Thursday 22 February 2018

From throat singers to funk at festival for whole family

Louise Hogan

TIBETAN monks, an Inuit throat-singer and a 70-year-old calypso queen are among the eclectic acts lined up for the 10th Festival of World Cultures which starts on Friday.

Olga Barry, general manager of the three-day event in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, said most of the events were free.

"You can bring your kids to this festival and not part with any money. Most people do, of course, because they partake in food and so on," she said, adding that the organisers wanted it to be an occasion for everyone, including those new to Ireland.

Major acts include the former Sigur Ros string section Amiina, voodoo funk sensations Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Coonou from Benin and Malian superstar Rokia Traore.

There will also be cultural exhibitions, art workshops and food and goods stalls.

Gardai have urged people to make use of public transport as more than 220,000 people are expected to visit the festival, which will deliver an expected boost of around €10m to the economy.

People have also been warned there will be a crackdown on public drinking, with alcohol being confiscated and fines of €120 handed out for on-street drinking.

"It did become an issue in parks at certain times over the course of last year's festival," said Supt Martin Fitzgerald. "We want to allow all festival-goers to enjoy the event in safety. It's a family-orientated event."

Extra DART, Dublin Bus and Nitelink services are planned and a number of road closures will be in place throughout Dun Laoghaire from 8am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Irish Independent

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