Event Guide 57: Flamenco Workshop, Bray Summer Festival, Rose Festival, Urban Beach, Farmleigh Summer Stories Day

July 18th, 2008

Hi all!

This week I am hopelessly delayed with my preparations for writing the Event Guide. Normally I try to do a bit of work on Tuesday evening, another bit on Wednesday evening and then there is the eight hours through the night on Thursday. This week I had to work for my day job on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday evening and now is Thursday late evening and I am just starting.

Nevertheless, I will try to report on all the things that will be on this coming weekend and I hope you will find something to do again. The weather forecast is promising, so get out and enjoy Dublin!

I was at Urban Beach last weekend and it was really good. The sound of water, screaming kids, lots of sand and lots of people and sun it nearly felt like a REAL beach! Go over to George’s Dock if you have a bit of time!!
Apart from Urban Beach I went to the Circus Festival in Temple Bar, but the weather didn’t play ball on Saturday. I saw the show of Mr Toon and liked it (He disappeared into a giant green balloon. :-) Lots of fun.) However, I think that Temple Bar events on Temple Bar Square or in the Temple Bar Old Town area just don’t have the right environment to shine! The Meeting House Square is great, but the rest. Hmmmm. I have to admit as well that I miss what the Temple Bar Diversion Festival was over the last two summers. It was just BRILLIANT and this year is just no comparison. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not ungrateful, the Temple Bar organisation is doing a LOT more than most other trader organisations, but a comparison does come to mind after the previous brilliant Diversion festivals.
And a final comment: Dublin City Events. What can I say? As always Dublin City is doing a lot and great stuff, but don’t manage to pull the masses. Viking Festival, Hebert Park Day Out, Urban Garden, always the same. Good event, but the visitors are staying away. I have commented before on the marketing and the advertisement of Dublin City Events and I think the Sea Stallion Departure/Viking Festival on the same weekend was a great example: GOOD marketing by Dublin Docklands, BAD marketing by Dublin City. LOTS of people near the IFSC, not so many people at the Dublin City location of the Viking Festival. Please go to Dublin City Events, because with visitor numbers like for the Urban Garden, I am afraid that the continuation of such events might have to be re-considered.
Ohh and something that left me speechless – and don’t ask me who is ultimately responsible for this: Urban Garden is promoting nature, planting of plants, having a garden etc. And I would see definite synergies with a (growing and still a bit struggling) farmers market there. However on the day Urban Garden takes place on Smithfield Plaza, the farmers (without any notice or information at their indoor area in Smithfield) stayed at home. Why? I don’t know! Someone was wondering if Dublin City asked them to stay away. :-O But why? And why did the farmers not at least hang up signs telling interested customers that they will be back the next day or next week? :-S

Enough ranting and enough about last week. Here are some really great news as well:

I got another very welcome donation, this time from Padraig S. Thanks a lot! With the recent donations, I will embark on a project in the coming weeks, which should simplify the sending of this Event Guide and will hopefully reduce the problems with Spam filters further.
And more good news: After writing about the brilliant seminar I attended in February, lots of you registered for it and from initially 48 Dublin Event Guide Community Members, the list grew now to 102 people from our community. It will be great to meet you all! :-) If you know more people that would be interested in this free 3-day seminar, just send them the link for the registration:
And if you want to know more about the seminar, just contact me.

Please note: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E., Cliodhna D., Brian L. and Padraig S. Thanks for the support! If you too want to provide some financial help and see your name in this list:: tinyurl.com/68dmlq (Remember this Event Guide is a just a hobby of myself and NOT a commercial enterprise.)


Yes a Sólo Flamenco workshop again! Last week I told you that I got again a free pair of tickets and will surprise the winner with the news tomorrow :-) , so I will tell you the name of him or her next week.
If you ever wanted to try out Flamenco, then THIS is your chance! The workshop is with Felipe de Algeciras, an acclaimed Spanish flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher. And I hear that this might be the last workshop for Felipe in Dublin and will definitely be his last for this year since he will be busy for the rest of the year. So take the opportunity and dance some Flamenco with Felipe de Algeciras and Solo Flamenco.
On 20 July from 13:00-17:00 Sólo Flamenco are holding their workshop in Studio 2 in the DanceHouse, Foley St, Dublin 1.
The schedule for the day is
13:00-14:00 Beginners (for dancers with up to 18 months experience), EUR 15
14:00-15:00 Technique (Technique), EUR 15
15:00-17:00 Intermediate (for dancers with 18 months experience or more), EUR 30
I am told that there are still a few places left and advance booking (Damian at 086 81 46 496 or info@flamencoyalegria.net) is recommend, but you won’t be sent away if you arrive on Sunday all keen to try your Flamenco moves.

Last week the Project Arts Centre made two pairs of free tickets available for this event and the winners are Sarah Quinn and Dolores Pias. Congratulations! I plan to go to this intriguing play/performance before it is over and if you hurry you can still get the discount that the Project Arts Centre is offering us!
Listen to his scenario: “You are shown to a room into an office building where the telephone is already ringing. You answer the phone, and you are caught up in a conversation with a voice that has a strange accent. You sit down at a table in front of a computer monitor and your telephone partner sits the same way, 10,000 kilometers away from you. The voice belongs to a call centre employee at Descon Ltd. in Kolkata, India.”
This is the story around the play/performance of “Rimini Protocol” which is taking place at the moment in the Dublin Docklands Development Authority office, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 (beside Sean O’Casey Bridge).
I still can’t imagine what the play is and how it “works”. But I think that is great! So, give it a go!!! :-) The Project Arts Centre (www.project.ie), in cooperation with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, is presenting this play and says “..an experience you will never forget: Call Cutta In A Box – An International Telephone-Play”.
The play is taking place from 01 July – 26 July from 14:00-19:00 every day (except Sundays). It lasts just about an hour and will start anew every hour.
For all other Dublin Event Guide Community Members or if you don’t want to leave it to luck, the Project Arts Centre is offering a discount. The shows normal price is EUR 10, but if you quote “EUR 5 offer” when you book over the phone on 01-881 9613, you can watch the play for half the normal price. But you have to hurry, because this offer is only valid until Saturday (19 July)!! www.project.ie
(The Sean O’Casey bridge is the pedestrian bridge near George’s Dock, and the DDDA offices are on the north side right beside the bridge.)

All events in this Competition section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I get often lots of entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, but you should consider going anyway! :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!


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The U2 members Bono and The Edge did finally get the ok to re-develop the Clarence Hotel in Temple Bar/Wellington Quay. The planning inspector in charge had recommended against an approval, but the planning authority (An Bord Pleanála) ignored his recommendation, when Bono and The Edge threatened that they will have to close the hotel if they don’t get the ok.
The Georgian Society and other heritage groups had opposed the plan as most of the art deco hotel, and several Georgian buildings, will effectively be demolished. Most of the 1930s hotel, four Georgian buildings, and a Victorian building will be “remodelled” and a huge glass atrium will be built over the new structure. The new Clarence Hotel is intended to become one of the top ten hotels in the world.
I am not too sure if another outrageously expensive hotel is needed in Dublin and I have my doubts that demolishing these buildings along the Liffey is a good idea. But maybe they won’t be missed too much? I will have a look at them next time I am at that end. The Clarence Hotel is near the corner of Wellington Quay with Parliament Street. The back entrance is on Eustace Street in Temple Bar.

You might have heard that Ryanair has announced during the week that after years and years of adding new destinations and increasing flights, they will reduce the numbers of flights this winter for the first time and will even stop flying to some destinations. I looked at flight prices recently and have seen a significant increase. (Actually the flight price is still 1 cent, but the luggage charges and credit card fees etc are so expensive now that Ryanair will see me less!) What surprised me is that a route like the one to Warszawa is being cancelled. I remember last year that ALL flights to Poland even in winter and especially around Christmas were totally booked out and that people were prepared to pay massive prices.

What is the consequence of less flights and higher prices? For some of us it will mean, we will spend more time in Dublin. But no reason to panic! :-) The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will tell you were all the interesting events happen AND by going to free events, you will save money that you then can invest in a few flights. :-P
Tell all your friends about the Dublin Event Guide and get them to subscribe with an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com.

And again I will leave this message, so that you don’t forget to check the Farmleigh House website to order your free tickets:

I told you last week about Farmleigh House and about the “Farmleigh House Summer Season” full of events. All of the events are free, but all concerts and the Drive-in.-Movies are free, but ticketed. The required tickets for the August events can be requested until 25 July, so if you are interested in any of the events in Farmleigh House, I suggest that you check www.farmleigh.ie, decide what events in August and September you would like to go and then request your tickets for the August events (in about 3 weeks you can start requesting tickets for the September events).
The full programme can be found here: www.farmleigh.ie/media/farmleigh%20brochure%20lr1.pdf

This is series of events is difficult to categorise, so I will put them in the Dublin News Category, despite the fact that the events are taking place in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. :-)

Would you like to take an audio tour of Dún Laoghaire? Would you like to discover the fantastic birdlife of Dalkey? Ever fancied going into the Obelisk on Killiney Hill? Ever wanted to meet Earl Nugent of Cabinteely House? Did you know there was a classic example of Celtic revival art in The Oratory on Dún Laoghaire’s Library Road?
DLR Heritage is launching a brand new service during the summer of 2008 by increasing access to the county’s heritage. This is just the start of what will be an expanding programme of tours and events in future years.
If you are interested in any of the tours outlined above, check the full programme here: www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/Summer%20of%20Heritage%20DL.pdf
And have a look at this tour: www.iopener.ie/dunlaoghaire.html You can download the tour guide text and do the tour whenever you have time and feel like it. I think it’s a great idea! And a similar tour is available for Tallaght: www.iopener.ie/southdublin.html


“Capturing Keaton” is the title of Sara Hurl’s exhibition in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. The exhibition is part of the summer exhibitions programme White Noise by the IADT Masters in Visual Arts Practices (MAVis). It will be on show from Fri 18 July (Opening at 18:00) until 20 July. (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar (access via Fownes Street entrance), www.templebargallery.com, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Thursday)) whitenoise@mavis.ie

First Shot is an exhibition of work of recent photography graduates selected by Jackie Nickerson. Selected artists are Jamie Saunders, Diarmait Grogan, Ciaran Dolan and Philip Murray. The show runs from Fri 18 July – Sat 09 August. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

Exhibition. Francoise Rio studied painting at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She also took classes at l’École du Louvre.
From 1964 onwards, she travelled the world (Europe, North and South America, North Africa, India and Polynesia). All these travels, impressions, atmospheres are largely depicted in her paintings.
In July and August her exhibition is on show in Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. www.francoiserio.com www.alliance-francaise.ie/

“Overworld” is an exhibition of new work by Tadhg McSweeney. You can view the show from 17 July – 23 August in The Lab. McSweeney was the inaugural recipient of the Dublin City Council Irish Artist’s Residential Studio Award at the Red Stables in 2006/2007. (Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1,, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

Gallery Zozimus is showing new works by painter Karen Wilson and ceramic sculptor Joe Mallon. The Gallery is not overly forthcoming with essential information in general. Opening hours are not specified on their website and only the starting date (17 July) of the exhibition is given. (Gallery Details: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin 8, www.galleryzozimus.ie, Open: ??)

Monster Truck Gallery presents ‘Libertempo’, an exhibition of installation and photographic work by Damien O’Connell. The installation work for this exhibition consists of miniature models of empty rooms, which correspond directly with the photographic images. Here, the viewer is presented with a curious situation, compelled to investigate further and peer through a tiny window to observe the miniature interior. The exhibition runs from 17 July-29 July. (Gallery Details: Monster Truck Gallery, 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7, www.monstertruck.ie, Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00-19:00, Wed closed, Thurs: Opening night 18:00-20:00) www.damienoconnell.com

“Killer Heels” is a two hour performance in which a hooded figure stands as though wearing imaginary heels. This small but intense gesture references popular culture and ritual practices. The opening will be held on 16 July. This will be followed by further performances from 18:00-20:00 on 17, 18, 19 and 20 July 2008. (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-20:00)

Urban/graffiti art curator, Stella Dore, brought London’s most progressive and original street artists together for a groundbreaking show. The artists include Eine, I-Lib and Eelus and they will be painting inside and outside of the gallery. The exhibition showcases seventeen leading UK urban artists. The full list artists is: Eine, Eelus, Miss Bugs, Sickboy, Cept, Rugman, Chu, Kid Acne, Modern Toss, Cat Johnston, Sweet Toof, Tinsel Edwards, Joe Black, Twinkle Troughton, Stef Plaetz, I-Lib, Pure Evil. The exhibition runs from 18-27 July. (Gallery Details: Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 18 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.sebastianguinnessgallery.com, Open: ???)

The Joinery is an experimental space consisting of a lens-based gallery, artists’ studios and photo studio on Arbour Hill in Stoneybatter.From 17-31 July, The Joinery will show work by Feargal Ward and Miranda Driscoll entitled ‘Sit Still’. “The exhibition uses photography, video and projected imagery to encompass themes of visual displacement and secrecy, urging the viewer to question the way we see and think of photographic images.”

From 17 July – 01 September Black Church Print Studio will present “Curiosity Cabinet” at the Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar. “The Curiosity Cabinet, a display box measuring 212 x 54 x 8 cm, is a new initiative run by the Studio that aims to foster young emerging talent. Following an open call for entries, the three winners chosen to display their work in the Curiosity Cabinet are Niamh O’Beirne, Grace O’Neill and Leigh San Juan. Each student’s work (starting with Niamh O’Beirne) will be on display for a period of two weeks. (Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00) www.print.ie

Tim Braden (UK), Ryan Gander (UK), Martino Gamper (ITA), Sven Johne (DE), Irene Kopelman (ARG), Eoin McHugh (IRL), Francis Upritchard (NZ), Douglas White (UK).
The Flight of the Dodo is an eclectic exhibition made up of various artworks and elements that celebrate adventure, delve into factual myths, plunging in and out of notions of the hybrid, evolution, imaginative escapism, the show will be available from 17 July – 23 August. (Venue Details: Project Art Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.project.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00)

“Sick” is the title of the Noel Hensey exhibition, showing at Pallas Contemporary Projects from 21 to 28 July 2008. “Hensey’s work is influenced by Buddhist philosophy and practices, existing artwork, music and technology and is formulated through the collection of found imagery and objects, drawing, photography and video.” www.noelhensey.com (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Thurs – Sat, 12:00-18:00)

“Dark Night” is an exhibition of new works by Louise Meade. The exhibition is on show from 23 July – 15 August. The exhibited work is the result of an intuitive artistic process in which the relationship between acid and metal plays a fundamental role.
(Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00)


“The Inferno” by Samuel Walsh is a series of paintings and studies made after Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’. The exhibition is opening in The Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 18 July 2008 at 18:00 and the show runs until Friday 29 August. www.samuelwalsh.com
(It is not fully clear to me if you can view the exhibition without paying the admission fee into Christ Church Cathedral. So, please check before you assume it is free.)

“Fight Like Apes” are performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street from 17:00 on Friday 18 July.

The Bray Summer Festival is coming to its main Festival weekend PACKED with events and the events are definitely worth reporting here, despite the fact that Bray is pushing the envelope a little as far as Events for “Greater Dublin” are concerned. :-) www.braysummerfest gives all the details and I will try to summarise here. All listed events are free of charge and Bray is really providing a great programme of events, including well known top acts like Mundy and others. By the way the main “Festival Zone” with Bandstand is at the Seafront.
++ Fri 18 July
13:00-14:00 Dave Boyd Drumming Circle on Mermaid Civic Plaza (Join facilitator Dave Boyd in a spontaneous noisy musical celebration using anything and everything you can beat or shake! No experience is necessary. You are welcome to bring your own drum, but there will be plenty available for everyone)
19:00-19:45 Music: Amoric (Bulgarian Rock Band) on Bandstand (www.amoric.com)
20:15-21:15 Music: Hoarsebox on Bandstand
21:15-21:45 Street Theatre with Richaed Hanely NZ on Bandstand
21:00 Brazilian Mardi Gras Night (Brazilian Food & Dancers) in Martello&Porterhouse
21:45-23:15 Music: Latin Express (Salsa Night) on Bandstand
++ Sat 19 July
11:00-18:00 Coca-Cola International Beach Volley Ball in Seafront Arena
12:00-22:00 Seafront Funfair at Seafront North
12:00-22:00 Bounce World & Kids Zone at Seafront
14:00-17:00 Street Theatre in Seafront Arena next to national Sea Life Centre
14:00-17:00 Street Theatre in Promenade Arena near Outside Boat House
15:00-16:00 Street Theatre on Main Street
13:30-16:30 National Sea Life’s Travelling Touchpool in Seafront Area
12:00-17:00 Eircom League of Ireland Soccer Superstar Challenge – Seafront Area 14:00-15:30 Music: Manila Strings on Bandstand
14:00-17:00 Kayak Racing – Seafront (16 Racers including Heats and Final)
16:45-17:45 Music: Colm Lynch on Bandstand
19:00-19:45 Music: Hot Stops on Bandstand
20:15-21:15 Music: Baby Jenx on Bandstand
21:45 Music: Rattle and Hum (U2 Covers Band)
++ Sun 20 July
11:00-18:00 Coca-Cola International Beach Volley Ball in Seafront Arena
12:00-22:00 Seafront Funfair at Seafront North
12:00-22:00 Bounce World & Kids Zone at Seafront
14:00-17:00 Street Theatre in Seafront Arena next to national Sea Life Centre
14:00-17:00 Street Theatre in Promenade Arena near Outside Boat House
15:00-15:30 Music: Amy on Bandstand (Female Pop Vocal)
15:45-16:30 Music: Key West on Bandstand (Irish Solo Artist)
17:00-19:00 Music: Franklin on Bandstand
20:00-21:10 Music: Nicolette Street on Bandstand
21:15-21:40 Face of Bray on Bandstand (Finalists & Winner is announced)
21:30-23:00 Music: Dublin Gospel Choir on Bandstand
23:10-23:30 Fireworks Display near Bandstand
What a brilliant programme. And all for free! I will try to go to Bray on Sunday evening if I can manage. :-)

The Diamond Way Buddhism Centre is offering a Public Meditation every Tuesday and Friday at 19:30 in 334 North Circular Road. For booking and information: 01 8423306.

Every Friday free Sahaja Yogais taught and practised for free in Temple Bar. A free Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available to members of the public every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar.
Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization that can occur within each human being. The process is described as ‘an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, integrated and balanced’. The meeting organisers welcome newcomers. For more information on these yoga meetings contact Seamus Harten on SHarten@upc.ie


This yearly festival in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny will take place on Sat 19 and Sun 20 July (10:30-18:00). It is a Dublin City Event, so to find details requires a bit of detective work, but I was successful. And one thing is certain: the event will be well organised and worth a visit. Here is the invitation: “If you want to spend a weekend with the family exploring the variety of attractions or just have some time for yourself then the Rose Festival is the place to be. There’s something for everyone, beautiful walks, good food, lively music and amazing blooms. You can explore the 6 hectare oval rose garden with more than 25,000 rose plants or discover hidden treasures in the arts and crafts stalls. Festival attractions include an extensive market, a seated picnic area, live music performances morning and afternoon, a Civil Defence display and Family Fun Day activities, including face painting, inflatable fun, circus skills and plenty more.”
And some details:
*Sat 19 July
13:00 Dance Ballet Fusion
15:00 Gerry Daly’s Garden Clinic
15:00-17:00 Music in the Park – Mary McEvoy and Friends
*Sun 20 July
12:00-14:00 Music in the Park – Mary McEvoy and Friends
13:00 Dance – Ballet Fusion
14:00 Choose your Rose Competition & Entertainment
15:00 Helen Dillon “Home Grown Vegetable”
15:00-17:00 Havana Son (a brilliant Salsa band!!)
St. Anne’s park in Raheny is Dublin’s second largest park (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Anne%27s_Park) and can be found on the Howth Road. Take a left turn before you come to the right turn that would bring you to Dollymount Strand. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/DublinCityParks/NewsEvents/Pages/RoseFestival.aspx

Please see Friday for a list of all events.

Artists Dave Comiskey and Will St.Leger will be making a special appearance and lending a helping hand at T-Squared V.4’s ‘Tee Off’ in the Bernard Shaw on South Richmond street in Portobello this Saturday, 19 July 2008, between 4 and 7pm. Comiskey and St.Leger will assist you as you make your own t-shirts and badges for free! Everything you need will be provided, including blank t-shirts, fabric paint, brushes, markers and pens. All you need to do is bring some ideas. For more information please visit:

Have you seen the spray on dress? Or the dress that hugs you when instructed by a loved one? Or the printed dress (this one fascinated me most!)? If you haven’t all this, this week is your VERY LAST chance to visit the TechnoThreads exhibition in the Science Gallery. The exhibition will close on the 26 July, so if you want to see it, do go this weekend! The Science Gallery in the Naughton Building at the back of Trinity College (near Pearse Street DART Station).
The exhibition, running from 26th April – 26th July 2008, offers you a glimpse into the future of fashion in a world where Biotech and Nanotech are combined with traditional craft and Haute Couture skills.” Admission is FREE. Opening hours Tue-Fri 12:00 – 20:00, Sat/Sun 12:00 – 18:00. www.sciencegallery.com

“Life is a Beach!” is the theme for Dublin Dockland’s Urban Beach. George’s Dock (just behind the main IFSC buildings along the Liffey and right beside the chq building) will be transformed into Dublin’s first Urban Beach. The organiser’s description says “This tropical oasis will be the home to sizzling summer activities for the whole family. Complete with beach cabins, showers, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and a refreshment beach hut, the beach will have daily activities to suit everyone’s fancy. Kiddies will have their own ‘baby beach’ area for making sandcastles. Spend lunchtime practising yoga or tai chi, play a relaxing game of chess, try your hand at boules or bocce or just soak in the sunshine. Oh the lazy, hazy days of summer, let’s hope we have some!”
I had a look at the Urban Beach while it is still “under construction” and I will definitely go there again over the next two weeks. The “beach” is on the platform in George’s Dock and I am interested to see how the finished scene will look like. An interesting idea! Pity that the weather in Ireland is not the most supportive for such good ideas. The Urban Beach will take place from 04 July -20 July from 12:00-20:00 every day.
As far as evening events are concerned I found this list for the remaining themed beach parties: Brazilian Night (18 July), Salsa Night (19 July). All special events are free, but there is limited capacity, so you should come early. www.dublindocklands.ie/urbanbeach

On Sat 19 July from 11:00-13:00 the Fresh Film Forum takes place. It is part of the Lights Out Festival, a film festival for young people. If you are interested in becoming a successful young filmmaker, you should attend this forum. “The forum will be hosted by former and current winners of the Fresh Film Festival: Donal Foreman, Helena Doyle, Patrick Ryan, Justine Stafford, Bryan O’Sullivan and Santana Hernandez-Power. At this special event, you will get a chance to watch films made by these talented young filmmakers, who will then share their knowledge of the filmmaking process and chart how they progressed from festival winners to film students and beyond!” The Forum is free and open to all but you have to reserve your place in advance with the IFI box office on 01 679 3477.

And as always: Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-17:00.

The Open Air Movie Screening on Saturday (19 July) in Temple Bar will take place at 22:30 and the film will be “Annie Hall”. You need to get free tickets before and you can get them from the Temple Bar Information Office (they are available since 12 June and could be all handed out, but it is worth trying). Tickets can be collected from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-15:00. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_13.html. On the night a small number of people without tickets will be let in if ticket holders don’t show up. So, you could try getting in that way, even if you don’t have tickets.

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Please see Saturday for further detail.

Please see Friday for a list of all events.

Farmleigh in association with Children’s Books Ireland presents a fun-packed celebration of tall tales, potty poetry and ingenious illustration for all the family to enjoy! The event is taking place on 20 July from 10:00-17:00. Come and join some of Ireland’s most talented children’s authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers for a day of readings, workshops and performances that are sure to entertain and inspire. Brianóg Brady Dawson will be reading from her wonderful Danny books, Joe O’Brien will be talking to fans of Alfie Green and those who fancy a giggle will be able to hear Gabriel Fitzmaurice perform his Really Rotten Rhymes. Ronke Arogundade will introduce her audience to the magic of African folklore, whilst storytellers Jack Lynch, Len Graham and Eddie Lenihan will be spinning yarns from closer to home. Niamh Sharkey (I’m a Happy Hugglewug) and Adrienne Geoghegan (Fancy That) will also be on hand to pass on some tips to aspiring illustrators. Staged in locations in and around Farmleigh House, events are suitable for a range of ages from 3-12 years. There will also be a Children’s Bookshop in the Conservatory with a vast array of wonderful titles available to choose from. Every event is free, but places are limited, so you should arrive early!
The programme for the day is:
*African Storytelling and Author Readings in Arkle Room
11.15- 11.45: Ronke Arogundade (6-12 year olds)
12.00 – 12.30: Ronke Arogundade (6-12 year olds)
12.45 – 13.30: Brianóg Brady Dawson (5-8 year olds)
13.45 – 14.30: Joe O’Brien (5-8 year olds)
*Storytelling and Poetry in Old Kitchen and/or Outdoors (weather permitting)
12.30 – 13.10: Gabriel Fitzmaurice (4-8 year olds)
13.30 – 14.20: Jack Lynch & Len Graham (6-10 year olds)
14.30 – 15.20: Eddie Lenihan (6-10 year olds)
*Illustrator Workshops in Cow Shed Theatre
12.00 – 12.45: Niamh Sharkey (3-6 year olds)
13.15 – 14.15: Adrienne Geoghegan (6-8 year olds)
*Children’s Bookshop in Conservatory from 11.00 – 15.30

Farmleigh House is inviting to a Children’s Tree Walking Tour on Sun 20 July at 15:00 and at 16:00. The meeting point is the Crossroads at Farmleigh House and the tour is guided by Dr. John McCullen from the OPW.

Every second week a group of volunteers, sponsored by the Czech Embassy, organise the screening of a Czech film in 33 – 35 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 16:30 and admission is free. All films are Czech with English subtitles and are all-time classics and new movies from the Czech Republic.
This week’s film on the 20 July is “Snowdrop Festival” or “Slavnosti snezenek” (1984), a comedy based on a true story captured by the world famous writer Bohumil Hrabal. czechmovies.blog.com/

A Chapters and Verse Themed Reading is taking place at Cassidy’s of Westmoreland St, Dublin 2 on Sunday 20 July afrom 15:00. The “Fiesta de Palabras – Spanish Themed Festival of Words” will feature writers reading from works based in Spanish speaking parts of the world. Featured readers are John Liddy, Kieran Furey, Rosiin Tierney, Anna Maria Crowe Serrrano, Oran Ryan and Donal Moloney
More information about the authors can be found here www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=189

The regular “Collector’s Association Toys of Yesterday fair” is taking place again on Sunday 20 July from 11:00-16:00 in the Sandyford Community Centre (Lamb’s Cross, Dublin 18, Tel: 01 2959149). The event is not totally free, but admission is only EUR 1 and all proceeds go to Focus Ireland. From plastic soldiers via doll-houses to railway sets you can find all these toys form your childhood that you long forgot about. If you’re interested in selling or exchanging toys at the fair, you can contact the Collectors Association on 2852308 or 4576751.

For the summer the “Classic at Noon” Concerts are suspended, but will resume again in September. In the meantime, however, the Hugh Lane Gallery is continuing their commendable range of educational and/or cultural free events. On Sunday 20 July a film screening will take place. Starting at 13:30 the National Geographic Film “Last Voyage of the Lusitania” will be shown. Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, this documentary goes beneath the surface to try and shed some light on this tragedy that today still sits on a shroud of uncertainty. Running time approx 60 min. www.hughlane.ie/education/lectures.asp

Lorna Byrne will sign copies of “Angels in My Hair” in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin on Sunday, 20 July from 15:30.

Analog is a new music festival in Dublin based in Grand Canal Square in Dublin’s Docklands (South Side in Pearse Street). The square will be home to Analog’s Main Stage. Other events will take place in the chq Building near George’s Dock and in the Sugar Club. www.analogconcerts.ie provides the full festival information. There is one concert for which free tickets were available. Unfortunately no more tickets are available. However there MIGHT be the possibility that you get access if the ticket holders don’t show up. How high the likelihood of this is, is something I can’t assess, but you could try it. The free concert takes place on Grand Canal Square on Sun 20 July at 16:30: “The Final Main Stage show on Sunday features a free show from Taraf De Haidouks (twelve piece Romanian Gypsy band) and Vincius Cantuaria (Bossa Nova).” www.analogconcerts.ie/acts/taraf_de_haidouks

The Drogheda Brass Band is performing from 14:00-16:00 on Sun 20 July on the bandstand in Farmleigh House. www.farmleigh.ie

The Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is meeting this Sunday again in Phoenix Park and I expect that the weather will be good enough, so no excuses!! :-) We will meet at 13:00 on Sunday at the Papal Cross – unless the ground is wet, which makes Rollerblading very tricky and treacherous. See www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com for details.

There are a number of regular events every week, where the same band plays in the same venue every week and over the coming weeks I will try to gather them a little more. Today I have two events for you:
*The Mary Stokes Band /blues) plays every Sunday from 18:00 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and the Westbury Hotel.
*Sunday Jazz will be provided in The Globe in George’s Street every Sunday from 17:00.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street is performed every week from 16:30-18:00 by the Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads The Oak in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. On offer are free live music, games & roast potatoes.

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

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The Designer Mart at Cow’ Lane is displaying newly commissioned work as part of Temple Bar’ Chocolate Festival (25 to 27 July 2008). The exhibition includes chocolate jewellery pieces by Jenni Duggan, Raasay Jones and Ann Tyrrell as well as photography, prints, glass sculptures and textile pieces by Carol Eakins, Katharine Quin, Simon Bradley, Naoimh Tuohy, Mark Lynch, Mark Lynch and Fiona Archibald. All items are on display in the Information Centre, Temple Bar Cultural Trust, 12 East Essex Street from 21 to 27 July 2008 and are available for sale.

From 21-25 July the South Docks Festival is taking place in the Pearse Street Area with the main focal point in St. Andrew’s Resource Centre in Pearse Street. There are a good few events taking place, but they are targeted more at people living in the area, so if you do live in that area and don’t know yet what to do next week and want to meet some of your neighbours, let me know and I will get the programme to you. Unfortunately there is no website and the programme is not as easily “summarisable” as for some other events. So please contact me if you want to know more.


Howard Linnane and the tapas bar Havana in Georges Street, Dublin 2 are presenting a Café Cinema event, where quality short films are screened for free every week. The event is taking place on Tues from 16:30-18:00 and a selection of short films will be screened in the café. Filmmakers can bring along their own shorts for possible screening in the ‘pot luck’ section at the end of the event. For further information, contact Howard Linnane: 086 3614787

The Signal Arts Centre in Bray invites to an exhibition by Louise Manifold entitled “Bullswool”’, a term that refers to stolen clothes as well as exaggerated or unreliable talk which the artist uses as a metaphor for human shape shifting and transformation. The exhibition begins on Tuesday 22 July 2008 with an opening reception on Friday 25 July from 19:00-21:00 and will run until Sunday 3 August 2008. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

We all have opinions. Now that those opinions can be published on the internet, why do we need formal theatre critics? Ronan McDonald, author of Death of a Critic ponders this question. The event takes place in the Abbey Theatre on Tues 22 July from 18:15-19:00. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

Are you a qualified and experienced teacher or a business professional? Would you like to volunteer overseas in the next 12 months? If so, the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), an international development charity, would like to invite you to come to their upcoming information event in Dublin on 22 July. The events will include:
* Presentations from returned volunteers, giving you a personal account of what it’s really like to be an education volunteer
* The opportunity to talk informally with VSO staff and returned volunteers
* The chance to hear more about the kinds of volunteering opportunities available.
Attendance at this event must be pre-booked. You can check your eligibility and book your place at this event by calling 01-8147070 or by emailing info@vso.ie. The event will take place from 18:30-20:00 in the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St. Dublin 2. Places are limited. www.vso.ie


Dub Laoghaire-Rathdown are offering you a chance to hear great music from Wed-Fri on the bandstand in Blackrock Park. The concerts will run from 13:00-14:00 and are free.
23 July Wave (Jazz Quartet)
24 July The Hists List (covers band)
25 July Gitano (Flamenco guitar act)

Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is – in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh” – running a film club. The film club shows screenings of Irish short films and feature films for free on the big screen in “Russells” in Ranelagh.
The next event is on Wed 23 July at 14:00. The feature film next week will most likely be “Accelerator” (dir Vinny Murphy, 1999), however, please ring Howard prior to going there to make sure that this will be really the film to be screened. (Russells of Ranelagh is on the main street, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle).

A night of Irish and African musical celebrations is taking place on 23 July as part of the Documentary Film – Dambé – The Mali Project. For one night only Malian, Tuareg and nomadic culture and music will be celebrated with a line up of special Irish and Malian musicians from the film. Artists performing on the night include Afel Bocoum and Alkibar, Liam O’Maonlaí, Paddy Keenan and Tinariwen plus special guest Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. This is a free event and all profits will go towards the Tuareg fund for development Taghreft Tinariwen and the hospital in Niafunké (hometown of Afel and Alkibar). Tickets are available since Monday 30 June at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 and as far as I know all tickets are gone by now. For further information contact Lindsey /Susan/Deirdre @ LHP 01 4970313 or Luachra Productions on 6772255 ext 206. or Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre (01 677 2255).


The BabylonRadio Launch Party will celebrate the launch of the new Babylon Radio Website and the BabylonRadio Webradio station. The event is for everyone who wants to “celebrate cultures and promote integration”. If you are looking for friendly people, fun, multicultural music, then the Babylon Radio Launch Party is for you.
BabylonRadio.com will be broadcasting music from all around the world and focuses on promoting people/artists living in Ireland. The launch party will take place in Floridita in the Irish Life Mall on Thursday, 24 July from 20:00-02:30. To get free tickets to the party you need to register on www.babylonradio.com to become a member.

It ain’t over yet! :-) The Summer Festival in Bray continues. On Fri 25 July “Men in Coats” perform from 13:00-14:00 on Mermaid Civic Plaza. The description says: “Visual Comedy / Street Theatre: An explosive duo, absurd and delirious. Startling visual comedy, surreal slapstick that is as funny as it is clever. Don’t miss Men In Coats they are among the UK’s most respected and explosive street performers.” www.braysummerfest.com


And a pre-announcement:

The film on Sat 26 July (22:30) will be “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” tickets are available from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre from 19 July.

What a long list of events again! I am ready for a nap now (It got too early for much more.) and I hope you are planning already your weekend. Rose Festival? Urban Beach? Bray Summer Fest? Some exhibitions? Or maybe all of the above? ;-) Well, whatever you do, enjoy it and make sure that there is at least ONE thing from this weekend that you can put on your “things to remember” list!

Enjoy the weekend!


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