By the time Christmas rolls along, most of us are gagging for the two or more days we get to just sit back and do nothing, but after St. Stephen's Day we all start to get the itch under us to get out into the world and do something. Unfortunately the festive season also comes with some heavy expenditure, which leaves us all with few options to keep ourselves entertained.
Thankfully NYF Dublin is here to kill two birds with one stone (figuratively of course) by getting you out into the city from the 30th of December to the 1st of January and all for the best price of zero euro. Yes, zero. Think of it as a belated Christmas present from the city to you.
Luminosity is NYF Dublin's free family spectacle that will see iconic Dublin locations be taken over with stunning 3D light projections for the three days of the festival from 5pm each evening. Trinity College, Wolfe Tone Square and Bernardo's Square will all provide the backdrop to three different 3D displays, all of which are set to wow audiences. Trinity is set to come alive with iconography from ancient Ireland all the way through to the modern age, while Bernardo's Square will become the canvas for magical fairytales which children can get involved in to make their own 'Happily Ever After', and Wolfe Tone Square will see a unique sound and light installation as The Urban Voices celebrates the sights and sounds of the city.
The NYF Arts Trailand NYF Spoken Word Festival are two events happening across the city under the Love Dublin experience, which invites people to discover the city over the 30th and 31st as the arts world opens up to everyone.
Some of Dublin's most famous and prestigious galleries, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Hugh Lane Gallery and more, will open their doors to the public over the two days, while Dublin Castle will host the 'Irish Year of Design 2015' exhibition and it's launch on the 30th by NYF Dublin. Full details for the Arts Trail can be found here.
The NYF Spoken Word Festival meanwhile will bring the very best of modern Irish literature, poetry, discussion and debate and more to the city in their two day programme that sees cafes, bars and galleries host the best and brightest spoken word talent in the country. More info can be found here.
Meanwhile the rest of the city will become a 'Magic Night' as the Procession of Light moves through the capital from St. Stephen's Green to Dublin Castle on the 31st at 7pm, with award winning processional artists LUXe wowing all the family with their illuminated characters, and music and performers guiding people to the sensational showstopping finale that takes place outside Dublin Castle. FirePoise, Ireland's leading fire performance group, team up with music sensations Booka Brass Band for a bespoke fire and music show that is set to impress.
So even if you've got zero cash dollar, NYF Dublin can still shown you a good time.