Fringe is about discovery. The 2018 programme is joyful, disruptive and fizzing with ideas. It’s a festival of firsts – each of the 80 events are brand new and happening in Dublin for the very first time this September.
We are making space for art in the city. With an interactive mobile sculpture roaming the city for 16 days and 10 free shows, from outside the GPO to inside your headphones; you’ll find Fringe around every corner.
We're making space for mischief. Joy is an act of resistance, so we’re giving the statues of Dublin an avant garde millenary make-over and we’ve got the keys to City Hall, with a show in the City Council chamber itself.
We're making space for club nights and parties. Club culture is culture and Dublin after dark demands your attention. We’ve got three weekends of parties and gigs that will send you home starry-eyed. We’ve staked a claim on Dame Street as we takeover Hely’s Bar, transforming it in to our very own Festival Club, a place for artists and audiences to come together and celebrate all things Fringe.
We might be having fun, but we’re not messin’.
We're making space for the big conversations. A changed Ireland is working through a national to-do list. These valiant and skilled artists are offering fresh perspectives on national conversations. We have creative symposiums on the importance of artistic dissent, plays about the housing crisis, cabaret that puts the party in politics and some radical revisionist herstory.
Delivering on Dublin Fringe Festival’s deep commitment to talent development, we’re introducing the most urgent new voices you need to hear. More than half of this year’s acts are making their Fringe debut. Each is fuelled by an unquenchable urgency and made by outlaws, witches, pioneers and heroes.
The stage is set for an indelible edition of Dublin Fringe Festival. Make sure you can say you were there.
- Ruth McGowan, Festival Director