Dublin Event Guide 694: Busiest week of 2021, despite lockdown! – Valentine’s Day, Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, lots of gigs, Mars landing

February 13th, 2021

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

Busiest week of 2021, despite lockdown!

Valentine’s Day, Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, lots of gigs, Mars landing.

Hi all!

Thanks for the great feedback last week about the new responsive (i.e. mobile phone compatible) and re-freshed layout! Glad that you like it. ;-) It is still very similar to the previous look but that is on purpose. Bit by bit I will be able to add a lot more features though, so what you see now is not the end, it is just the beginning. ;-)

This weekend and next week is super super busy. This edition of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) features 90 (!!!) free events and that despite a LEvel 5 lockdown. Sure, nearly all the events are online. But even online culture is culture! ;-)

Happy Chinese New Year and also Happy Valentine’s weekend! There is nothing objectionable about the Chinese New Year (I think!?), but Valentine’s Day is not loved by everybody. It is a tough day for some and an annoying day for others. Too much weight is put on it, I think. In the beginning of the Dublin Event Guide (Imagine, it was around 12 years ago, because the Dublin Event Guide will be 14 this year. :-O.)  I organised an alternative Valentine’s Day meet-up, for everybody (couples or singles) who loved the Dublin Event Guide and we were more than 100 people at it.

For me Valentine’s Day is a day that should be celebrated if you love ANYBODY. You have friends that you love? Tell them! You have family members that you love? Tell them! You love yourself? (And I hope you do!) Tell yourself! You have a partner that you love? Tell him or her! So take the obligation and pressure out of this day and just celebrate love! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! Me and the Dublin Event Guide love you!!! ðŸ’“

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t love the Dublin Event Guide as much as would be good. The reach is twindling and you are needed to change that! You know how to show your love on Facebook, right? You say something about a post or click on the links that express love. (Facebook punishes me if I use the words that start with L, C and S. :-O). IF 200 people clicked on the L, C, S links then Facebook would show the Dublin Event Guide to DOUBLE the amount of people. So, please click! It is for a good cause!! :-)

And remember, the best Dublin Event Guide experience is being had by e-mail subscribers. And you can subscribe on www.dublineventguide.com Then comes the website itself (it needs a bit of TLC, I know!) and because Facebook doesn’t like nicely formatted content, the readers on Facebook end up at the lower end of the list. This is only for Facebook readers: If you follow the link at the VERY bottom of this post you will also see the nice new layout and the FULL Dublin Event Guide. And if you just read the text version on Facebook, then it will only be a PART of the complete newsletter. The events for next week will not be posted on Facebook anymore. Sorry!

If you enjoy the great content in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and want to keep this weekly newsletter alive, then please consider helping with the cost for sending it. Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I would suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month for four, sometimes five editions, where else can you get so much value for so little cost. :-)

To donate you can use the PayPal or the Revolut link OR you can buy me a virtual coffee (I won’t drink it but will use the money to put into the Dublin Event Guide). YOUR contribution really counts! Thank you! :-)

Please donate via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide
or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb (Revolut is moving away from phone numbers and to addresses like this one.)

If PayPal or Revolut don’t work for you, you can buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide and you can do that on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here www.buymeacoffee.com/DublinEventG  .

And if you come to www.DublinEventGuide.com and check out some of the ads and click on the ones that you find interesting, that also helps with a few cent!

Thank you!!

The EPIC Zone


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

++ Educators Training Workshop
Tue 16 Feb 2021 – 10:30-11:30 – Online – Adm: Free
Are you a teacher or home educator? Want to have your say in how EPIC’s education program develops? Then join our free educators’ session where we will be introducing our EPIC Innovators program and looking for your feedback on further activities. epicchq.com/event/educators-training-workshop-epic-museum/

++ Hidden Histories: Irish, Jewish & Irish Jewish History
Thu 18 Feb 2021 – 18:30 – Online – Adm: Free
In our next Hidden Histories lecture, we will be tracing Irish-Jewish diaspora experiences in London’s East End and New York’s East Side in the 19th and early 20th century. Tune in for free or make a much appreciated donation to Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) when signing up. epicchq.com/event/hidden-histories-irish-jewish-irish-jewish-history/

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 13 February

Many (food) markets on Saturday and Sunday are cancelled.

+ CONFIRMED: Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ Jack and the FlumFlum Tree – Hoglets Online Class – Storytelling for children (Age: 0-7) 10:00-11:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/459852628755783/
+ CONFIRMED: Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ CONFIRMED (Food Traders only): Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Chinese Dragon Online Painting Demonstration – Chester Beatty Library – Chinese New Year Festival 12:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/chinese-dragons-online-demonstration/

+ Jaffa Cake Workshop – Boozin Bakers UK 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/416035252993065
+ Yoga for Love – Live Webinar with Isha Online 16:00-17:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ DeMars Live – Amy Ellen & Ele (ZAPHO) – Live Performances & Interviews 18:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2823361557917938
+ We love the 80s – Mixcloud DJ Live Stream 18:30-01:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/514811669485024/
+ Valentines Disco Ball with Graeme Park & Phever DJs 19:00-01:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1028489224338990
+ Jack Lukeman featuring “My Funny Valentine” (Love Songs) – Live Gig 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/492935731701564
+ Online Music Club presents Tomorrow Bird (Folk Rock) – LIve Gig 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/870526693739504/
+ Acoustic 90s and 00s Live Session with Lenny Stokes and Aoife McNamara from Vintage Vibes Band – Live Gig – 20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/171619941143260
+ Karlo-oke Love Songs  with the band The Receipts – Live Gig 21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2765540027021425/

Seven Signatories of the Irish Proclamation

Sunday 14 February

Many (food) markets on Saturday and Sunday are cancelled.

+  The Science of Hearts and Blood – Workshop (Kid friendly) – Theatre of Science UK 10:00-10:40 Online www.facebook.com/events/1173583576410103/
+ St. Valentine’s Day Pop Up Talk – National Museum (Pre-recorded) 10:00-00:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/012021/St-Valentines-Day-Pop-Up-Talk
+ CONFIRMED (Food Traders only): Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Kids Yoga with Ella Bella Yoga (Age 4-7) 11:00-11:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/203841904760166
+ Online Cooking Demo with Asia Market – Chester Beatty Library – Chinese New Year Festival – VIdeo available from 12:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/online-cooking-demo-with-asia-market/
+ Chinese New Year Live Cooking Show – Malaysian Student Association of Ireland 12:00-14:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/263151382072220
+ My Mind My Friend – Heart Chakra Meditation – Shubh Connections 12:00-13:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/137239931329 (Booking required)

+ Begin your Tai Chi journey: An introduction to essential Tai Chi skills – Workshop – Quality of Life Now USA 15:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/139566734861 (Booking required)
+ Feng Shui for 2021 with Nina Kati – Discussion and Q&A – Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 15:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/137074891691 (Booking required)
+ Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano) in conversation with Dearbhla Collins – Friends of the Vocal Arts 17:00-18:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/139552803191 (Booking required)
+ Ben Quinlan (X Factor) Valentine’s Magical Concert – Live Gig 19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/463541951486826
+ LOVE From London: Apollo5 Album Launch 19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1353409688358001
+ UCD Confucius Institute –  Chinese New Year Celebration – Chinese Culture Showcase – VIdeo 19:00 Online www.dublinlunarnewyear.ie/events/category/celebrations/ucd-confucius-institute-help-us-celebrate-chinese-new-year-2021/
+ Piper Sunday Seminar with Darragh Ó hÉiligh – Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/176427477590063
+ Sina Theil Valentine’s Special – Singer/Songwriter – Live Gig 19:15 Online www.facebook.com/events/723949918483808
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/170335081264327/
+ 2021 Valentines Serendipity Dinner – Online Dinner Party with 18+ conversations – Conscious Concert Ireland 19:30-21:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/255820342847085
+ Royseven – Live Stream Concert 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/123333479609067
+ Blind Date Jazz: Episode 1 with vocalist & pianist Olesya Zdorovetska and percussionist Matthew Jacobson – Improvised Music Company 20:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/255449762613164
+ Online Music Club presents Marc Woosnam (Singer/Songwriter) – Live Gig 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1075740809607585/
+ Love is in the Air Valentine’s Nite Special with Dermot O’Hara – Live Gig 20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/168592355032589

What’s On next week….

Monday 15 Feb

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Hoglets Theatre Presents “The Hare in the Moon” – Storytelling Show (Age: 0-7) 10:00-11:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/210388227461184/
+ Mini Music Sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers 10:00-10:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/430118118354245 (Booking required)
+ Vaccine Acceptance: Ireland, Europe and Beyond – Panel Discussion – Royal Irish Academy 12:00-13:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/140105269633
+ The Science of Hearts and Blood – Workshop (Kid friendly) – Theatre of Science UK 13:30-14:15 Online www.facebook.com/events/399719111329481/ (Booking required)
+ Why musicians should use broadcasting software and how to use it – Webinar with David Taylor UK 19:00-19:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/812562856024127
+ Monday Club with Stolen City, Bradley Marshall, Georgia G – House Music 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/422016415783219/
+ We Marched Away into Serbia: The 10th (Irish) Division at Kosturino, December 1915 – The Western Front Association – Talk 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/266606954801707
+ Online Music Club presents Simon Meakin – Gig 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/423081095461040/

Tuesday 16 Feb

Today is Pancake Tuesday, when people that wouldn’t touch a pancake for the rest of the year, feel a compulsion to buy pancake mix, Nutella, lemon juice etc. ;-)

+ Time to Meditate – Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Meditation Centre 09:30-10:15 Online www.dzogchenbeara.org/time_to_meditate (Booking online)
+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ A Beginner’s Guide to Paid Social Advertising – Workshop . Iconic Offices & Green Umbrella 11:00-11:40 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/beginners-guide-paid-social-advertising/ (Booking required)
+ eCommerce in 2021 Adapting to an ever-changing marketplace – Webinar – Digital Business Ireland 11:00 Online www.digitalbusinessireland.ie/events/
+ Online Audio Description for people with a Visual Impairment – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00-13:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/131919377409 (Booking required)
+ Nature Live: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award People’s Choice – Talk – Natural History Museum London 15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3603813563066492/
+ Navigating the New Normal: Surviving and Thriving in the Midst of Chaos by Lindsay (Alive + Awake) – Talk 16:00-17:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/104544744144 (Booking required)
+ United Against the Climate Crisis – Talks with Jane Fonda and others – Natural History Museum London 17:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/128675242446394
+ Yoga for Wellbeing – Live Webinar 18:00-19:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Meditation on Twin Hearts 18:30-19:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/438449917508915
+ Turtle Talks: Come out of your shell – Jonathan Fitzsimons and Naas Holistic Centre 19:00-21:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/139190411267 (Booking required)
+ Home Fitness Classes for the LGBT+ Community 19:30-20:30 Online  www.facebook.com/events/788009538454628 (Booking required)
+ axis Sessions: Zeinab (R&B vocalists and singer songwriters) – Axis Ballymun 21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/242723287357593

Wednesday 17 Feb

Today is the start of Lent. It is Ash Wednesday and with it the run up to Easter starts. Since you have given up a LOT since March last year, you are allowed to go easy on yourself – if you want! ;-) 

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Make your Own Musical Instrument – Panpipes – National Museum (Pre-recorded video) 10:00-21:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/012021/Make-your-Own-Musical-Instrument
+ The Power of Goal Setting – Webinar – LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network 11:00-12:15 Online www.facebook.com/events/774487430114168
+ Coffee Conversation: Newsprint by Rita Donagh – Hugh Lane Gallery 11:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3086-coffee-conversation-17-february-2021 (Booking required)
+ Dear Ireland III – Culture CLub – Abbey Theatre 11:00 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873623036 (Booking required)
+ Tea Dance Tunes Online – for people with dementia, their carers and families – Music Performance – National Concert Hall 11:00 Online www.nch.ie/Online/article/Tea-Dance-Tunes-Online (Booking required)
+ Resilience & Future Readiness for Success in a Brave New World – Workshop – Iconic Offices & Dominic Soh 12:00-13:00 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/resilience-future-readiness-success/ (Booking required)
+ VIRUS: A live discussion with the Mary Mulvihill Association – Science Gallery Dublin 16:00-17:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/138290838621 (Booking required)
+ Dublin BlaBla Language Exchange 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/513272675855312/ (Booking required)
+ Past Panto Wednesdays: Jack and the Beanstalk – Panto Screening by An Nuadha Players 19:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2520696434891451 (Booking required)
+ The ‘Tara’ Brooch: The Making of a Medieval Masterpiece – Talk – Cork Historical and Archaeological Society 19:30-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/243547837254306
+ Mick “Citern” Walsh – Live Gig – Irish Music Magazine 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/165105155416655
+ The Forgotten Fallen: National Army Soldiers who died during the Irish Civil War – History Lecture – Trasna na Tire 20:00–21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2826093937622282/
+ Online Music Club presents Sandy McLelland (Scottish Singer/Songwriter) Gig 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/244235057226691/

Thursday 18 Feb

NASA will attempt to land their Mars Rover “Perseverence” on the surface of Mars today. It was launched on 30 July 2020 and will finally arrive. Muuum, are we nearly there yet!?

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Writing Compelling Content for Social Media – Workshop – Iconic Offices & The Speak Up Club 11:00-11:40 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/writing-compelling-content-social-media/ (Booking required)
+ From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence – Online tour – National Library 11:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)
+ Chat about Mars – NASA landing on Mars (Kid friendly) – Theatre of Science UK 12:00-12:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/449948366193741/
+ Live Teens Workshop: The Folding Book of Oxen – Chester Beatty Library – Chinese New Year Festival 12:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/live-teens-workshop-the-folding-book-of-oxen/ (Booking required)
+ Elmer Rainbow story time and crafts for kids – Hullabaloobell Parties UK 12:00-12:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1517932828407282
+ Online Children’s Creative Writing Course – for the whole family 16:00-16:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/783154218947099
+ Trinity Student Scientific Review, Volume VI launch -Science Gallery – 18:00-19:00 Online dublin.sciencegallery.com/news/trinity-student-scientific-review-volume-vi-launch (Booking required)
+ Hidden Histories of the Irish Abroad: Irish, Jewish & Irish Jewish History – Lecture 18:30-19:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/136846468471 (Booking required – Donations appreciated)
+ Jazz Connector – Digital Music Distribution with CD Baby’s Henriette Heimdal – Talk – Improvised Music Company 19:00-20:30 Online www.improvisedmusic.ie/events/details/jazz-connector-digital-distribution-with-cd-babys-henriette-heimdal (Booking required)
+ Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars – Facebook Live – Go Stargazing 19:00 www.facebook.com/events/459724078737826
+ Landing Day – Countdown to Mars Live and Online – Live stream – Exploratorium, San Francisco 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/4048609588557366
+ Online Music Club: Singer song-writer Michael Tuffery – Gig 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/252681922939582/

Friday 19 Feb

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Hugh Lane Culture Club – Hugh Lane Gallery 10:30 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3087-culture-club-19-february-2021

+ Live Online Chinese Dragon Workshop for Families – Chester Beatty Library – Chinese New Year Festival 12:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/live-online-chinese-dragon-workshop-for-families/ (Booking required)
+ Five Lamps Arts Festival Community Meetup 18:00-19:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/137813304303 (Booking required)
+ Mathias Nelles – Live on Irishgigs 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/334489474474002

And there is more…

EPIC love stories through the ages
Spanning hundreds of years and dozens of countries, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum features many romantic tales of the Irish diaspora. From glamorous royals to heroic matchmakers, here are three iconic love stories from our archives to read this Valentine’s Day. epicchq.com/story/epic-love-stories-through-the-ages/

Are you battling with your kids over home schooling? Feeling that you are doing a bad job? And your kids are feeling that they are failing?

Read this great piece by writer Christine Derengowski about her realisation when battling with her 7 year old son:
Here is the start of her story:

I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school and I’m done.
My seven year old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences.
But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.
I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences.
He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.
And it hit me.
Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom.
I said “you won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.”
He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief. …….

Read the rest of the story at www.facebook.com/christine.zito.derengowski.writer/posts/445912180096673

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is coming to an end this weekend, but the Hill Street Family Resource Centre’s Chinese New Year Community Celebration only started on Friday and will run for 15 days. It is an online festival and the events are all listed on this downloadable PDF www.dublinlunarnewyear.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2021-Final-Schedule-of-Events.pdf

Is learning a new skill part of your plans for the new year? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available.
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

For physical books and e-books I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent: shor.by/BookDepository  .

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

Take care,




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