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2013 Festival Programme Launched

Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman and special guest Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Andrew Montague launched the 2013 IDGTF Programme this evening at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Secure online booking, powered by Ticketsolve, is now available and the programme is available for download.

To read the Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s full launch speech click here.


Festival Table Quiz 13th Wed March 2013

Join us in Pantibar for our 2013 Fundraising Table Quiz from 8:30pm.

Reserve your table now at Table of four: €40.

Hosted by Miss Panti with lots of wonderful prizes!



Thanks To All!

At the end of the day, this festival would not survive without the generations contributions made by so many. We would like to give huge thanks to:

Our sponsors/supporters:
  • Dublin City Council
  •  Fáilte Ireland
  •  RTÉ
  • Reinkarnated Tattoo and Body Piercing
  • Speak Easy Café Bar
  • Pantibar
  • The Front Lounge
  • The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar
  • Brasserie Sixty6
  • Bradbury’s Bakery
  • Harold’s Cross Surgery
  • Sunday Business Post
  • Gaydar
  • Dublin Bears
  • Tom Purcell
  • Kevin McGee
  • Gerry Cleary 

Our raffle donators:

  • Hotpress
  • Alpha Male Undies
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
  • Trocadero
  • The Lost Society
  • Carlowe Brewing
  • Cooks Academy
  • Eyre Hair
  • Lush, Grafton Street
  • Carrolls
  • Bare Essentials

All our fantastic front of house, marketing, box office and techical volunteers. And finally, all members of the executive committee who have given their time tirelessly for months.


Online Booking Available Again

The technical problems with online booking have now been resolved.

The problem was due to a technical problem with Realex – the system that handles secure online card payments – it was unavailable from 9am to 3:30pm. Unfortunately this issue was out of our control but we are monitoring it closely.

Note that no existing bookings were affected and all successful payments made are being processed as normal.

There may be a slight slowness when processing payments online due to a back-log of payments. If you have any questions or problems please contact us immediately Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will honour all reservations made today while the system was unavailable and we will hold your tickets at the venues up to 5 minutes before the show start time.

Box Office


Box Office Sales Updates

Week 2: May 14th to 20th

Sold Out (only stand-by tickets at the venue)

all shows currently available
Selling Fast (tickets still available but pre-booking recommended)

  • No Fats, No Femmes – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • Live Love Laugh – Friday
  • Live Love Laugh – Saturday evening
  • Theatre Shorts – Saturday evening

Important audience note:

We kindly request that all audience members arrive at the venues 10-30 minutes before the start time of the performance in order to assist our venue staff.

Latecomers may not be admitted as this disrupts the performances


Festival Programme Available for Download

The 2012 Festival programme was launched today by guest of honour Senator Katherine Zappone.

The programme is now available in venues around the city centre.

You can also download the programme here


Senator Katherine Zappone Launches Festival 2012

Senator Katherine Zappone was the guest of honour at the Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar as we launched the programme for Festival 2012

Online booking is now open for the Festival with our 2012 brochures coming soon to city centre venues.

Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>

Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>



Programme Launch 2012

Calling all press and media:

You are warmly invited to come and join us for the Official Press Launch of the 2012 Festival Programme! All the in’s and out’s of this year’s extremely diverse and wide-reaching programme will be revealed in the extremely central and lovely setting of The Arlington Hotel’s ‘Lower Bar’.

Senator Katherine Zappone, Ireland’s first lesbian member of parliament, will be launch this year’s programme for us.

Come and get a first hand preview of what will be on offer in Dublin this 7-20 May. There will be ample time for interviews, questions and photocalls and because it’s lunchtime fingerfood and refreshments will be provided.

This event is by invitation. To receive an invitation please email in advance for your invitation.