8,000 are expected to attend festival in Smithfield Square
ONE of Dublin's most colourful festivals celebrating the capital's diverse mix of cultures is making a welcome return.
The organises of the BlueFire Street Fest, which takes place on September 20, promises fans that they will be able to travel the world in 80 steps with a vast array of musical delights on offer.
Festival CEO Keren Jackson said: "We've teamed up with local cultural organisations and businesses to bring a fantastic intercultural festival in the historic heart of Dublin.
"It will be a great day out for everybody from culture vultures, families, music lovers and festival goers in Smithfield Square."
Now in its second year, 8,000 people are expected to descend on one of the artistic hubs of the city to enjoy an assorted line-up of artists, musicians and street performers from around the world.
The main stage acts include some of the capital's most acclaimed world-music bands including Temple Bar's Irish/Polish outfit Mutefish and the Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, a 14-strong group of African music enthusiasts.
Also making an appearance will be Tig Linn, the Nigerian and Dublin band who performed in Dublin in 2011 for Barack Obama.
"We're bringing something different to the Dublin festival scene. As well as great music, street performers and artistic workshops, we've some unusual events in the programme," said Ms Jackson.
The packed programme also includes a craft and food market and workshops by the Dublin Community Circus.