Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014

Samuel Beckett Bridge will come alive this Saturday Pic: Ciara Corrigan

Samuel Beckett Bridge will come alive this Saturday
Pic: Ciara Corrigan

One of Dublin’s biggest cultural events of the year, the Tiger Dublin Fringe festival is kicking off this weekend, running from the 5th to the 20th of September.

There is something for everyone, with over 80 events around the city covering everything from comedy, theatre and music, to live art and circus acts.

The festival will celebrate its opening weekend at 6pm on Saturday with a free musical spectacle, turning the Samuel Beckett Bridge into Ireland’s biggest musical instrument to tell the legend of the Harp of Dagda. Musicians from across Dublin will perform Tom Lane’s composition while Lily Akerman’s lyrics will be sung by opera singers, all accompanied by drummers and dancers. Due to the scale of the event, organisers recommend that it be viewed from a distance of 100-200 metres.

Other events in the area are Scripted, a free showcase of new plays by six of this year’s Master of Fine Arts graduates in the Lír Academy this Saturday at 3pm; and Tall Ships (Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas), a quirky musical journey through Dublin’s dark side via jazz, blues, theatre noir and beat-poetry by Tujacques in the Arts Technology Research Lab at 8pm from Wednesday the 10th to Friday the 12th. Tickets for Tall Ships cost €10, with concessions for students and OAPs. Both venues can be found on Pearse Street.

For a full list of festival events, you can check out the full programme, or download the app to your iPhone. The app will allow you to bookmark the events that interest you, as well as providing GPS maps to the venues.

By Aimée Mac Leod