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The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 15 May 2021:


Dublin Event Guide 707: BIG steps towards a new/old Ireland! – Food markets are all back, OPW News, Harold’s Cross Community Festival, Bealtaine Festival

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

BIG steps towards a new/old Ireland!

Food markets are all back, Harold’s Cross Community Festival, Bealtaine Festival

Hi all!

Museums are open, events are re-starting, the OPW has made a big announcement (see at the bottom of this newsletter) about Irish heritage sites and the traffic is back on our streets. And when on Monday all retail re-opens (watch out Penney’s, here we come!) then we are nearly back to normality.

Ok, Pubs, Restaurants, Gigs, Parties, Festivals and Travel are still missing, but who remembers them anyway. :-O But seriously, it looks as if all is just a mattter of time and luckily not THAT much more time!

Thanks to the help from some of you (a lot less than I had hoped for, to be honest, but at least there were SOME ;-) ), last week’s Facebook Reach of this newsletter went back to an acceptable number again. So the end of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” on Facebook has stopped for now, but I strongly STRONGLY suggest that you sign up for the weekly newsletter at www.dublineventguide.com if you want to ensure that you get regular updates about the great free events in Dublin.

With life opening up again, some people will feel very insecure and we will have to help them to re-learn “normality” again. Especially elderly people might have big concerns. I see it in a relative of mine who is double vaccinated and not the biggest socialiser anyway, but she is super worried of even just going into her own garden. The spreading of fear by media and authorities was so effective that she is worried to leave her house.

We also need to send a message to our authorities, that makes it clear that ANY ongoing restrictions have to b e evidence-based and without evidence we will not accept them/live by them. The current highly contentious issue are antigen self-tests, which are an absolutely important means to open society again in many countries. They also will be the ticket (literally!) to open large scale events again. However, in Ireland, key figures in NPHET argue against clear evidence and international experts in a bizarrely ignorant and arrogant way. For some reason they don’t get it (or don’t want to get it?). The NPHET position is so laughably incorrect that an eminent virologist from Harvard Medical School was wondering what the ulterior motives of the NPHET representatives are.

Coming to the most needed, but not so popular section of this newsletter, the “begging section” ? I want to say a HUGE Thank You to the donors! If I could, I would love to shake our hand to thank you for your essential help! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has some amazing supporters!
These supporters are keeping the Dublin Event Guide alive! If you are not yet part of this prestigious group, it would be really great to welcome you to it as well.

The Dublin Event Guide is a free service that I run since 2007. I don’t make any money from it, but I need your help to pay the bills (approx 200 Euro per months). Some people have suggested that I should I put the Dublin Event Guide behind a “pay wall” and charge a few Euro per month for access. But I have to say that this is definitely not my preferred option, so I will keep it free as long as possible.

If you are with me on this and can help me to continue that way, I would appreciate your donation. If you don’t have the means to help with a donation, then the Dublin Event Guide is my gift to you!

Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month and you get FOUR Dublin Event Guides for that. Where else can you get so much value for so little money?

Use the Dublin Event Guide Donation Page here. It is really easy to use and uses Stripe’s trustworthy payment processing. In case it doesn’t work for you, the “old” links are still below for another little while. And maybe you can even sign up for a yearly subscription!? Yearly subscriptions will give some important financial stability and reliability to the Dublin Event Guide and would be great to have! (Look for the RED subscription buttons at the bottom of the Donation Page.)

If the new page above doesn’t work, please donate here via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb

And you can even buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here www.buymeacoffee.com/DublinEventG


There is also another way to help and it is even free: If you come to www.DublinEventGuide.com and check out some of the ads and click on the ones that you find interesting, that also helps with a few cent! ?

Thank you!!

The EPIC Zone

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“EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” (www.epicchq.com) are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

+++ EPIC IS OPEN!
EPIC is open again and to celebrate their 5th borthday, you can get a 20% birthday discount on tickets if you book online by 16 May and if you use the Promocode “BIRTHDAY”.
EPIC is open 7 days a week and you can book your tickets here: tickets.epicchq.com

+++ Making a Diverse Island: Migrant Communities in Modern Ireland
Thu 20 May – 18:30-19:30 – Online – Adm: Free (EUR 5 Donation appreciated)
When remembering how Irish emigrants have shaped the world, we should also celebrate how immigrants have shaped Ireland. This talk will explore Ireland’s complex historical path to becoming the diverse nation that it is today.
In the final event in this series, Dr Maurice J Casey will be joined by Amanda Nyoni of MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) to talk about the campaign for justice, freedom and dignity for asylum seekers in Ireland. This event is free.
A suggested donation of €5 to the Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) is welcome.
epicchq.com/event/making-a-diverse-island-migrant-communities-in-modern-ireland/ (Booking required)

+++ EPIC Explorers: Market the Museum
Sat 22 May – 11:00-12:00 – Online – Adm: Free
To celebrate ‘International Museum Day’, EPIC is putting the future of museum marketing in your children’s hands with this interactive poster making workshop. First, we’ll learn what museum marketing is and why it’s important, taking part in a few fun activities to test out past campaigns from EPIC and museums around the world. We’ll discover all about advertising, design, brand and character, giving your child all the tools they need to succeed, before handing over the reins to them. After the workshop, using everything they’ve learned, they’ll reimagine the stories of our museum for future audiences by designing their very own marketing posters. Once they’ve perfected their designs, our marketing team will use them to promote EPIC on social media, sharing their campaigns for everyone to admire! Suitable for children ages 6 – 12 years old, all your child need is their imagination and whatever materials they have available to take part. epicchq.com/event/epic-explorers-market-the-museum/ (Booking required.)

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 15 May

+ National Drawing Day 2021
+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ Supernatural Food Market – Food & Farmer’s Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thesupernaturalfoodmarket
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ Sketch, Draw and Colour: National Drawing Day –  Chester Beatty Library 10:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/sketch-draw-and-colour-national-drawing-day-at-the-chester-beatty/ and also a second event  chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/online-sketching-for-teens-and-adults/

+ Bushy Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket
+ Red Stables Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 www.facebook.com/RedStablesMarket

+ The Science of Noses – Storytime & Family Workshop – Theatre of Science, UK 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/162893838983767
+ Emigrants And Exiles – History Talks – Trasna na Tire – Commemoration for the National Famine Commemoration Day 11:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/284679193099422
+ Comic Book Festival: Comics Design with Sarah – Workshop (Age: 8-12) – Alliance Française 11:00-12:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3654646641313858 (Booking required)
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Mango Pavalova – Baking Workshop – Boozy Bakers (UK) 10:00-11:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2979396759048166

+ National Drawing Day 2021 – Workshop – National Museum 12:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/052021/National-Drawing-Day-2021

+ Yoga for Wellbeing  – Live Webinar with Isha Yoga 16:00-17:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Jack Lukeman: 5 Years Facebook Live – Gig with Bowie, Prince, Tom Petty, Cohen G Micheal + more 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/277325570797459/
+ The Old Spot By The River – Liberty Hall, Custom House and the Dublin Dockland Rebels – Burning of the Custom House on 25 May 1921 – Talk 20:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/282890053495724
+ Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation Workshop – Art of Living Foundation 21:00-22:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/58096834195 (Booking required)

Sunday 16 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival  08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/

+ Glasnevin Indoor Market/Food Fair 09:00-17:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/events/789188098378747

+ The Science of Noses – Storytime & Family Workshop – Theatre of Science, UK 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/754454758476583
+ The National Symphony Orchestra In Concert: Bologne, Brahms 10:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3517/the-national-symphony-orchestra-in-concertbologne-brahms/?ticketID=1621159200
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Sundays@Noon Online: Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell (harp + voice) – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00-13:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/forthcoming-sunday-concerts/3201-sundaysnoon-online-teresa-and-mary-odonnell

+ Explorer at the Pavilion Family Workshop – Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) – 14:00-15:30 IMMA; Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 www.facebook.com/events/298382278608700 (Booking required)
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1418569321809551

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 17 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/

+ Mother Tongues Festival – celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts 17-22 May with over 45 events mothertonguesfestival.com/mtfest2021/

Tuesday 18 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Mother Tongues Festival – celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts 17-22 May with over 45 events mothertonguesfestival.com/mtfest2021/
+ Mamluk Book Bindings – In Focus Audio Tour – Chester Beatty Library 11:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/in-focus-audio-tour-mamluk-bindings/
+ Close Reading Poetry Workshop: Seamus Heaney – National Library of Ireland – Virtual Culture Club 11:00 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873623293
+ Mindfulness: Explained & Experienced – Workshop – Iconic Offices and Insight Out Mindfulness 12:00-13:00 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/mindfulness-explained-experienced/ (Booking required)
+ Hugh Lane Gallery Audio Descriptions for people with visual impairment 12:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3165-audio-description-may
+ Nature Live: Britain’s Vanishing Plants – Talk – Natural History Museum, London 12:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/453081949119715
+ International Museum Day 2021 – VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) Discussion – Hugh Lane Gallery 14:30 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3209-international-museum-day-2021 (Booking required)
+ “The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet” – Science Gallery Bookclub 18:00 Online dublin.sciencegallery.com/latest/join-us-to-discuss-the-disconnect-at-our-book-club-on-18-may (Booking required)
+ Yoga for Respiratory Health – Live Webinar with Isha Yoga 18:00-19:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Leslie Daiken and Michael Sayers: Irish Writers and the Thirties – Talk – National Library 19:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)

Wednesday 19 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Mother Tongues Festival – celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts 17-22 May with over 45 events mothertonguesfestival.com/mtfest2021/
+ The Wheel Summit 2021 – Charity Summit (19+20 May) – Talks 11:00-15:30 Online www.wheel.ie/summit-2021 (Booking required)
+ “Berlin Suite by Cecil King” – Coffee conversation – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3177-coffee-conversation-the-berlin-series (Booking required)
+ Remote Working: Tax Risks & Payroll Considerations – Workshop – Iconic Offices & Mazars 12:30-13:10 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/remote-working-tax-risks-payroll-considerations/ (Booking required)
+ Meat Me Halfway – Talk about our relationship with animal products and what drives us to make the choices we do – Natural History Museum, London 12:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/484004373046963
+ Biodiversity for Citizen Scientists – Talk with plant ecologist for adults and children 12+ – National Museum 14:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Country-Life/Events/Q12021/The-Irish-Community-Archive-Network-presents-Natio (Booking required)
+ Live Online Harp Recital with Harpist Aisling Ennis – Chester Beatty Library 18:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/live-online-harp-recital-2/ (Booking required)
+ Irish Free State: Home Rule and Rome Rule – When the Poor felt the lash of the Liberator – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/410658330027014

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 20 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ International Literature Festival (20-30 May) with some free and some paid events ilfdublin.com/whats-on/festival/
+ Mother Tongues Festival – celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts 17-22 May with over 45 events mothertonguesfestival.com/mtfest2021/
+ The Wheel Summit 2021 – Charity Summit (19+20 May) – Talks 11:00-15:30 Online ht (Booking required)
+ Yeats and Theatre: Virtual Exhibition Tour – National Library 11:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)
+ Merrion Square Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:30-14:30 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 h
+ Climate Change: what it means for our built and archaeological heritage – Talk – National Museum 13:00-14:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Archaeology/Events/Lecture-Series,-Climate-Change-and-Archaeology-Cli (Booking required)
+ A most distressful country – War of Independence Dublin Port & Inner City – Talk 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/150501633437 (Booking required)
+ Jazz Connector: Making Money from your Song with Paulette Long – Workshop – Improvised Music Company 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/360308635400623
+ Extraterrestrial: A Black Irish Celebration of Identity – Natonal Concert Hall & District 20:00 Online www.nch.ie/Online/article/NCH-District-Extraterrestrial-20May21

Friday 21 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ International Literature Festival (20-30 May) with some free and some paid events ilfdublin.com/whats-on/festival/
+ Mother Tongues Festival – celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts 17-22 May with over 45 events mothertonguesfestival.com/mtfest2021/
+ Photography in the Hugh Lane Gallery – Hugh Lane Gallery Culture Club 10:30 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3194-culture-club-21-may-2021
+ Mindful Moment & Meditation – Workshop – Iconic Offices & Audrey O’Connor 12:00-12:40 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/mindful-moment-meditation/ (Booking required)
+ RTÉ National Symphony Orchestr a: Wagner and Bizet with Killian Farrell – Concert 19:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3537/wagner-and-bizet-with-killian-farrell/?ticketID=1621623600

And there is more…

+++ Free admission to ALL Irish Heritage Sites managed by OPW
The OPW (Office of Public Works) manages most Irish Heritage sites, including Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Rathfarnham Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Brú Na Bóinne/Newgrange Visitor Centre and many others. To hel with the recovery and getting back to normality, the Minister of State with responsibility for the OPE, Patrick O’ Donovan has announced on Friday that admission to all sites will be free until the end of the year.
In normal times this would be super news and I would celebrate it. But at the moment we still are in different times. Some sites are closed (e.g. Kilmainham Gaol), other sites have limited visitor numbers and guided tours are also still cancelled. So the celebration is a little dampened, BUT, there is a real possibility that all sites will open before the end of year AND that guided tours will re-start again and once that happens, then this free access until the end of the year is great news. Find all details on heritageireland.ie/

+++ Dublin Dance Festival & International Literature Festival
The Dublin Dance Festival (with this year’s focus on Dance Films) will take place from  18-30 May. It seems that there are a couple of free events as well, but it is so difficult to find out which events are free and which aren’t that I had to give up. You need to check yourself: www.dublindancefestival.ie
The International Literature Festival Dublin also takes place at the end of May (20-30 May). They run some free and some non-free events and the full list (unfortunately also without a clear identification of free evens) is here ilfdublin.com

+++ LEARN A NEW SKILL WITH ONLINE COURSES
Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

+++ READ MORE BOOKS
For physical books and e-books I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include free delivery in their price AND by buying books from Book Depository you will definitely help the Dublin Event Guide and it doesn’t cost you a cent. Buy your books here shor.by/BookDepository  .

And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (dublineventguide@gmail.com)

 

 


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