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City streets are set for something very Spectacular

It's almost time for Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular in Dublin and Cork, which takes place for the tenth time next month.

On previous occasions the free city festival has seen 14,000 people break the Where's Wally world record, 1,500 people bouncing on space hoppers, a custard pie throwing championship, rainbow disco, and jaw-dropping street performers from near and far.

Highlights this time will include a 34-time Guinness World Record holding sword swallower, a metal-bar-bending strong woman, a fast-footed football freestyler and workshops in science, theatre, music and art. Festival director Shell Holden said they planned to blow out the 10th birthday candles in style, with a string of top international street performers.


Some fan favourites return this year to wow audiences, including weight-lifting American strongwoman Mama Lou and extreme performance artist Space Cowboy. Also lined up is Argentinian football freestyler Victor Rubilar and British contortionist Bendy Em, who can fit her whole body into a 16-inch see-through box.

Laya remains the festival's title sponsor. This year the company is zoning in on children's health and well-being. Super Troopers will present a series of games from Ireland's first health homework programme.

The troopers will demonstrate simple and fun games for playing at home.

Entries are now open for the 'Get in the Game' playground competition for primary schools and families. Entrants create their own school or home playground game where kids can take part for little or no cost. City Spectacular takes place in Dublin's Merrion Square from July 10-12 and in Cork's Fitzgerald Park the following weekend.

Michael Cullen is editor of marketing.ie; cullen@marketing.ie