Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7

Saturday, 20 September 2014

12 midday – 10pm

BlueFire Street Fest 2014 takes place in the historic Smithfield Square in Dublin city centre on 20th September and it’s absolutely free! Through music and the arts, BlueFire Street Fest 2014 will showcase the diverse range of people and cultures that now call Dublin home. Suitable for all ages and nationalities, musicians and artists from across Ireland and the world will participate in this city centre extravaganza!

Main Stage: 

Mutefish are a culturally diverse six piece band hailing from Ireland, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble are a 14 strong outer-national group of Afrobeat exponents from the four corners of the world.

The North Strand Kontra Band was formed on the North side of Dublin in 2005. They’re an instrumental band who play a mix of original and traditional material influenced predominantly by the music of Romania and Bulgaria.

With talented musicians from Uganda, Congo, Nigeria and Ireland, the Justine Nantale Band approach all their performances with energy and an authentic African flavour giving their audience a chance to dance and sing.

Gypsy Rebel Rabble are a Dublin based, Irish, folk band with a reputation for energetic live shows.

Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band, fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali, alongside infectious Afrobeat rhyhms.

Tig Linn is a group of seven Irish and Nigerian musicians in Dublin, writing original songs in Yoruba and English, occasionally drawing from the Irish and Nigerian traditions.

The earthy acoustic undertones of Dublin based Markas Carcas have been dug up after a long hiatus underground.

Aztec Jackal is a 6 piece Latin Funk / Reggae / Rock group from Colombia and Ireland


With six workshop tents with workshops such as African Drumming, Percussion, Circus Tricks, Creative Writing Class, Brazilian Salsa Dancing, Capoeira, and those specific to children, there’s many there that will definitely appeal to you!

Live Graffiti Jam:

Graffiti artists will be painting throughout the day for our audiences to see them at work and watch how their art develops.

Street Performers:
We’ll have a wide variety of talented street artists’ demonstrating their skills. With bucket drummers, dancers, jugglers, escape artists and more, this is an area not to be missed.

Markets & Stalls:
The festival market will have one-of-a kind stalls that provide festival goers with an enticing selection of food, craft and art.


Based on the popular concept of TedTalks, VitalTalks gives a platform for young people to talk about life in Ireland in an uplifting and humorous way. Dermot Whelan, from the Dermot and Dave Show on Today FM, will be opening the very first VitalTalks at 1pm in Smithfield Square. This feature is part of Youth VitalSigns which is brought to you by the Community Foundation for Ireland in collaboration with Spunout, Foróige, National Youth Council of Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Irish Refugee Council, No Hate Speech Movement Ireland, MarriagEquality and more.