Festival of World Cultures

We know we shouldn’t have a favorite but this event won over our hearts and souls.

Immersed in folk, tradition, culture, tribalism, digital arts and the experimental, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Festival of World Cultures presented a kaleidoscopic programme of concerts & club nights, fairs & markets, performances, street events, workshops and was Ireland’s first Global Carnival.

The Festival was committed to presenting an eclectic mix of world artists that can be experienced by all in a unique and intimate local setting while also offering a ‘passport to the world’ programme of events, many of which were free to all.

Staged throughout the historic port town of Dún Laoghaire, the DLR Festival of World Cultures was an annual international arts festival celebrating cultural diversity.

Starting out in 2004 our team were heavily involved in the running of the event as part of the Festival Management team. Mainly focused on the Production elements of the event, our involvement developed with the changing requirements of both the council and the festival itself.

From 2008 – 2010 Magnum Events won the contract to provide the core & production staffing and infrastructure required to produce the Festival of World Cultures.  Our 150+ highly skilled and adaptable team members managed concurrent events taking place throughout Dun Laoghaire catering for over 125,000 attendees daily.

Highlights over the years included  –

* Mela in the Peoples Park
* Projection show on the Royal Marine Hotel (see video below)
* Chinese Parade with lighting Ceremony
* Carnival Parade, hosting Cranival Bands from all over the world
* Global Villages, with worldwide food for all to sample
* Workshops, with craft classes catering for all ages
* Open aired concerts, with performances from global headliner artists.

Within 10 years the festival developed from an attendance of 15,000 to 250,000.

Our team managed all aspects of the production of this event including event licensing, health and safety, crowd control, event & site management and infrastructure provision.  Relevant elements of this event included; site building in a public space, crowd management inc. various unique outdoor public venues, staging, dressing, screens, PA, barriers, ranging vendors (150+ traders) merchandise , sanitary and medical facilities.

Although 2010 was the final year that the Festival of World Cultures took place the festival still, to this day, has a very special ‘FWC’ family consisting of all of those involved, and great memories and achievements remain with us all.


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