Solstice 2012 event in Dublin

A special rate is now available for the upcoming Solstice 2012 event at the National Show Centre in Swords, Co Dublin next week.

The event plans to be a large-scale celebration of the 2012 Winter Solstice, which marks the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, which starts at 7pm on Thursday 20th December, and runs through the night until midday on Friday. 

The event will be alcohol and drug free and will feature an exciting mix of traditional and modern music from around the world, including Banco DeGaia, Liam O’Maonlai, and Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo. Scholars will also be available on the night to explain the importance of the solstice, and a large line-up of other speakers and healers are set to attend to give workshops and demonstrations. Live video feed from Newgrange at dawn will hopefully show the morning light enter the passage tomb.

Organiser Enda Donnellan is looking forward to the unique event, “The festival is designed to take everybody on a journey through the night towards the solstice sunrise, and the dawning of a new era of positivity. Many people have moved away from organised religion but the thirst for spirituality is still there. Excessive alcohol intake has been a malign influence in society for the past century or more. I’m hoping the new era of positivity will open people’s minds to the possibility of having a really good time without alcohol. If they come to the festival, they’ll see it for themselves”.

Tickets are available at €49. For more information or to buy tickets click here.

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