Free Festival in Merrion Square

International Street Performers

Here at Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, we aim to have you gazing at our amazing performers as they loop, hoop, flip, freak and twist before your eyes! A lizardman, contortionists, beat boxers, mysterious magicians and many more to keep you going for two weekends of world class, award winning street performances.

ESB Spark Your Imagination

ESB Spark Your Imagination

A banquet for the brain, the ESB Spark Your Imagination area is a creative hub for children designed to inspire, educate and feed the imagination. Here you’ll find a feast for the senses with creative writing workshops from Fighting Words, fun and games from Imaginosity, a live science and electricity show from Doktor Kaboom and much more! The makings of many light bulb moments!

Just Eat Street

July 8th-10th & 16th-17th
JUST EAT Street is a feast of food, fun & entertainment running the length of Merrion Sq South. Enjoy over 25 different cuisines from around the world and music from international acts. Chill in the sunshine with friends & family, while the JUST EAT Waiter Service takes and delivers your food orders, bringing the best of JUST EAT's online ordering service to life at City Spectacular.
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Petacular with DSPCA

July 8-10
Merrion Square East
Bring your pooch along to PET-acular with the D.S.P.C.A and they can be the star of the 'Scruffs Dog Show', hang out in the King of Paws agility arena and set tails wagging in their very own photo shoot. The wonderful team at the D.S.P.C.A will have a vet on site to provide pet health advice. When we say fun for all the family we mean fun for ALL the family, including the 4-legged kind!
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Titan the Robot

July 9-10
Laya Heathcare's Greatest Place on Earth, Merrion Square
One of the most in-demand acts currently operating in the world today. The show is a unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creating a fantastic show that is unrivalled in the world today. Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, where you come to expect the unexpected! Titan will be performing in Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth area Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July.
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Bosco and Laura Lynn

July 9-10, 3pm
Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth
Bosco wants you to collect your waste batteries for recycling as a part of the annual campaign to contribute to LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. In 2015, the public recycled 25 million batteries, raising €90K for the charity and we hope to keep this up! Bosco will perform at Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth to help support our official charity partner. Click below for more info.
Doktor Kaboom

Doktor Kaboom! Live Science Shows

July 8-10 & 16-17, 1, 3 & 5pm
ESB Spark Your Imagination
Grab your lab coats kids, because mad German scientist Doktor Kaboom is coming to the 'ESB Spark Your Imagination' area. Mixing safety goggles with giggles, Doktor Kaboom will excite, educate and entertain kids of all ages. He'll be looking for super kid scientists to assist him in his zany experiments, so make sure to come visit. Get ready to get psyched about science! KABOOM!

Imaginosity

July 8, 9th & 10th
ESB Spark Your Imagination, Merrion Square
Build and create stories with Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum and their imagination playground this July. This big block story making workshop is a one of a kind interactive experience where children learn to design and create the world thats inside any story! Keep an eye out for Imaginosity's mascot Eco Badger! No pre-reg required, all workshops first come, first serve.

Fighting Words Story Writing Workshops for Kids

1pm - 3pm and 4pm - 6pm, Friday July 8-Sun July 10
ESB Spark Your Imagination, Merrion Square
Join Fighting Words for a fun and imaginative workshop where you will create characters and start a story together, illustrated by one of their story artists. Then finish the story yourself with help from their tutoring team! This workshop is FREE but places are limited and advance booking is required. Age Range: 8-11 years
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JOHNman AKA Woody Woodman the living statue!

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
JOHNman, is one of Berlin's best-known and most versatile Living Statue Artists, who has greatly influenced this art in Germany for many years. JOHNman has travelled the world with his acts, performing at festivals from Oslo to Johannisburg, from Toronto to Mumbai. He is the first, and so far only, artist who has twice won the World Championship of Living Statues.
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LauraLynn, Official Charity Partner

Merrion Square, Dublin

We are delighted to be working with LauraLynn, Ireland's Children Hospice as our official charity partner this year. Come say hello to all team at the 'LauraLynn Games Garden' in the heart of Merrion Square.

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Kid's Court

July 9-10
Laya healthcare will once again bring their ever-popular Kid’s Court to the family-loving festival, but this time it is even messier, meaner and more mischievous than ever! Children can put their parents on trial, who may be sentenced to a custard-pie-in-the-face or a bucket of iced water thrown as punishment.
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Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth

July 8-10 & 16-17
Families will discover and delight in the spectacular as they explore Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth. Children and their grown ups will play, dance and create together in circus tents filled with free performances and workshops including the world famous fully-animated Titan the Robot. See below for more information and timetables.
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Artzone

July 8-10
Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth
Unleash your Creative side! Artzone believe in the importance of art education. They are Ireland's leading public art school. They are creative, different, and most importantly, fun! Catch them in the Make n' Do Mountain tent in Laya Healthcare's Greatest Place on Earth area where they will host workshops and activities to keep the creative juices flowing throughout the day.
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Her Family chill out area

July 8-10
Merrion Square, Dublin
Back again this year, herfamily.ie are helping out all mum's and dad's who need some baby essentials and facilities for changing, feeding and general wellbeing. There will also be a chill out area for a well needed rest from all the fun and festivities.
Sing Factory Vocal Coach

Sing Factory Vocal Coach

July 9th & 10th
Merrion Square South
Experience the Superstar Recording Experience in our custom built mobile recording studio. It’s a fully kitted professional recording studio on wheels - featuring a fully sound proofed recording booth, control room, mixing desk, HD audio and video recording facilities. Record your favourite pop song and get your own HD video to share with family and friends.