Four Culture Festivals in The Liberties this Autumn


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There are great opportunities to explore the culture, architecture and history of The Liberties over the coming months with some amazing festivals animating the area through Autumn.

Culture Night: 20th September
Venues and public spaces across the the city open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Returning for its fourteenth year, Culture Night 2019 will take place on Fri Sep 20th and its the biggest programme ever for The Liberties & Historic Quarter. Highlights will include:

  • An evening of film, food and markets at The Digital Hub feat Dublin Flea and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival
  • Music, local history and art at St James’s Church including the MISA & St James’s National School Choir and historians Cathy Scuffil and Liz Gillis
  • Live naked raku firing at Liberties College
  • A tour of three stained-glass windows by renowned artist Michael Healy of An Tur Glaoine at the Church of St Catherine & St Thomas on Donore Avenue
  • Workshops and sustainable food chats at Fumbally Stables on Fumbally Lane
  • Artistic Liberties – photographic works by Remi Parnaud at Newmarket
  • Whiskey Galore …all the distilleries have events planned
  • The Vaults – a great chance to take a look inside the storytelling experience on John’s Lane West
  • Pedal Power – join the PedalD8 Cycle and environmental initiative for a tour of green spaces in The Liberties and ending at the Dublin Flea at Digital Hub – starts Tailors’ Hall at 8pm

You’ll find the full Culture Night programme at

Dublin Festival of History: 1st – 20th October
Taking place from the 1st to 20th October, this year’s Festival will see over 150 walks, tours, exhibitions and talks take place across the city.  Everything from talks on the relationship between fashion and the city; a look at the history of housing prices in Dublin; anniversaries such as 50 years since the moon landing; the premiere of a documentary on the famous Alcock and Brown 1919 flight across the Atlantic ocean and much more.  Look out for:

  • Walking tours of medieval Dublin and the chance to explore the fascinating Dublinia on High Street
  • Great history talks at Richmond Barrack in Inchicore
  • Liberties Cultural Association will be running talks and events at Warrenmount and around the area

Its set to be a packed three weeks. Find our more at

IAF Open House Weekend 11th – 13th October
Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides. All OHD tours are completely free!

Among this year’s D8 Treats are:

  • Thomas Burgh House – the former St Luke’s Church transformed into contemporary office space
  • Teeling Distillery
  • Bru Caoimhin – the former Cork Street Fever Hospital
  • Dr Steeven’s Hospital and its incredible Edward Worth Library
  • Parkitreks of the new-look Peace Garden, Christ Church Cathedral grounds and St Audoen’s  Park
  • Fumbally Exchange at Blackpitts
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School
  • The Iveagh Trust’s magical Museum Flat on Patrick Street

Full details at

Swift Festival: 21st – 24th November
Now in its third year, the Swift Festival celebrates one of the city’s most famous writer, thinker and satirist. This year explore Jonathan Swift’s Dublin! Take a tour of the city themed around the Georgian period, taste food from the period or have a go at singing Handel’s Messiah in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. We have a huge variety of events for all interests and ages.

More details at 


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