Dublin Fringe Festival offers a place for emerging artists to demonstrate their talents and take creative risks.
Now in its tenth year, this year's Dublin Fringe Festival boasts seven hundred and fifty performances providing a platform for new talent and experiment.
Festival director Vallejo Gantner describes the festival as,
A place where artists experiment. It's a place where they take risks.
Dublin Fringe has everything from acrobatic physical theatre companies to some of the best new writers from Ireland and around the world.
For the performers, the exposure to audiences offered is a huge opportunity. Cathal MacGuire of the Office Supplies Theatre Company describes the Fringe as the best platform they could possibly find.
There is just this licence to experiment and to put yourselves out there.
While events are spread throughout the city in over thirty venues, the focus is on the Spiegeltent in Dublin's docklands.
It's a sort of 1920s travelling marquee and each night will play host to cabaret, comedy and all manner of the bizarre.
The festival runs for three weeks and caters to all tastes.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 September 2004. The reporter is John O'Driscoll.