people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society. They have chipped in with our volunteers to make bunting, backdrops and a world map mural for the festival. We are also happy to confirm the participation of Kathrina Rupit and Kevin Bohan to create our live graffiti wall on the day. And lastly, come and see Artists L9 Collective’s grand installation made solely for BlueFire Street Fest.

BlueFire After Hours

It doesn’t end at eight…STAY OUT LATE! To mark our 5th edition, we’ve decided to extend the show by bringing you the BlueFire After Hours. From 8pm – 2am, continue exploring what makes our Dublin community great at these special events curated in partnership with each venue.

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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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