Unique, Unusual & Offbeat Dublin Events
As famous for its Guinness as it is for its long literary history, Dublin is one of those cities where even if you’ve never been there, you can conjure up a vision of what it’s like. “The Dubs” is much more than beer and books though. The following events offered in 2014 are a testament to just how quirky this city on the sea can be.
Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival
Now we’re talking. More than just about downing chocolate by the slab, Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival is a celebration of the cocoa bean in all its forms. Held over 3 days in July, there’s a chocolate-themed film festival (Willie Wonka always wins), a chocolate carnival, a chocolate-themed literary event, workshops, and even something called “chocolate sensory exploration.” I think the Cavity Festival can’t be far behind.
The Battle of Clontarf Festival
Not typically known for Vikings (at least not yet) some Dubliners are hoping to change that. Dublin City Council has approved a Viking battle re-enactment, complete with a working Viking village on April 19 and April 20 this year. Displays include Viking archery, weapons, leather working, silversmithing, coin striking and even a replica of a Viking Long Boat. No word on how they’ll approach that little “pillaging” issue they were famous for.
Dublin Circus Festival
Starting out as the Dublin Juggling Convention in 2000, this festival changed its name in 2008 to the Dublin Circus Festival because, well, juggling’s a bit limiting isn’t it? And those circus people? They’re freaks! They want to do it ALL — juggling, clowns, trapeze, sword swallowing, performance art, acrobatics. Ain’t nobody got time for just plain old juggling. Don’t worry if you miss it this year (it is March 28th to 30th, but you could try grabbing a last-minute flight), it’s sure to be back again next year. You can’t keep a good clown (or a sad clown for that matter) down.
Between Spaces and Places: Landscapes of Liminality
If history is not your bag, perhaps something a little more…ummm…weird? Between Spaces and Places: Landscapes of Liminality is a conference (of sorts) that aims to “explore man’s composite and mutating relationship to spaces and places.” Whatever that means. So I dug a little deeper. With reference to the gospel according to Wikipedia, liminality in anthropology is defined as “the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete.” Still nothing. So I took a look at some of the topics listed:
- The Politics of Space
- Phenomenological, Marxist, post-colonial and/or feminist theorisations of the spatial
- Class/race/sexuality as defined/mediated through space/place
- Human Geography
And finally one I recognized — Haunted Spaces. Whatever it is, you can find your place in this decidedly odd space on June 5th and 6th, 2014.