Sunday 18 February 2018

Festival magic to return to Temple Bar - but bigger and better

Temple Bar Dublin
Temple Bar Dublin
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The Temple Bar Summer Festival set to bring art, music, and cinema to the cobbled streets over the coming weeks.

Managing director of the Temple Bar Company Martin Harte told The Herald: "It's a much bigger event than other years and we are excited about having something so different going on in the city centre.

"We want to bring some cultural life into the laneways."

The 13-week festival will host free events every Thursday throughout June, July and August.

An outdoor cinema screen will showcase Irish-related cinema treasures every Thursday evening in Copper Alley Laneway.

The 'Scene and Screen' gazebo, draped in vintage velvet, will also host live performances of music and drama after each screening.

The cinema experience of the roaring twenties will be completely reimagined with ushers to seat guests and toffee apples to nibble on.

Movies set to come alive in Copper Alley in Vampyr, an eerie cinematic realisation of Dublin writer Joseph Sheridan LeFanu's classic tales of Gothic mystery Through a Glass Darkly.

Gulliver's Travels will also take to the big screen, and professional storyteller Eamon Greene will be on hand to delve deeper into Dublin's famous satirist Jonathan Swift's work.

Silent screen adaptations of some of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan and Salome will also be showcased.

The festival will also host the country's only outdoor night market, which will boast an array of artisan goods for visitors to peruse.

The famous lanes of Temple Bar will also be transformed into an outdoor art gallery displaying work by some of the city's best-known street artists.

Irish artist Kemp will curate the show and display some of his own work at the Outvasion gallery space.

Kemp's stencil art has previously been showcased in New York and Amsterdam.

The artists will also paint live and festival-goers can watch how street art is created.

The gallery space will give street artists time to work on their pieces without fear of being chased away in a bid to show that not all stencil and graffiti art is vandalism.

Throughout the 13-week festival, one off street performances will take place alongside bigger events.

Musicians, storytellers, magicians, comedians and circus acts will wander Temple bar seeking to entertain visitors free of charge.

The festival is organised by The Temple Bar Company, the same people behind the famous Tradfest that happens in every area in January.


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