Welcome to The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2017

This year’s festival runs for 8 days with we hope something for all the family to enjoy and experience,
from puppets and planetariums, samba to stories, walks, talks, music and miscellanies,
film and photography, arts and actors.
That’s enough to be going on with so mark your calendar Sun. 3rd. – Sun. 10th.  Sept.
Hope to see you there


Exploration Dome
Our mobile planetarium is designed to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way.

Puca Puppets
Púca Puppets will hold a shadow puppet making workshop…”You come with an adult and go home with a puppet”

Film FestivalShort Film Festival
Join The Bleeding Pig culture and arts festival for three nights of exceptional Irish Short films. from Monday 4th-Wednesday 6th of September from 8.30pm.Come along and watch some quality films from top Irish and International film-makers

Festival Launch

Joint festival launch with Fingal Arts Office’s Resort Revelations on 3rd. Sept. in Lynders Mobile Home Park, Portrane.
With new work titled Welcome to Earth by artist Catherine Barragry which will include new choral performance piece which will be accompanied by a cloth sculptural work created artists text created in response to her experience of Portrane as a resident artist. Refreshments served.

Gala Concert Y.D.S.

Gala Concert
Join us for the ever popular Gala Concert this year with some new performers joining our established entertainers for a night of music and song.
The Young Dublin Symphonia with Director Bjarke Gundersen and the Lambay Singers with Choral Director George Rice.
Back again is Baritone-David Scottand and Tenor- Catalin Lazurca.
Ukelele group The Skerries strummers and The Sea Sharps with Choral Director Caroline Cutliffe  are just some of the musical entertainment on the night.
Uilleann piper Eamonn Galldubh  completes the line-up for the nights entertainment

Resort Revelations

Fingal County Council’s Arts Office is delighted to present this year’s Resort Revelations on the Donabate/ Portrane Peninsula. Taking place during the annual Bleeding Pig Festival, artists have explored the context of the area and its strong community spirit from the unique vantage point of Resort Residency; our artist residency project located at Lynders Mobile Home Park in Portrane.

“Shall We Dance”
  Featuring The Blanchardstown Brass Band, Big Band sound from The City Gents, 60s and 70s music from Recall and the professional dancers from Viva School of Dance.

Open Mic‘Open Mic’

Smyths Bridge House hosts the ‘Open Mic’ event  this year where the young and not so young are encouraged to come along and perform for an audience.  If you are a singer/songwriter, musician, comedian, poet, get up there and give it a go. Sound equipment is provided just bring along your instruments and/or voice. Over 16’s only. 

Mul an OigeMol an Óige
The Community Centre is the venue for Mol an Óige, a showcase of talent of the young in Donabate. Music, song, dance, storytelling and fashion.

Robert ShawArt Workshop
Local artist Robert Shaw’s paintings sensuously capture the essence of shores and estuaries before and after the storm.

Trad & ChipsTrad & Chips
Roadside @ Pipers Takaway,  Portrane. Music and chips supplied. Dancing shoes and fork optional. Céilí and chips, where would you get it.

Samba Drumming
Samba Drumming returns again this year, workshop for all ages and outdoor performance after
Booking essential, see booking page.

Newbridge House tourNewbridge House Tour
Avail of the opportunity to tour Newbridge House accompanied by a local guide giving an expert talk and local anecdotes.

Sunday MiscellanySeptember Miscellany
Church of Ireland church in The Square, Donabate hosts September Miscellany,  appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, music and song are the stuff of this morning event.

Sing-A-SongSing Along or Sing-A-Song
The Waterside Hotel hosts an evening of singing, sing your own song or sing along.

Children’s Singing Workshop
Alison O’ Leary conducts a children’s singing workshop for 4 to 8 year olds in the Parish Hall.


Historical Society walk and talkHistorical Society Walk and Talk.
Tour with renowned local historian Peader Bates who will guide you through an area on the peninsula with his extensive local knowledge and stories.

Kids on the Go – kids fitness.
A children’s fitness class helping to improve important developmental skills through fun games and music.