MindField festival details finalised

Dermot Bolger Author

The MindField festival of talk, thoughts and more will be held in Dublin’s Merrion Square gardens from April 29 to May Day. Capitalism, poetry, Iceland, photography, butterflies, fashion and foreign policy are some of the topics that will feature in over 62 shows on four stages over the three days. Participants include Ryan Tubridy, Simon Kelly, Dermot Bolger (pictured above), Paddy Cullivan, John Banville and Detmar Blow.

Developed from a festival-within-a-festival at the Electric Picnic, MindField was described by Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow as “an extraordinary event – a cross between Hay-on-Wye and Glastonbury”. Festival director Naoise Nunn said it is meant to inform, entertain and inspire people with new sustainable ideas.

The MindField pavilion is crafted from oiled hardwood and waxed canvas. A second period marquee houses the Arts Council literary stage surrounded by food and drink stalls and a bookshop in the festival village. Brands on sale include Erdinger beer, Pieminister pies, Rathmullan House seafood, crepes, coffee and ice-cream.

A festival founders pass costs €69 and allows priority free access to all ticketed events and workshops over the weekend plus festival club admission. Individual tickets are €10, while some of the events and workshops are free of charge, including events for youngsters.

For full details on all the festival programme and event times, click on http://mindfield.ie/

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