This year has included:
- The usual gastronomic offer It includes food stalls in places like Lebanon, Brazil, India, Congo, South Africa, France, Spain, Italy and other places that will make it difficult for you to choose. The prices are somewhat more swollen than usual and, for example, they will nail you 9 euros for a plate of noodles with chicken in sweet and sour sauce for you to eat on your feet, but this is what these fairs have. To complete the thing I had a dessert in the form of a dark chocolate tart that was the best thing I have eaten in a long time.
- Musical performances. From the queen of Mali's pop to Spanish flamenco, through tribal rhythms of Congo or the funky of Rio de Janeiro. There are several scenarios scattered around the area, the largest being the one that crowns a park right next to the sea. Many groups of people took their sandwiches and beers and camped on the lawn to have their party while the different groups paraded on stage.
- Dance classes and demonstrations. Not all festival events are free and some dance workshops are paid. There are salsa, samba, flamenco and some other. Others simply took the stage to teach the staff how to dance African rhythms. It was a lot of fun to see so many people of different ages move with total uncoordination while the teacher broke our box from the stage. The oriental dance of some Chinese artists and the classic sensual dance of Brazilian women are performances that are repeated every year and you can't miss it.
- Martial Arts. Workshops of judo, capoeira, kendo and some more, were available for visitors during the weekend.
- Handicrafts. There is no culture festival worth its salt that does not have its corresponding craft fair. The most varied manufactures from different parts of the world are for sale or exhibition during the weekend. There are also curiosities such as the place in which hammocks made with parachute cloth are sold (in which dozens of children swung from side to side as possessed) or the girls who charge 5 euros for painting the face of the children. Of course, I missed the one who, last year, gave people hugs for a mere voluntary contribution. This one was a crack. Henna tattoos, caps for the cold of Peru, crafts of animal figures from Africa are other things that you can find in the stalls that dot the street.
To reach There are several buses that do it from the center of Dublin, such as 7 or 46A (which is the most frequent). Although we chose this option, the DART (surface train that runs along the coast) is also a good alternative for those who have a stop at hand.
It is certainly a good way to spend an entertaining weekend in Dublin and the success of the event - in 7 years the influx of people has gone from 25,000 to 25 people - seems to secure its future for many more years.