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The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 08 May 2021:


Dublin Event Guide 706: Monday is the day! Live culture will be back!! – Harold’s Cross Community Festival, Markets, Bealtaine Festival

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

Monday is the day! Live culture will be back!!

Harold’s Cross Community Festival, Markets, Bealtaine Festival

Hi all!

Monday is the day when the next range of restrictions will be lifted and it is a significant change for everybody who loves culture!! On Monday, finally the museums and galleries and cultural venues will open again after 4.5 months closure. There are still restrictions regarding the number of people that can enter and that means you will have to pre-book in a lot of cases , but it is a big step in the right direction. 

Last week’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) was packed with online events and while we all are waiting for real life events again, it still had some great things to do in it. BUT, Facebook decided that for unknown reasons it HATED the 705th edition of the Dublin Event Guide and consequently showed it to a measly total of just 173 people (!!!) instead of the usual 6000 people. I was NOT happy! After spending about 10 hours on gathering events, only a tiny tiny tiny amount of people saw it. That is like a kick in the teeth! :-(

So something has to change! The change will be significant, but there is no way around it: I plan to gradually move away from posting the weekly newsletter on Facebook and would strongly recommend that you sign up to the e-mail version of the Dublin Event Guide. It is free, looks much better than the Facebook version and will make it directly into your Inbox the moment it is completed.
Sign up at www.dublineventguide.com (on the right hand side!)

Facebook also hasn’t fixed the Events section, so when events now are re-starting, then it will be even harder than ever before to find them on Facebook. :-O I found a trick to get around the FB obstacle regarding events. MAYBE that is another strong reason for subscribing on the website above! ;-) 

The future is bright, so let’s look forward to it! It won’t be virus-free, but that virus will become something we will be able to live with. And when the currently misguided people (like Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer) start understanding that self-tests will be an important part of our living with Covid we will be able to make an even bigger step forward.  (The US CDC and the European CDC recommend self-tests, in Germany, the USA and the UK (among others) they are an essential part of the test strategy going forward, only in Ireland things are different. :-O ) And why are they important? Because they will allow us to re-open venues for gigs and concerts, talks and theatre much sooner than anything else. Self-tests are not perfect but in the right context they will be essential for cultural events. One day, even NPHET will get that!

The last section of this intro – before we get to the events – has to be about you and your help to keep the Dublin Event Guide going. I painfully had to realise again last week when FB struck, that the only reliable way to get the good word about all the free cultural events in Dublin is through e-mail and my own website.

There are cost attached to that and I need your help with paying the bills. The last two weeks were EXTREMELY “dry” and since we are already entering the second week in May, I am getting a little concerned. 

If you can, please help with the bills so that the Dublin Event Guide can continue. Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month and you get FOUR Dublin Event Guides for that. Where else can you get so much value for so little money?

Use the Dublin Event Guide Donation Page here. It is really easy to use and uses Stripe’s trustworthy payment processing. In case it doesn’t work for you, the “old” links are still below for another little while. And maybe you can even sign up for a yearly subscription!? Yearly subscriptions will give some important financial stability and reliability to the Dublin Event Guide and would be great to have! (Look for the RED subscription buttons at the bottom of the Donation Page.)

If the new page above doesn’t work, please donate here via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb 

And you can even buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here www.buymeacoffee.com/DublinEventG  


There is also another way to help and it is even free: 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!!

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“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.

+++ EPIC RE-OPENING!!!
We are delighted to announce that EPIC will be reopening its doors to the public on Monday 10 May! To celebrate, you can enjoy 25% off with an early bird ticket by booking online using our promo code: REOPEN.
We will be open 7 days a week and look forward to welcoming you to our interactive vaults. Book your tickets here: tickets.epicchq.com

+++ Museums and visitor attractions reopening this May
As restrictions begin to lift, it’s time to reunite with your favourite museums and attractions. Here’s a round-up of what’s opening, when and which venues require a booking: epicchq.com/museums-and-visitor-attractions-reopening-this-may/

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 08 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
++ Harold’s Cross Community Festival  08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/

+ Bushy Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket
+ Red Stables Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 www.facebook.com/RedStablesMarket

+ The Science of Big Cats – Storytime & Family Workshop – Theatre of Science, UK 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/195733692231752
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/

+ Portuguese Tarts – Baking Workshop – Boozy Bakers, UK 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/722215761838921
+ Yoga for Health  – Live Webinar with Isha Yoga 16:00-17:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ The Ballyfermot Train Ambush – Burning of the Custom House on 25 May 1921 – Talk 20:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/962901301130888
+ Lenny Solo Acoustic – Vintage Vibes Band 20:30 Online www.facebook.com/vintagevibesband
+ Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation Workshop – Art of Living Foundation 21:00-22:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/58096834195 (Booking required)

Sunday 09 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
++ Harold’s Cross Community Festival  08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/

+ Glasnevin Indoor Market/Food Fair 09:00-17:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/events/456360205441168

+ The Science of Big Cats – Storytime & Family Workshop – Theatre of Science, UK 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/396115571344520
+ The National Symphony Orchestra In Concert: Deirdre McKay, Mendelssohn 10:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3516/the-national-symphony-orchestra-in-concertdeirdre-mckay-mendelssohn/?ticketID=1620554400
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Europe Day Short-Film Screening – 11 Short Films from different EU countries – European Union National Institutes for Culture – from 12:00 on 09 May until 12 May (Runtime: 80min) watch.eventive.org/franceinireland/
+ Sundays@Noon Online: Fionnuala Moynihan (piano) – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00-13:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/forthcoming-sunday-concerts/3197-sundaysnoon-online-fionnuala-moynihan-piano

+ Irish Writers in Paris – Virtual Promenade through Literary Paris on Europe Day – Cercle Littéraire Irlandais 17:00 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/144497448759 (Booking required)
+ Natural History in the Making: A Taste of Nature Cook-Along – Online Cooking Class – Natural History Museum, London 18:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/376356813545719/
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1174787329627339/
+ Wexford Sinfonia Summer Concert – National Opera House 19:30-22:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/553729192173774
+ Ireland Biggest Gaming Quiz – Family-friendly Online Quiz 21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/790690341883497

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 10 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/

+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ An Introduction to Collins Barracks – Video – All day Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/052021/An-Introduction-to-Collins-Barracks
+ Coffee Break Movements III: Major Joints – Chester Beatty Library 11:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/online-coffee-break-movements-iii-major-joints/
+ Shenanigans series with Kyle Riley & Paul Timoney: Shenanigans Through Time – Autism Awareness Month Event – dlr Libraries 16:00-17:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/148763167639 (Booking required)
+ Photography talk with James Crombie – Press Photographer of the Year 2021 – dlr Libraries 19:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/152368525361 (Booking required)

Tuesday 11 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ Social Media & Marketing Show 10:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/4179657005400654 (Registration required)
+ Ciorcal Comhrá/Conversational Irish with Ed Hick – dlr Libraries 11:00-12:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/151782687103 (Booking required)
+ Nature Live: Snails – Talk – Natural History Museum, London 12:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/170855214913924
+ Eat for Peak Performance – Webinar – Iconic Offices and Nichola Flood 12:30-13:!0 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/eat-for-peak-performance/ (Booking required)
+ Doughnut Economics and Co-operatives – Webinar – Dublin Food Co-op 13:00-14:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/300797391666197
+ Visible Mending Workshop Series (Visible mending woven fabric: Sashiko, Embroidery, Applique) – Bealtaine Event – dlr Libraries 14:00-16:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/152475958697 (Booking required)
+ The Ingenious Frances Hutchenson – Talk – Culture Connects @ Richmond Barracks 17:30 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873622418 (Booking required)
+ Infinity guided meditation – Live Webinar with Isha Yoga 18:00-19:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/

Wednesday 12 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ Inchicore and the Spanish Civil War – Talk – Culture Connects @ Richmond Barracks 11:00 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873623786 (Booking required)
+ Cecil King: Present in Time Future – – Exhibition Tour and Talk – Coffee Conversation – Hugh Lane Gallery 11:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3205-cecil-king
+ Stories and Superstitions of Bealtaine with Helena Byrne – Journey deep into the ‘Otherworld’: the Fairylore and tales of Bealtaine – dlr Libraries 11:00-12:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/151635121731 (Booking required)
+ In Conversation: Centenary of Joseph Beuys – Hugh Lane Gallery 14:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3163-in-conversation
+ Flamenco Workshop – Instituto Cervantes 19:00-20:15 Online www.facebook.com/events/269439078156096
+ Photographic Tour of Europe – Blanchardstown Library 19:00-20:00 Online futureu.europa.eu/processes/OtherIdeas/f/7/meetings/611
+ Ciorcal Comhrá/Conversational Irish with Ed Hick – dlr Libraries 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/151783688097 (Booking required)
+ History of the Sheela-na-Gigs stone sculptures from an archaeological perspective – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/808739029719847

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 13 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ Ireland’s 2021 Most Trusted Leader: How high trust leadership can build high trust cultures – Great Place to Work – Webinar 10:00 Online www.greatplacetowork.ie/
+ From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence – Exhibition Tour 11:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
+ Merrion Square Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:30-14:30 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/MerrionSquareMarket
+ Creative Manifestation: How to Live a More Miraculous Life – Webinar – Iconic Offices and The Reluctant Gurus 12:30-13:10 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/creative-manifestation-how-to-live-a-more-miraculous-life/ (Booking required)
+ Mindful Chair Yoga with Sally Dunne YTI – dlr Libraries 14:00-15:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/151513253219 (Booking required)
+ From the Gallery: Exhibition Talk and Conversation – Bealtaine event – Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 14:30-15:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/153618062761 (Booking required)
+ Botanical Drawing Workshop – Chester Beatty Library – Bealtaine Festival – for adults 16:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/live-online-botanical-workshop-with-bealtaine-festival-interdependence/
+ IMC’s Jazz Connector: Introduction to Patreon – Meetup + Webinar – Improvised Music Company 17:00-18:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/2848447535398129
+ Alliance Francaise Dublin’s Comic Book Festival – Animated Film Screening “Brazen (Les Culottées)” 18:00 Online watch.eventive.org/franceinireland
+ A community at war: Dublin’s North Dock and the Independence struggle – War of Independence Dublin Port & Inner City – Talk – Dublin Port Company 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/150501633437 (Booking required)
+ Stories and Superstitions of Bealtaine with Helena Byrne – Journey deep into the ‘Otherworld’: the Fairylore and tales of Bealtaine – dlr Libraries 19:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/151636455721 (Booking required)
+ Get Growing in Small Spaces – Gardening Workshop – Cabra Library 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/152575971839 (Booking required)
+ What Does the Algorithm See? – Talk – Digital Cultures Webinar Series 2021 – NCAD & Digital Hub 19:00-20:00 Online www.ncad.ie/gallery-event/view/digital-cultures-webinar-series-2021

Friday 14 May

+ Bealtaine Festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age (Age: 50-100) with LOTS of events every day throughout May. bealtaine.ie/events_2021/
+ Harold’s Cross Community Festival 08-16 May Online www.haroldscross.org/
+ The importance of strategy for growing your business – DCU National Centre for Family Business 09:00-10:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1187662461676154
+ Hugh Lane Culture Club – VTS to enjoy art collectively – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery 10:30 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3195-culture-club-14-may-2021 (Booking required)
+ Launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Ireland – European Movement Ireland 11:00-12:00 Online futureu.europa.eu/processes/Democracy/f/5/meetings/664
+ Comic Book Festival: Create a Comic Strip with BDnF (Age: 6-9) – Alliance Francaise 16:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2808302706146890
+ Mozart with Peter Whelan and Aoife Miskelly – RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – Concert 19:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3530/mozart-with-peter-whelan-and-aoife-miskelly/?ticketID=1621018800

And there is more…

+++ Week of re-opening
On Monday 10 May and Tuesday 11 May the museums in Dublin open their doors again. The great people from “EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” have put a handy list together here epicchq.com/museums-and-visitor-attractions-reopening-this-may/
There is not much I can add to that list, but I found a FEW more noteworthy bits:
1) In their wisdom, the government seemingly has forbidden museums to operate Guided Tours, so at the moment all visits to museums will have to be self-guided tours.
2) The National Print Museum in the Beggars Bush Barracks on Haddington Road in Dublin 4 is celebrating their 25th birthday and to celebrate this, admission is free for the whole of 2021.
3) Entrance to the National Gallery is only via the building on Merrion Square.
4) The Natural History museum on Merrion Street and the Science Gallery on Pearse Street will remain closed for now. The Natural History museum due to renovations and the Science Gallery, I guess because they currently have no exhibition inside, inside there is an exhibition that you can see from the outside.

+++ Don’t be a NO-SHOW!
During the week I heard a rumour that last time Dublin Zoo was open for pre-booked visits from yearly members, they had up to 250 no-shows per day. 250 is a massive number and by not showing up, every one who decided they had something better to do took an opportunity away from someone else who would have liked to visit the zoo. There can be emergencies, but apart from these extreme situations, please don’t be a No-Show.

+++ Bealtaine Festival
Every year in May the Bealtaine Festival takes place. It is organised by Age Action Ireland, which already indicates who it is for: The Bealtaine Festival “celebrates the arts and creativity as we age”. Whatever that exactly means! I remember that Bealtaine was once for Seniors. But who wants to be called Seniors? So then the age range was pushed out a little and it was targeting people from Age 55. This year it is even going from 50-100. But that is a HUGE range and it will make it more and more difficult to target the people that really need something like Bealtaine, the ones that OTHERWISE will experience a sort of Covid Lockdown for the rest of their lives because they have no friends, hobbies and other interaction.
I think the Bealtaine Festival is a great concept  and there are LOTS of free events, but maybe the target group should be tightened a bit more again? bealtaine.ie/events_2021/

+++ LEARN A NEW SKILL WITH ONLINE COURSES
Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? 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. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
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 also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

+++ READ MORE BOOKS
For physical books and e-books I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include free delivery in their price AND by buying books from Book Depository you will definitely help the Dublin Event Guide and it doesn’t cost you a cent. Buy your books here shor.by/BookDepository  .

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

Take care,

–Joerg (dublineventguide@gmail.com)

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