The following message comes with a heavy heart.

First of all, 2018 will be the last year of the Forró Dublin Festival. We have been blessed by forró and are glad to have had the opportunity to contribute to the growing forró community in Ireland and Europe. We want to thank everyone who participated in our weekly parties and especially those who traveled from around Europe to experience the forró spirit in Dublin.

The other sad news is that we will no longer be having Thursday parties as Wigwam did not receive enough revenue at the bar to make it financially viable for them. We will still have the Wednesday party in Woolshed after Forró Ireland’s class and there may be an occasional gig if we have a suitable venue and we think it is financially viable.

Forró has been in Dublin for many years before Forró Dublin, and it will continue under the stewardship of Forró Ireland and other groups for many years to come.

But the crew behind Forró Dublin are moving onto new challenges. We’re not leaving forró. We are launching a new project in March that will contribute even more to the growth of forró.

For the final hurrah we have some great plans. We are reaching out to the broader Brazilian community in Dublin & Ireland. We have booked one of the top forró bands in Europe, Forró de Ka, we have perfect venues with a great floor, excellent sound and lots of space. We have a cultural workshop on the history of aesthetics & politics of fashion in Bahia. We have a Brazilian food & craft market, and are including some of the other Brazilian dance teachers & bands to incorporate axé, capoeira, lambazouk, samba de gafieira & pagode in the mix. We will have an Irish set dancing class & presentation, and of course… 5 nights of non-stop forró.

We would love to hear your ideas and contributions to the festival, whether you want to have a stall at the market, to do a workshop on Sunday, a performance or party piece. The Friday & Saturdays are going to be pretty controlled but Sunday all-day party is completely open to you, the forrozeiros of Ireland.

And if you know anyone into Brazilian dance or culture who might like to participate in some way please send them our contact:

The full programme will be available in the next couple of days, we are just confirming a couple of things with teachers and presenters.

This is going to be the best year of all and we hope to see you all here at the end of April 🙂