Grand Canal Dock

Venue: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

Cancellation Update

Sunday 29th October

We are very disappointed to announce that, for reasons outside of our control, the run of Cygnus at Grand Canal Dock has been cancelled.

We hope you continue to have a great festival weekend – check out our other events for the rest of the weekend here.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



We are delighted to present the Irish premiere of CYGNUS, an enchanting and poetic live installation on the water that has captivated audiences worldwide. 

Every evening into night, between Friday 27th October and Sunday 29th October, Grand Canal Dock will be home to Cygnus: a beautiful installation featuring 12 life-size, uncannily real swans gliding in sync with music, their delicate pirouettes forming a mesmerising water ballet. These robotic birds will come to life as dusk descends in a nighttime experience that will enthral and amaze. 

Cygnus was created by Denis Bivour and Florian Giefer (LOOMALAND) from Berlin, Germany. Accompanying the installation will be a specially commissioned soundscape by Irish composer and artist Alma Kelliher. The soundscape will be an ethereal journey of voice, synth and sound recordings, featuring inspiration from Irish mythology, our native Mute Swans, traditional Irish music and Bram Stoker himself. The music will tell its own story, as the soundwaves carry across the water in Grand Canal dock; haunting and beautiful, both uniquely Irish and otherworldly.

Illuminated from the inside, they glide on the surface like ghosts, changing their colour and light patterns according to the rhythm. As the dance unfolds, the swans start to “sing” in abstract patterns, their ethereal voices forming a poetic soundscape that will cut the night air. 

The birds will come to life as dusk descends, in a nighttime experience that will enthral and amaze. 

Age Suitability: All ages (Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Accessibility: Grand Canal Square and Hanover Quay are wheelchair accessible. There is limited accessible parking available at the Grand Canal Square Q-Park Car park. Please contact Q-Park directly for more information and advance booking at www.qpark.ie or call 01 6111 976.

Please Note: This is an outdoor event. Please dress appropriately.

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