A new festival in Dublin looks to remove elitism from the arts.

ContemporEire is a two week long festival of cultural events which hopes to bring an appreciation of the arts to everyone. 

Artists, street performers, circus acts, musicians - the programme is varied and vast.

With events ranging from a youth ballet in St Stephen's Green to an open-air circus on Hill Street. The carnival, organised by Dublin Corporation, marks the start of the ContemporEire Festival.  

Chairman of the festival, Mike Murphy, explains what it is all about and is hopes it will help to do away with feelings of elitism in the arts.  

We're actually hoping to implement a festival of the arts and we're hoping to make the arts accessible to people.

Having visited the Edinburgh Festival the previous year, Mike Murphy felt that Dublin needed a similar type festival and celebration of the arts. 

The festival includes photographic and art exhibitions, theatre, films, and a conference on art and the human environment. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 September 1984. The reporter is Michael Walsh.