There is an array of festivals to explore across the island, Ireland will take some beating in the autumn-winter period as the perfect destination for a short break. From October through to New Year’s Day and beyond, the island will welcome thousands of festival-goers to enjoy some of the best music, laughter, drama, art, dance and spectacle on the planet.
Get going in the capital with Dublin’s Festival Season (1 September – 31 October). It includes Dublin Theatre Festival (29 September – 16 October), which is exceptional & it presents 28 top-notch shows over 18 days. This year it features new takes on old classics such as Don Giovanni and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as original compositions including the mesmerising Ancient Rain inspired by Ireland’s great poetry.
At Halloween, Dublin revels playfully in the mysterious, the unusual and the thrilling in its Bram Stoker Festival inspired by Dublin-born writer, Abraham Stoker, best known for the iconic Dracula novel. By day, the festival presents gothic intrigue at family-friendly events; by night, it embraces the darkness delivering deadly adventures for those in search of macabre and late-night partying.
The acclaimed Belfast International Arts Festival is a great excuse for a short break in Titanic town. This year’s festival has three main themes: 1916, Bending the Bard and World in Motion, expressed in a dizzying array of arts and performance. Or for guaranteed belly laughs, head for the Belfast Comedy Festival with over 50 events featuring hundreds of performers and even laughter yoga.
Many more festivals and events are taking place right around the island this autumn and winter, but the year’s final festival fling is the not-to-be-missed New Year Festival in Dublin. Ring in the New Year at the Countdown Concert, follow the captivating music and arts trails across the city – and be prepared for a few surprises.
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