Igniting Change 2018-02-06T14:30:35+00:00

Igniting Change, one conversation at a time.

Because we believe powerful things happen when we, the people, bring together our ideas, experiences and knowledge.

#IgnitingChange is a free monthly discussion series that brings together people from all walks of life for an evening aimed at getting to know the hot topics that impact our society.

Each event has three core pillars:

#1 Inspiration: In 5 min, TEDstyle talks, learn about all the incredible work happening in our city.

#2 Exploration: Gain a deeper understanding of the relevant topic through an audience participatory panel discussion.

#3 Engage: Audience & Speakers come together to explore these important topics, through a World-Cafe style workshop.

This year, Igniting Change will take place every 3 months, with our first event for 2018 taking place on Thursday April 12th, from 6.30 – 9pm, in Third Space Café, Smithfield, when we’ll be exploring ‘Community Outreach: Engaging with Established Organisations’.

Take the first step towards social change, join us for a night of discovery learning and artistic expression!

Please note – tickets are free but limited, so please keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter pages, to stay up to date of when tickets are released.

Community Members
Inspiring Speakers
Topics Explored

Our Story

Igniting Change was born from a desire for ongoing learning. A desire to connect to people and organisations working in the same sector as BlueFire. A desire to learn from the communities we serve. And a desire to connect people together.

Launched on March 30th, 2017, we explored Arts for Social Change. Since then, we’ve discussed everything from Ireland’s Cultural Inequality, Innovative & Empowering Volunteering Practices, Youth Leadership and the Social Impact and Scalability of Festivals.

Our speakers have included some of Ireland’s leading social innovators, across the fields of entrepreneurship, arts, policy and social change; including Katherine Atkinson, CREATE; Jijo Sebastian, Scientist & Community Filmmaker; Eoghan Ryan, Social Innovation Fund; Aine Mulloy, GirlCrew; Mary Weir, Dublin City Council and Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Asylum Archives.

The learnings & insights garnered at these events – not just from our inspiring speakers, but also from our engaging audience who shared their experience, perspectives and vision for the future – have been harvested to develop a meaningful, community-led 5-year strategy for BlueFire.


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!