Find out more about the festival
who we are & what we do.

Designated as the official legacy project of Dublin City being the European Capital of Science in 2012, the inaugural Festival of Curiosity took place in 2013 and is Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design & technology.

From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.

With over 45,000 attendees each year across 14 venues in Dublin City Centre, the festival is Ireland’s annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design and has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of it’s kind in Europe.

The Festival of Curiosity takes a brand new, innovative & research-led approach to audience participation and engagement in science, arts, design & technology for all ages and has sold out every year since it’s inception.

In 2013 the festival was set up with the support of Founding Partners Dublin City Council, The Matheson Foundation, The RDS and Science Foundation Ireland. The festival brings together the most innovative leaders & strategic partners (local, national and international) in Industry, Education, Culture, Government, Media and Philanthropy who believe in forging a brighter future for Ireland and creating a culture of curiosity. Together we believe we can ignite Dublin’s curious heart.

Board of Directors

  • Turlough Galvin (Chair)
  • Michael Sands
  • Fiona Curtin
  • Dermot Casey

Meet the team

Vince Mc Carthy
Festival Founder

Ellen Byrne
Festival Founder &
Creative Director

Susana Grilo
Programme Producer

Our Vision

We believe in a world where every person has the confidence, the courage and the opportunity to be curious.

Our Mission

To create a culture of curiosity in Ireland 

Our Values


Interested in supporting the festival and connecting with curious and engaged audiences? Please email for details.

The Festival of Curiosity is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. We strive through the support of our core partners, programme partners, patrons and friends of the festival to remove barriers to entry to science, arts, technology, maths, engineering and design for all ages, and to create programmes that are open and accessible for all to attend.