Festival 2021 is happening!

We started the year with an online event for Women’s History Month called ‘Rock Hard Women’, filmed at the Grand Social and is available to watch on our YouTube channel. Getting Hitched, an interactive play on Zoom devised by Carnation Theatre, was fantastic fun and, even better, gave the participants a great excuse to wear their wedding hats! 

We had our first outdoor events in May when we had fantastic dance workshops at Mountjoy Square celebrating World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. We also launched the film, In the Vicinity of the Sun, choreographed by John Scott from Irish Modern Dance Theatre. The film will be featured at numerous international festivals this year.

Once again, the Five Lamps Arts Festival is proud to shine a light on the arts in the north east inner city. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we are doing things a little differently this year, with our rolling festival hosting exciting events throughout the year.


We were also delighted to facilitate workshops for local children. These included Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira classes. John Cummins and Colm Keegan led poetry workshops for the pupils of St Laurence O’Toole National School in Sheriff Street.

Coming soon, we will also have a film event which will showcase several new films. One, which looks at the life of Samia, an athlete from Somalia created by film-maker Joe O’Byrne, another which brings to life the women of the Irish revolution in Nearby Dublin and finally a comedy about some of the ‘bird’ life you meet in Dublin…

Our ever-popular walking tours have started up again. We have an exhibition of work by local artist Tara Kearns, Aduantas, which was to have taken place last year, but which we were able to have this year thanks to the generosity of the Sheriff Youth Club. Tara also has another exhibition in DLight Studio from 26th July. The CHQ Buildings will also see a beautiful collection, PALIMPSEST, of works created by Katherine Sankey, Larragh Pittman and Rebeca Kehoe. We are very much looking forward to hosting The Magic Box, a puppetry performance for children in the CHQ Buildings. Finally, we were also very proud and excited to launch a children’s story book by Niamh Gleeson, I Remember, which will be available to buy from our website and at some local shops.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the board of the festival very sincerely and in particular our chairperson Sean Mulchinock. To our funders, An Foras na Gaelige, Dublin Port, Croke Park Community Fund, The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and the NEIC programme office offer a massive thanks. And to Marcela Parducci – thank you. Your work and dedication to the festival are invaluable.

Roisin Lonergan



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