Bray Jazz Festival is an international music event weekend that takes place in the North Wicklow seaside town on the May Bank Holiday weekend of each year.
Established in the Millennium year, the festival has hosted performances by artists at the very cutting edge of contemporary jazz from at home and abroad - including performers from across Europe, the United States, South America, Africa and the Far East.
The festival was started with funding support from the National Millennium Committee and from other public and private sector backers. It is currently supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, the local authorities of Wicklow and Bray, Failte Ireland (the Irish tourism board) and by local business.
Directions: Bray is situated on the east coast, and can be reached travelling south bound from Dublin city for approximately 30km along the N11 (Dublin/Rosslare) National Primary Route. See Google Map for further directions.
The town is situated 1 hour by car south of Dublin Airport, and transport from the airport to the town is services by an Air Coach (blue bus) service which runs each quarter hour from outside Terminal One. (ask attendants to point you to the correct bus).
A number of public transport options exist to reach the town. The town is serviced by the following Dublin Bus Routes : 45, 45A, 84, 184 and 185.
A special nightlink bus service is available to return festival goers to Dublin City Centre following late night concerts. These buses are run by Finnegan's Coaches and leave from Bray Main Street (opposite Royal Hotel) for O'Connell St, Dublin, at 12.15am, and at 2.15am each night. Tickets are priced €5.
DART (Dublin Rapid Transport) services run with frequency from Dublin city centre (Tara, Connolly and Pearse Stations).
Luas tram services on the Dublin Blue Line reach to within 5 miles of Bray. Commuters can link to the other public transport (bus) networks, or reach the town by taxi.