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Dublin City Marathon

30th October 2016
City Centre

2016 marks the 37th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.  This year year the marathon changes to a Sunday and approximately 15,000 participants are expected to partake in the event.


Bram Stoker Festival

28th – 31st October
City Centre venues

Dublin City will celebrate the life of Bram Stoker and his most famous novel “Dracula”.  The Festival comprises a collaborative programme of literary, cultural, contemporary and family events.


The Busker Fleadh

Bringing the best of independent music and performance to Smithfield

Experience the best of independent music and performance in an electrifying atmosphere at the Busker Fleadh, taking place in Smithfield Square on Sunday 9th October! Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this FREE family event will showcase some of the most exciting international and home grown street performance talent in Ireland.

The streets of Dublin are full of talented Buskers who play a huge part in the culture of Ireland. This event will bring the best of these performers together in Smithfield Square for a diverse and multi-cultural programme of music and street performance.

Enjoy the street spectacle of the Dublin Circus Project, watch a special screening of Sing Street in the Light House Cinema or vote for your favourite performer in the Dublin Busker Competition, a showcase of Ireland’s hottest new acts. The winner of the competition will receive recording time in Windmill Lane Recording Studios with a sound engineer and a digital download of their recordings (worth €1,000), as well as an opportunity to perform live on 98FM Breakfast Show!

Whether you’re a fan of rock, folk or hip hop, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy at the Busker Fleadh!

The Busker Fleadh is being held in association with the Smithfield Stoneybatter Food Festival, a gastronomy fare taking place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October 2016.

The Busker Fleadh is brought to you by Dublin City Council and is supported by 98FM.

For more information visit www.buskerfleadh.ie , like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/buskerfleadh or follow us on Twitter @BuskerFleadh.

Open Call for Cultural Projects - Dublin New Year Festival 2016

Open Call

  • New Year Festival Dublin would like to invite artist and creative practitioners from any art form or discipline to submit a proposal for the 2016 NYF Dublin programme.
  • The call is open to any type of art form or discipline including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera, Film, Circus, Performance, Fashion, Photography, Visual Arts, Digital Arts, Literature and Storytelling, Architecture, Street Art and Spectacle. 
  • New Year Festival Dublin is an initiative by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Festival Concept

  • The programming concept is “The best of this year and the next”. The Festival wants to showcase the highlights of 2016 and predict/discover the new voices, ideas and events of the future. The artistic contributions can take any form of expression as long as they approach the concept “The best of this year and the next” and respond to the interests of showcasing Irish talent.
  • The Festival’s tagline is More than midnight. The tagline aims to differentiate Dublin from other capital cities who celebrate just on New Year’s Eve.


  • The proposals selected will be presented as part of the programme of this year’s festival, which takes place from December 30th 2016 to January 1st 2017


  • Work can be presented in non-traditional as well as traditional arts spaces, & venues, work of all scales, brand new work and work that is adapted for the festival.
  • The work/performance can be available/take place for 1 day of the festival or across the 3 days of the festival


  • The festival offers 2 different awards:
  • Short Breath Award, which consists of a budget of €1,500 and
  • Deep Breath Award, which consists of a budget of €5,000.  

This budget MUST cover all aspects of your production and presentation of the work, from inception, planning, implementation, personnel, venue hire / site permissions, management and execution.

  1. Application/Selection Process
  • CV (2 pages maximum)
  • A proposal outlining your idea (maximum 1000 words)
  • Include links to images, videos of previous work, sketches, sound clips etc to support your proposal.
  • Please identify which award you would like to apply for.
  • A selection panel formed by relevant stakeholders, including Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council, will guide the selection of applications.
  1. Selection Criteria:
  • The selection criteria will be
    • Strong and meaningful connection with the concept.
    • Quality and originality of the artistic idea.
    • Accessible to audiences – virtually, intellectually and physically. 
    • Feasibility of the idea .
    • Capacity of the applicant to develop, manage and deliver the work on time and within the allocated budget.
  1. Terms and conditions
  • The successful artists will be issued with a written agreement
  • Non resident artists EU and non-EU countries must be aware of any tax implications and ensure that any costs arising from this are included in the budget.
  1. Dates
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday 5th September at 5pm.
  • Submission should be made by email to: opencall@nyfdublin.com
  • Confirmation of successful applications will be made by the end of September

Click here for more information: http://nyfdublin.com/