The Digital Hub is the Official Digital Partner of Dublin Fringe Festival

The Digital Hub is supporting Dublin Fringe Festival in the creation of six new projects at the intersection of art and technology. The Festival takes place from 10th to 25th September 2022.

The Digital Hub is proud to be the official digital partner of Dublin Fringe Festival for the third year in a row. Six brand new projects will be supported, including two Digital Innovation projects as part of the new Digital Discovery Exchange from Dublin Fringe Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival — a new digital touring partnership forging international connections between Ireland and Australia.

Out of the Ordinary / As an Ngnách by Irish National Opera
Experience the world’s first virtual reality opera. In this radical new approach to the form, we strive to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. Encounter this VR opera developed with people across Ireland. Become Nalva as she and her people flee a land that has been ravaged by their short-sighted actions followed by Daol, the restless, unleashed spirit. Put on your headset and journey through dangerous waters and new frontiers to find sanctuary.

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Test 1 by Rosie Stebbing & Ornella Dufay-Miralles (21 – 24 September, Smock Alley)
Instagram lives, augmented reality, the metaverse: What are we leaving behind as we move ever further into the virtual realm, and how do we cope as our physical and digital selves grow more distant from one another? Through hypnotic, powerful movement, two dancers grapple with these questions, confronting an uncomfortable reality. This performance is a physically poetic exploration of the complicated relationships we all have with our avatars.

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Thirst Trap by Ray Young (10 – 25 September, Your Place)
Part-narrative and part-meditation, this is a 30-minute sound piece for audiences to listen to at home in the bath along with an experience pack of resources to change their physical environment, connecting closely with their personal atmosphere and relationship with their bodies. Delving in to possible outcomes of rising temperatures and the correlation between social and climate justice, this performance experience continues Young’s investigation into water as a key character in our collective conversations on climate justice.

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Without Sin by Unqualified Design Studio (10 – 15 September, Dublin Castle – Outside The Printworks)
A contemporary confessional for the modern sinner, this immersive one-to-one experience cultivates a space for intimate conversation. The performance brings two participants into a pair of bespoke-crafted timber booths, designed to be fully immersive, the booths use state-of-the-art technology to create an audio-visual feedback loop in which the interior lighting responds to participants’ voices. Linked via headphones, participants are guided into conversation with each other, using a half-remembered script to create their story together.

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The 2022 Digital Innovation projects in the festival programme as part of the Discovery Exchange from Dublin Fringe Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival are:

Dublin: WhoDunnit? The Great Art Robbery! By Super Paua (10 & 11 September, Your Place)

SACRÉ BLEU! DIA ÁR SÁBHÁIL! How could it be? A self-portrait of our national treasure- Ireland’s most notorious pigeon – STOLEN. You! Yes… all twelve of you are suspects. Fán anseo. You’re going NOWHERE until we figure out… whodunnit?

In this online multilingual mystery game, play a character, protect your secrets, and use your detective skills to catch the thief. For young people aged 8-12 years.

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Melbourne: Scopaesthesia by remi freer (19 – 24 September, online & Smock Alley Theatre)

Two interlocked digital experiences, for audiences in Dublin and Melbourne. Scopaesthesia is the creeping feeling of something’s eyes staring in the back of your head. Something unknown watching. Perceiving us with uncertain goals and unintelligible intentions. Occurring simultaneously in cities across the world, this cross-disciplinary work inhabits and contemplates our public space through the eyes of the invisible systems around us.

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Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round artist support organisation focusing on fresh and innovative approaches to the arts from Irish and international makers.

This year’s festival takes place 10-25 September, 2022. For the full programme please see

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