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Three main festivals are programmed annually in Dun Laoghaire.



PN07The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Poetry Now Festival is one of the most prestigious literary festival in Ireland. It is the only remaining Irish and International festival devoted solely to poetry.

It has gained a considerable reputation for bringing together some of the very best Irish and International poets writing today. Events over the weekend consist of readings, master classes, children's events and two annual awards The Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for a young emerging Irish poet. The Director of the Poetry Now Festival is John McAuliffe.

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Irish Youth Dance FestivalThis annual festival is a platform for National Youth Dance groups and also offers opportunities for young professional dance artists to showcase new work. It aims to raise the profile of Youth Dance in Ireland encouraging young talents to develop and grow in their artistic and personal pursuits. The festival is hosted by Dublin Youth Dance Company. The Artistic Director of DYDC is Mariam Ribon.

Details to be confirmed for 2008