Exciting line up announced for the Five Lamps Culture Festival  29th February – 16th March 2016


Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry will read on the 9th March

A stellar line up of shows and events has been announced for this year’s Five Lamps Festival, an innovative, creative and highly unique cultural festival taking place at the heart of Dublin’s North inner-city community. The arts festival is built on a unique partnership between the third-level educational institution of Marino College of Further Education and members of the Five Lamps community, the Festival is committed to inclusivity, participation and the creation and presentation of locally relevant, artistically ambitious work.  It aims to animate public spaces and contribute to the perception of the area as a positive and creative place in which to live and work.

The Festival was established in 2007 as an initiative of Marino College of Further Education which is located beside the Five Lamps. Throughout its history the Festival has grown and developed through the College’s support — funding, accommodation and personnel — and the support of a large group of volunteers.  We are delighted to announce the support in 2016 of Paula Meehan, Ireland professor of poetry who is from the Five Lamps area.

Artistic Director, Roisin Lonergan said “This is my ninth year as Artistic Director of the Festival and I cannot say how proud I am that it has grown year on year, attracting more and more prestigious and inspiring acts and events. As a major Dublin arts festival we are delighted to be showing a number of events around the 1916 Rising and we have also tried to include a series of very unique shows and events this year which will we hope capture the hearts and imaginations of locals and visitors to the area”


The Rising by Joe O’Byrne will be running 9th-11th March 2016

This year’s line-up includes a number of tributes to 1916, Joe O’Brien’s Play The Rising will help you to relive the tumultuous days of the 1916 Rising through the eyes of two friendly adversaries, O’Brien, a Catholic, and Mc Keague, a Protestant. The 90 minute play takes place in Liberty Hall. For a completely different perspective on events you can check out Eastrogen Rising – a multi-media cabaret about women of The Easter Rising 1916: known and unknown- featuring music, poetry, theatre, comedy and video from Dublin’s finest artists.


Aindrias de Staic will present The Man from Moogaga

The Five Lamps Arts Festival is on the lookout for Ireland’s best buskers and will showcase the top 8 buskers in Ireland on Sunday the 13th of March in The Grand Social from 7pm. Within the top 8 buskers there will be a public vote for the best busker with a cash prize of €100. Children are very well catered for this year with an exciting line up of events designed to stir a child’s imagination. Viking Storyteller, Mary Mary will children aged 6-10 years and their families with tales of the Viking Gods, illustrated by live shadow puppetry. The Punch Lion Kids’ Comedy Club  will present three brilliant performers for The Five Lamps Arts Festival – Andrew Stanley (Comedy Cellar), Kevin Gildea (Father Ted) and Totally Wired (Laughter Lounge). The famous Fanzini Brothers will also present their Cannonball Circus.

For budding screenwriters, there will be a special Screenwriters Workshop for beginners to be held in the Irish Writers Centre, Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan returns for to the streets of her childhood for a special reading. Aindrias de Staic will present The Man from Moogaga, a musical/comedy/storytelling hybrid, which has proved a huge hit as the opening event for the Westport Arts Festival. The other musical acts include Brendan Devereux, The Zurmukhti Ensemble, Cliona Cassidy and Niamh Molloy and Swan Concert.

For further information on this year’s Five Lamps Festival please visit https://www.fivelampsarts.ie    For media enquiries please contact Cathy Curran on 086 8777 664 or currancathy@hotmail.com

The Five Lamps Festival would especially like to thank this year’s generous sponsors –  Marino College of FE, Dublin City Council, The Croke Park Community Fund, Irish Rail and the Inner City Trust.