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Hope Fest - a wellness and music event for Dublin’s homeless community
Hope Fest is an annual wellness and music event for those experiencing homelessness in Dublin City, the first of its kind in Ireland. It is a collaboration between two community organisations, the Dublin Lions Club and Dublin Simon Community, and staff and students from University College Dublin (UCD).
Hope Fest began in May 2018 after the need was identified for a summer event for clients of Dublin’s homeless services. This event would not only offer a hot meal, but would also provide wellness services, music, entertainment, and a welcomed break from the norm. Chiropody, hairdressing, mindfulness, massage, and beauty therapy were all part of the services offered, while musicians provided entertainment and guests were provided with a hot meal.
This event challenges the stigma associated with homelessness and looks at how the isolation and loneliness that is experienced by the homeless community can be addressed through collaboration, integration, and community spirit.
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