The 13th annual Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular gets underway this weekend in and around Dublin’s Merrion Square and will be in Cork’s Fitzgerald Park next weekend.

Showcasing the best in international street performance acts, this year’s festival will feature the world’s leading living statue artists, lots of fun free activities for all the family to enjoy, delicious street food from around the world, as well as a pet area with charity partner the DSPCA.

There will be a brand new ‘it’s good to live’ stage focused on health, happiness and wellbeing and bringing the event closer again to the ethos of the sponsor, albeit in a way that is driven by popular demand rather than a marketing plan.

Among the performers will be Sara Twister, the woman who can fire a bow and arrow from her feet while balancing upside down, Mat Ricardo the first man in history to put the tablecloth back on a set table, Rubberband Boy the double Guinness world record holder for wrapping 78 rubber bands around his head, The Piano Juggler the world’s fastest piano juggler, Charlie Caper the world-renowned and award-winning magician from Sweden, and Jonathan Burns the man who can squeeze himself through a toilet seat.

It’s an eclectic mix and one that will attract as many as 250,000 Festival-goers.

The Happy Pear and social media superstar James Patrice will be involved in various discussions taking place around the Park.

Ireland’s first health homework programme, Super Troopers with laya healthcare will also be back in action albeit focused on mindfulness rather than maths at this time of year.

In Dublin, Laya Healthcare partners Leinster Rugby will be paying the festival a visit with a sports skills session and some fun activities to keep fit and train like a pro.