Monday, 15 June 2015

Full Fringe Festival Line-up Announced for Inspirefest 2015



Some of Ireland’s best-known music acts will headline the Inspirefest fringe festival in Merrion Square this month. The full line-up was announced  with musical acts including: five-piece Dublin indie-rock band, Little Green Cars; synth-pop Dublin band, Little Xs for Eyes; Bray folk-pop female trio, Wyvern Lingo; and other acts including Sierra Leonean-Irish singer, Loah and singer-songwriters, Inni-K and Katie Kim.

Inspirefest is a unique, new, three-day, international sci-tech event aiming to showcase diversity and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM). Organised by Silicon Republic, Inspirefest will take place later this month in Dublin from 18th to 20th June in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Merrion Square Park, where an extensive fringe festival and outreach programme will bring together design, the arts and STEM.

Speaking at the announcement of the full Inspirefest fringe festival lineup, Ann O’Dea, CEO of Silicon Republic and driving force behind Inspirefest, said: “The best networking and connecting at conferences happens in relaxed, social settings – but that shouldn’t confine delegates to pubs and bars. Inspirefest unlocks Dublin’s potential with an outdoor Fringe festival to entertain and connect attendees through a variety of events and performances.

“Inspirefest visitors will enjoy a jam-packed day of keynotes and panel discussions from international leaders such as Cindy Gallop, Kimberly Bryant, Dr Sue Black and Dr Nina Ansary, as well as homegrown heroes Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Prof Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Margaret Burgraff and Lauren Boyle. And after all that mental stimulation, attendees will take a short stroll from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to enjoy an evening’s entertainment in the beautiful surrounds of Merrion Square Park.”

Fringe Festival Musical Highlights

One of Ireland’s true breakout bands of the past few years, Dublin five-piece Little Green Cars has received international attention for its sweeping guitars, pretty harmonies and chant-able choruses, while the spirit of Irish trad is alive and well in the music of Bray-based trio Wyvern Lingo. Classically-trained musician Loah channels indie pop, merging a wall of strings with her operatic voice.

Katie Kim can been described as Ireland’s answer to Joanna Newsom, but with an extra layer of grit; Kildare artist Inni-K is a true original with an extraordinarily quirky indie pop style, and Little Xs for Eyes’ catchy pop hooks deliver tight, slickly-produced songs on jangly guitars and light synths.

Film Screenings at Inspirefest

In addition to a stellar musical lineup, the fringe festival will feature film screenings including ‘Code: Debugging the Gender Gap’, which will see its Irish premiere at Inspirefest. Robin Hauser Reynolds’ film examines how antiquated cultural attitudes, damaging stereotypes, educational obstacles and sexism are all reasons why girls and people of colour are less likely to seek careers in computer science than their white, male counterparts.

Documentary short ‘The Computers’ tells the largely untold story of six women who programmed ENIAC, the world’s very first all-electronic, programmable computer as part of a secret World War II military project in Philadelphia, while ‘Codebreaker’ tells the story of Alan Turing, a British officer whose codebreaking genius helped the Allies immensely.

In addition, there will be director Q&As, spoken word and panel discussions featuring GLEN, Women For Election, Women on Air and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.


Inspirefest Family Fringe

The Inspirefest Fringe will close on Saturday 20th June with a day of free workshops in Merrion Square Park. The outreach event will bring together leading Irish STEM community groups: CoderDojo, DCU Girls Hack Ireland, TOG, Hardie Kids, Coding Grace, TCD Walton Club and Dublin Maker, along with Intel and Year of Light, who will host a whole range of activities. From coding to hardware hacking, there will be workshops for small kids (ages seven and up) and big kids, so that adults can learn some basic coding too.



For further information and to purchase tickets, go to www.inspirefest2015.com. For more details of the Inspirefest Fringe visit: http://inspirefest2015.com/fringe/.