Over 250,000 Expected in Dublin and Cork for Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular

Laya Healthcare City Spectacular

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will return to Dublin’s Merrion Square this July 8th – 10th and to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 16th and 17th. Entry to this family friendly festival is entirely FREE of charge. The festival runs over 3 days in Dublin and 2 days in Cork, showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and street food from around the world as well as a pet wellness area.

Speaking in anticipation of this year’s Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular, Director Shell Holden commented, “This years festival will be brought to life with a exciting line-up of talent including reptile tattooed sideshow superstar The Lizardman, puppetry royalty Bosco, Bruce Springsteen’s favourite street performer contortionist Alakazam – the human knot and the larger than life 8ft fully-animated robot, Titan the Robot.”

“New areas to explore at this July’s festival include Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth, a spellbinding land where families can play, dance and create together; an international street food festival with a live music stage and waiter service; and a pet wellness area with the D.S.P.C.A where festival-goers can get a photo shoot with their dog or be the star of the Scruffs dog show. We would love everyone – families, friends, couples, pet pooches – to come join in the celebrations and enjoy our FREE festival this July.”

Families will discover and delight in the spectacular as they explore Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth. Children and their grown ups will play, dance and create together in circus tents filled with free performances and workshops including the world famous fully-animated dancing and singing Titan the Robot. Family health, fitness and wellbeing is embedded and entwined within this area with free kid’s aerobic, yoga and dance classes. Ireland’s much loved puppet Bosco will make a special trip here to support the festival’s official charity partner, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular is celebrating all things pets in Merrion Square this July. Bring your pooch along to PET-acular with the D.S.P.C.A and they can be the star of the ‘Scruffs Dog Show’, hang out in the King of Paws agility arena and set tails wagging in their very own photo shoot. The wonderful team at the D.S.P.C.A will have a vet on site to provide pet health advice. When we say fun for all the family we mean fun for ALL the family, including the 4-legged kind!

This year, we have created a dedicated international street food festival within Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular called Just Eat Street. Devour over 25 different cuisines from around the world, enjoy music from international music acts, and play in the sunshine with friends. Just Eat will also provide a waiter service that will take and deliver food orders for festival-goers, so that they can just take a seat and enjoy the festivities!

A banquet for the brain, the ESB Spark Your Imagination area is a creative hub for children designed to inspire, educate and feed the imagination. Here you’ll find a feast for the senses with creative writing workshops from Fighting Words, fun and games from Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum, science and electricity showsfrom mad German scientist Doktor Kaboom and French wooden games from Festi-Jeux for all children to enjoy.

Laya healthcare will once again bring their ever-popular Kid’s Court to the family-loving festival, but this time it is even messier, meaner and more mischievous than ever! Children can put their parents on trial, who may be sentenced to a custard-pie-in-the-face or a bucket of iced water thrown as punishment.

Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular will take place from July 8th – 10th in Dublin’s Merrion Square and July 16th and 17th in Cork’s Fitzgerald Park.

For the full programme of fun activities and excitement at Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular check www.cityspectacular.com.

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