There are many festivals coming up in Dublin including the Dublin Fringe festival the Dublin Theatre Festival which has been an important part of Ireland's cultural landscape. The Festival was founded in 1957 by Irish theatre impresario, Brendan Smith, and in the intervening years has become a key European event designed to foster international tolerance and cultural understanding. The policy of the Dublin Theatre festival from the beginning has been to bring the best available theatre productions from around the world to Dublin, and to balance the program with Irish productions and talent.
This year the Dublin Theatre Festival celebrates its 54th year by presenting a world class program of renowned productions from 8 different countries, including Ireland, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. The Festival Committee brings together both highly regarded and established theatrical works, as well as emerging talent from around the world to be hosted in Dublin's many theatres.
The 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival will stage 553 performances across 25 venues with the most exciting and acclaimed theatrical performances anywhere in the world. The many different program strands incorporate everything from music to dance, from cutting edge avant garde, to the biggest established Broadway productions. As it is every year, the stage is set for thought-provoking, powerful and even bewildering theatrical works from every corner of the globe. Included in this year's program
Donka, A Letter to Chekov -- Inspired by Anton Chekov's plays and diaries, and directed by award-winning Daniele Pasca of Cirque Du Soleil fame.
Peer Gynt -- This spectacular and surreal take on the Henrik Ibsen classic by the Rough Magic Theatre Company is sure to be one of the most popular productions at the Festival.
Revolution Now -- The Gob Squad demands revolution, and the revolution will be televised. Revolution Now is a scathing satire of popular culture by the British and German collective of performance artists.
The Festival also features a variety of special events, including lectures by masters of the theatrical arts, artist development workshops, symposiums and panel discussions, film screenings and more.
The Dublin Theatre Festival runs from September 29 through October 16, and features 29 productions from 8 countries that will be presented in 25 venues around the city. If you are planning on attending and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Dublin