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Free Late Night Gigs and Events Announced for Culture Date With Dublin 8 Festival

Thousands of people will visit the Dublin 8 area next week for the 6th annual event

Peter Varga holds up a portrait from his exhibtion "Humans of the Liberties" which will take place at The Bank on James' Street as part of the Culture Date with Dublin 8 Festival 2024

From next Wednesday, May 8th to Sunday, May 12th, thousands of people are expected to visit the vibrant Dublin 8 area for the 6th annual Culture Date with Dublin 8 Festival. Throughout the 5 day event, the area's galleries, historic landmarks, heritage sites, museums, churches, and renowned breweries will come to life with a diverse array of over 100 specially curated events, including talks, concerts and tours.

As part of this year’s festival the organisers have just released details of an exciting lineup of free music events and late-night festivities which have been added to the line-up. The “Late in Dublin 8” events are curated by The Goo magazine and include a programme of live music and dancing in some of Dublin 8’s best venues.

Arthurs Blues & Jazz Bar has a full programme of live music events from festival kick off on Wednesday May 8th to close on Sunday May 12th, including an evening of live music featuring Irish Women in Jazz. The Thomas House, will host two nights of free gigs featuring bands from Dublin 8’s landmark BIMM Music College, while the newly opened Love Tempo bar, co-owned by two of Dublin’s best known club promoters Mother & Hidden Agenda, have a full programme of DJ curated events with free admission.

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a special candlelit concert will present Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Elsewhere, at Tailors’ Hall, spoken word poet Philip Kenny is set to premiere his latest poetry video, followed by captivating music and poetry performances. Additionally, storytelling duo Aron and Sorcha Hegarty of Candlelit Tales will be performing at Fumbally Stables, while La Catedral Studios will host a unique open studios and meet the artist event. Local contemporary art galleries Pallas Projects and Kevin Kavanagh will each have exhibition openings in the area.

Speaking at the announcement, festival curator Grace McEvoy, invited the public to join the celebrations.

“We are pleased to introduce our inaugural Late in Dublin 8 series of complimentary music gatherings and nocturnal celebrations. Culture Date with Dublin 8 highlights Dublin 8 as a leading cultural destination in Ireland inviting both visitors and residents to explore or rediscover the area's remarkable museums and historical landmarks. As well as the area's rich heritage we also hope to shine a spotlight on the creative and cultural scene, celebrating the area's nightlife, local establishments and the talented musicians and artists who contribute to making the area a vibrant place to live, work and visit”.

Elsewhere, on the festival programme, the Digital Hub will host a special edition of the popular We Love Markets craft & artisan market on Sunday May 12th with live outdoor performances from Dublin based Hip Hop/Spoken Word collective Shakalak. Also on May 12th St Georges Brass Band will host a special outdoor concert in St Audoen's Park at 2pm. A significant exhibition called "Humans of the Liberties" will be held at The Bank on James' Street. In collaboration with the popular "Humans of Dublin" project, the photo exhibition will showcase local residents, sharing their stories of resilience, personal achievements, and community connections.

Throughout the festival, all of Dublin 8's main heritage and cultural sites will offer specially curated tours and events free of charge, including Farmleigh EstateChrist Church Cathedral, and Marsh's Library. The Iveagh Trust, Patrick Street, will be providing a special tour of Nallie’s Flat, offering a unique insight into what life was like in Dublin during the 1900’s. Visitors can explore the rich history of Dublin 8 through a series of engaging walking tours exploring mediaeval Dublin and The Liberties with Dublin Decoded, the "1916 Executions Walking Tour'' by Richmond Barracks and ‘Tours of Goldenbridge Cemetery’ by Dublin Cemeteries Trust, which will uncover the area's historical and political tapestry. 

The Culture Date with Dublin 8 Festival will take place from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th May. Many of the events are free but booking is required. See

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