Phizzfest

Phizzfest is Phibsborough’s award winning community arts festival taking place on the May bank holiday weekend, but with happenings throughout the year.

This year, Phizzfest’s programme was launched by Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan. The festival celebrates a number of anniversaries, most notably the 100th of cinema in Phibsborough (checkout Aidan Gillen’s plug here). At the beginning of the twentieth century Phibsborough was home to not one but two cinemas: The Bohemian Picture Theatre and Phibsboro Picture House opened within a month of each other in May and June 1914. Woodstock is built on the very spot where the Bohemian Picture Theatre used to be. To celebrate, Phizzfest has put together an exciting film programme in a variety of ‘pop-up cinema’ venues headlined by a Happenings outdoor cinema event in the King’s Inns Park with a screening of The Commitments. Here, Woodstock will be transformed for a night ‘Back at the Boh’, a screening of Dinner Rush on Sunday 4th May at 11.00 pm (€10 on the door includes a glass of wine).

Other festival highlights include Julie Feeney, Dermot Bolger, Carlo Gébler, Comedy Night with John Colleary and Pat O’Donnell, a performance of Boys and Girls, an Indian classical music recital, and Hugh Buckley’s Dublin Guitar Night comes to Phibsborough. Phizzfest also marks the 75th publication of Finnegan’s Wake with an eclectic programme of events.

Importantly, the visual arts programme takes a closer look at Phibsborough, contributing to the wider discussions on the future development of the area with a number of interesting inter-active projects, asking you to Put Yourself in the Picture, Trace the Unseen, and Make it Your Call.

Visit www.phizzfest.ie for more 2014 programme information and bookings.