Archive for the ‘festival’ Category

Table Quiz for DGTF

24th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Table Quiz

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is holding a fundraising Table Quiz on Wednesday February 2nd, in Pantibar @ 8pm, which will be hosted by RTÉ‘s Aengus MacGrainna.

To pre-book a table email Tables are €40 / €10 per person.

All proceeds will be used to develop the Festival, which is a fully voluntary, not-for-profit community organisation.

The festival is also looking for volunteers for its 2011 programme.

Imagine Ireland 2011

10th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Image IrelandIreland’s cultural ambassador, actor Gabriel Byrne launched the largest-ever promotion of Irish arts events across the US this weekend.  People in more than 40 states across the US will experience world-class arts from Ireland in 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, a year-long season of Irish arts in America.

This first-time unprecedented celebration of Irish arts will see over 1,000 artists and producers from Ireland create over 400 events across 40 states in the US from January to December in all art forms including film, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and dance.

Film highlights of the Imagine Ireland programme include:

  • Two Irish feature films THE GUARD and KNUCKLE are in official selection at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Irish Film Festivals will take place in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle
  • A celebration of Ireland in documentary film will screen at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • A retrospective curated by Gabriel Byrne in association with the Irish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) which will take place in MOMA

Imagine Ireland received an investment of €4 million from the Irish Government in Budget 2011 which will enable Irish artists to strengthen the bonds which exist between Ireland and America, to generate new relationships and opportunities with key partners and presenters and to build new audiences and interest in Ireland across the cultural, business and heritage sectors.

Speaking at the launch, Ireland’s Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin said:

“Culture is the means by which most Americans encounter Ireland.  It connects with the deep sense of pride and belonging of more than 40 million Irish-Americans and also with the man millions of Americans who love great art.  We have invested in Imagine Ireland because the arts and culture are so vital to Ireland’s recovery and it will bring Irish culture to new audiences and generations across America”.

Gabriel Byrne commented on the evolving Irish arts, saying:

“The creative Irish mind has always found some of its richest inspiration in America – think today of the music of U2 or the writing of Colum McCann. Think too of the plays of Eugene O’Neill and the films of John Ford, whose film The Quiet Man is one of the most memorable and influential responses by an Irish American to the challenge to ‘imagine Ireland’.”

Imagine Ireland is an initiative of Culture Ireland.

Darklight Transmedia Symposium

14th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Darklight 2010On Friday 29 October, from 10am – 6pm in Filmbase, Dublin the Darklight Festival will be running a Transmedia Symposium.

Official Festival Industry Partner Irish Film Board/Bord Scannan na hEireann, producer Katie Holly and festival director Nicky Gogan put their heads together to programme a day of information, discussion, workshops and advice open to all aspiring and practicing creative folk.

This is a day-long event that will explore the potential of digital and analogue networks as a creative tool for storytelling, as well as a means to reach audiences and finance and distribute films. the international and Irish guests will discuss all aspects of Transmedia production.

Topics on the agenda include fund-raising models, distribution platforms and crowd-sourcing collectives, and we’ll also be looking at what it means to write, direct and produce projects destined for the big screen, the small screen, the internet, apps, graphic novels, live performance and immersive experiences.

The Darklight Season Pass allows access to all screenings, workshops, gigs and the symposium for the sum of €75. Season Passes are available now to purchase in person or over the phone via the IFI box-office 01 6795744. Day passes for the symposium on Friday 29 October are €40 and can be purchased online.

National Heritage Week

19th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

National Heritage Week is going on in Ireland from the 21st – 29th of August in hundreds of locations all over the country.

There will be a diverse range of events going on: check out the web site for more information on what’s happening in your local area.

Dublin Fringe 2010

16th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

The programme for the 2010 Dublin Absolute Fringe Festival (September 11th-26th) has been announced.

The festival’s director, Róise Goan, said of the theme of this Fringe: “Community is the common thread running through this year’s festival. We are interested in what brings people together and how that defines them and you. In difficult times, people gather, roll their sleeves up and set about making change, and the collective energy they harness can move mountains.”

The festival will kick off with the free Wild Hunt and the Sleepwalker spectacle by Macnas at Collins Barracks. Other street theatre will be provided by three shows by THEATREclub and the dance group Ponydance, who will perform 15 times in 15 public locations, including a dole queue.

Among the more controversial shows will surely be Listowel Syndrome by Emma Martin, which is based on the Kerry assault case, and comprises of a dance and live music piece that is described as “a dark tale of small-town solidarity”.

Another show sure to cause interest is Nic Green’s Trilogy, at Dublin’s Project Arts Theatre, which claims it “examines and interrogates the joys and complexities of being a woman today”, and will feature 50 naked women volunteers. Also interesting will be Jerk, a one-man show which uses glove puppets to tell the true story of a 1970s serial killer and his accomplices. It is not for children, however the kids will be happy to attend the puppet show Escape from Dead Zoo, which will use the reopened Natural History Museum as inspiration. During the fortnight of the Fringe a mini city, called LiffeyTown, created by artist Fergal McCarthy, will float up and down the river.

Other highlights will include a new interpretation of a translation by the Scottish poet Robin Robertson of Greek tragedy Medea, and the Show in a Bag project: the result of a partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company and Irish Theatre Institute; resourcing actors with shows they can tour and earn an income from, while simultaneously resourcing venues across the country with high-quality, low-tech touring theatre. Despite a massive cut to their own funding, The Performance Corporation will support three emerging companies participating in the festival this year by lending their time, expertise and in-house resources to bring these projects to full production.

RTÉ has partnered with the festival to produce RadioActive, a season of new short works for radio that will be broadcast as part of the festival and available for daily download.

There are over 100 different shows in the programme, so there is bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes.