For two magical weekends this June the best contortionists, magicians, breakdancers, comedians and other assorted world-class professional jesters will descend on Ireland; first on Cork’s Fitzgerald Park and Mardyke Sports Ground, and then on Dublin’s Merrion Square, to battle it out for the most coveted title in street performance, the AIB Street Performance World Champion.
In 2009 over 150,000 people attended what is arguably Ireland's greatest free festival. 2010 will be the fifth year of the festival in Dublin's Merrion Square and its second year running in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Due to the phenomenal turnout last year, the Cork festival will also expand to Mardyke Sports Ground. Over both weekends, voting booths will be set up at the event sites and the act with the most votes will be crowned the 2010 AIB Street Performance World Champion.
Some of the world-class competitors this year include:
Quick Change: We still haven’t worked out how they pull off their act: it is quite simply jaw dropping and possibly one of the most spectacular shows on the planet. An uncountable number of blink-and-you-miss-them costume changes that left the America’s Got Talent judges speechless.
Victor Rubilar The man who turned down a place at the World Cup to be with us (well, that’s what he tells us!!) will treat us to some football-inspired antics. Keep your eyes peeled for four time Guinness World Record holder and football free-styler extraordinaire.
The 2009 title holders, the awesome USA Breakdancers will also return as special guests in 2010.
All entertainment at the festival is entirely free of charge, with the performers, who have dedicated their lives to this amazing art form, asking for a contribution from their audience at the end of each show.