Joyful – Intimate – Live: Dublin Fringe Festival 2021

superflux dffJOYFUL – INTIMATE – LIVE: Dublin Fringe Festival packs in gems of new works and brand new live performances, this September.

Dublin Fringe Festival announces its 2021 programme today. The festival’s 27th edition has been made on the theme Superflux, a surging flow of possibility brought about by the energy of change. This year’s programme faces down the rushing spiral of chance and change we are living in, and invites artists to stand in the centre of the spin and sing.  This festival line-up is ablaze with radical acts of enquiry and wonder, centring work that inspires joy and prizes intimacy. Reaching for a catharsis, with art experiences that crack you up and crack you open, this 2021 collection of sensorial, searching, performances is designed to draw friends and strangers together to see and feel something new. 

There is an abundance of possibility in Ireland’s most action-packed multidisciplinary arts festival,which is brimming with ideas this year.

Dublin Fringe Festival is home to the country’s most creative makers, dreamers and inventors, showcasing brand new ideas for the very first time. The festival will run for 16 days and nights as usual this year, staging 160+ performances of 30 events in 16 venues, including a return to beloved Dublin venues, outdoor stages at city landmarks, and shows designed to be experienced at your place, or near home, for audiences outside of Dublin. This is a festival of firsts, with 26 world premieres and 3 further Dublin premieres.

Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe Festival, Artistic Director & CEO, commented:

 “We’re delighted to share our plans for the 2021 festival. These brilliant artists are activating the city with acts of joy and intimacy. The programme sends up a flare to adventurous audiences, calling on them to join in this September. At your place, in the streets of Dublin or back in beloved venues, there are 30 new arts experiences to enjoy, crafted by some of Ireland’s most exciting artists.

Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland added:

Dublin Fringe Festival negotiated the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 with both flexibility and tenacity, ensuring that arts activity was available and enjoyed safely last September. Notably, the festival brings that same inventive spirit to its 2021 programme, encouraging audiences to seek out arts adventures across the city made by artists setting out to challenge and entertain us in unique spaces.

The Arts Council is delighted to support the work of the Dublin Fringe Festival, which in addition to its 16 day programme of events, contributes significantly to the professional development of the performing arts and artists at different stage of their careers. This year Dublin Fringe Festival will also undertake its important Weft initiative (supported through the Arts Council’s Open Call Award) which will support the development of artists from diverse backgrounds. The inclusion of this work highlights the vital role that the arts can play in supporting and enabling Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.”

This year’s festival programme is divided into 6 CHAPTERS for audiences to explore – all grouped by theme or experience – here they are:


Overrun the city and interact with radical acts of joy, pleasure, beauty and wonder:

Featuring, You Are Magic by Alicia Eggert, a live pop-up interactive sculpture activated by touch that celebrates the power of collaboration; Outdoor comedy in Dublin Castle with Film Reads: The Breakfast Club from the ever popular Dreamgun crew. This is their first Irish gig since 2020, so book early; TONIC by Fionn Foley & Rough Magic is a new outdoor all-singing all-dancing musical comedy satirising Ireland in the aftermath of a cataclysmic doomsday event; Sound Waves by Gxrlcode provides the soundtrack to your September from AM to PM. This Dublin Fringe Festival commission spotlights the fantastic work of Gxrlcode, a collective who amplify women’s voices in the creative industry; Abundance by Glitterhole’s Beth Hayden & live artist Matthew Bratko is a wonderful first-time collaboration, crafting an ode to Queer joy, resilience, community and the power of a good party; Comedy superstar, Joanne McNally’s first live hometown since before the pandemic delivers an hour of brand new material for six nights. DON’T MISS THIS!; FEHDAH is a future afro soul vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, at the vanguard of the Irish hip hop and electronic scene – she plays one night only LIVE upstairs at Project Arts Centre.

For more:

The full 2021 programme is on sale now at and 1800 FRINGE (374 643).

Dublin Fringe Festival’s work doesn’t work without you, the audience. There is a longing to hear ripples of laughter and collective gasps at the festival this year. Let Dublin Fringe fill your diaries and your hearts with an abundance of art and ideas. So, let’s reunite this September, with all the favourite haunts, and welcome back the thrill of happenstance. Let’s overrun the city with artists, staking a claim for connection, community, and the kind of Dublin we want to live in. It’s within touching distance. Are you coming? 

DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2021 runs city-wide from September  11 – 26.

The full 2021 programme is on sale now at and 1800 FRINGE (374 643).

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