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Multicultural Dublin fest highlights international artists, food, performances

By Anna Leeper Marketing Communications Manager, Dublin Arts Council

Whether you want to sample international cuisine paired with local craft beer, shop at a global marketplace, enjoy culturally authentic music and dance performances, watch in awe as Tibetan monks create an intricate sand mandala or participate in art making yourself, you’ll find something amazing to do at this year’s B.R.E.A.D! Festival.

Dublin Arts Council will present the third multicultural B.R.E.A.D! Festival on Sunday, October 14 from noon – 9 p.m. at Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, in Dublin. The festival embraces the B.R.E.A.D! acronym, which stands for Bake, Reconnect, Educate, make Art and celebrate Diversity.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional information, including a stage lineup, festival activities, vendor list, parking information, volunteer sign-up and more can be found at dublinarts.org/BREAD.

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Food trucks ranging from Italian to Argentinian, Japanese to Indian and more will offer guests the chance to sample global flavors, while Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company will be serving some of their best brews to compliment the cuisine.

Shop for ethnic breads and sweets, jewelry, art and more in a sprawling global marketplace representing the diverse cultures that call Dublin home.

The festival’s stage will be filled all day with exciting dance performances and world music. Enjoy clogging, Irish dance, Latin dance and more, then sit back and enjoy the sounds of reggae, Celtic and French music, just to name a few!

A highlight of the 2018 B.R.E.A.D! Festival is The Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Millions of grains of sand will be painstakingly laid into place as part of an intricate mandala in a spiritual art form meant to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. Get hands on with local artist Hilary Frambes to create a community sand mandala using the same tools and techniques as the monks.

The festival offers exciting opportunities to learn, play and explore for all ages.

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