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Sunday 11 December 2016

Fringe starts today as festival fever hits the capital

Scotch Soda
Scotch Soda

SOME 220 venues across the city will be awash with exciting events as Dublin's festival scene kicks off today with the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

The Fringe Festival is the first of nine to take place in the capital over the next two months.

The 14-day event is in its 21st year and along with the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Bram Stoker Festival, will account for 15,000 overnight stays in the city alone.

"We're a multi-disciplinary festival and have lots going on across comedy, dance, theatre and we'll even have opera this year," said programme manager, Ruth McGowan.

"We've got the Spiegeltent back, which is a wooden pop-up venue and will be home to the jewel of our festival - the death-defying Australian circus, Scotch & Soda.

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"The Spiegeltent is now dominating Wolfe Tone Square," she added.

Other festivals include the Dublin Fashion Festival, Culture Night, Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin Gallery Weekend, the 'Lingo Spoken Word Festival' and Open House.

Fáilte Ireland has invested €90,000 in the festival season, and Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe said these events were vital in competing with other tourist destinations.

Mr Donohoe hopes it will continue the tourism growth experienced during the summer, throughout the autumn.

"Festivals provide invaluable opportunities for Ireland to showcase all that it has to offer.

"The promotion of the Dublin festival season by Fáilte Ireland helps us to compete with other cities to ensure that the positive tourist numbers that we have been seeing so far this year continue beyond the summer season," Mr Donohoe said.

Helen McDaid, of Fáilte Ireland, said: "It's an opportunity to build awareness of Dublin's diverse exciting festival scene," she said.

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