This year's festival celebrates activists, whistle blowers, outsiders, women, children and industry in a jam packed programme of the best new Irish and international acts.

From ANU's thirteen to Nic Green's Fatherland this year's programme, more than any other in Dublin Fringe Festival's history, actively encourages you to think and participate in a state of the nation debate through the work presented in it. this year The Fringe are also participating in The Gathering and they've invited Irish artists abroad to come back home with something new - most notably the brilliant Maeve Higgins, who premieres her first play Moving City at Smock Alley Theatre.

This year's programme promises laughter, tears, wonder, terror, excitement and a few head-scratchers thrown in for good measure, so make sure to check out the full programme below (with over 85 events) and get involved in this year's Dublin fringe Festival.