Dublin Fringe Festival returns to the capital this September with its first large-scale event since 2019, with a promise to shine a spotlight on 'the weird, the hyper-local and those who forge their own path'.

The 28th edition of Dublin Fringe looks to the future, with a whopping 586 performances in 27 venues across the city, hosting 50 world premieres and 15 Dublin premieres, with 430 artists participating - more than half of this year's artists will be presenting work at the festival for the very first time.

Highlights include the return of Fringe favourites THISISPOPBABY with the world premiere of WAKE, their biggest production since their internationally acclaimed RIOT!, which reimagines the Irish wake as 'a howling, raucous, soul-stirring celebration of community, regeneration, and the magic of collective catharsis'.

WAKE (Pic: Conor Horgan)

Elsewhere, Dublin Oldschool creator Emmet Kirwan joins Eoin French and Claire O'Reilly for a 'powerful, poetic and musical journey through a gentrified city' in Accents, a spoken-word and music play commissioned by Dublin Fringe; child actress, turned teen model, turned drag queen Candy Warhol makes her Fringe debut with The Wind That Shakes The Wig; and Dreamgun, the team behind the ever-popular Film Reads, return with a triple feature of movie genre-parodies, Dreamgun Video.

KITCHENSINKDRAMA (Pic: Patricio Cassinoni)

The Plays Plays Plays section does exactly what its says, presenting brand new plays from the likes of Brian Bennett (KITCHENSINKDRAMA), Samuel Yakura (The Perfect Immigrant) Ciara Elizabeth Smyth (Lie Low), Dylan Coburn Gray (Absent The Wrong), Lianne O'Hara (Fluff) and Kneecap rapper Moglaí Bap, AKA Naoise Cairealláin (Minimal Human Contact), amongst other emerging talents.

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Watch: Irish National Opera present Out Of The Ordinary

And there's more (and more, and more): Irish National Opera present the world's first virtual reality community opera, Out Of The Ordinary, while Weft showcases an 18-month talent development and network building project for early career black artists and artists of colour in Ireland and Jony Easterby's Remnant Ecologies offers a night-time adventure in the National Botanic Gardens, one of a number of immersive site-specific presentations. Take a deeper dive into the Dublin Fringe Festival programme here.

Ruth McGowan, Dublin Fringe Festival, Artistic Director & CEO, says: "This programme prizes joy and play, togetherness and truth, beauty and defiance, with experiences made by some of the most courageous and compelling artists in the country. We're inviting audiences to round up their friends and follow an artist somewhere new. There are after dark adventures for the night-owls, sunrise performances that reimagine the city centre, and plenty of the unusual, one-of-a-kind Fringe experiences that you’ll be talking about for weeks afterwards."

Dublin Fringe Festival runs from September 10th - 25th - find out more here.