Jul 18, 2018

Music, comedy and family fun in store at Liberties Festival 2018

The five-day Dublin 8 festival runs until Sunday.

More than 25 family-friendly, sporting, arts and community events will take place in various venues across Dublin 8 over the coming days as part of the Liberties Festival 2018, which kicks off this evening. The Festival programme, which encompasses visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music, has something for all ages.


The Festival will be officially opened by Dublin South Central councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, deputising for Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring, at a special launch event at The Digital Hub. Attendees will be treated to an evening of music and entertainment, featuring a film reel of the 50 Francis Street Archive and a headline performance by Dublin band, Delorentos.


Now in its 48th year, the festival is organised by South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA). Commenting, Denis Murphy, Festival Lead for SICCDA said: “We are very excited about this year’s event. We have worked hard to deliver a diverse and engaging line-up that reflects the interests of the local community. From discovering The Liberties through organised walking trails, to learning the basics of printing by block, there is something to appeal to all.”

“We would encourage everyone from The Liberties and beyond to get involved. The majority of events are free of charge and we would like to thank our sponsors for their support to make this happen.”

Events will be held across The Liberties from today until Sunday, 22nd July. These include:

  • Opera in the Open – a mixed programme of operatic favourites at St Audeon’s Church, from 7pm to 8.30pm on Friday, 20th July.
  • Liberties Laughs at the Tivoli Theatre, from 7.30pm on Saturday, 21st July, headlined by Barry Murphy from Aprés Match, MCd by Steve Cummins and featuring Danny O’Brien, Julie Jay, Eric Lalor and Willie White.
  • Free Family Fun Day in Saint Patrick’s Park from 12pm – 4pm on Sunday, 22nd July with an exciting array of fun and frolics, including Helen Barry’s performance of ‘Spine’, a child-centred and participatory show; art workshops with ReCreate; performances by Premier Circus; and a vintage carousel ride.


This year’s launch event is being held at The Digital Hub. Commenting, CEO of The Digital Hub, Fiach Mac Conghail said: “The Digital Hub is proud to be a member of the local Liberties community and to participate in a celebration of our creativity and identity. We are delighted to host and support the Liberties Festival again this year.”

In addition to the launch event, The Digital Hub will host a ‘Build with Bricks 4 Kidz’ LEGO workshop and an ‘Introduction to Music Production’ workshop at its Digital Depot on Saturday, 21st July.

Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh added: “The Liberties is known for its strong community spirit and this festival is a great example of how local residents, community groups and businesses can come together to celebrate their neighbourhood and showcase it to the wider world.”

Information on tickets and pricing, along with the full festival programme can be found on www.libertiesfestival2018.com. Follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram.


Contact: David O’Donnell / Stephen Moloney, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 086-1081139 / 087-7858522

Notes for Editors:

About the Liberties Festival

From modest beginnings in 1970, The Liberties Festival has grown to become a highlight of the summer in Dublin 8, with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting cultural and arts programme encompassing visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music. The Liberties Festival is supported by Dublin City Council, Diageo, Creedon Group, Donore Avenue Credit Union and The Digital Hub.

About South Inner City Community Development Association (SICCDA)

Established in 1982 to create a better community for those living in the Liberties area of Dublin, SICCDA has a crucial role to play in south inner-city community development. Formed as a community development association, SICCDA’s purpose is to create and maintain a community where people, particularly those who historically have been most excluded, feel valued, welcomed and useful.