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“It is the big light that shines every year. It is the hope, the inspiration, the provocation and the validation of everything that we do. And it is a festival of possibility, a showcase of what is possible in theatre and why theatre at all.”
Paul Mercier, Playwright, talking about DTF, 2021
Dublin Theatre Festival leads the way in developing Irish theatre, supporting artists and presenting the most innovative and daring international productions seen in Ireland. Festival shows thrill, engage and ignite the minds of diverse audiences. By supporting us you are investing in Ireland’s future, its creativity, its international reputation and its culture.
Friends Events are a great opportunity to get an inside look into the festival.
Meet other Friends, enjoy popular theatre productions outside of festival time and meet and greets with cast and creatives.
Signing up to become a friend of Dublin Theatre Festival was one of the best decisions I ever made. It means never missing out on tickets because of early booking options and fantastic free events.
Caroline Heffernan - Friend of the Festival
Become a Friend
Becoming a Friend is integral to the success of the festival.
Friends enjoy free and discounted tickets, priority booking, year-round exclusive friends events and much more.
Support Our Work
All in Access Programme
We would like as many people as possible to enjoy theatre. We work to promote greater inclusion in our programme and are committed to ensuring the needs of audiences are being met. All In aims to grow participation in the festival and reach the many diverse communities that make up our capital.
All In Access Donation
A central part of our mission is to support the future of contemporary Irish-based theatre artists at every stage of their career, helping to elevate and celebrate their work.
“Being supported by Dublin Theatre Festival .... means being supported at the most crucial stage of the creative process: the start. To have institutional backing, and financial commitment, from the very beginning gives artists the confidence and courage to do their job. Dead Centre would not have been able to make Chekhov’s First Play without this valuable and invaluable support. Thank you!”
Bush Moukarzel, Dead Centre
–What we can achieve together
Co-productions premiering as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in recent years have toured Ireland and prestigious international venues and festivals, including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sadler’s Wells London, St. Anne’s Warehouse New York City, and Schaubühne Berlin.
2020 & 2021 futures programme
During the pandemic we invited theatre-makers based in Ireland to apply for awards to fund the development of new ideas for performance that responded to our contemporary moment and that navigate the challenges to presenting live work during a pandemic. This initiative gave artists and their collaborators the resources to access time, space and materials to develop ideas. Thirteen projects were chosen.
Futures Fund Donation
Make a Donation
Your gift can bring world-class theatre to Dublin stages, support pioneering and inspiring work, help develop thought-provoking and engaging theatre by new artists and established theatre-makers and bring the festival to new audiences and communities.
Every gift, no matter how large or small, will make a difference to the future of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Every euro donated will go towards artist and audience development. Your generosity makes a huge impact on the work we do.
Leave a Legacy
Arranging a donation on behalf of your estate, through your will or otherwise, helps us to create a legacy for Irish theatre. Regardless of the amount you choose to donate, your support will live on through our work and through future generations of artists.
Talk to us about leaving a legacy firstname.lastname@example.org / +353 1 677 8439. We recommend that all those considering Planned Giving consult their financial advisor or specialist. Your gift will allow us to do the work we do and your love of theatre can continue.
Take the stress out of buying presents and give your loved ones an experience to remember. The perfect present, a Dublin Theatre Festival gift voucher gives your friends and family something to look forward to.
Gift vouchers can be used to buy tickets to any event in our programme or to become a Friend of the Festival. (For more information on Friends memberships. Click here.)
Dublin Theatre Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, funders and partners.