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Event Guide 215: Intercultural Family Day, Family Fitness Day, Northside Music Festival, OPW First Wednesday

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 215
| 29 July 2011 Subscribers: 9257

Hi all!

Very interesting! You remember that the Dublin Event Guide was recently featured on Capital D, the RTE 1 TV Programme about events in Dublin. Subsequent to the broadcast the number of new sign-ups for this weekly newsletter/e-zine grew significantly and stayed quite high until the day the Capital D programme was taken off the RTE Player, which happens typically about 3 weeks after the broadcast.


Why do I tell you that? Well, going by the significantly larger number of sign-ups while the programme was available, it is clear that once people find out about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), they are very interested and many join our Dublin Event Guide Community. Capital D helped hugely and thanks again to Anne Cassin and the production team, but how can we keep the momentum going? The last 3 weeks showed that there are thousands of people that would benefit from knowing about all the free events in Dublin. Before Capital D we were 8750, today we are 9250. 500 people in just 4 weeks! Wow! If we could keep that up we would nearly each 12000 readers by Christmas! I NEED YOUR HELP! ;-) Do you have any ideas/suggestions or can you help? Drop me a mail at dublineventguide@gmail.com

While other Event publications in Dublin leave you completely on your own and without any information about events in the middle of your summer holiday period, the Dublin Event Guide is the only reliable newsletter/e-zine that has not missed a week for the last 215 weeks!

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At this point in the Dublin Event Guide I usually have a “Feel Good Slot”. This is the space to come to if your day or week has not been the best OR if you want to be inspired even further. Today, I have a slightly different video clip for you than usual. It is not inspirational or heart warming in itself, but have a look at this Maeklong Market in Samut Songkram, Thailand. Four times every day a train passes through the market and upsets the operation of the market significantly, but the traders are determined not to get too disturbed by it. If you have some challenges, can you row with it? Can you just adjust to the challenges like the traders in Thailand without losing nerves and getting upset? An amazing story:

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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Traditionally the August Bank Holiday weekend is a little quieter. Many Irish people are leaving Dublin to visit their family outside Dublin and we foreigners are not much different. ;-) So, less festivals and events, but nevertheless, it is quite a busy weekend and week.

What will I do? Well, the Bray Summer Festival is still continuing and this weekend the Greystones Roots & Americana Festival caught my attention. I will try to go to some gigs on Sat or Sun. On Saturday the Intercultural Family Day could be interesting for you, especially if you have kids. And on Sunday, parents should look at the Farmleigh House Family Fitness Day. For me the Dublin Flea Market might win out and if the weather is not great, I will go to the Science Gallery (I wrote about the new exhibition about two weeks ago.) In the afternoon the Lee Hedley Blues Band might get me to go to the Hard Rock Café.

On Monday the Northside Music Festival is starting with a gig in the beautiful St. Anne’s Park. On Tues The Latin American Summer Screening sounds good, but I will probably not be able to go.

On Wednesday make sure – if you can – that you check out the OPW First Wednesday, where OPW sites are free to visit! Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle could be on your list! In the evening a very interesting Elevator Pitch Night takes place.

On Thursday the Opera in the Open at the Amphitheatre is starting and will run for the next 4 weeks and on Friday Dun Laoghaire is inviting to “Classical Twist”. Soul Purpose in the Workman’s Club could complete the list.

LOTS of music, hmmmmm, did anybody guess that I love music?? ;-)


Fri 29 July: 20:30 – Woolshed, Parnell Centre, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
This is a competition for people that have some time TONIGHT and can make a quick decision. Noelia, one of the organisers only told me yesterday about their event: It is a Spanish Party with free Sevillianas/Flamenco class, free tortillias and Spanish guitar performance in the Woolshed. Admission is EUR 5 and all the money goes to Oxfam, so you might want to go anyway with or without the competition. But to spread the word at the last minute a bit further, Noelia has made a pair of tickets available for a competition. If you have time tonight and would like to go to this Spanish Party, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with SPANISH PARTY in the subject of the mail and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 17:00 and the event starts at 20:30. I will ring the winner by 17:30.
More details are here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143308962413681

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Very last chance to enter the competition for a helicopter flight over Dublin!!
Your opinion is needed to help changing Dublin…and when you submit the survey, you can win great prizes. You and a friend could win a scenic helicopter trip over Dublin (a brilliant prize!!). In addition there will be 10 pairs of tickets for Dublin Bus scenic tours of the city (which are valid for the ghost bus tours, coastal tours and sightseeing tours) and 15 pairs of tickets for an exclusive walking tour of Dublin with Pat Liddy Walking Tours where you will explore the hidden medieval and Georgian Dublin. And only 5-7 minutes of your time is needed to get a chance to a) help with your opinion and b) win a prize.
The questions are about the social scene in Dublin, your shopping and spending habits and about how you like to spend your time in Dublin. So, interesting questions and an opportunity for you to make your voice heard.
Here is what you have to do:
If you took part in the first survey before Christmas, but haven’t responded to the second survey yet, check your mails from around 01 June 2011. A mail with the subject “Your Dublin, Your Voice “should have made it to you from surveys@delve-research.com. Read it!
If you never took part or if your e-mail address has changed or if the mail in June never made it to you, then NOW is the time for you to join the group of over 2,500 people who are already registered. Click on surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel2/?friendref=dublineventguide to join the panel and then follow the instructions. If you click on this link you not only can win one of the prizes I listed above, but in addition to that, Dublin City is providing FOUR (!!) EUR 25 shopping vouchers exclusively for the Dublin Event Guide readers who join the panel through this link above. A separate draw will determine the four winners.
My recommendation is that as many of you as possible take part because if we don’t voice our opinions, then we let other people GUESS what you and I want and need in Dublin! The survey closes on 31 July, so don’t delay and respond now.

Only 13 people helped last week, but I need 200 to sign-up AND do at least ONE survey otherwise my name will not be entered in the competition for an iPad. :-O Can you help??
MySurvey is a company that runs surveys for other companies, for example to find out what people think about the name of a product that will be launched soon, or about an advertisement campaign before it makes it on to the billboards or on the TV screen. So, you influence the approach companies take and to thank you, you will receive reward points which can be exchanged for interesting vouchers or you can donate your rewards to charity if you prefer that.
MySurvey regularly look for new and good panel members. A “good” panel member is someone who doesn’t just sign up, but who replies to questionnaires as well. And for helping them to reach new panel members they are prepared to give prices. I am always looking for ways for you to help the Dublin Event Guide without having to put your hand in your own pocket and here is a way: If more than 200 people sign up by following this link: clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p=83237&a=1719778&g=17705998 and if these 200+ people fill in at least one questionnaire in the next 30 days, then the promoter (i.e. me!) will get an iPad. Not a lot of work for you and it would help me prepare the weekly newsletter in a more convenient and efficient way. Can you help? Unless you ARE already a MySurvey Panel member, click on this link to help! clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p=83237&a=1719778&g=17705998 Thanks! :-)


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Every summer for the last 9 years, a group of artists are building sand sculptures in the courtyard of Dublin Castle for everyone to see. They are amazing pieces of art and talent and I am fascinated every year. The artists started sculpting on 25 July and will get finished around this weekend. Then the sand sculptures are on display until 28 Aug. The theme this year is Compass and you can easily find them. Just walk towards the entrance of Dublin Castle and you will see them big and impressive in the courtyard. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001217556672&sk=wall

I met Diana June Tansey aka Indiana June a little while ago and she has interesting plans. Diana/Indiana has given up the day job and has decided to leave Dublin on 06 Aug, but not to emigrate in the search for a job. No, “Indiana June” is embarking on a solo cycling adventure and she’s leaving all of the important decisions up to a group of online followers, which could include you!
Her new style of travel blog invites people to vote what happens next in her real-life adventure story. Already followers from around the world are debating her first destination. Should Indiana June cycle to Killorglin for the crowning of a goat, surf the icy Atlantic waters, meet a matchmaker in Lisdoonvarna or catch a ferry to Cape Clear Island for goats milk ice-cream?
Indiana said that she wrote down a list of all the things she loves in life and then tried to find a way to combine them all at once. She loves spontaneous travel, meeting new people, storytelling, sketching and painting and of course cycling.
The Bernard Shaw in Dublin is hosting the launch party on Thurs 04 August where live voting will culminate in a big reveal of where she’s headed first. Then on Sat 06 Aug you are invited to meet her outside the Barge Inn at the Canal at 11:00 to cycle the first kilometre with her and after that you can follow her for the next year online.
To find out more and to vote for what’s next for Indiana June, join her on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-June/187212834659962
or go to www.indianajune.com.


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 8000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very much appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

More to come here!


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

02-13 Aug: Balla Bán Art Gallery, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2 (off Grafton Street)
Lucie Pacovská’s solo Exhibition “Two Sides of Things” will take place. It is the first solo exhibition of this Czech artist and she will launch it officially on Thurs 04 Aug from 17:30-19:30. www.ballaban.net

20 Jul-21 Aug: Wed-Sun 12:00-17:00 – The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. As part of PLAY, The Ark’s summer music festival for families, there is a free foyer sound installations at The Ark. Come along and play with fascinating and quirky electronic sound installations by composer Jonathan Nangle. Create your own surround-sound music and lighting using iPod Touches, play a real drumkit without touching it, discover what a can of baked beans sounds like and meet some double pendulums. Children and grown-ups will be equally addicted!
Demo Sessions with Jonathan Nangle will take place on Sat 30 July and Sat 13 Aug at 11:00. Admission is free to these demo sessions, but you need to book on 01-6707788. www.ark.ie

07 Jul-20 Aug: 11:00-20:00 – Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Project Arts Centre presents a new collaborative project between artists Geoffrey Farmer and Jeremy Millar. Mondegreen is a durational play performed daily in the gallery over a seven week period. www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1318-mondegreen


Thurs+Fri 28-29 July: 10:00-17:00: RDS Concert Hall
The RDS National Crafts and Student Art Awards Exhibition is a major event in the Irish craft and visual arts calendar and attracts the very best in amateur and professional crafts practice in Ireland every year. It provides a platform for designers and emerging students to gain much deserved attention whilst giving the public the opportunity to purchase unique and magnificent creations. The Exhibition will be open during the Dublin Horse Show from 03-07 August, but it will NOT be free then. If you want to see the exhibition for free, you have to do that on Thrus/Fri 28+29 July. On these two days Admission is free. www.rds.ie/arts

(see Saturday for details)

Fri 29 July: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. Sarah Griffin will be hosting the Ink Slingers throughout June.

25-29 July: Pearse Street Library
What do you think about Dublin? Is it just a location or is it more? What do you think of the people who live there? The neighbourhoods? The buildings? The landmarks? The rooftops? The stories and histories that surround us? Have you ever thought about the impact that we have on these places?
At “Post Cards from Dublin” with Artist Elaine Leader, children (10-12 years) will be using a broad range of printmaking techniques, Postcards from Dublin will provide children with the opportunity to explore their sense of ‘place’, allowing them to express their responses to the city and their local environment in an experimental and creative way culminating in a range of postcards which will convey their feelings and attitudes towards their Capital City. Admission is free, but booking is essential.
The event will take place in
+ Pearse St. Library from 14:00-15:30 from Mon 25 July – Fri 29 July
For more details and to find out how to book, check

Mon-Fri 25-29 July: 19:00-21:00 – Patriot Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
“8 Edinburgh Previews – 4 Nights – 1 Venue – 0 Admission Fee – Unlimited Laughter” is the simple formula for this event. In preparation of their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 8 great acts (2 per night) will put their finishing touches on their shows. I found out through www.colmoregan.com/

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 29 July Rob Strong
Sat 30 July Cornerstone
Sun 31 Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:00
Sun 31 The Hustlers (after 21:00)
Fri 05 Aug The Cajun Kings
Sat 06 Aug Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fri 29 July: 19:00 – Hello Operator, 12 Rutland Place Dublin 1
On Fri Hello Operator will host the first Experimental Film Society screening. “Founded and run by Dublin-based Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi, the Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. Mainly, but not exclusively, drawn from a diaspora of Iranian artists, Experimental Film Society is responsible for rescuing and preserving many of its members’ films, which otherwise might have been lost forever. This programme, curated and presented by Rashidi, will feature works by all twelve Experimental Film Society members. Several of the filmmakers will also be present.” Admission is free, but a donation of EUR 5 is appreciated.

Fri 29 July: 20:00 – The Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Howard Linnane, a movie and short film enthusiast regularly runs free movie and short film screenings and tonight his “PictureShow” will be in the Exchange in Temple Bar. After a selection of contemporary short films, he will screen the feature film “Penny Points to Paradise” (dir Anthony Young; 1951), which is regarded as one of the classics of early fifties British cinema. It was the first film featuring ‘The Goons’, the famous comic team from the hit BBC radio show that was so much a part of the 1950s in the UK and is regarded as the forerunner to Monty Python and all other broadcast comedy in Britain. The film also gave Peter Sellers his first screen role. Find out more details on www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560 and while you are there, LIKE Howard’s facebook Page, the Page is only new and needs your support.

Fri 29 July: 22:00 – Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum. – Ruairi Maguires’ has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday. This Fri, Firestar will perform their unique style of Rock n’ Roll. On Sat 30 Aug, Monroe will perform and on Sun 31 Aug Harrie and the Maniacs will play soulful music. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187966701265614 www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall

Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

Fri 29 July: 23:30 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
I missed The Cold 100 when they performed last Wednesday in the Workman’s Club, maybe I will make it on Friday. I would really like to hear their electric blues or “blooze”. breakingtunes.com/thecold100
On Fri they will be performing at the “Midnight Hour” event Upstairs in Whelan’s. Doors is at 23:30, but admission is only free if you arrive before 22:30! Make sure you don’t arrive too late. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/3495

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


08 July – 07 August: Bray Sea Front
The Bray Summer Festival continues with Food Workshops (not free) and demonstrations and with more gigs on the band stand. For the festival programme have a look at www.braysummerfest.com/events/ and www.braysummerfest.com/Bray-Summerfest-2011.pdf
The performing bands are:
+ Fri: Tupleo, Cujo Family
+ Sat: Fighting For Jane, Bunk Brothers, Damien Dempsey
+Sun: Wyvern Lingo, Sarah Bass, Dog Ruff, Pump up the Jam

Sat 30 July + 06 Aug: 11:30 – Iveagh Gardens, off Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 (Come through the Harcourt Street gate, go straight and left to the main field.)
Alda Gomez, a Tai Chi and Qi Gong teacher and a long time supporter of the Dublin Event Guide is inviting to a free Tai Chi event in Iveagh Gardens (off Harcourt Street) on Sat of this week and next week. It will not be a formal class, instead Alda is doing her own practice and you can follow if you wish. She will also share some tips and help you improve your posture. It is totally free, but Alda has been selected to be part of the Irish team who will compete in the 4th World Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange in Canada, so donations will be accepted for the Irish team after the practice. houseofmovement.com/

Sat+Sun 30-31 July – Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2. The Powerscourt Gallery is hosting a high quality Arts & Crafts market on the last weekend of every month over the summer. The July Last Weekend Market will run on Sat from 12:00-17:00 and on Sun from 12:30-17:00. The Market aims to showcase the best of Irelands Art and Crafts people. www.powerscourtgallery.com

Fiona Moloney’s (and Tine Schnell’s) Yoga in the Park to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community is continuing. Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com

Fri-Sat 29-31 July: Dundrum Shopping Centre
The information is a little sketchy and it is surprising why the Dundrum Shopping Centre is not providing better details, but maybe you can make sense to it:
“On Friday, join us for mini-music with the Churchtown School of Music. On Saturday, see the Miss Ali Stage School perform live & enjoy puppet shows & magic shows and on Sunday, take part in Kids Karaoke on Level 3.
Pop along to Frangos on Level 3 on Monday. Not only can you enjoy a wide range of delicious treats, but from 14:00-16:00 on Sat, Sun and Mon you can also enjoy live music and a whole host of fabulously fun and free children’s entertainment (Face Painting + Arts&Crafts).” If you – like me – are slightly confused about what takes place when, ring the Customer Service Desk on 01-2991740. www.dundrum.ie/events/the-dundrum-summer-diary/

Sat 30 July: 12:00-17:00 – Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
The New Communities Partnership invites to the Intercultural Family Day 2011 this Saturday on the football pitch behind the building of the Law Society. There will be music, football, board games, volleyball shots, Frisbee, food, athletics, Face-Painting & much more. Bring along your own food or enjoy the food at a food fair. Admission is free and all communities are welcome. For more information, ring 01 6713639.
Blackhall Place is not far from Smithfield and can be reached on the Luas Red Line and by buses 37, 39, 70 and 90. More information can be found here:

Sat 30 July: 12:00-19:00 – Phoenix Park Obelisk, Chesterfield Avenue, Dublin 8.
Organised by the Couchsurfing Community, another “Picnic, Ultimate Frisbee, and Live Music” event will take place in Phoenix Park. Bring food and drink (to share if you wish), your own cups, plates, silverware, blanket/sheet, etc, your friends, frisbee, soccer/volleyball, other balls, hurleys, kites, cards, games, instruments. Live music will be provided by Town of Saints, Jonas Dahl, Katharina Gade, Caruso Ireland.

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 30 July. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

+ The Gallery Talk “Gemstones for Jewellery” will take place on Sat 30 July from 12:00-12:30 in Merrion Street (Natural History) and is tailored for adults. “Join Matthew Parkes, geological curator to learn about the variety of gemstones, from amber to zircon as used in jewellery and where they come from.” No booking required but places limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2394
+ The Family Tour “Indoor Safari” will take place on Sat 30 July from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). “Take an expedition through the Museum and learn more about the exotic animals from all over the world that are on display.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2395

Sat 30 July: 11-17:00: Airfield Farm, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum.
The Airfield Vintage and Craft Market takes place on Saturday. There will be more than 30 stalls and the field it takes place is adjacent to Airfield Farm. Because you don’t have to enter Airfield Farm, admission is free to the Vintage and Craft Market. www.airfield.ie

Sat 30 July: 13:00-16:00 – Jervis Street Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Every Saturday (or Sunday) until the end of August, the Jervis Street Shopping Centre will run a “Children’s Summer Entertainment” event. This Saturday there will be Punch & Judy, a Clown and in addition there will be a Balloon Modeller and Facepainter. www.jervis.ie/home/summer_entertainment

Sat 30 July: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Daily in August: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Archive at Lunchtime films remain to be popular and the daily screening of Archive material is continuing. The two programmes that alternate every day this month are www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7472&Date=15/08/2011&PageID=15

29 July-01 Aug: Greystones, Co. Wicklow
I know, Greystones is stretching the “Greater Dublin” idea a little, but it is the closest Americana and Roots Festival and you can reach the town in the South of Dublin easily by DART. There will be loads of bluegrass, hillbilly, rockabilly, blues and gypsy gigs and many of them are free. In addition there will be lots of Children Entertainment, a French Market, an Air Sea Rescue display and lots and lots of Bluegrass music outdoors and indoors. Bluegrass is so different to what we usually hear and I might go for a taster to Greystones this weekend. ;-)
The weekend schedule and line-up is here www.rootsweekend.com/stage-times/ or here entertainment.ie/festival/display.asp?ID=2976

Sat 30 July- Mon 01 Aug: 14:00-17:00: Quay Road, Portraine, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Exit 4 off M1. Another slight stretch of the “Greater Dublin” area for events in the Dublin Event Guide: Moll’s Marquee Market is the annual fund raiser sale for the Heart to Hand Charity. Now in its 21st year there are again bargains on everything from designer clothes, shoes, jewellery, new and second hand books, huge range of indoor and outdoor plants, ex stock giftware and glassware, new and used electrical appliances, liquidation stock, new and used toys, beautiful exquisite antiques, furniture and art, try your luck on the wheel of fortune. Located beside the sea in Donabate, you can bring the family and make it a fun filled day out. Free admission and free parking. For questions: 01-8436359 www.hearttohand.net

Sat 30 July: 15:00 – Hughes&Hughes, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2. Country musician Georgette Jones will be signing copies of her new book ‘The Three of Us’ on Sat. Her book will shed light on the lives of her parents, Tammy Wynette & George Jones, and her experience of growing up and following in the family footsteps. Admission is free. www.hughesandhughes.ie/

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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(see Saturday for details)

Sun 31 Aug: 08:00-11:00: East Pier, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The Focus Ireland fundraising Triathlon will take place in Dun Laoghaire and while participation is not free, you can watch the athletes swim for 350m or 750m swim in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, then cycle for 20km and finish with a 5km run along Dún Laoghaire Harbour East Pier. Many streets will be closed in the area of Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown. www.focusireland.ie

Sun 07 + 21 August, 04 + 18 Sept: Palmers Golden Ball Tavern, Carpark, Kilternan, Dublin 18. Every second week a Car Boot Sale, which is a fundraiser for the Niall Melon Township Trust, will take place until the middle of September. The next one is not this week but next week. The Car Boot Sales runs from 09:00-16:00 (Traders arrive at 08:00). EUR 15 for traders, free admission for potential buyers. dublincity.olx.ie/niall-melon-township-trust-fundraiser-iid-216570807

Sun 31 July: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park
A Family Fitness Day will take place in Farmleigh House in association with Athletics Ireland. This free event includes Family Mile Challenge, Orienteering, Little Athletics, Agility Challenges, Traditional Childrens’ Sports and lots more. See www.familyfitnessfestival.ie for more details or call 01 8869933

Sun 31 July: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park
A Farmers Food Market with artisan food products will take place on Sunday.
In the afternoon from 14:00-16:00 ‘The Pearse Butler Band’ will perform “music of Neil Diamond and beyond” in the bandstand in the gardens of Farmleigh House.

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 31 July: Summer flowers in the Park. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 31 July from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. The Flea Market is now extended to outdoors and features 20 additional outdoor stands.

Sun 31 July: 11:00-18:00 – Skerries Community Centre, Dublin Road, Skerries, Co Dublin. A Holistic Fair + Wellbeing & Crafts Day will take place in Skerries. www.fingalmindbodyspirit.ie

On Sunday 31 July (at a non-specified time) a number of Vintage Cars will be on show on “Town Square & Pembroke Square” of Dundrum Shopping Centre. www.dundrum.ie/events/vintage-car-display/

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

Sun 15:00-17:00 – St. Enda’s National Historic Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. An OPW sponsored Summer Music Fest 2011 in Rathfarnham brings a whole range of performers to St. Enda’s Park.
+ 31 July: Innis Free (Ballads and Folk Music)
+ 07 Aug: Al O’Donnell and Friends (Folk Music and Songs)
+ 14 Aug: Niall Toner Band (Country Music)
+ 21 Aug: Avondale (Ballads and Folk)
+ 28 Aug: Murphy’s Law (Irish Music and Ballads)

+ The National Museum branches are busy during the week running events for children, so on Sunday there is no special event for a change. Have a look at all the other events here: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx

Sun 31 July: 16:00 – Hard Rock Cafe Dublin, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The Lee Hedley Blues Band will be in the Hard Rock Café for a Charity gig for St. Michael’s House (support services for people with intellectual disabilities) and on the website it says that the event is free and donations are welcome. In addition funds will be raised through charity cocktails and a raffle.

Due to the school holidays and the holiday season there are National Gallery taking place near daily throughout the week. Some are for children, but the majority are adults. Because the list is so long, please check nationalgallery.ie/whatson Admission is free to nearly all events.

Sun 31 Jul: – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music session in the The Grand Social. However, this week a Saucy Sundays event was planned but then the Grand Social double booked the venue. So you will have to wait until next Sunday for the next Saucy Sunday. For all details www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

Sun 31 July: 18:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Part 2. The Workman’s Club will be hosting seven acts on this afternoon/evening/night of celebration: Wounds, The Looks, The Razor Ball, White Collar Boy, The Year The Monkeys Landed, Black Market Babies and The Eulogys. Live music kicks off around 18:00 and will run on ‘til around midnight.
It’s all free of charge and you can pick and choose where you want to hang out.

Sun 31 July: 20:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Floor Show, a free and open evening of song, poetry, prose and performance will take place. For more information or to perform please email thefloorshowiwc@gmail.com. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Sun 31 July: The Mezz, 23-24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
From 23:30-01:30 Mob Fandango will be on stage in the Mezz and before that Halycon Daze will perform. Admission is free and a bit of funk sounds like a good end of the Sunday and a good start of the Bank Holiday Monday. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=204100939636729

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. www.jamestownmarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is on a summer break until 11 September and will be back from that date in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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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On Monday 01 August we will have a bank holiday. Expect that nearly all shops and restaurants are open. Buses, Luas and trains are on Sunday schedule and Pay&Display parking in the City Centre is free. Museums are closed, all banks are closed and many companies will close their offices.
The track record of the August Bank Holiday as far as summer temperatures are concerned is not the best, but I never give up hope for a REALLY hot day. ;-)
Some of the regular Sunday events will not take place on the Sunday before a Bank Holiday and others will just be moved onto the Monday.

01-18 August: Northside of Dublin
The Northside Music Festival 2011 now in its 5th year celebrates music from across the globe in a fantastic three week programme. Enjoy the programme of all types of music including jazz, bluegrass, classical, trad, Latin American, African and contemporary Irish. Admission to all performances is free. Booking is required for all indoor concerts through Artscope on telephone: 01 5059582 or e-mail: info@artscope.ie. Indoor events are the events on 04 Aug, 06 Aug and 18 Aug.
The performances are
01 Aug: The Oxo Boys Stringband & Beoga, Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park at 14:00
04 Aug: Dublin Guitar Quartet, St. Canice’s Church, Finglas, at 20:00
06 Aug: The Whistlelast Quartet + The Speks, Sean O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin 3 at 12:00 and 14:00 and 15:15.
07 Aug: Wassa Wassa & Ikarumba, Fr Collin’s Park, Donaghmedem Dublin 13 at 14:00
14 Aug: Bangsambra & Andreas Varady Trio, Griffith Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 at 14:00
18 Aug: Celtic Rose, St. Pappan’s Church, Santry, Dublin 9 at 20:00
You can download the fill programme here

Mon 01 Aug: 10:00 – DUN LAOGHAIRE
Again not for participants but for spectators this event is free. It is a 10 km run/walk in Dun Laoghaire. There will be music and other events in the start and finish area and the course will – after the start at Dún Laoghaire’s Seafront – go through Seapoint, Monkstown, Glenageary, Killiney and Sandycove before finishing close to the historic Dún Laoghaire Town Hall.
www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/128705_Bay10K%20PosterA3.pdf www.dlrevents.ie/dlrbay10k.html

Mon 01 Aug: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park.
The Farmers Market will continue in Farmleigh House in Monday and in the afternoon from 14:00-16:00 “The Band” will perform songs from the ‘The Last Waltz’ and other 60’s Hits. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16067,en.html

Mon: 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a new weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is not yet announced, check it out by following the link here. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/3828

Mon 01 Aug: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
From June-September 2011, “What the folk?” will showcase some of the country’s finest acts. “This artist showcase is calling for the country’s finest musicians to rock their folking socks off and in a bid to win a prized slot in the esteemed Spirit of Folk festival in September 2011.”
Every Monday night three acts will battle it out to win the public vote and get through to the final heat at the end of each month. The final will take place in early September in front of a live panel of guest judges. Folk acts of all shapes, sizes and sounds are invited to enter and try for their chance to feature in one of the country’s most unique and valued folk festival “Spirit of Folk” (www.spiritoffolk.com)
The line up on 01 Aug is Maggie Hildrick and The Hunt, The Guilty Folk, Keith O’Reilly. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/07/01/what-the-folk-010811/

Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden St. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Tues 02 Aug: 13:10-14:00: National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The National Museum will screen the Art Documentary “Caravaggio: The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece” numerous times during the week, not only on Monday. Admission is free and no booking is required. Check www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson for dates and times of the other screenings.

Tues 02 Aug: 18:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
The launch of a Photographic Exhibition by Bob Dixon will take place on Tues. in the first floor Bar. Bob Dixon is a music and travel photographer and the event will be enriched by live music from Shadowplay. Admission is free.

Tues 02 Aug: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Tues: 20:30 – La Dolce Vita Winebar, 5 Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar
Travel through Latin America with the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) this summer with their Latin American film screenings. Every Tuesday LASC will be showing a film or documentary in La Dolce Vita. The films will take you through the whole continent, beginning in Mexico and completing the journey in the Southern Cone. The first screening will be on 05 July, the last on 30 Aug. The upcoming programme is
02 Aug – Venezuela: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
09 Aug – Brazil: Central do Brasil
16 Aug – Bolivia: to be confirmed
23 Aug – Chile: Machuca
30 Aug – Patagonia: Colours at the End of the World

Tues 26 July: 21:00 – Shebeen Chic, Sth Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Doe to the bank holiday on Monday, the Comedy Crunch will this week take place on Mon and Tues instead of Sun and Mon. Admission is free. Doors is at 20:45 and the show starts at 21:00. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. Since the Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched an initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages, this is only the second First Wednesday. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free every first Wednesday from now until the end of the year.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
Expect a huge amount of people on 03 August at these sites, so be early. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are effected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 03 Aug: 13:15-14:00: Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
This is a regular literary event run by the Seven Towers Agency, a small publishing house and event host. On Wed the contributors are Bernie O Reilly, David Murphy, Eamonn Lynskey, Roger Hudson. www.indymedia.ie/article/99472

Wed 13 July: 17:00 + 19:00 – Dundrum Town Centre, Pembroke Square, Dundrum
On Wednesday 13 July “Cinema In The Open” returns to Dundrum Town Centre. Free open air movies will be shown in Pembroke Square each Wednesday until 17 August with a children’s favourite at 17:00 and a classic favourite at 19:00. There will be seating and you will even get ponchos if it rains. The restaurants will provide special take-away movie menus and even take your order from your seat so you dont miss any of the movie action. The Cinema In The Open Schedule is:
+ Wed 03 Aug: 17:00 How to Train your Dragon – 19:00 Roman Holiday
+ Wed 10 Aug: 17:00 Toy Story – 19:00 Chicago
+ Wed 17 Aug: 17:00 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory .- 19:00 Chocolat www.dundrum.ie/events/cinema-in-the-open-returns/

Wed 03 Aug: 18:00-21:00 – Sugar Club, 8 Lwr Leeson St, Dublin 2
This event LITERALLY made it in this Event Guide in the last seconds before it was sent but it sounds interesting and hopefully many of you will come to it. An Elevator Pitch is a short (duration of an elevator trip) presentation of your business idea to a potential investor to get their interest and hopefully some investment.
The Dublin Investment Summit will take place on 16 Sept and will bring together a wide group of Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, financial advisers and others who make investment decisions. A selection of pre-screened investment opportunities will be presented to them, and two Elevator Pitch Nights are pre-qualification rounds to see who will make it to be good enough to present at the Investment Summit.
The first qualification round will take place on Wed 03 Aug (the second on 17 Aug) and if you are interested in presenting your idea, you should contact the organisers as soon as possible. Even if this is not (yet) for you, you might be interested to listen to the Elevator Pitches to learn for when you need to be able to do this.
Find more information and register your attendance as audience here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145329752213521 If you want to participate, then please contact contact@dublininvestmentsummit.com as soon as possible. www.dublininvestmentsummit.com
If you want to present, please note that the format is “Pecha Kucha”: You are allowed to have 20 slides, but every slide is only displayed for 20 seconds.

Wed 03 Aug: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Grand Pocket Orchestra, supported by Pantone 247 and Rhino Magic are playing a free gig in Whelan’s. “Art-Pop Messers Grand Pocket Orchestra take a break from recording the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Ice Cream’. www.myspace.com/grandpocketorchestra

Wed 03 July: 20:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“This Nachez have been quietly developing unique sounds in their own studio for the past couple of years. About to release their second studio album, the band is gearing up to unleash their live show across the country this summer. The music consists of a fusion of various genres and styles; the members are influenced by bands such as RATM, System of a Down Led Zepplin and The Prodigy.” Admission is free.

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Thurs 04 Aug: 09:30-13:30 – Ballymun Civic Centre
On the first Thursday of every month, the Ballymun Book Exchange takes place. You bring a book and take a book – for free. Organised by the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Admission is free. The next dates are 01 Sept, 06 Oct, 03 Nov. www.ballymun.org

The event “Take a Trail: My Favourite Animal” will take place on Thurs 04 Aug from 11:00-11:40 in Merrion Street (Natural History). It is a Family Event suitable for Families with young children. “What’s your favourite animal? Have a look at some on this activity trail tour and then draw your favourite.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2401

Thurs: 12:00-15:00 – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8
Lunchtime Food Markets appear like mushrooms in all corners of Dublin for the last 2-3 years. There are so many that I can definitely not keep up with all of them and won’t be able to list them regularly, but if I come across a new one, I am happy to point you in the right direction: The newest Lunchtime Market started this week at Christ Church Cathedral. It will take place every Thursday and you can find more about this market (and 8 others) here www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php

Dublin City Council’s Arts Office invites to “Opera in the Open 2011”, a series of lunchtime performances every Thursday in August at 13:00-14:00 in The Amphitheatre between Christ Church and the Civic Offices. The four performances this year are
+ 04 Aug: CARMEN (Bizet)
+ 11 Aug: TOSCA (Puccini)
+ 18 Aug: DIDO & AENEAS (Purcell)
To download the poster, please click here

Thurs 04 Aug: 14:30-15:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
At this children event entitled “Word Wizard”, be inspired by children’s writer and poet Enda Wyley in this fun, hands-on writing workshop as she takes you on a deadly trail through the stories and illustrations on display in the Library’s main hall. And in The Writer’s Studio explore different ways of writing, encounter stories by other authors and create your own Tall Tales which will delight your friends and family. This event is free but booking is required. To book email learning@nli.ie or call 01-6030346 www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Thurs 04 Aug: 18:00-20:00 – Temple Bar
Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues from 18:00-20:00 on the first Thursday of every month. The 19 participating Cultural Spaces are Block T, Clyne Gallery, Centre for Creative Practices, Debbie Paul Studio & Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin Civic Trust, Fishbowl Gallery /Exchange Dublin, Gallery of Photography, Gallery Zozimus, Graphic Studio Gallery, Mad Art Gallery & Studio, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, NGG – No Grants Gallery, Project Arts Centre, The Green Gallery, The Green On Red Gallery, The Lab, Jam Art Factory, The Doorway Gallery. templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

Thurs: 18:30-22:00 – Twisted Pepper, Basement, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
The Yelp Ping Pong Social Club is a free weekly event at the Twisted Pepper in Abbey Street. Each week on a Thursday from 18:30-22:00 you can come along to prove your ping pong potential and be crowned ‘King Pong’ or just sit back, watch balls fly. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-ping-pong-social-club

Thurs 04 July: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The launch of “The Stilletto” by James J. O’Sullivan will take place. It will be launched by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and author Tom McCaughren. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 04 Aug: 20:00-22:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Izumi Goto, a Japanese avant garde performer will be playing a show at Exchange Dublin as part of her European/North American tour. Her performance will be preceded by a short documentary introducing her. Her performance is an accordion-based, burlesque-style song and dance set with interactive elements. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106193932813278 Izumi’s website (in Japanese): gotoizumi.net/

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. There is no cover charge. The theme for August will be Classic 80 with 04 Aug: Top Gun, 11 Aug: Rain Man, 18 Aug: Cocktail. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 04 Aug: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 05 Aug: 10:00 – HMV Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre.
Jedward will be meeting fans and signing copies of their new album ‘Victory’. Entry to event will be via wristband only. 400 wristbands are available. Fans can pick up free wristbands from the hmv Dundrum store from 07:30 on Friday 5 August. One wristband per customer maximum, in person only, while stocks last, subject to availability, at participating store only. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

DeFunct/ReFunct is an exhibition in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 from 05-27 August and a number of events take place in connection with the exhibition.
DATA 48.0 is a public debate which precedes the opening of DeFunct/ReFunct inviting the guest artists to present their practices and open a public debate about Art, Technology and Obsolescence. Speakers include Rosa Menkman, Karl Klomp, Gijs Gieskes, Tom Verbruggen and Benjamin Gaulon. Led by Rachel O’Dwyer
It will take place on Fri 05 Aug from 15:00-17:00. Admission is free. For more information or to book your place contact boxoffice@ruared.ie or phone 01 451 5860
A performance by Karl Klomp and Tom Verbruggen which involves a live ‘cinema’ set where circuit-bent video mixers and audio tools are fused to create a minimal, raw and unbridled performance.
Gijs Gieskes leads a live audio / visual performance with a home made video synthetizer. Gijs is an instrument builder, artist, designer, musician and teacher.
Gamepak Dublin lead a live performance using videogame hardware in order to create music. Gamepak is a collective of live musicians, visualists, pixel artists, hardware hackers, disc spinners, data jockeys, VJs, designers and circuit benders.
This will take place on Fri 05 Aug from 17:30-19:00. Admission is free. For more information or to book your place contact boxoffice@ruared.ie or phone 01 451 5860
With international visual artists: LoVid (USA), Karl Klomp (NL), Gijs Giesked (NL), Benjamin Gaulon (FR/IRL), Tom Verbruggen (NL) and Rosa Menkman (NL).
Following the success of the Symposium Refunct09 part of ISEA 2009, co-organised by DATA and the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA), Defunct / ReFunct, will further investigate the limits of technologies and Technological obsolescence using a variety of strategies such as Hardware Hacking, Circuit Bending, Audio Visual Noise and Glitch Art.
ReFunct Media is a multimedia installation that (re)uses numerous “obsolete” electronic devices. The project will be built over a period of a week and broadcast live on the Internet on www.glitchfestival.com, www.ruared.ie, and www.data.ie)
Associated workshops: Art Trolley sessions- 13th & 20th August, 10:30-11:30
The event will take place from 08-27 Aug (Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00) Admission is free.

Fri+Sat 05+06 Aug: 20:00, Sun 07 Aug: 14:00 – Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire
On the first weekend in August, The Peoples Park in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin will be filled with the sounds of classical music, when The Classical Twist Shows, presented by DLR Events and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, take place. Tickets are not required for these shows and the park will be open to all who wish to attend. The Slovak Festival Ensemble will perform well-known and loved classical pieces from Bach to The Beatles and The Stones to Strauss. The organisers invite guests to bring deck chairs, picnic blankets and refreshments if they wish. Led by Vladimir Jablokov, the evening shows will include pieces from Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Dvorak and many more.
On Sunday August 7th the show will be a sing along especially for families and children with songs from smash hit shows such as High School Musical, Fame, Annie, the Jungle Book, The Lion King and Many more.
Vladimir Jablokov is a young violin virtuoso from Bratislava, Slovakia. He started playing the violin aged five, making his stage debut at the tender age of ten. www.dlrevents.ie/classicaltwist11.html

Fri 05 Aug: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Soul Purpose recreates the music of Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder and has the reputation of being one of the best Soul bands in the country. They invite all lovers of Soul and Motown to join them for an unforgettable night that will be filmed live, capturing the energy of their polished and groove-tastic performance. Admission is free. www.soulpurpose.ie


This section contains events that will happen in the future. Some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

Wed 10 Aug: 07:30-08:45: National College of Ireland, IFSC, Dublin 1
Business executives are being invited to start their day with an exciting new event series from National College of Ireland, in association with Metro Herald and Kellogg’s Ireland. These free events offer the chance to gain insight on the latest thinking while mixing and mingling with other professionals from all walks of business life.
The next event in the series will be with Stephen Brown, Professor of Marketing Research at the University of Ulster. A free continental breakfast will be served. Places are limited and to reserve your seat, you have to book on www.ncirl.ie/site/event_form.asp?id=261
Guest speaker Stephen Brown is a textbook author with a different. His new book is called “Agents & Dealers”. It’s a prequel to his previous book “The Marketing Code”, the world’s first ‘management thriller’. Noticing that his students were unwilling to wade through the tedium of traditional textbooks, he elected to radically change the template: thrills replaced theories, corpses superseded case studies, and bullets were exchanged for bullet-points. www.ncirl.ie/Events/Corn_Flakes_and_Commerce_with_Stephen_Brown
Sounds like an interesting event, if it only wasn’t soo early! ;-)

______This is odd!!______________

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

This week, I don’t find it just “odd”, I am outraged.
Back in March the Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn (That’s the guy who had the weirdest outdated election posters at the last two general elections votemannixflynn.ie/ Strangely, considering his anti-cultural views, a lot of artists supported him.) misunderstood something about the Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and started a process that is now endangering one of the best working cultural entities in Dublin. You can read here what happened in that City Council Meeting: dublinobserver.com/2011/03/temple-bar-trust-to-be-reviewed/ Because Flynn got it wrong, a review of the TBCT was undertaken and came to the conclusion that the TBCT should be closed down and that Dublin City should take over the operation (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0701/1224299848672.html). It is not clear what the MAIN reason for that suggestion is, but probably the possible saving of EUR800,000? The report was done by some consultants, so it very much seems to be a “left brain” report where all the good work that the TBCT does in the cultural field is not at all appropriately acknowledged.
On 25 July a City Council meeting discussed the TBCT the conclusion of the report (you can watch the whole 4 (!!) hour meeting here www.dublincity.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/62110) and only thanks to the objection of Labour and Sinn Fein councillors, a final decision was deferred (www.rte.ie/news/2011/0725/templebar.html).
After all this, let me tell you why I am outraged: I wrote here a few weeks ago, that it could well be that the TBCT will have to be revised and that some improvements/modifications might have to be implemented, but looking at the brilliant cultural work that the TBCT does for many many years. More than EUR400,000 is spent for cultural works and different to other expenditure, I feel we get good value for that money. The TBCT is constantly active and supportive of cultural work and without the TBCT, Temple Bar would be not much more than an area for drunkenness and mayhem. Now some might suggest that the dissolution of the TBCT and the transfer of its responsibilities to Dublin City wouldn’t automatically end the cultural work in the Temple Bar area and I agree that this COULD be the case, but I definitely think that a dedicated and focused group is required to look after this hugely important area for Dublin and only a separate organisation can achieve that. Yes, Dublin City does good work and runs high quality events (they often don’t tell us about their events and I am criticising that regularly and consistently), but if an organisation is responsible for the very focused area of Temple Bar, it undoubtedly is more efficient than if the area of focus would be WHOLE Dublin. I think there would be no Culture Night without the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and there would be no Temple Bar Food Market and no Designer Mart and no Summer Festival like the recent “Made in Temple Bar”. So, if you have an opportunity, let the Dublin City Councillors know your opinion about the TBCT before October. I fear it will be gone soon otherwise.

Two “This is odd!” articles this week! Not as a bank holiday bonus, but because I can just not hold back on sharing this second story with you too. ;-)

FAS is (still) the “Irish National Training and Employment Authority”, which “promotes job opportunities and training courses for school leavers, post graduates and professionals.” A good and relevant organisation that could do a lot of good, ESPECIALLY since the unemployment situation in Ireland has significantly dis-improved over the last few years. But there was a problem: FAS wasted a massive amount of money (EUR643,000!) on travel and luxuries between 2004 and 2008 and over that scandal the Director General of FAS had to step down. Fás is Irish for growth, but the organisation was called “Foras Áiseanna Saothair” (Labour Facilities Foundation), a cumbersome sounding name, where you wonder if the three words were maybe cobbled together just to make up the Irish word.
The new government decided to break up the scandal riddled FAS and replaced it with a new agency, that would have responsibility for all public funding of further education and training. The training function of FAS will be absorbed into the restructured local Vocational Education Committees. Many think this “replacement” is nothing else than a renaming and because the opinion is that FAS is rotten to the core, there are serious doubts if the new organisation can be better than the old. But the best is the name of the new organisation: The Minister for Education and Skills has announced that it will be called SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna). (www.rte.ie/news/2011/0727/solas.html) Because Solas means “Light” in Irish, is seems obvious that the tradition of finding an abbreviation first and then forcing words into it is still alive. (In English “Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna” has the uninspiring meaning “Continuing Education And Skills Services”, and considering that the training function has been grouped out, the name doesn’t even make that much sense.)
The worst, however, is that in the time of branding and trademarking and Internet, the people in FAS or in the Department of Education and Skills hadn’t realised that “Solas” is already a well used word with LOTS of other uses. A simple search on the Company Registration Office site (www.cro.ie/search/CompanySearch.aspx) would have shown that there are already approx. 50 (!!) companies in Ireland that have “Solas” in their name, INCLUDING a “Solas Education for Life”, “Solas Consultancy” and “Solas Development”. And on top of that, www.solas.ie is used by a well established Trinity College project that helps children who are in isolation wards in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Whoever approved this new name, should be sent looking for a new job!

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I am looking forward to an extra day added to the weekend on Monday. Ok, August Bank Holiday is not the busiest day of the year as far as events are concerned, but with a bit of luck we will have a nice (or at least ok) day. I am optimistic. ;-)

Have a great long weekend!

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