Posted 17 Jun 2011

Festivals, long a staple during the summer months in Europe and all over the world, have fallen into hard times the last few years. They too have suffered from the world-wide recession. Case in point: Dún Laoghaire’s Festival of World Cultures, which this year will be replaced by a smaller series of public events throughout the months of August and September.

These events include the following: a 10km road race followed by a French Festival celebrating the Solitare du Figaro Ocean Race from the 11th to the 14th of August; a Chalk Festival on Saturday and Sunday on the 20th and 21st of August; the Dublin Bay Taste and Music Festival taking place from the 26th to the 28th of August (possibly the centerpiece of the events); and the Mountains to Air Book Festival occurring from the 6th to 12th of September.

Dún Laoghaire (or “Dunleary”), approximately about twelve kilometres south of the centre of Dublin, is a major port of entry to Ireland from Great Britain and an ideal location for a festival of this type. The Festival of World Cultures organisers hope to bring it back in 2012. The Dublin Bay Taste and Music Festival will continue the World Cultures festival’s tradition, since 2001, of celebrating international music of all kinds—folk, traditional, eclectic, tribal, digital, and experimental.

Don’t be too disappointed with this change. The Taste and Music Festival is sure to satisfy travellers’ need to experience great music and food together in one place. Musicians from all other the world, and the best chefs and restaurants both in and near Dublin will give music lovers and foodies alike a lot to celebrate. If you are planning on visiting the city and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn’s range of hotels in Dublin.

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