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Dublin's Riverside Maritime Festival Programme, A Wealth of Seafaring Events

27th May 2014
Dublin's Riverside Maritime Festival Programme, A Wealth of Seafaring Events

#riversidefestival – Dublin Port Company and the Docklands Business Forum today launched Dublin Port's 2014 "Riverfest" – Ireland's premier riverside and sailing festival. The festival, which is in its second year, will take place over the June bank holiday weekend (Saturday 31st May – Monday, 2nd June) along Dublin's historic North Wall Quay and will include a mix of seafaring events and quayside activities with fun for all the family.

The River Liffey will take centre stage, as the three day festival is expected to be one of the biggest family-friendly events this weekend, attracting thousands of Dubliners and visitors quayside to enjoy a huge array of activities including the arrival of six spectacular tall ships, two pirate ships featuring pirate re-enactments, tug boat "dance" demonstrations, river kayaking and free tours of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, culminating in a Parade of Sail on Monday.

To complement the water activities, the quayside will feature performances from shanty singers, high wire aerial acts, art and circus workshops, with food markets and a family funfair taking place from the Samuel Beckett Bridge to the East Link Bridge.

This year the festival will also feature the magnificent Georgian National Ballet "Sukhishvili", as well as their Georgian counterparts, the Rustavi Choir. The Ballet has toured five continents, holding over 10,000 performances watched by over 50 million people and this will be the first time for the Ballet to perform in Ireland.

Commenting, Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said, "Riverfest is a celebration of Dublin as a port city, our rich maritime traditions and culture, and the age-old ties between Dublin Port and city life. The three day festival promises to be a fun and colourful event for all the family in a beautiful part of the city, with both on and off-water attractions and I would encourage all Dubliners and visitors to come and join us in the celebrations."

The full programme of activity includes:

Saturday 31st May
11am-6pm
DJ

11am-6pm
Food Markets

11am-6pm
Carnival

11am-6pm
Aerial Acts

11am-6pm
Street Theatre

11am-6pm
Shanty Singers

11am-6pm
Children's Art & Circus Workshops

11am-6pm
Jeanie Johnston – Free Tours

11am-6pm
Moira Sweeney's "Rhythm of a Port" Exhibition

11am-6pm
Come Try It – River Kayaking

Saturday's Key Programmed Events
11.30am
Tugboat Dance
12.30pm
Pirate Re-enactment 1
1.30pm
Georgian Singers on Stage
2.30pm
Tugboat Dance
3.30pm
Pirate Re-enactment 2
4.30pm
Georgian Ballet on Stage

Sunday 1st June
11am-6pm
DJ

11am-6pm
Food Markets

11am-6pm
Carnival

11am -6pm
Aerial Acts

11am-6pm
Street Theatre

11am-6pm
Shanty Singers

11am-6pm
Children's Art & Circus Workshops

11am-6pm
Jeanie Johnston – Free Tours

11am-6pm
Moira Sweeney's "Rhythms of a Port"
Exhibition

11am-6pm
Come Try It – River Kayaking

Sunday's Key Programmed Events
11.30am
Tugboat Dance
12.30pm
Pirate Re-enactment 1
1.30pm
Georgian Singers on Stage
2.30pm
Tugboat Dance
3.30pm
Pirate Re-enactment 2
4.30pm
Georgian Ballet on Stage

8.30pm -10.30pm The Admiral's Other Ball, The Cill Airne

Monday 2nd June
11am-6pm
DJ

11am-6pm
Food Markets

11am-6pm
Carnival

11am-6pm
FM104 Road Hog

11am-6pm
Street Theatre

11am-6pm
Shanty Singers

11am-6pm
Children's Art & Circus Workshops

11am-6pm
Jeanie Johnston – FREE TOURS

11am-6pm
Moira Sweeney's "Rhythms of a Port" Exhibition

11am-6pm
Aerial Acts

11am-6pm
Come Try It – River Kayaking

Monday's Key Programmed Events
11.30am
Tugboat Dance
12.30pm
Pirate Re-enactment 1
1.30pm
Georgian Singers on Stage
2.30pm
Tugboat Dance
3.30pm
Parade of Sail – Ships Leaving
4.30pm
Georgian Ballet on Stage – Finale

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