Babes find their sea legs for maritime festival
TALL ships, swing bands, street theatre and plenty of entertainment will be on show this weekend as Dublin stages its seventh annual Docklands Maritime Festival.
With 150,000 visitors at last year's festival, this year's event is taking place on both sides of the Liffey with street entertainment, stalls and food outlets lining the north and south quays.
Among the attractions are visiting tall ships, Artemis, Bessie Ellen, Notre Dame de Rumengol, Georg Stage, Hebbele Sand and the Irish Navy flagship L E Eithne.
New to this year's festival is street theatre group Bui Bolg from Co Wexford while Conor Lambert's Custard Pie Puppet Theatre will perform four free puppet shows a day in the chq building near Spencer Dock.
Music acts include The Bugle Babes, Gypsy Jazz Quartet, The Swinging Blue Cats and The Roaring Forties. New this year are Soul Purpose, a six-piece band, and Roots and Rye, a Dublin-based five-piece country and roots band. Dance from Argentina will be featured in performances from Tango Ireland.
The festival, which will run until bank holiday Monday, will also include a mock water rescue by a Coast Guard helicopter tomorrow, while the annual docklands swim is being staged today.