Hotter than July 2016 - Smithfield Square from 3 - 9pm on Sunday 31st July 2016

A family-friendly celebration of the cultural diversity in our city, Hotter than July moves to Smithfield Square for a FREE daytime event full of feel-good rhythms and infectious melodies from South America, Eastern Europe, India, West Africa and of course West Clare.

Now in it’s 3rd year, Hotter than July is presented by Improvised Music Company and Dublin City Council, in association with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, celebrating music and dance from around the world

The euphoric energy and rhythm of Rio Carnival with be yours for the tasting, as samba troupe Maracatu Ilha Brilhante bring out the Irish passion for Brazilian culture with their infectious percussive rhythms.

The collective momentum of the Big Bang African Dance Project, led by acclaimed choreographer Catherine Young will raise the roof with traditional West African dance styles and live beats.

Navá weave a unique fusion of ancient Persian and Irish music, with a nod to Appalachian bluegrass in this beguiling Iranian-Irish quintet.

i4Drum harmoniously blend beats from across continents with Indian, African and Irish percussion, joined by celebrated Indian sarode player Mattu Noone.

Congolese guitarist and vocalist Niwel Tsumbu trades in good vibrations with powerful virtuosic expression straight from his roots.

Northern Irish, dance driven, folk fusion outfit Balkan Alien Sound, celebrate cultural diversity through a musical mix of Irish, Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan styles.

Fresh new sounds from Fakoli inject your musical soul with their irresistible rhythms, songs and dances of the Mandingue region of West Africa, modern day Guinea and Mali.  

Jiggy, putting some serious pep in the step of Irish music, fuse vocal lilting & beatboxing, Irish traditional music, hip hop dance grooves, world music rhythms and harmonies.

As ever, we will finish the evening with our traditional Big Bang Finale, so bring your hand drums, your dancing shoes, an open mind and an umbrella and let's get this party started!

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. 

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