Emirates Announces Dublin as Marquee Theme for 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival

Adelaide socialites and fashionistas have a new iconic destination this Spring Racing Carnival – Dublin. Rather than travelling across the seas for this experience however, the A-list only need to secure their tickets in to the Emirates Birdcage Marquee in Melbourne, which has announced Dublin as its 2012 theme. Some might say it's easier getting in to Ireland!

The Birdcage has long been the 'must-have' marquee ticket at the Carnival, with society's rich, famous and glamorous making it their base over key race days.

Inspired by famous landmarks of Ireland’s capital, the Principal Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup will take guests on a cultural journey. The exterior will capture the charm of a typical Dublin high street with its iconic shop fronts, while inside guests will be steeped in history, with the main section of the marquee based on the Long Room from Trinity College, one of the great universities of the world.

The birthplace of many prominent literary figures, including influential writers and playwrights such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the marquee design will include authentic bookcases in a nod to Dublin’s rich literary history.

The menu will feature classic Irish dishes with a modern twist, while Irish-themed cocktails will be served as guests take in the unparalleled trackside views.

Dublin is a city well known for its entertainment and guests will be treated to performances by Irish dancing troupe, the Christine Ayres Irish Dancers, who were recently crowned the world’s best in Belfast.

Barry Brown, Emirates’ Vice President Australasia, said the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival will bring together an Irish festival of food, music, culture and literature.

“With an estimated six million Australians having Irish heritage, and with Ireland and Melbourne having a strong link to thoroughbred horseracing, particularly through legendary Irish trainer Dermot Weld, we are expecting major interest from our Irish visitors at this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup,” said Brown.

"Emirates introduced its new one-stop flights from Melbourne to Dublin earlier this year, speeding up travel times in each direction and making it easier than ever for people to come to Melbourne to witness the 'race that stops the nation’.”

The 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival will celebrate a number of milestones, including the 15th year of Emirates’ involvement, 10 years of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour and 50 years of Fashions on the Field.

Derby Day kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival on 3 November, with the Emirates Melbourne Cup on 6 November and Oaks Day on 8 November, while the Carnival culminates with Emirates Stakes Day on 10 November.

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