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July City Events in Dublin

The big attraction this month is the Longitude festival, Ireland’s equivalent to Latitude in England. But that is not all try some top Irish treats at Flavours of Fingal or perhaps Glitch Digital Arts Festival is more your scene. Check our favourite events this month in Dublin:

1. Longitude at Marlay Park – 19th – 21st July

More than just a music festival. The Longitude headliners sure hits the spot with us. The big high note this year will be the amazing live set by electronic music giants Kraftwerk on Sunday, not to be missed if you are there. There are too many fab bands playing for us to list here so a couple more big names to see include newbie singer Jake Bugg, stunning folksters The Maccabees and indie kings Yeah Yeah Yeahs. So grab your sunglasses and wellies and have some festival fun.

2. Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship, city wide – 12th – 14th July

As long as we are outdoors how about some street performers? The Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship is hitting the streets of Dublin this July for a weekend totally free fun under the sun. The festival is all about extraordinary feats of human skill and bravery in the name of entertainment, from fire-eating and flame-throwing to juggling and acrobatics. The Playa Ground is a massive hub of frivolous fun and arty-partying with hoola-hooping, pillow fighting, play-doughing and more. Get your adrenalin on in the The Wheeeeeeee Zone with high rise fun, but don’t look down. To chill out after all the excitement and recoup energy levels before heading back, visit the Laya Bout Area.

3. 10 Days In Dublin Festival 2013, city wide – 4th – 13th July

Good things come in threes and here is another festival just to prove it’s true. This is a mellower type of event that celebrates all things arty from music and comedy to film and theatre plus much more. 10 Days in Dublin is a new breed of event dubbed an open festival which means that pretty much anyone can sign up to be a part of it and it is very much a “fringe” type idea. There will be events across the city during the festival so you are bound to stumble upon something great and cutting edge without even trying too hard!

4. Keith Barry – The Dark Side at Olympia Theatre – 10th July

Forget Derren Brown, Keith Barry is the name to watch in the mentalist stakes. If you like having your wits addled and that “how did he do that?” feeling then this is a must see. Barry is a native born Irish man so this home coming show promises to be wild. You may have seen him in TV in his new series “Deception with Keith Barry” or “The Asylum”. He has also appeared in loads of spots on USA shows like his famous burning card trick on The Escape Live (video here). If you know his work then you will be amazed at this new show The Dark Side. Prepare to be wowed!

5. Swords at Whelan’s – 5th July

Time for a straight up gig. Swords are an electro pop band hailing from Dublin and this will be their forth gig at Whelan’s this year. Plus they have popped up all over the city in numerous places including Camden Crawl, Vantastival and Electric Picnic performing great tunes like “Chasm”. Although still quite new on the scene they are turning into a top gigging band and putting in the hard yards to make it big. If you like Beach House or Portishead then you will love Swords.

6. The Robert Emmet Experience at Arthur’s Pub – All Month

The Robert Emmet Experience is the dose of culture you have been looking for. Dublin is a city bursting at the seams with history and here is a little bit you can enjoy in comfortable surroundings. Arthur’s pub is just down the road from the Guinness Storehouse and is a great place to sup a pint of the black stuff or have a slap up dinner. But if you go on a particular nights you can get a full on theatrical experience to accompany your meal. Robert Emmet was one of Ireland’s great young romantic revolutionary legends and a series of plays will relive his life, his romance and ultimately his end.

7. Glitch Digital Arts Festival at Rua Red Arts Centre – Until 13th July

More up-to-date culture is the Glitch Digital Arts Festival. Showcasing both online and in the gallery a series of exhibitions that examines how the digital arts are coming to the fore and how they affect and are affected by current political and economic situations. With the development of more complex digital technologies is digital art becoming more easily expressed? And how is digital art affecting the Internet as the platform for the medium? Some of these questions plus more will hopefully be answered at the Rua Red Arts Centre.

8. Flavours of Fingal 2013 at Newbridge House and Farm – 20th – 21st July

Part agricultural show part foodie heaven is the Flavours of Fingal show. As well as cooking demos, gardening experts and local producers there are live music stages, magicians and even bird displays. There is a whole section devoted to Biodiversity where you can learn about what the local fishermen are doing to preserve stocks and also get your hands dirty with the Marine Touchpool. Newbridge House and Farm are a little way out of Dublin, but still easy to get to, so it is worth planning a whole day out there.

9. PhotoIreland Festival 2013, city wide – All Month

If you are a budding photographer and know what SLR means then why not take a look at the PhotoIreland Festival? Even if you don’t know you F-stop from your focus you can appreciate some amazing photographic art from some of Ireland’s best behind the camera artists. As well as the main exhibition at Moxie Studios there will be other events during the festival like the Book & Magazine Fair, POPCAP 13 the prize for Contemporary African Photography and the Slideluck Potshow a fun event that mixes food, music, and a showcase of photographic projects.

10. Dublin Marathon Race Series – Fingal 10km – 21st July

Let’s finish off with a spot of sport. The Dublin Marathon series continues throughout the year and this July it is the Fingal 10km run. This event takes place a little out of the city at a cute little town called Swords, so it is worth making a day of it if you have the time. The course is a relatively flat one so you can expect some quick runners. The start is on the main Dublin Road through the town so if you are driving it is probably worth getting there early to miss the road closures. A good place to head for will be the Ward River Valley Park as the race runs along the edge or try the Final straight along the R132 as there is a great shopping centre just off there so you can browse while waiting for the runners to catch up.

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