Three day New Year’s Festival will see the city come alive with the best in comedy, music, art and entertainmentThe city of Dublin will once again be the setting for three days of celebrations with the return of the annual New Year’s Festival. Dubbed the greatest party the city has ever seen, visitors will be able to bring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert with special guest, Fat Boy Slim. Those craving culture can follow Music, Comedy and Art trails across Dublin or attend the popular Spoken Word Festival.
Foodies can sample delicious artisan food at the NYF Food Village where the very best of local Irish produce will be available. For family and friends looking to be enthralled, Luminosity will light up the night skies, using cutting edge 3D light projections to tell a unique story against the backdrop of the city’s iconic buildings.
NYF Spoken Word Festival
After sold out shows and exceptional performances in 2014, the NYF Spoken Word Festival is returning. Ireland’s spoken word scene is as vibrant and energetic as ever; this year’s line-up sees an exciting and eclectic mix of fresh voices at ‘Laughing Lunches’, ‘New Year’s Brunches’ and ‘Pop Up Poetry’ events across the city. The best of Irish wit, poetry slam, hip hop, literature and lively discussions will come courtesy of the hugely popular Lingo Poetry Slam, Soundings and Leviathan events.
How: Various venues 30th Dec – 1st Jan
Procession of Light
In 2014, 10,000 spectators witnessed the stunning Procession of Light through Dublin city. An amazing spectacle for all ages, the city becomes enchanted as Dublin’s most well-loved streets erupt in a stunning street procession with dazzling light installations, music, performers, a carnival atmosphere and oodles of New Year Magic.
How: 31st December, 4pm nyfdublin.com/procession-of-light/
Three Countdown Concert
The highlight of the three-day festival, the Three Countdown Concert will see Irish rock band, The Coronas, return to their home city to headline at the 3Arena. The Coronas will be joined by a host of special guests including international superstar DJ, Fatboy Slim, plus Kila, Ryan Sheridan & Little Hours.
How: 31st December - Early bird discount tickets priced €34.50 incl. booking fee go on sale this Thursday, November 19th at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie.
For those who can crawl out of bed, Resolution Day brings a host of fun activities to help kick start the year, focusing on fun, fitness, health and mental wellbeing. It’s the perfect chance to try something new, with a Gaelic games experience, an inflatable games zone, a 5k fun run and health and nutrition workshops. There will also be children’s storytelling and art workshops, TED-style talks interspersed with music, comedy and poetry, in collaboration with First Fortnight, a charity-based organisation, which aims to challenge mental health prejudice through the creative arts. How: 1st January, various locations. nyfdublin.com/resolution-day/
Throughout the three days there will also be a whole host of fringe events taking place across the city, from craft beer and whiskey tasting at Dingel Distillery, disco lunches at Brasserie Sixty 6 and a Masquerade Ball.
For full listings and updates on Dublin’s New Year’s Festival, visit www.NYFDublin.com use or by using the hashtag #NYFDublin and following @NYFDublin on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.