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Dublin Live Art Festival 2016 will take place in MART, Rathmines 10-14 August 2016

Taking place over five days and nights  in MART, an artist-led, self-sustaining organisation for the development and promotion of contemporary art, DLAF16 will immerse you in this intriguing site and fascinating art form.

Our theme for this year’s Dublin Live Art Festival 2016 is the Politics of Freedom and we have invited artists whose work has a political edge to it to take part and to present pieces that deal with the subject of freedom and the limitations put on us. We will have artists responding to ideas around race, queer and feminist politics as well as workshops and events to explore ideas of protest, otherness and being outside the box.

In this year of the centenary of our own Rising as well as international instability and Brexit, our DLAF16 artists will investigate concepts of  “the personal is political” to reflect the unrepresented through live art and our connections between personal experience and larger social and political structures.

You can check out our full DLAF16 programme in the FESTIVAL section below.

Be excited. Be inspired. Be there.

Following our two-part programme last year (July/ November), which reflected the huge variety and extraordinary quality of Irish live performance art, this year we have invited artists from further afield including Croatia, Nigeria and Ghana via London to showcase their amazing work and expand our experience of international live art.


Dublin Live Art Festival (DLAF) was founded in 2012 by live performance artist and curator Níamh Murphy. The aim of DLAF is to “build on the thriving live art community working in Ireland today, while also making connections with international live art makers”.

Visitors to DLAF are surprised, stimulated, inspired, moved, stirred and shaken up by our dynamic programme. With a variety of diverse events happening throughout the festival in a range of gallery, historic and on-street sites,  there’s something for everyone.


DLAF recognises and celebrates the huge surge in interest and production of live performance art in Ireland and abroad today. We invest in the future and sustainability of Irish live performance art by uniting artists and curators to produce new work for new audiences. We believe that sharing skills, knowledge and experience through our seminar series serves to strengthen our live performance art community.

DLAF maintains a cross-disciplinary approach to forge links between the many different facets of live performance art. We invite overseas artists to make work in Ireland and build relationships with Irish artists and venues with a view to opening up possibilities for exchange and we strive to make live performance art more accessible to a wider audience with our public and on-street performances.

    • DLAF strives to make live art more accessible to a wider audience.


    • DLAF builds relationships between local and international artists and venues opening up possibilities for exchange.


    • DLAF shares skills, knowledge and experience in our seminar series, which serves to strengthen the live art community.


    • DLAF invests in the sustainability of live art by inviting artists and curators to produce new work for new audiences.


    • DLAF maintains a cross-disciplinary approach to forge links between the main facets of live performance art.



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  • DIT Dublin Institute of Technology. WEBSITE

  • STONEYBATTER, DUBLIN. Coffee. Bakery. Cafe. Store. WEBSITE

  • The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland. WEBSITE

  • Dublin City Council. WEBSITE

  • The Office of Public Works. WEBSITE

  • MART: Providing Creative Platforms // Studios, Galleries and Event Spaces to foster and promote artistic endeavours. WEBSITE

  • VAI: The Representative Body for Visual Artists in Ireland. WEBSITE

  • PAF LIVE: Aims to promote and publicise Live Art taking place in Ireland now. WEBSITE

  • Art Lot- Dublin is a year long project by a group of artists to sequentially transform a derelict site into a platform for art.  Website