As if Dublin needed an excuse to get out and party; the 2011 Absolut Fringe Festival is on from September 10-25. That’s sixteen days of over one hundred performances, music, theatre, comedy, dance etc etc. Venues are dotted all over Dublin so it’s an excellent way to explore the city.
The beauty of fringe festivals is that prices are much lower than the big arts festivals because this is new talent testing out new material. That means you’ve got a good chance of later on saying: I saw them before they were famous, in fact, I bought them a drink afterwards at the pub down the road from the theatre. (After all, they’ve just entertained you, shouting them a pint is the least you can do.)
One show in this year’s Fringe lets you determine whether you should have your own fame: F&M’s Pop Centre Plus will decide if you’re the next Justin Beiber or, perhaps, someone with actual talent. At the other end of the spectrum, artist Fergal McCarthy will shipwreck himself on a desert island he’s going to build in the middle of the Liffey River. And my favourite electro-pop band from Iceland are playing: FM Belfast. There is a dance performance based around the music of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, and another dance performance in Christ Church Cathedral interpreting evensong. And of course, there’s comedy. It wouldn’t be Ireland if you didn’t end up laughing until you cry.