Event Guide 41: Flamenco Workshop, Elvis Presley Concert, Project Art Centre Exhibitions, Health Protest, Earth Hour, Concert for Peace and a lot more

March 28th, 2008

Hi all!

St. Patrick’s Day is over, Easter is gone and I am hoping for another bank holiday on Monday!!!! :-) I definitely could get used to these short weeks as it leaves so much more time for events. ;-) Last weekend I got a chance to look at the Event Guide name issue again (For all new subscribers: due to some potential legal challenges we need to change the name of this Event Guide in the near future.) and the matter is progressing. 105 of you voted for some of the suggested names and since I don’t want to annoy anybody with lots of mails, I will discuss a short list of a few names with the 105 and whoever else is interested in helping with the decision. If you have voted, you will hear from me soon again. If you didn’t get a chance to vote a few weeks back but would like to contribute to the name search, just drop me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com) with the subject “Name Change” and I will add you to the list.

On another, but related, aspect I need a bit of help from you! If I sent the weekly mail like a normal e-mail through my ISP, they Event Guide would be rejected by your mail provider or would end up in your Spam Filter. For this reason I am currently sending this Event Guide in 10 batches via a number of GMail accounts. This is quite cumbersome and not 100% reliable so I will be able to do that for another while, but will have to move to a professional newsletter sending service at some stage in the near future. Regarding the new name, my preference would be to trademark it so that we won’t get in any further trouble at a later stage. And finally I will need to register domain names etc for the new name. You probably see where this is going! ;-)

I can promise that this Event Guide will always be free to you, the subscribers. BUT to cover the cost I need to generate some money and I am looking for ideas from you, how I could generate money without interfering with the nature and the integrity of the Event Guide. I thought for example of sponsorship. Maybe you work for a company or know somebody who would be interested to sponsor or part sponsor this venture? I haven’t worked out any details and am at the “idea stage”, so all your suggestions are more than welcome.

Do you remember that a few weeks back I said that a goal was to reach 1600 people by October? Today, this Event Guide will go out to 940 people! And I am convinced that – with your help – the 1600 goal is definitely achievable! Tell your family, friends and colleagues about it and ask them to subscribe by mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com. Thanks! :-)

Robbie Blake won the pair of tickets for the Classical Concert “Spring Serenade” organised by the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) Student’s Union. The Student Union had made the pair of tickets available for free and Robbie won the competition. I was at the concert in the National Gallery last night and it was brilliant! A great variation of different talented soloists with a really good choice of music. (I loved Maeve’s performance at the end! Perfect end of the evening. :-) ) If you get the chance to go to any of the RIAM Student Union’s Rush Hour Recitals in future, you should go!



This week there is another chance for a competition that I already introduced a week ago. For new readers: If organisers can male a few tickets available for free, I am happy to mention as well events that require a ticket purchase.

Another chance to win a pair of tickets, but you have to hurry! Sólo Flamenco, the Irish based international Flamenco group is holding another workshop in Dublin with acclaimed Spanish flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher Felipe de Algeciras.. For their next workshop in the DanceHouse in Foley Street (Dublin 1), Sólo Flamenco is making a pair of tickets available for you to take part in the Taster Class.
Sólo Flamenco will hold a series of workshops on Sun, 30 March between 12:00 and 17:00 in Studio 2 in DanceHouse.
The schedule for the day is
12:00-13:00 Taster
Open to students with no experience who want to learn about flamenco. Cost: EUR15
You can win the pair of tickets for this class.
13:00-14:00 Beginners
Open to dancers with 6 to 18 months experience. Cost: EUR15
14:00-15:00 Technique
Open to all levels. Cost: EUR 15
15:00-17:00 Intermediate
Open to dancers with 18 months experience or more. Cost: EUR30
As a special offer a discounted price of EUR 50 is for students who are attending all three Beginners, Technique and Intermediate classes.
Each class is limited to 30 students, so advance booking is essential to secure a place.
For information and bookings e-mail info@flamencoyalegria.net or call Damian at 086 81 46 496 as soon as possible. The courses are filling and while there are still some places available, you should ring TODAY to make sure you get a place. www.flamencoyalegria.net/?page_id=66
The pair of Taster class tickets (12:00-13:00) could be yours if you send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject “Flamenco” and your mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your e-mail has to be with me before 16:00 on Fri 28 March. You don’t have to know ANYTHING about Flamenco to go to this taster workshop!
If you already have learned some Flamenco before make sure that you check out the new courses that Sólo Flamenco is offering.
“Term 2: An introduction to Flamenco – Technique” is a 12 week course and starts on 31 March (Mondays 20:30-21:30) in Studio 3. Cost: EUR 10 per class EUR 110 per term (12 weeks)
The course “Flamenco – Choreography” starts on 03 April (Thursdays 20:30-21:30) in Studio 3. Cost: EUR 10 per class – EUR 110 per term (12 weeks)
Classes are aimed at beginners. Studio 3 is limited to 12 places so be sure to reserve your place. www.flamencoyalegria.net/?page_id=57

The other exception to the FREE rule is for events I am heavily involved with:

I am part of the “Graceland Gospel Singers” backing choir of the Elvis Tribute Band “Elvis The Way It Was”. And you have the chance to watch our “Elvis Presley Story”, which was seen last year by more than 5000 people in a two week run in the Tivoli Theatre. It is a one-night-only event in the National Concert Hall in Earlsfort Terrace and is in aid of St. Michael’s House. On 03 April from 20:00, Kevin Doyle, The Way It Was Orchestra and the Graceland Gospel Singers will commemorate the life and music of Elvis Presley. The event is a concert that walks you through Elvis’ life with songs, pictures, video clips and voiceovers. It is not a musical, but an Elvis Presley tribute concert with multi-media add-ons. St. Michael’s House is a charity providing facilities and services to over 1500 people with learning disabilities in Dublin City and County. If you now want to have a laugh about me on stage :-) I will happily entertain you as long as you help St. Michael’s House. :-P The price for the tickets is EUR 25 or EUR 15 and it can be booked via
www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/The-Elvis-Presley-Story.aspx?date=03/04/2008&time=2000 – But seriously, the concert will be brilliant and I promise that we will deliver an extra good performance for you.


“News Animations/No Words for you, Springfield” is the complex title of an interesting sounding exhibition in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. The exhibition will be on show from 28 March – 26 April and you can visit it from 11:00-20:00 (Mon-Sat)
My synopsis of the exhibition description is this: Jeremiah Day will show a new series of photo-works commissioned by Project Arts Centre depicting contemporary Springfield. Day has been researching the movement of the people of the Blasket Islands off the Dingle Peninsula (Ireland), to the town of Springfield near Boston (USA) culminating in a complete evacuation of the Islands in the 1950s. The exhibition is a meditation on the city as the end point of the Blasket story-telling tradition. For the exhibition, Day has asked legendary dance performer Simone Forti to assemble a video focussing on her ‘news animations’ – a body of work Forti has developed since the early 1980’s of improvising from the content of the daily news.

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Main Street in Bray (Co. Wicklow) is showing the photography exhibition “Ghosts of the Faithful Departed” by David Creedon from 07 March-05 April. “Between 1949 and 1989 over 800,000 people were forced to leave Ireland. By 1956 the population had fallen to 2.8 million the lowest ever recorded. The rural communities were decimated by the impact of emigration and those who stayed had to suffer hardship, isolation and were very dependent on money and clothes that were sent home by siblings or relatives living abroad. Many of those who stayed in this decade did so in silence as they watched family members and friend’s leave. Now in a new millennium these people have passed on and their homes stand as a monument to a bygone age. Title of ownership has now passed to far-flung relatives, and these houses presently lie deserted awaiting the return of owners whose dreams of coming home may never be realised.” The exhibition is a tribute to those who stayed, and those who left, and the difficulties they faced. Admission is free and the Mermaid Gallery is open Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00. (www.mermaidartscentre.ie)

Fairy Story or ‘Síscéal’: some aspects of cultural interpretation in Ireland
A series of seminars delivered by UCD and visiting academics on themes relevant to the concepts of memory, meaning and identity in the humanities and social sciences.
On Fri 28 March at 13:10 in Room H204, UCD Humanities Institute (behind Agnes McGuire Social Work building). Contact Valerie Norton on 01-7164690 for more information. All Welcome.

In the unusual setting of the old and disused Ballymun Swimming Pool an “Art in the Life World” Exhibition can be viewed from 29 Feb-12 April (Wed-Sun 13:00-18:00).
A disparate range of local, national and internationally renowned artists are brought together in Dublin to occupy, challenge and provoke in this changing part of the city.
www.artinthelifeworld.com/exhibition.html. It seems that admission to the exhibition is free.

As far as I can see this is a regular gig, but since I haven’t mentioned it before, it is about time that I do. The John Reynolds Band (3 Piece rock band with a touch of funk, jazz and blues) is playing in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines (Uppercross House Hotel. 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6, 01 – 4976095) tonight, unfortunately at an unspecified time. Admission is free. www.johnnyreynolds.com/

An umbrella group of health unions and patient campaign groups is planning a march for a better public health service on Sat 29 March. The group includes the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, medical and nursing organisations and families affected by the MRSA bug. The march will start at 14:30 (some sources say 15:00 and it is not clear which is the correct time) at Parnell Square and will go to Leinster House. The organisers are currently expecting up to 70,000 people at the march.

While I am talking about protest marches, I should mention that protest on the 12 April so that you can put it in your calendar already. The format is not fully decided yet, but it will be a protest against the current Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who has pocketed huge amounts of money from unknown sources, has lied in front of a Tribunal and seemed to have totally forgotten what accountability means. The initiative that demands his resignation is party independent and was formed via the facebook group “Resign, Mr Ahern” www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6285778826. I am not member of any party in Ireland and find it difficult to identify a party that I could fully support, but if something is a mess, it needs to be changed! And therefore I think this week’s march and the march on the 12 April definitely deserve support. Help if you can!

On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.
In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 20:00 (local time) on 29 March. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights or computer screens when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.
No, nobody thinks that turning the light off for one hour changes the world, but it is all about creating awareness about energy consumption. So tell your friends and take part. At 20:00 on Saturday turn your lights off for an hour, check all appliances in your home and turn them off if possible. Once the hour is over, please think about which appliance NEEDS to be switched on or on standby and try to remind yourself during the year of the fact that every bit counts.

The Irish Astronomical Society invites to a Public Star Gazing: “Saturday 29 March 2008 at 20:00 is Earth Hour. Cities (including Dublin) across the globe are turning off their non-essential lights for one hour. To celebrate (if reasonable clear skies), we are holding a Public Star Gazing of the Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers at Sandymount, Dublin 4. From 20:00-22:00 at the Martello Tower Car Park (south side), Sandymount, Dublin 4. No Charge.
Sky watchers of the Irish Astronomical Society invite you to join them at the location and time mentioned above (provided that the skies are reasonably clear). A number of quality telescopes will be available for viewing the wonders of the heavens. The Glorious Ringed planet Saturn will be star of the show.

On Sat 29 March from 20:00-22:00 the St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral is the venue for “Across the Bridge of Hope”, a free concert featuring the Warrington Male Voice Choir with Terry Waite, the Garda Band and Shirley Keane.
The Warrington Male Voice Choir is one of the oldest choirs in the United Kingdom, tracing its formation back to 1898. Since the IRA terrorist bombing of Warrington town centre in 1993, the choir has been particularly active in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, promoting reconciliation and an end to sectarian violence. Close links have been forged with Irish peace groups and choir events have come to symbolise hope, raising expectations, strengthening faith and reaching across divisions. The choir has encouraged ‘grass roots’ reconciliation activities with young people in the divided interface areas of West Belfast through its Warrington Fund, and is known in Ireland as a ‘Choir for Peace’.
In 1996, Terry Waite CBE became Patron in recognition of the humanitarian role adopted by the choir and, in turn, has encouraged performances in prisons, in England and in Ireland, to assist rehabilitation programmes. You can hear the choir singing here www.warringtonchoir.org.uk/Hear_the_choir.htm. At the concert there will be collection and the voluntary donations will be used for reconciliation projects. Thanks to Clare Dillon and Matt Davey, for telling me about this event!
Oh, and if you go to the concert, please make sure that you have turned lights and appliances off at home before you leave the house or apartment to help with the Earth Hour message.

Once again a reminder for an ongoing event: The Temple Bar Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane has been launched on the 22 March. This all new outdoor market located in the Old City area of Temple Bar showcases artwork and designer creations by Irish and Ireland-based designers. The variety of quality products at this outdoor market are endless including handcrafted hats , metal sculpture, photography, paintings, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, hand-bags, children’s clothing, textile toys and glass sculpture.
The Old City area of Temple Bar located 5 minutes from the centre of Temple Bar, between Parliament and Fishamble Street in the west end of Dublin’s Cultural Quarter (Close to Christ Church Cathedral). The Designer Mart is on every Sat from 10:00-17:00. In parallel the Temple Bar Food Market is (on Meeting House Square) on the same day and at the same time…but since I have mentioned that many times, you probably know it already. :-)

In the context of the free Science Gallery exhibition “Pills” (until 12 April), the Science Gallery is organising two non-free events and at least the first one might interest some of you (I thought of Marta, Angela, Asier, Ara and a few more.):
“RAW: Do Anti-Depressants Work?” on Thurs 03 April at 19:00
A highly controversial study led Professor Irving Kirsch recently suggested that leading brands of antidepressants worked little better than placebos in all but the most depressed patients. Do we need to reconsider our use of anti-depressants or is this a highly irresponsible study that could jeopardise the lives of people suffering from depression? Join Professor Irving Kirsch along with a panel of experts to debate the issues. Tickets EUR 5.00 (10% discount for members)
“PILLS: Meet the People Behind the Pills” on Friday 04 April at 19:00.
You can join an informal conversation with Pharmacopoeia textile artist Susie Freeman and family doctor Liz Lee in the Science Gallery café. Tickets are EUR 5.00 (10% discount for members). Book tickets at www.sciencegallery.com/events
The Pills exhibition is described like this “The work of Pharmacopoeia probes our relationship with commonly prescribed drugs, revealing how dependent our society is on Pharmaceuticals, how ambivalent we feel about them and yet how casually we use them. Visit the Science Gallery and see pills in a way you’ve never seen them before.”
Exhibition admission is free and opening hours are 12:00-20:00 Tues-Fri and 12:00-18:00 Sat & Sun. The Science Gallery is closed on Mondays.

Macleod Agencies represents international fashion designers and they will have a Sample Sale on 29+30 March. The company says “Calling all fashionistas…on a budget, that is! Now is your chance to get your mittens on some designer clothes at wholesale prices – up to 90% off retail prices. Macleod Agencies is holding their seasonal sample sale. This exclusive sale, formerly Dublin’s best kept fashion secret, will be held for the first time for the general public at The Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2 on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March 2008 from 10:00-17:00. Brands included are Hoss Intropia, O.titude, Raasta, Suzie Wong, Bobi and Language Los Angeles.” (Since it is samples they are selling, don’t expect a wide range in sizes. Most samples will probably be size 10 or reasonably close to that.) Admission is free.

Monkey Music will introduce music to very young children in a way they can understand and enjoy. Monkey Music is a training concept (and a company) that introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy. The company was founded in London in 1993 by Angie Davies, who developed the classes for her first newborn baby daughter. As a trained classical musician and experienced teacher, Angie was aware that all babies have an innate love of music and as a keen new mum she looked for local music classes to attend. Finding a lack of classes in the appropriate age group, she decided to write an original music curriculum that was fun and interactive for everyone!
On Sat 29 March and Sun 30 March, Monkey Music will offer free trial classes from 11:00-16:00 on Level 3 in Dundrum Town Centre (i.e. in the new shopping centre, not in the actual town centre :-S) To book your free trial session you can telephone 01-2989185 or email ann.maybin@monkeymusic.ie. www.monkeymusic.ie

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Did you remember that Saturday night sees the arrival of Summer Time? So you have to set your clocks one hour FORWARD. Don’t forget about it otherwise you will arrive at events much too early. ;-)

After a two week break, the Hugh Lane Gallery is continuing their Sunday at Noon series of Classical Concerts. This week Ian Dakin (horn), Elaine Clark (violin) and David Clark (piano) play Horn Trios from Brahms and Hugh Wood. The concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square North) starts at 12:00 and goes on for one hour. Admission is free.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. Many events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

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The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is organising a 2-day conference called “Translation in Action” on Mon 31 March and Tues 01 April with loads of talks and workshops etc. It is not clear to me where the main events will take place. A comment says that the event is free and I hope this extends to all parts of the events. If you are interested, you should check with the Institute, but to give you an idea you can find the schedule here:

The travelling “Fascination of Light” exhibition will be held in the Gleeson Hall at DIT’s Kevin Street Campus from 01 April – 15 April. This free exhibition aims to promote science, engineering and technology as a study choice for school children and has had tens of thousands of visitors of all ages as it toured across Europe over the last twelve months visiting Berlin, Athens, Brussels, Bordeaux, Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Thessaloniki, Warsaw and now Dublin. The exhibition is aimed at 6 to 18 year olds and is now fully booked for primary and secondary school groups between 9.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday on both weeks. The exhibition is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 17.00 and 21.00, and on Saturday between 10.00 and 16.00. Tours are scheduled every 15 minutes.

At first I thought it is an April Fool’s Day joke, but it seems to be real and a different form of art than what we know. “It’s an Audio Detour: Forever and Ever” is sending you on a journey. Begin a journey through Dublin guided only by a voice. Move through spaces, both public and private and allow the city to design a set for this – your personal show. From 01 April “It’s an Audio Detour” will be installed on a permanent basis in Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar. A site specific 30 min audio tour designed for two people. At the starting point, you and your partner pick up an mp3 player each which takes you on a separate but synchronized journey through the city exploring places you might normally ignore. For more information, visit www.notalittlepony.com/audiodetour. Tours are available on an ongoing basis. To find out more or to book a tour for you and a partner simply call (+353 1) 881 9613 / 4. The launch party will take place on 01 April from 18:00 in Project Art Centre’s bar, Temple Bar, Dublin. You are very welcome to attend.

The Paul Kane Gallery is hosting the second of two related exhibitions, featuring contemporary paintings by established and emerging artists from the UK and Ireland. Exchange: London/Dublin showcases a group of English artists represented by The Eagle Gallery, London, who is currently hosting an exhibition of artists from The Paul Kane Gallery. The five artist showing in Dublin are Basil Beattie R.A., Jane Bustin, James Fisher, Zara Matthews and Peter Rasmussen. Their work ranges from the absolutely abstract to almost photographic figurative so there should be something there for all interests. The exhibition will run at the Paul Kane Gallery at 6 Merrion Square North from Tues 01 April – Sat 19 April and the gallery opening hours are Tues-Fri 11:00-16:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00. www.thepaulkanegallery.com

The Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of readings throughout April by its graduates and writer fellows. Trinity College Dublin’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing was opened in 1998 as the teaching and research centre for the M.Phil in Creative Writing and the M.Phil Anglo-Irish Literature. Its Irish and International Writing Fellowship programme also hosts well known contemporary writers from both home and abroad. It is these former fellows and graduates from the past decade as well as friends of Trinity College Dublin who will open the celebrations with the following Trinity Readings:
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 – Poet, Derek Mahon, writer and current Irish Writing Fellow, Mary Morrissy, Anglo-Hungarian poet and former International Writing Fellow, George Szirtes. Introduced by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
Time & Venue for all readings: 19:30, Swift Theatre, The Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. For further details email: oscar@tcd.ie

The Instituto Cervantes (Spanish Cultural Institute) will show the film “Muerte de un ciclista” on Wed 02 Apr at 18:30. The film screening is free and the film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha48431_16_2.htm. The Instituto Cervantes has its offices in Lincoln House on Lincoln Place (back of TCD, between Kildare Street and Westmoreland Street).

On Thur 03 April at 17:00, Vivi Tellas will give a public interview in the Project Arts Centre in East Essex Street. Vivi Tellas is one of the most celebrated of Argentina’s theatre directors the director of the Sarmiento Theatre in Buenos Aires – the experimental wing of Argentina’s National Theatre. Tellas’ work has for many years been about putting theatre in contact with other worlds, and tracing theatrical elements (repetition, presence, the situation, the other’s gaze, the ritual, the text) in lives, situations or disciplines outside the theatre. More akin to documentary, her theatre is not an art of representation, but instead a presentation of ‘cases’. The first of these, My Mother and My Aunt (2003-2004) was a form of live portraiture based on the stories heard, always told the same way, since Tellas was a child. The performers were Tellas’ mother and aunt – the real ones – who unfolded family history in public. This was the beginning of The Archive Project. Based on this piece Tellas developed a workshop to share the experience. She comes to Dublin next week to lead a workshop, and as part of her visit, Project Arts Centre are delighted to host a public interview with her about her work as a theatre director, and the development of this new workshop technique. Please note: Tickets for this event are free and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. They may be booked in advance by calling 01 8819613/4. www.project.ie

The Dundrum Town Centre is offering free parenting workshops on Thursdays from 11:00-12:00, in Frangos World Cuisine, located on Level 3. The upcoming events are: Alice Walsh, expert on First Aid for Infants Thursday, 03 and 24 April. Clap Handies with Lisa Crotty on 10 April, and Little Miracles with general nurse Liselotte Hill on 17 April. The events are free of charge and available on a first come-first served basis.

Eason’s in O’Connell Street will have Derek Landy signing copies of “Skulduggery Pleasant Playing With Fire” on Thur 03 April from 12:00.

There are still tickets available for the Vodafone-sponsored band competition called “Bright New Sounds”. 400 bands and singers have applied and 20 got selected by the judges. These 20 can be downloaded from Vodafone for free and the 5 bands/singers with the most downloads will perform live on the 3rd of April in the Tripod in Harcourt Street. Tickets for this event in Tripod are free, but have to be requested here: www.brightnewsounds.ie/tickets.php. More information about the live event can be found here www.brightnewsounds.ie/live.php and on the Bright Sound Website you can see as well the current ranking of the bands. Among the Top 20 are 79Cortinaz, Superfreakz, Star Turtle, The Minutes, Christine Deady, Tidal District, Chaplin, Superjimenez, Robotnik and Tiny Hynes & The Husbands, to mention just the highest ranked 10. Get your tickets soon!!

The 2008 Beckett Lecture “Whole body like gone…”: Performing Embodiment in Samuel Becketts Drama by Prof Anna McMullan, Chair in Drama Studies, Queen’s University Belfast will take place on Thursday 3rd April at 17:30 in the Samuel Beckett Theatre of TCD. Further information: www.tcd.ie/drama. Free admission. All welcome.

You need to register for this event:

On 04/05 April there will be a language recruitment fair in the Gresham Hotel. If you are multi-lingual and are looking for a job, you might want to visit the fair. Since you seem to have to register (for free), I better let you know a little earlier. Just go to www.languagerecruitmentfair.ie and click on “Get a Free ticket”.

You need to collect free tickets for this event and since they could go very fast, I better let you know already as well:

The Dublin Handel Festival (that should be Händel, with an “ä”!) is taking place from Sun 13 April – Fri 18 April. The Dublin Handel Festival is an annual event that takes place every April in Temple Bar and in adjacent areas to bring to life the connections between Georg Friedrich Händel and the City of Dublin through a week long programme that celebrates the cultural riches of the 18th century in a modern and contemporary context. Händel composed his “Messiah” in the summer of 1741 and premiered it in Dublin on the 13 April 1742. Messiah is Händel’s most famous creation and is among the most popular works in Western choral literature and the very well-known “Hallelujah” chorus is part of Händel’s Messiah.
The festival will include a programme of FREE concerts, talks, tours, interactive activities and family events; including a full-length, performance of the Messiah in Christ Church Cathedral by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and the Orchestra of St Cecilia and the “Messiah on the Street” performance by Our Lady’s Choral Society and the National Sinfonia, conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn beside the original site where the Messiah received its world premiere in 1742.
All events are free, but some require tickets! Tickets for all ticketed events will be available for collection from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from Sat 29th March. Some events will “sell” out very fast, so make sure that you check the programme (www.templebar.ie/docs/handelfestival08.pdf) and that you get your tickets soon. The opening hours for the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre are Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:30 and Sun 12:00-15:00.

And another pre-announcement:

BudRising are supplementing their forthcoming Spring schedule with a free outdoor Street Party that will take place in Dublin on 12 April. An area of the river at George’s Dock on Custom House Quay will be drained for the event, and a stage will be constructed – as well as a carnival area, a BodyTonic ToeJam area and another smaller stage – to mark the one-off event. Mike Skinner, aka The Streets will now headline this specially-constructed venue, instead of his mooted gig at the Olympia. Support comes from Mixmaster Mike, Maser and DJ Morgan. Tickets are free, but are allocated on a lottery basis. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to register at www.budweiser.ie now.


This Event Guide seems to be getting longer and longer again and I wonder what we will do when the high-season for events will start properly. Maybe it will turn into a new “War & Peace”? One member of the Event Guide Community recently called this weekly mail his new “bible”. Nice compliment, thanks! But I begin to wonder if he was referring to the size more than anything. Anyway, I hope you are not complaining about so many free events! ;-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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