Event Guide 50: Flamenco Workshop, RIAM Concert, Maritime Festival, Dublin Spanish Night, Movies in the Park, Madaraka, Mini Marathon, Children’s Art Festival

May 29th, 2008

Hi all!

I hope the arrival of this week’s Event Guide won’t cause, shock, panic and confusion along the lines “Oh my god, is it already Friday?” :-) No, relax, it is just Thursday morning. But I will be away for the weekend and because I can’t deprive you of your – hopefully – much awaited fix of event news I am sending this mail one day earlier this week.

Hey, did you realise that this Event Guide is a “golden anniversary” Event Guide? FIFTY issues!! If you want to find out my address to send presents, just let me know. :-)))) And in two weeks time with Issue 52 we can celebrate the first birthday, so if anyone wants to plan a 1st Birthday Party, I am happy to come. Hehehe.

Last weekend was mad busy because both Soul Festival and Africa Day were on and I know from a good few of you that you made it to both or to one or the other. I seriously hope that the two festivals will not happen on the same weekend next year because I could have stayed at either of them for the whole day, instead of dividing my time. Oh and I HOPE you had a chance to see the “Secret Garden” exhibition in Iveagh Gardens. It was really great and I found the Iveagh Gardens to be absolutely magical.

The coming weekend is a bank holiday weekend and the Maritime Festival is on over three days. Then in two weeks time the Street performance World Championship will take place. Make sure you can go to both!

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FLAMENCO – WORKSHOP
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. The competition last week for two tickets got a great response and following that Solo Flamenco has made another pair of tickets available. The workshop will take part in the DanceHouse in Foley Street (Dublin 1) in Studio 2 on Sun 01 June and you have a last chance to win tickets for the taster class (12:00-13:00). The schedule for the day is
12:00-13:00 Taster: Open to students with no experience who want to learn about flamenco. EUR15. You can win the pair of tickets for this class!!
13:00-14:00 Beginners: For dancers with 6 to 18 months experience. EUR15
14:00-15:00 Technique: Open to all levels. EUR 15
15:00-17:00 Intermediate: For dancers with 18 months experience or more. 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. www.flamencoyalegria.net/?cat=8
The pair of Taster class tickets (12:00-13:00) could be yours if you send an SMS to 087-2931571 with the word “Flamenco” and your name. But hurry, the message has to arrive before 15:00 today (Thursday). The winner will be notified by Solo Flamenco on Friday. Ohh, and you don’t have to know ANYTHING about Flamenco to take part in this taster workshop!
If you are interested in doing a Introductory Flamenco course make sure that you check out the Sólo Flamenco course offerings: “An introduction to Flamenco” is a 6 week course and starts on 24 June (Tuesdays 18:30-20:00 – EUR 15 per class EUR 75 per term (6 weeks)) www.flamencoyalegria.net/?cat=7

ZAMBIA IMMERSION FUNDRAISING CONCERT
The academic year is coming to an end and the great “Rush Hour Recital” concerts organised by the Student’s Union of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) will take a break. To leave with a band, the RIAM Student’s Union has organised another concert that will feature a variety of classical music performed by some of the talented students and staff of the Academy. The concert will take place in the Katherine Brennan Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row at 19:00 on Thursday 05 June and the proceeds will go to the Zambia Immersion Project. Tickets are EUR 15/10, however Christopher Rooney, who is the performance officer of the Student’s Union has made a pair of tickets available for the readers of the Dublin Event Guide. To win the pair you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “RIAM” in the Subject Line and your mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me before 16:00 on Tuesday (03 June).
Check as well the Thursday in the NEXT WEEK Category in this Event Guide for more information.

LIGHTS, CAMERY, DYNAMITE – BOOK COMPETITION
The Liberties Press book launch is over, but you can still win the book they launched on Wednesday. “Lights, Camera, Dynamite: The Adventures of a Special Effects Director” is a book by Gerry Johnston, who has worked in special effects for the last forty years, and established Ireland’s first special effects company – Special Effects Ireland. His memoir tells his life in special effects and many stories about working with David Lean, John Boorman, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Neil Jordan, Steven Spielberg and Jim Sheridan, as well as some of the world’s most respected actors such as Sharon Stone, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Ursula Andress, Julie Andrews, Colin Farrell, Sean Connery, and James Mason. I read some excerpts and it seems to be a really interesting book.
Liberties Press was so nice to make two books available for the Dublin Event Guide Community and you can win one! All you have to do to win a book, is to send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Special Effects” in the subject line and with your full postal address in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 03 June. Two winners will be drawn and the book will be sent to you a few days later.
Find out more about the book here www.novenaltd.com/jsp/Liberties/book.jsp?prod=lightscamera and more information about the book launch you will find in the events section for Wednesday in this Event Guide.

And a third Competition!!!

BALLYMUN GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT
The Ballymun Gospel Choir and Band, a sister choir to the Gardiner Street Choir with which I am involved, will perform a fundraiser concert for the Simon Community, where they will sing a variety of contemporary uplifting songs and well-known Gospel songs that have been arranged specially for them. The concert will take place in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Sat 14 June at 20:00.
This concert wants to highlight the ongoing plight of homeless people and the vital work of the Dublin Simon Community. The Dublin Simon Community offers people a “continuum of care” throughout the stages of homelessness. It includes contacting rough sleepers on the streets through its rough sleeper team and soup run; emergency shelter; supported and transitional housing; resettlement; learning and development; alcohol and detox services; and the tenancy sustainment service.
The tickets for the concert are sold at the door (I don’t know yet for what price, but I will find out.) and you are more than welcome to pay for it :-) , but the Ballymun Choir have made a pair of tickets available for you to win. If you would like to go to the concert in the city centre (Dawson Street) and want to win the pair of tickets, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “BGC” in the subject line. Your mail has to be with me on Thur 12 June at 13:00. Next week I will tell you a bit more about the event.

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Lilian Lau made me aware of “Metroblogs” and suggested that I would include it in this section. Metroblogs initially started off in LA as an alternative news source but has since expanded into other cities as information points, mostly on a rather casual basis. Herself and a few others are writing the “Dublin Metroblogs” and are currently working on improving the readership to this blog and to encourage participation from a wider group of people. The link to the Dublin Metroblogs is:
dublin.metblogs.com and the group have set up a facebook group here:
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=13490014763

If you are in Dublin for less than a year and were wondering why suddenly and without warning over the last 3-4 weeks a HUGE amount of women (only women!) were seen running in the streets, then the mystery can be solved now: The June bank holiday is traditionally the date for the Woman’s Mini Marathon. Where lots and lots of women run or walk 10km for different charities. If the running women worried you in recent weeks and made you wonder it they know something you don’t and maybe you should run as well and what do you do if you are a man and where do you run to and …. HELP!! ;-) Then chill out and look forward to Tuesday when all will become normal again and you will NOT see lots of women running anymore…until next year. :-P

PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Do you know someone who has what it takes to win a People of the Year award?
The People of the Year Awards are organised by Rehab and sponsored by QUINN-healthcare and they are explaining:
“We are looking for inspiring young people and individuals who have achieved great things and made an outstanding contribution to society. We wish to honour dedicated members of the emergency services who have acted above and beyond the call of duty. This year, there will also be a special award for a teacher who has made a particularly significant contribution to the lives of his/her students. This year’s glittering awards ceremony will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Saturday 13th September.
It’s simple to nominate someone for a People of the Year Award.
Just log on to www.peopleoftheyear.com to submit a nomination or, alternatively, you can email poy@quinn-healthcare.com or text AWARDS to 51444 (standard text rates apply) or phone 01 2057394, with your name and address and we will get a nomination form out to you straightaway.
The closing date for nominations is 1st June 2008, so get nominating now!”

DUBLIN SOUL AWARDS
In the same spirit of the People of the Year Awards the Dublin City Soul Festival organisers are inviting you to nominate people:
“We’ve teamed up with Herald AM, Dublin City FM and Sunway.ie to launch the Dublin Soul Awards – a search for Dublin’s most outstanding soul…Do you know someone who regularly and selflessly gives up their time and invests their energy to help others, making a real difference in the local community? In recognition of our outstanding soul’s contribution to their community, they will be awarded a limited edition framed Soul Festival platinum record and a holiday to Lanzarote for 2 people in November with thanks to www.Sunway.ie.
Nominations May 12th – June 26th with the winner to be announced July 31st.
You can nominate here: www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/index.php/What-s-On/What-s-On/Dublin-Soul-Awards.html

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CHRISTOPHER HARRINGTON & JOHN TRAVERS – THISISNOTASHOP
“Placeways” is a video installation that explores the consequences of personal displacement. The exhibition is a collaborative art project involving asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and engages with ideas of place, safety, home, transition, departure and arrival. “Placeways” runs from 29 May – 01 June and has been designed by Christopher Harrington and John Travers. The launch is on Thurs 29 May at 18:00 with Guest Speaker George Seremba (Ugandan Playwright). It will take place in Thisisnotashop and is supported by SPIRASI, a a humanitarian, intercultural, non-governmental organisation that works with asylum seekers, refugees and other disadvantaged migrant groups, with special concern for survivors of torture.
If you are looking for additional information, you can contact Jennifer Carberry at (01)8389664 or Jennifer@spirasi.ie. (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00). Thanks to Alda Gomez, who informed me about this event.

GROUP SHOW – GALLERY53
Gallery53 will be showing paintings by five artists in the exhibition “Five Colours” form 27 May – 27 June. The artists are Ken Browne, Syra Lakin, Gerry Glynn, Hermann Wagner and John Nolan. (Gallery Details: Gallery53, 53 Capel Street, Dublin 1, gallery53@hotmail.com, Opening Hours: Not clear! Best ring 01 8782844/ 8724274)

AOIFE DESMOND SCREENING – BLACKROCK PARK
Four special screenings of Aoife Desmond’s “Wetland – (Simultaneous presence of land and sea)” will take place as part of “Concourse Offsite” in Blackrock Park. Photographic slide and Super 8 film will be shown at 21:00 in Blackrock Park on Thursday 29th, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. www.dlrcoco/arts.ie

ULLA VON BRANDENBURG – IMMA
“Whose beginning is not, nor end cannot be” is the first exhibition of the German artist Ulla von Brandenburg in Ireland. The exhibition in the Irish Museum of Modern Art will run from 28 May-12 October and will present new and recent works that explore recurring themes and new subject matter through a wide range of media including film, drawing, installation and performance.
(Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

GROUP SHOW – ANEWSPACE
“Anywhere, but here” is an exhibition of new world landscapes. Featuring works by Ana, Antony Micallef, Cat Johnson, Daniel Danger, Punchgutt and Dan MacCarty. (Gallery Details: Anewspace, Mezzanine Level, Urban Outfitters, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.anewspace.info, Open: Normal shop opening hours)

MENSCHHEIT – MOTHERS TANKSTATION
22nd May – 28th June 2008. A group show with the title “Menschheit” by Kevin Cosgrove, Simon Denny, Brendan Earley, André Niebur, Torben Tilly & Robin Watkins and Ciaran Walsh is taking place from 22 May – 28 June in Mother’s Tankstation. (Gallery Details: Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8, www.motherstankstation.com, Open: Thurs- Sat: 12:00-18:00)

GROUP SHOW – GREEN ON RED GALLERY
Ian Kiaer, Gabriel Kuri, Jonathan Monk, Simon Starling are the artists who are participating in the show “Ephemera”. The exhibition is on show in the “Green On Red Gallery” from 23 May – 22 June. (Gallery Details: Green On Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard St. East, Dublin 2, www.greenonredgallery.com, Open: Mon- Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat 11.00 – 17.00)

MICHAEL MULCAHY & SUZY O’MULLANE – URBAN RETREAT
“Counterpoint”, an exhibition by Michael Mulcahy and Suzy O’Mullane, is running in the Urban Retreat Gallery until 06 June only. The exhibition comprises a series of recent paintings and drawings. (Gallery Details: Urban Retreat Gallery, at the chq Building on Hanover Quay, Docklands, 01-478 5159, Opening Hours: Tues-Fri: 12:00-18:30, Sat 12:00-16:00)

FERGAL BRENNAN – FILMBASE
“Crybabies” is the exhibition of drawings by Fergal Brennan that is on show in Fimlbase in Temple Bar. The show will run from 23 May – 03 June. (Venue Details: Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.filmbase.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 09:30-17:30, Sat: 11:30-17:30, Sun: varies)

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AFRICA TABLE QUIZ – CHARITY FUNRAISER
A second “Lindsay’s Africa Project fund raising Pub Quiz” is taking place this week. Lindsay describes: “The quiz where it’s fun not serious! – The quiz where because Lindsay set the questions, they’re easy! – The quiz where the losers have more chances to win than anyone! – Normally there’s a EUR 10 entry fee, where we’ll help you to join into teams of 4, then answer topical questions, to win honour and possibly prizes!! But the first 4 people to come from the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” will get in and participate for free!”
The Quiz will get your grey cells energised on Thurs 29th May in the Chaplin Pub (beside Screen cinema, Hawkins St) from 20:30-11:00.

MOVING WORLDS – MOVIE SCREENINGS
“Moving Worlds – Cinemas of Migration” is the topic of a series of Film Screenings, Discussions, Workshops from 22 May -10 July 2008, provided by the Instituto Cervantes Dublin and the Goethe-Institut Dublin. All movies are in Original language with English Subtitles. Admission is free. For more information contact 01 402 3108 or rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie.
“Moving Worlds” is a film series on migration and integration. From May to November 2008 feature films and documentaries from Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom and USA will be screened weekly.
The film screenings will be complemented by discussions and workshops.
The first part of the series will run from 22 May until 10 July 2008 with a screening every Thursday evening at 18:00. Part two will take place from 2 October 2008 until 20 November 2008.
The second film will be screened on 29 May 2008 at 18:00 in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. The film title is “El Otro Lado… Un Acercamiento a Lavapiés” (Dir: Basel Ramsis, Spain 2002, 111 min).
For more information check here:
www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en3277591v.htm

BAN CLUSTER BOMBS – DISCUSSION
“Achieving a Cluster Munitions Treaty: Blueprint for an Ethical Foreign Policy?” is the title of a public talk with Former Assistant UN Secretary General Denis Halliday, hosted by Action from Ireland (Afri), on Thurs 29 May 2008, 19:30 – 21:00 in the Thomas Davis Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin. www.stopclusterbombs.ie/events

POETRY UPFRON – OPEN MIC POETRY
Poetry Upfront, a forum where poets can try out their materials, hosts open-mic session for all poets and all types of poetry.
Venue: Trax Cafe & Wine Bar, Station Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin at 20:00. Admission: Free. E: poetryupfront@yahoo.com. www.freewebs.com/poetryupfront

SANTORIA – GIG
On Thurs 29 May the Soul Band “Santoria” will play in the Q Bar in O’Connell Street as a 6 piece band from 22:00. Admission is free. www.santoria.ie

PARENTING WORKSHOPS @ DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE
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: Fiona Fenlon of Jackle International in conjunction with McCabes Pharmacy will provide a workshop giving tips for new mums and mums-to-be: “Protect Your Child In Summer” and advice on other children’s skin conditions with LaRoche Posay and Vichy (22 May); and Pain Management in Babies & Children (29 May ). The events are free of charge and available on a first come-first served basis.

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MARITIME FESTIVAL
Check the Saturday events category to read more about the Maritime Festival which starts already on Friday.

FRED – IN STORE PERFORMANCE
Fred will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 May at 13:00.
www.myspace.com/tower_records

DAVE BROWN – IN STORE PERFORMANCE
Dave Brown will be performing live and signing copies of his first solo album ‘Windows to the Soul’ in HMV in Grafton Street on Fri 30 May at 17:00

DANIEL LANOIS – IN STORE PERFORMANCE
Daniel Lanois will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 May at 17:30. www.myspace.com/tower_records

PUBLIC MEDITATION
The Diamond Way Buddhism Centre in 334 North Circular Road (01-8423306) is offering Public Meditation every Tuesday and Friday at 19:30.

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TEMPLE BAR MARKETS
Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets, the Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane, are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

MARITIME FESTIVAL – DUBLIN DOCKLANDS
After the Soul Festival, the Docklands Maritime Festival is the second big event in the Open Air Festival calendar of this year. The Festival starts on Friday (30 May) and goes until Monday. The opening hours are Friday 30 May 12:00-19:00, Saturday 31 May 12:00-19:00, Sunday 01 June 11:00-19:00, Monday 02 June 11:00-18:00.
Tall ships, Street entertainment, Music and a big Outdoor Summer Market are the main attractions of this well organised festival.
You can find all details here: www.ddda.ie/maritimefestival/
Street Theatre and the Concerts on the main stage and the acoustic stage were always the main attractions for me. This year the Volvo Ocean Race Simulator is on site as well and you can experience a few minutes of a high speed sailing ocean race for free. I expect the queue will be long, so consider that in your planning.
The atmosphere at the Maritime Festival is always very relaxed and friendly and if you are in Dublin this weekend, you should definitely make your way to the Docklands. Go towards the IFSC and near the Famine Memorial the festival starts and nearly stretches to the Point Theatre.

CAFE MARKET
I had never before heard about this market, but watch out for it, it could be interesting: The Cafe Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 13:00-17:00 in the Curved St Cafe, Temple Bar. Browse the stalls of clothes (a mix of new designs, vintage and second hand), jewellery and art while enjoying the great coffee and relaxed atmosphere of the Curved St Cafe.

MOVIES IN THE PARK – DUN LAOGHAIRE
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has organised another Summer Festival for you. This time it is Outdoor Movies in the Park over the whole bank holiday weekend. The park where you can watch the movies for free is the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire (at the Glasthule end of Dun Laoghaire). The schedule for the weekend is this:
31 MAY
15.00: Madagascar (PG)
17.00: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
20.00: The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)
01 JUNE
15.00: Monsters Inc (PG)
17.00: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (PG)
20.00: Little Miss Sunshine (15A)
02 JUNE
15.00: Ice Age (PG)
17.00: Spiderman 3 (12A)
20.00: Some Like it Hot (PG)

DUBLIN SPANISH NIGHT
Are you interested in Spanish music and culture and would you like to get together with people that like the same? The Dublin Spanish Night is your perfect opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of a Spanish party right here, in Dublin.
On Sat 31 May, the new “Dublin Spanish Night” will be launched in Liberty Hall at the Liffey and it planned to have such a Spanish party every Saturday. In the first night the admission is free and this is your chance to try it out and to see if you like what is provided.
Each evening will offer an informal Sevillanas class for all levels, a variety of live performances, including Flamenco guitar and dance performances, and will also feature a Latin music DJ. The bar will be open till 1am.
Dancers from local Flamenco group, Sólo Flamenco, will be there from 20:00 to teach an informal Sevillanas class for all levels. The DJ will then start playing some traditional Flamenco tracks and you will get to try out your new moves on the dance floor. If you are Spanish and know how to dance Sevillanas, come along and help the rest out. ;-) Each evening will also feature some live performances, including but not limited to occasional Flamenco guitar and dance performances. The opening night will see a really special Flamenco show, featuring Sólo Flamenco and a wealth of special guests.
Doors open at 21:00 for the party and admission is free in the launch night. The show will start at 10pm and will be followed by a DJ and a bar till 01:00. If you want to try your hand at learning to dance Sevillanas, the class will be from 20:00-21:00 and will cost EUR 5. www.myspace.com/dublinspanishnight

MADARAKA DAY – KENYAN IDEPENDENCE
The Kenya Society of Ireland (Kensoi) invites you to a party to commemorate the day that Kenya attained internal self-rule (Madaraka Day). The celebration is taking place on Sat 31 May 2008 from 20:00-00:00 in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. Admission is free and all are welcome. Enjoy music from Kenya, Exhibition and Good Company. For further information contact Binta Obola 0868312721 or email kensoi@eircom.net

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DUBLIN YOUTH THEATRE – FILM SCREENING
“All Eyes on Me – The Story of Dublin Youth Theatre” is a film by Joe St. Leger about the Dublin Youth Theatre. The IFI in Temple Bar is showing the premier of this film on Sat 31 May at 10:30. Tickets are free but need to be booked via 01 874 3687 or per e-mail dyt@iol.ie. Running time of the documentary is 55 mins.

SUNDAY AT NOON – CLASSICAL MUSIC AT HUGH LANE
The Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sunday at Noon concerts are continuing. This Sunday, Benjamin Dwyer (Guitarist & Composer) will play Etudes for guitar. The concert starts at 12:00 and goes until 13:00. Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/concerts/whatson.asp

MARITIME FESTIVAL
Check Saturday for this all-weekend festival.

BLOOM IN THE PARK
I only mention this event because you might have seen the big tents in Phoenix Park and might have wondered what they are for. This event does absolutely NOT fit in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), but I will still explain what it is: Bord Bia is running “Bloom in the Park”. It has nothing to do with James Joyce and Bloom’s Day, which will take place in just about 2 weeks. Bloom in the Park is instead a gardening exhibition and the admission prices are, in my opinion, EXTREMELY steep with EUR 25 for a day ticket.

ROLLERBLADING IN PHOENIX PARK
The Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is meeting again this Sunday at 13:00 at the Papal Cross. I hope Patrick and Ciaran will do some training and otherwise just go for the fun. :-) Ask for Frances if you go there, she manages to make everybody immediately welcome. (Unfortunately I won’t be there this week, but will hopefully be back next week.) See www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com for details.

WEEKEND EVENTS
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.

GARDINER STREET GOSPEL CHOIR
BALLYMUN GOSPEL CHOIR
Every Sunday from September to the end of June the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and the Ballymun Gospel Choir sing at masses in their respective churches. The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is at 19:30 in Gardiner Street Church at the top of Upper Gardiner Street (near the junction with Dorset Street) and Ballymun Gospel Mass is at 19:00 in Shangan Road Church (turn right before the Ballymun Plaza Hotel/Travellodge and you will find the church after 150 metres on the left). The two choirs are related and you probably know by now that I do the Sound Engineering for the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. Both choirs take a break over the summer and for the Gardiner Street Choir the last mass before the summer is on the 21 June and I assume in Ballymun it is either the same weekend or the weekend after that.
And have you seen that in the COMPETITION section we have this week tickets for the year end concert of the Ballymun Gospel Choir for you to win?!

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BANK HOLIDAY PARKING
Since Monday is a bank holiday, this means that Dublin City will not enforce Pay&Display parking rules. As a consequence you can park on all Pay&Display spaces for free. For Bus Lanes, Loading Bays normal MONDAY (not Sunday) rules apply! And double yellow lines are always off limits.

MARITIME FESTIVAL
Monday is the last day of the Festival, have a look at the Saturday events in this Event Guide to find out more about this festival.

WOMEN’S MINI MARATHON
The Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday and it will start at 15:00. The Mini Marathon (10 km) is in aid of charities and every runner can choose what charity she is running for. In the past men dressed as women were “endured”, but it seems that the organisers are trying to be strict this year. Still if you are male and you want to run, you might not be able to do that officially (i.e. you won’t get a medal), but unofficially everybody can run. The start is at Fitzwilliam Square and the Finish at St. Stephen’s Green and the course and all other information is provided here www.womensminimarathon.ie. The Mini Marathon takes place in any weather!

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RUAILLE BUAILLE – LUCAN CHILDREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL
“Ruaille Buaille!”, Lucan Children’s Arts Festival, takes place this week and the organisers describe: “‘Ruaille Buaille!’, Lucan Children’s Arts Festival, takes place in the emergent and vibrant areas of Lucan, Palmerstown and Adamstown. A week long programme (Tues 03 June – Sat 07 June) of events – each event with its own, distinctive artistic flavour – celebrates the work of local, national and international artists and performers through a host of children’s workshops and events. “Ruaille Buaille!” has all the wondrous, magical and imaginative ingredients to spark the creativity of any child.”
The complete programme can be found here arts.southdublin.ie/images/stories/B16549%20Fused%20Childrens%20.pdf and the major events are listed here.
++++Tuesday 03 June:
– “Ronke Arogundade (Board Games from West Africa)” in Lucan Library from 11:00-12:00 for Age 8-12, Class visits, Free
– “Mythologie, Dance and Crafts” in Lucan Library from 16:00-18:00 for Age 8-11, Admission Free, but booking essential (max 15) and participant must be available for 2nd part on Thursday.
– “Launch of Ruaille Buaille Children’s exhibition and presentation of school competition awards” in Lucan Library at 18:00 for all ages, Admission Free
++++Wednesday 04 June
– “African Sounds – Walton School of Music (Workshop)” in Lucan Library at 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, 12:00-13:00, 13:30-14:30 for Age 10-12 Class visit (Max 35), Admission free
– “Aistear Ailbí – A children’s Irish language theatrical production” in Lucan Leisure Centre, Esker at 10:00 and 12:00 for Age 8-12 Class visit, Admission: EUR 3
– “Storytime for under 6s” in Lucan Library at 15:00 for all ages. Admission Free.
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– “Mythology, Dance and Crafts” – (Continuation of Tuesday’s Workshop) in Lucan Library at 16:00-18:00 for Age 8-11, Admission free, but booking essential
– “Graffiti Classics” (Music show) in Church of Ireland, Lucan at 11:30 and 12:45 Class visits, Admission EUR 3. Family Concert at 19:30 for all ages. Admission EUR 5/3 and EUR 10 per family
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– “Monsters and Things – Theatre” in Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School at 15:40 for Age 4-8. Admission EUR 5/3 and EUR 10 per family
– “Reading and Book signing with Oisin McGann” in Abtree Bookshop, Lucan at 15:30-17:00 (reading) and 17:00-18:00 (signing) for all ages. Admission free.
++++Saturday 07 June
– “Family Circus Workshop” in Church of Ireland Parish Centre, Lucan at 10:30 for families. Admission free.
– “Lucan Drum Call” in Church of Ireland Parish Centre, Lucan at 12:30 for all ages. Admission free.
– Punch & Judy (Lambert Puppet Show) in Lucan Library at 12:00 for Children from 0-90 years! Admission free.
– “Ruaille Buaille Festival Carnival” in Lucan Village Green at 14:00-16:30 for all ages. Admission free.

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTMENT SEMINAR
Maybe some of you are interested in this: “RaboDirect and Robeco Investment Managers would like to invite you to a free Emerging Markets Seminar on the 3rd June 2008 at The Westin Hotel in Dublin. Maarten Polfielt, Senior Investment Specialist at Robeco will look at why investors should be focusing on emerging markets, help identify the right time to invest and highlight suitable Robeco funds.
Jill Kerby, one of Ireland best known personal finance journalists will offer practical solutions to help investors access the emerging markets they’re interested in and overcome their fear of the unknown and volatility.
Start time is 18:30 and Drinks and canapés served afterwards. To book your place please email info@rabodirect.ie

JEFF HALPER – PUBLIC TALK ABOUT ISRAEL
The leading Israeli human rights activist Jeff Halper is visiting Ireland. For thirty years Jeff Halper has been one of the leading figures in the Israeli peace movement. Co-founder and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions he will be in Ireland from June 3 to June 7 as part of a speaking tour jointly organized by Trócaire, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Amnesty International Irish Section. He has just published a new book, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel. He will speak on Tues 03 June at the The Irish Aid Centre, O’Connell Street, Dublin at 19:30. For further information please contact: Justin Moran, Communications Coordinator, Amnesty International tel 01 863 8300, 085 814 8986

MEET THE MAKERS – ABBEY TALKS
After the show “The Brothers Size”, the Abbey Talks invite to an event with The Brothers Size cast members Keith Eric Chappelle, Brian Tyree Henry and Marc Damon Johnson who will talk about the show. The event will take place on Wed 04 June after the show of The Brothers Size at the Peacock Theatre. Admission is free but booking is essential on 01 87 87 222

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CENTRE – SEMINAR
“AMP – A Meeting Place” is a series of cross-arts interaction seminars for composers, performers, painters, sculptors, animators, filmmakers, dancers and actors. Organised by the Contemporary Music Centre, the series, AMP, is designed to give musicians and artists the chance to interact, discuss, and learn about the ways in which they can impact on each other’s work. The format for each evening will include short
presentations by guest speakers, while also allowing the chance for open discussion.
The fourth and last seminar “AMP 4 – Music & Party” is taking place on Thurs 05 June at 19:30 in the CMC in Fishamble Street. Somadrone performs live at the Contemporary Music Centre for the last night of AMP, which will include screenings of collaborative work along with a reception in CMC’s courtyard. www.iamsomadrone.com
Regular updates on the series will be available from the Centre’s site www.cmc.ie and on MySpace at www.myspace.com/ampbycmc. The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music. For further information contact Aoife FitzPatrick, Promotion Officer, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 on 01 673 1922, or email afitzpatrick@cmc.ie.

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ZAMBIA IMMERSION FUNDRAISING CONCERT
The Students’ Union of the Royal Irish Academy of Music presents one of the highlights in their recently inaugurated ‘Rush Hour Recital’ series. The concert will feature a variety of classical music performed by some of the talented students and staff of the Academy. The concert will take place in the Katherine Brennan Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Westland Row at 19:00 on Thursday 05 June and the proceeds will go to the Zambia Immersion Project. Performing in the concert will be internationally acclaimed soloist, and director of the Academy John O’Conor. This promises to be a most enjoyable evening of superb music as well as raising money for a most worthy cause. This is not a free event, but if you checked the COMPETITION section you saw that the nice people from the RIAM Studen’t Union made a pair of tickets available for you to win. If you didn’t win it, you can still go to the concert and can help the Zambia project: Tickets are €15 and €10 (concession) and can be purchased on the night at the door. For further information contact: Christopher Rooney 085 1307934

MOVING WORLDS – MOVIE SCREENINGS
“Moving Worlds – Cinemas of Migration” is the topic of a series of Film Screenings, Discussions, Workshops from 22 May -10 July 2008, provided by the Instituto Cervantes Dublin and the Goethe-Institut Dublin. All movies are in Original language with English Subtitles. Admission is free. For more information contact 01 402 3108 or rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie.
“Moving Worlds” is a film series on migration and integration. From May to November 2008 feature films and documentaries from Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom and USA will be screened weekly.
The film screenings will be complemented by discussions and workshops.
The first part of the series will run from 22 May until 10 July 2008 with a screening every Thursday evening at 18:00. Part two will take place from 2 October 2008 until 20 November 2008.
The third film will be screened on 05 June 2008 at 18:00 in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. The film title is “Trouble Sleeping” (Dir: Robert Rae, UK 2008, 120 min).
For more information check here:
dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha49549_16_2.htm

DISABILITY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK
From Thursday 05 June to Wed 11 June, the Disability and International Development Week is taking place at the Irish Aid Information and Volunteering Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. The Centre is open on Thursday from 09:30-20:00, Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00, and 10:00-17:00 the following Monday to Wednesday.
The week is being organised by the DOCHAS Disability and International Development working group – a coalition of national and international NGOs working or interested in the field of disability and development. Working together with a shared mission and common objectives, the group aims to advance the debate around disability and development and to work towards the inclusion of disability as a key component of development planning, funding and delivery.
Member organisations include DOCHAS, Sightsavers International, The Centre for Global Health (CGH-TCD), Christian Blind Mission (CBM), International Service Ireland (ISI), Health Action Overseas (HAO), Comber Romanian Orphanage Appeal, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), Center for International Rehabilitation (CIR), John Grooms, The Kimmage Development Studies Centre, DTalk and the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM).
What’s on during the DID week?
The week will consist of a photographic exhibition, workshops and video screenings that highlight critical issues that affect and address the challenges, needs and priorities of people with disabilities in developing countries. All activities are free of charge.
The week will be officially launched on Thursday 5th June by Maurice Manning, Chairman of the Irish Human Rights Commission, at 09:30 in the Irish Aid Centre on 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street.
Photographic Exhibition: The photographic exhibition will inform people about the reality of living with a disability in the developing world and will also show what people with disabilities can achieve if given legal frameworks, policies and the necessary support. The exhibition depicts progression from harsh realities to success stories and will cover topics ranging from inclusive education, social inclusion and exclusion to community rehabilitation, capacity building, emergencies and sustainable livelihoods. Photographs are provided by Irish NGOs that work with people with disabilities throughout the developing world.
Video screenings: A number of short clips and documentaries will be screened on the afternoon of Monday including a Documentary on the lives and aspirations of persons living with spinal cord injury in Nepal, Creature Discomforts (UK), amongst others.
Workshops: There will be 3 workshops during the DID week. On the opening day there will be a presentation and Q&A by Christian Blind Mission (CBM) highlighting practical ways to integrate disability in development planning. On Friday 6th, a panel discussion led by International Service Ireland (ISI) will take place in Trinity College Dublin on Making Development Inclusive. On Tuesday 10th, John Grooms, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and Spinal Injuries Ireland will demonstrate and further explore ways that Irish organisations can strengthen links with partners in developing countries through effective networking and collaboration. For more details on these workshops please visit www.dochas.ie
Download the programme of events www.activelink.ie/downl08/DIDprogramme.doc
If you would like more information on the week please call: 087-6803248, or e-mail rcoleman@sightsavers.ie. See also www.dochas.ie

SANTORIA – GIG
On Thurs 05 June the Soul Band “Santoria” will play in the Q Bar in O’Connell Street as a 6 piece band from 22:00. Admission is free. www.santoria.ie

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MAKING DEVELOPMENT INCLUSIVE – PANEL DISCUSSION
Part of the DOCHAS Disability and International Development Week the panel discussion takes place on Friday 06 June from 10:30-12:30 at the Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Nassau Street, Trinity College Dublin.
Panelists include;
Rosangela Bermen Bieler is a Brazilian journalist and disability rights activist
Arthur O’Reilly was a member of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities. He was Chief Executive of the National Disability Authority and of the National Rehabilitation Board (NRB).
Barbara Murray (to be confirmed)
Chris Flood, Panel Discussion Chair: Former minister of State at the Departments of Health and Tourism and Sport. Currently Irish Representative to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and Chairman of the Advisory Board to Irish Aid.
For more information on the panel discussion please call: 086-1732347, e-mail aleavy@is-ireland.ie

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I am looking forward to 30 degrees (i.e. REAL summer) in Germany and despite the fact that I will be only there for 3.5 days, I intend to make the most of it and recharge my batteries with as much heat as I can. :-) Hopefully the weather here will be nice as well.

Enjoy the weekend!

–Joerg

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