As the final host port for the Tall Ships Races 2012, Dublin will be the place to be from the 23rd to the 26th of August 2012. The atmosphere around the Dublin docks area promises to be magical, and with four days of festival events to enjoy there will be something to entertain all of the family.

Some of the events include:
OUT OF THE BLUE – FAMILY EVENTS
Thursday – Sunday 1pm – 6pm
A FREE family programme with nautical-themed workshops, an interactive sea orchestra, an open-air trapeze and circus sideshow and an amazing watersports programme in Grand Canal Dock.

URBAN SPORTS (KINGS OF CONCRETE)
Hanover Quay and Grand Canal Square Stage (evenings), Thursday – Sunday 1.00pm – 9.00pm
Boards, Bikes, Balls and Beats sums up the inspirational, adrenaline fuelled, action packed Kings of Concrete which returns for its seventh annual urban sports festival, with skaters, break-dancers, street artists, BMXers and urban music fans coming from around the country to descend on Hanover Quay for four days of exhilarating activities and events including wakeboarding and evening skate competitions.

FESTIVAL HUB AT CHQ
Thursday – Sunday 1.00pm – 7.00pm
CHQ will be a hive of activity all weekend if you are in need of somewhere to relax and check out some of the docklands historical anecdotes. The Tall Ships exhibition programme will include the Dockers Preservation Society exhibition and talks series, Steveadoring Stories, an installation screening of The Swimmer plus artist talk with Fergal McCarthy, a festival chill-out area, a series of Viking demonstrations, upcycling demonstrations with a nautical twist and a variety of children’s and adults workshops including make a pop up ship to lifestyle and wellbeing.

TALL SHIPS TALKS
Thursday – Sunday
The festival is delighted to present a series of maritime-themed readings and talks in various locations, which celebrate the history and some of the personal tales from Dublin’s Docklands. Join celebrated writers, historians such as Peter Sheridan, Theo Dorgan, Anne Chambers, Turtle Bunbury and the local Dockers Preservation Society as they regale the maritime experiences and Dublin’s docklands.

BULMERS MUSIC STAGE
George’s Dock, IFSC, Thursday – Sunday 1.00pm – 10.30pm
Over the course of four days, Dublin’s quayside will play host to a number of free, live performances from some of Ireland’s biggest musical acts.

GLOW
North and South Quays, Thursday – Sunday 7.30pm – 10.30pm
A series of illuminated, ‘pop-up’ quayside performances and events featuring live music, aerial dance performances, fire performers, illuminated stiltwalkers, DJs, readings and an outdoor floating cinema in Grand Canal Square in association with Openair Cinema.

STREET PERFORMANCES
Thursday – Sunday 1.00pm – 7.00pm
The North and South quaysides will be bursting with markets, performers, buskers, and bands all weekend. Expect to come face to face with synchronised swimmers, The Van Dunk brothers, the Fairly Fresh Fish Company, oversized lobsters, sea horses and leaping salmon!

THEATRE OF FOOD
Linear Park, Thursday – Sunday 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Explore your passion for all things gastronomic at the Theatre of Food! With a host of cooking demos, tasting sessions, educational talks and opportunities to interact with some of Ireland’s top chefs, Theatre of Food is a food lover’s heaven.

FUNFAIR
The Point Village, Thursday – Sunday 10.00am – 10.00pm
The atmosphere in The Point Village will be electric as it hosts a fantastic funfair and an outdoor ice rink for four consecutive nights. Not a spectator sport – the funfair promises to be a fun-filled, ‘must-attend’ for all!

CREW PARADE on Friday 24th August, 3.00pm
Starts Point Village parading to Custom House Quay
Friday will see thousands of Tall Ships crew members from all four corners of the globe march up Dublin’s North Quay for what promises to be a vibrant, colourful spectacle to kick off the weekend, finishing The Custom House for a special prize-giving ceremony. The Garda Band, The Tallaght Youth Band and the Army No. 1 Band will provide musical accompaniment for this momentous event.

THE TALL SHIPS PARADE OF SAIL on Sunday 26th August, 11am -2pm
North and South Quays
Dublin Port will stage a stunning Parade of Sail as the ships depart the capital – you are invited to join in a special Bon Voyage to the ships, featuring Dublin Gospel Choir with a special ship songs performance on the Bulmers Music Stage which will be heard all along the river. For more family-orientated fun you can head to Grand Canal Square where we will host an open-air family trad seisiún to ‘play the ships out’.

“ROCK THE BOAT” WORLD RECORD CHARITY EVENT (CHARITY PARTNER FORÓIGE) on Sunday 26th August, 1-2pm
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
Come help us create a mass mobilization event and break the world record for the number of people participating in ‘Rock the Boat’ in aid of Foroige.

Click the following link for further details and to download the programme:
Dublin Tall Ships Festival 2012

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