Join us in celebrating 10 magical years this July!

13 April, 2015

The FREE festival that brought you 14,000 people dressed as Where’s Wally, 1500 bouncing on space hoppers, a custard pie throwing championship, a rainbow disco and hundreds of jaw-dropping street performers from all over the world is getting ready to blow out its candles and celebrate its 10th Birthday this July.

A 12 time Guinness world record holding sword swallower, weight-lifting strong woman, disco ball-tastic ‘silent disco tour’ and slapstick, rapping and science workshops for the little ones are among the programme highlights at this year’s festival. Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular takes place in Dublin’s Merrion Square on July 10th – 12th and Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 18th and 19th, and entry is entirely FREE of charge.

Opening its gates in 2006 for the first time, Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular has grown from a festival of 26,000 to 240,000 (attendance at 2014 festival) and has quickly become Ireland’s 2nd highest attended annual festival after St. Patrick’s Day. Formerly named the Street Performance World Championship, the festival remains the key date in the international street performance calendar with this July’s event headlining the very best entertainers and the return of some fan favourites – sword-swallower and blind-folded chainsaw juggler The Space Cowboy; ‘bed of nails’ and fire-eating Sideshow Shep; world record holding football freestyler Victor Rubilar and b-boy troupe USA Breakdancers who have been touring with Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ‘One’ tour.


Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular has also expanded its programming to include FREE children’s workshops in art, music, theatre and science; a family farm area where you can bring a sheep for a stroll or pet a pig; an award-winning Belgian trampoline spectacle; and an Irish food area with loads of free samples and artisan offerings throughout the weekend.


All activities are FREE and the full programme will be listed from May on this website.


Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will take place from July 10th – 12th in Dublin’s Merrion Square and July 18th and 19th in Fitzgerald Park


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