Covering all sorts of cultural, historical and musical activities and interests, every corner of the island plays host to a marvellous variety of festivities throughout the year. Today it starts Dublin Theatre Festival, check the agenda and all the details below

Ireland has cultivated a worldwide reputation for its eclectic array of unique events and festivals.

Dublin Theatre Festival

At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of Ireland’s capital. The mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that will appeal to the diverse communities and visitors.

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Europe’s longest running theatre festival is back with 18 days of world-class Irish and international theatre. The programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events, as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes, with performances taking place in venues and locations across the city and the greater Dublin area. Some of this year’s highlights include Beckett’s Room, a play without performers; a modern reimagining of JM Synge’s The Playboy Of The Western World; and The Alternative, a play that asks the question, ‘What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom?’

• While you’re in the area:

Home to some of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks and attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do and see when visiting Dublin, from the historic Kilmainham Gaol to the groundbreaking EPIC Irish Emigration Museum. Board a DART line at Pearse Street Station to get beyond the city centre, and encounter the grand sweep of Dublin Bay. Afterwards, take a stroll through the urban surroundings of Trinity College and visit the Book Of Kells and The Long Room library. The Medieval Quarter is the oldest part of the city, encompassing Dublin Castle, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral and taking in the old city walls.