Posts Tagged ‘events’

Culture Night 2010

20th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

Culture Night 2010: What Will You See?

Temple Bar Cultural Trust has unveiled the programme for the largest ever Culture Night, which will take place on Friday, the 24th September 2010:

The theme of this year’s Culture Night is ‘What Will You See?’ and there is plenty to choose from! The participating regions, Dublin, Galway City, Galway County – Oughterard, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Sligo, Mayo, Wicklow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Westmeath, Letterkenny, Kerry, Carlow, Leitrim, Roscommon, and The Gaeltacht regions, will be transformed into cultural playgrounds with culture in all its forms including painting, poetry, dance, opera, traditional music, architecture, history, theatre and more, accessible to people of all ages.

A record 132 cultural venues in Dublin will open their doors for Culture Night this year including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Light House Cinema, Freemasons’ Hall, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, The Custom House, Quakers Meeting House, Irish Film Institute, National Leprechaun Museum, St Mary’s Abbey and many more.

To help visitors move around Dublin City on the night, Dublin Bus is providing free buses along three culture trails from 6pm to 11pm.  Buses will leave every 20 minutes from bus stops at Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College transporting visitors to outermost venues.

A full list of all the events going on is available on the web site.

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.

Bailieborough Celebrates Tom MacIntyre

29th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

Bailieborough, Co. Cavan is celebrating its 400th birthday this year, and Bailieborough Development Association (BDA) is running a number of events, one of which is to honour the playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre in his 80th year. Tom was born in Bailieborough and is very proud of his Cavan connections.

The BDA, with the support of Peace3 funding, is running this cross community/cross border initiative. The following programme of events will take place this September:

Friday 24th September: Lecture by Marie Kelly (presently completing a Ph.D. thesis on the work and life of Tom) followed a personal reminiscence by theatre director Patrick Mason.

Saturday 25th September: Public interview of Tom MacIntyre by Micheal Harding.

Sunday 26th September:
Launch of the book, The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: ‘Strays from the Ether‘, edited by Marie Kelly and Bernadette Sweeney – with a contribution from the actor Tom Hickey on that Sunday.

An exhibition will run of archive material on Tom’s work in Bailieborough Library from September 14th to 28th, with the help of Mairead Delaney, archivist with the Abbey Theatre.

Pauric McIntyre is curating the whole event. Pauric (no relation to Tom) is also from Bailieborough, and is an actor and director of Living Dread Theatre.

Bloomsday 2010

16th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

James JoyceIt’s June 16: the day the events took place in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and honoured as Bloomsday.

The James Joyce Centre has been organising readings and tours for several days, with a final series of events today:

8, 9.30, 11am at the James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St.

Our breakfast is the hallmark of our Bloomsday Festival. Partake of a ‘full Irish’ at the James Joyce Centre whilst actors entertain with readings from Joyce’s Ulysses. Feel free to come in your own c.1904 costume!

11am-3pm at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Alan Stanford, our Master of Ceremonies hosts a star-studded afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses. Joyceans of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join in, so come one, come all, and read your favourite few words from the book of the day! We’ll be treated to music of the era as soprano, Deirdre Masterson, pianist, Dearbhla Brosnan and other guest soloists sing a variety of songs drawn from Ulysses, while Eileene McLoughlin performs a neo-classical dance to ‘Marble Halls’. And don’t miss Senator David Norris perform an extract from his marvelous one-man Joyce show, ‘Do you see what I’m hearing?’ at 1pm.

Look who’s coming so far…Minister of State, Dr Martin Mansergh, Senator David Norris, Lord Mayor Emer Costello, Councillor Mick Rafferty, Maureen O’Sullivan, TD

Lynne Parker, Phelim Drew, Gavin Fullam, Donna Dent, Marty Rea, Louis Lovett, Aoibheann O’Hara, Eamonn Owens, Mark O’Regan, Beth Cooke, Andrew Whipp, and others…

Free and open to the public, limited seating available, no bookings.

4pm and 6.30pm screenings, Cineworld, Parnell Sq

Enjoy Bloomsday on the big screen in Sean Walsh’s recent adaptation of Joyce’s love story of Molly and Leopold Bloom. ‘… bawdy, irreverent, lyrical, compassionate, anguished, earthy, profound and deeply humane …’ (The Sunday Tribune)