Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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[Dublin] Palestinian artists at ‘Hotter Than July – Free World Music Family Festival’

Improvised Music Company’s
‘Hotter Than July’
(That’s €0 plus €0 booking fee!!)
World Music Festival
(including drumming 

workshops for children)

Presented in association with Dublin City Council 

& The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm

**Sunday 30th July 3-9pm

Smithfield Square, Dublin 7**


Ruba Shamshoum (Palestine)

Raed Said (Palestine)

‘Welcoming The Stranger’ dance collaboration with The Big Bang Dance Project (feat. West African dance, Palestinian Dabke dance and Traditional Irish dance)

Kakatsitsi Master Drummers (Ghana)

La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia)

Cormac Breathnach, Eoin Dillon, Jon Sanders, Brian Fleming and Martin Schaerer (Ireland)

Niwel Tsumbu Electric Quartet (Congo/ Ireland)

Manden Express (Ireland)

Drumming workshops for children with JabbaJabbaJembe

Taiseiyo Taiko Drummers (Japan)

Mariachi San Patricio (Mexico)

Chinese Lion Dances (China)

World Music Festival in the Heart of the City
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Sunday 30th July
Free Event – Family Friendly


A FREE family-friendly world music festival, celebrating the cultural diversity in Dublin city, Hotter than July is back and grooving with a packed programme of feel-good rhythms and exciting performances of music and dance from around the world on Sunday 30th July in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
Now in it’s 4th year, Hotter than July is presented by Improvised Music Company and Dublin City Council, in collaboration with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, with a full smorgasbord of high-quality performances for everyone to enjoy from 3-9pm.


Our international artists include the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers who bring the Ga grooves from Ghana from thriving traditional rhythms to modern arrangements with exhilarating results. Catch their preview show in the Sugar Club on Saturday night!
Invigorating sextet, La Chiva Gantiva create a powerful mix of rockin’ Afro-Colombian sounds, catchy rhythms, and explosive live sets. These Colombian festival favourites make their Irish debut as the finale act at Hotter than July 2017!
Presenting an exciting new Irish-Arabic project, Raed Said, a renowned percussionist from the old city in Jerusalem, joins forces with acclaimed Irish traditional musicians Cormac Breathnach, Eoin Dillon, Jon Sanders, Brian Fleming and Martin Schaerer for a flavoursome fusion of traditional melodies and rhythms.


Throughout the day we explore the diversity of world music, opening with Dublin-based Palestinian artist Ruba Shamshoum’s harmonious jazz melodies, mixed with tinges of her native Middle East.
Niwel Tsumbu Electric Quartet, the latest project by the dynamic (Irish based) Congolese guitarist/singer, will get your feet moving with contemporary music melodies in counterpoint with the rich tapestry of African rhythms.
Dublin-based Manden Express mix a spicy blend of West African music from Mali combined with infectious Afrobeat for their high-energy performance.


‘Hotter Than July’ will also feature a very special performance, namely an extract from ‘Welcoming The Stranger’; Catherine Young’s compelling dance piece inspired by the stories of migrants and refugees who have made Ireland their home.
Originally commissioned by The Casement Project (supported by Kerry County Council, The Arts Council and Siamsa Tire), it premiered as part of the 1916 centenary celebration at Banna Beach and enjoyed sell-out success at the 2017 Ramallah Dance Festival in Palestine.
The Big Bang Dance Project will feature an excerpt of this work with new choreography encompassing traditional West African dance, Palestinian Dabke dance and Traditional Irish dance. Supported by Dance Ireland, Catherine has restaged the work with local Dublin community participants, original cast members, lead dancers from Riverdance, refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq, a collective of Irish musicians, Big Bang Dance Project drummers and Raed Said, our special guest from Palestine on percussion.


As Hotter Than July is a family friendly event, kids can take part in a programme of fun, interactive drumming workshops for children from JabbaJabbaJembe, as well as interacting with other lively pop-up performances on the Square, such as unique Japanese drum performances by Taiseiyo Taiko Drummers, Mexican mariachi classics by the much loved Mariachi San Patricio and traditional Chinese Lion Dances!


Lots of exciting flavours of music and dance from around the world to whet your appetite.

Hotter than July is a feel-good celebration of community, culture, creativity and diversity, with high-quality music performances from Irish-based and international acts. Everybody welcome!


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