The Liberties Festival from 22nd to 28th July

The Liberties Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest festivals. From modest beginnings in 1970 it has grown to become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting multi-cultural and arts programme.

Two local community development projects – SICCDA & Robert Emmet CDP – deliver the Festival and strive to make most of the events free. However, they have made a suggested donation for some events. This is for those who can afford to pay and wish to support the ambitious and fun programme. The programme of events celebrate music, culture, environment, old classics, young people, health and wellbeing and family fun events. To view the full programme of events please see thelibertiesfestival.com

Some events taking place at The Digital Hub campus include:

OUT OF THE BOX: AN EXHIBITION INSPIRED BY THE SICCDA ARCHIVE

NCADs Master’s Degree in Arts and Social Action students project, “Out of the Box,” delves into the rich history and culture of the Liberties in Dublin 8 through the lens of the SICCDA archive. Divided into three groups, each team responded uniquely to elements that resonated with them from the archive. We’re thrilled to re-stage our exhibition for the Liberties Festival in July. Join us for a collage workshop and lively discussions aimed at engaging both past and present citizens in conversations about issues that continue to shape our society. Come explore the intersection of history, memory, and community through our innovative and thought-provoking works, with evening talk/workshop at 7pm. This event takes place at iD8 Studio at The Digital Hub on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. See the schedule for Wednesday for further information. https://thelibertiesfestival.com/wednesday

RELAX & DRAW

Let your creativity flow in a peaceful and welcoming environment. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, this event is perfect for anyone looking to unwind. You will learn three techniques to soothe the mind – Zentangles, Neurological and Bilateral drawing. This event takes place at Flux Studios, at The Digital Hub on Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. See the schedule for Wednesday for further information. https://thelibertiesfestival.com/wednesday 

SKATE & FORAGE

Sam Arnold is passionate about bringing the world of foraging into the lives of young people who are not necessarily exposed to the concept- or to vast expanses of nature. In Skate + Forage he aims to merge one familiar activity with an estranged one, and in so doing, realising the connection between. Just as the skateboarder reimagines harsh concrete architecture into playful flow, the urban forager sees the bounty in neglected ‘waste land’. Sam has designed a mapped trail in various parts of Dublin City at a skating distance, to forage various wild plants, berries and seeds. Meeting point for this trail is the Pear Tree at The Digital Hub on Sunday at 11:00am. Book here

WE LOVE MARKETS

Now in its third year on the amazing grounds of The Digital Hub Campus on Thomas Street, We Love Markets takes place on the last Sunday of each month and is regarded as one of the top things to do around Dublin. It is a proud market community filled with the finest local traders, collectors and food producers. Stop by for a browse, haggle for a bargain and soak up the unique atmosphere of the historical Liberties. The market can be found at St. Patrick’s Tower at The Digital Hub on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.  See the schedule for Sunday for further information. https://thelibertiesfestival.com/sunday 

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