Road to the Rising Festival 2015

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Learning Bus at Road to the Rising FestivalThe Road to the Rising Festival took place on Easter Monday, 6th of April 2015 as part of the Decade of Commemorations and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Dublin City Council Libraries and Archive Learning Bus showcased their digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations at the festival. This Road to the Rising Festival recreated the atmosphere of Ireland before the Easter Rising with street theatre, music, and vintage attractions.

Besides the Learning Bus, other notable staples at the festival included a restored open-front tram (built in 1914) that provided a platform for readings and performances throughout the day, a vintage carousel, a life-size steam engine, and an enthusiastic cast of actors that recreated a fully costumed wedding along with other major milestones that took place a century ago.

Musical acts such as The High Kings, The Kilkennys and Beoga, along with singers Jack L, Simon Morgan, and Mairead Buicke, numerous choirs, a barbershop quartet, a jazz band, and the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society also performed music from the 1915 time period.

Live broadcasts, demonstrations on topics such as millinery, hair fashions and suits, theatre performances, lectures, and open talks and discussions were also highlights of the day.

See photo slideshow below from the festival and the Learning Bus.

Visit the Dublin Festival of History website

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