Other Voices happenings: Banter, Cogar & Dumbworld!

Other Voices happenings: Banter, Cogar & Dumbworld!

November 19, 2023

Specialist strands Banter and Cogar are returning to Dingle with incredible lineups, plus our new addition: Dumbworld Street Opera!

After last week’s thrilling Church line-up announcement, we're delighted to reveal exciting details of Dingle's specialist happenings set to take place as part of this year's festival from December 1-3!


Jim Carroll’s fireside chat-focused Banter series returns to Other Voices with exciting guests, including BAFTA-winning actor, writer and comedian Aisling Bea, historian and broadcaster Dónal Fallon, multi-award-winning author Mark O’Connell, journalist and Irish Times columnist Brianna Parkins, broadcaster and author Emma Warren, artist and designer Richard Malone, Chairman of iconic Irish record label Claddagh Records, James Morrissey.

Aisling Bea.

Banter will also feature a special conversation with author Colum McCann and acclaimed Irish musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire - with more names to be announced. 

Held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the festival weekend, Jim Carroll will explore what makes his guests tick in Foxy John’s pub on Dingle’s Main Street. Entry to Banter will be on a first-come, first-served basis each day so make sure to get in nice and early! ⏰

Dumbworld & Irish National Opera present:

An exciting new addition to this year's Other Voices is ‘Dumbworld Presents’ - a trio of street operas. Renowned for its boundary-pushing performing and visual arts, Dumbworld promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in these satirical operas, projected on large walls and experienced via the innovative Isolde app

Composer Brian Irvine, writer/director John McIlduff, and digital video artist Conan McIvor have joined forces with conductor Fergus Sheil to create an opera experience like no other.

On Friday ‘The Scorched Earth Trilogy’ will delve into our complex relationship with the Earth - exploring themes such as the environment, climate change, pollution, and consumerism. On Saturday festival goers can enjoy the Double Bill ‘Two Angels Play I Spy’ & ‘Drive By Shooting’ which feature angels and the elderly, exploring themes of betrayal, passion, and revenge.


Other Voices’ Irish language strand, returns this winter with an eclectic lineup of artists of every form imaginable. A micro-festival for the senses, Cogar is set to celebrate creativity as Gaelainn, our native tongue. 

Taking place in Díseart Gardens across the weekend there will be a series of art and light installations, music performances, sculpture, pop-up gigs and more all curated by the brilliant Dingle creative Áine Ní Chíobháin. Check out the lineup below!

You don’t need a Dingle Distillery Music Trail wristband to enjoy Cogar, “This place is for you and open to all. Come and play. Seo libh ag imirt – sí bhúr n-áit í.” 

Coming up on Other Voices!

We're heading to St James' Gate in the Liberties tomorrow (Tuesday November 21) for Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse before returning to our West Kerry abode. Tickets are sold out but you can stream performances from The Streets, Mahalia, FIZZ, The Bonny Men, Saint Sister's Morgana and Dagogo Hart on our YouTube channel from 7:30PM.

CMAT, Gurriers, The Joy, Julie Byrne, Mick Flannery and ØXN will perform at St James Church next month, with more epic headliners to be announced this week. Stay tuned for news on the IMRO Other Room - four incredible acts have been chosen from the Irish music scene!

Join the Dingle Distillery Music Trail waiting list now  

Other Voices 2023 is made possible with the support and partnership of the Reed, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Tourism Ireland, RTÉ, Dingle Distillery, Kerry County Council & IMRO.