Igniting Change2018-02-03T00:38:40+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 go on sale.

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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.

Check out 2017’s topics & speakers!

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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!



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 BlueFire Street Fest 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 The 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.



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.



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 participation 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.



Together we make all the difference



As long as injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life. Get in touch today and start making the difference.