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OPINION: Summer festivals: a queue for a portaloo or a play at revolution?


In her opinion piece on RTÉ’s Brainstorm, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance) argues that attending a festival in itself is something of a transgressive act.

Festivals and festive events can act in many ways. They can provide an important point of continuity for communities, communal rituals that allow them to express and celebrate a sense of solidarity and continuity (the new Stoneybatter Festival and the longer-running Phizzfest are great recent examples in Dublin).

They can also be used by powerful groups in society to further demonstrate their strength and might (think of marches or processions, for example), or they can be used as a way of transforming or subverting existing power structures, creating space for something else (Pride marches, protests, street parties, occupations).

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