Event Guide 53: Pipeworks, Tallaght-Rathfarnham Art Trail, Chapelizod Festival, Conversation Exchange, Mexican Tall Ship, Tibet Protest, Dublin Pride, Darklight Festival

June 20th, 2008

Hi all!

What a great week! It started with a nice and VERY much appreciated surprise last Friday when I got the first donation from one of you! I received it via Paypal through tinyurl.com/68dmlq and it would be great if a few more of you would try to surprise me as well. :-)

Then the weekend was full of fun and joy at the Street Performance World Championship where you could see thousands of laughing and smiling faces and if you have missed it, you have missed one of the best events during the year! The organising teams around Mark Duckenfield and Conor McCarty have done a brilliant job again and were rewarded with huge crowds of happy people. If you haven’t heard yet, the Street Performance World Champion 2008 are the “English Gents”, on 2nd place is the “Space Cowboy” (after two wins in previous years) and the 3rd price went to the “Beautiful Stu”. I found it VERY difficult to decide for ONE of the performers, but in the end I voted for Mario. I am already looking forward to next year’s Street Performance event and maybe my all time favourite “Pedro” from Spain, who was here in the first year, will be back? ;-) If you want to see pictures (or post your own) you should go here: pix.ie/explore/tag/spwc

And on Tuesday evening another highlight of the week was the Dublin Event Guide Birthday get-together! We met in the Porterhouse in Temple Bar and 20 of you made it. We had a great evening and I even got a MASSIVE birthday cake. :-) Thanks to Geraldine, Pamela, Elaine and Ray for cake, card and 1st Birthday badge! :-) And thanks to everyone who came! More had intended to come, but Euro 2008, training, concerts, dance workshops and a few other things prevented us from being close to 40 people. Maybe next time! :-)

You probably know by now, that I am not saying “non-free is bad”, but that I AM saying “free is better”, With that in mind, I think it is a good idea to reward the pubs and venues that regularly offer free live music or DJs with increased business and to help with that, I suggest that we put a list together of all venues that offer something for free if you go there. Your help would be appreciated: Send me a mail with the pubs, clubs, venues that you know that have live music or DJs and do NOT charge an admission fee. For the start I will limit the area to “between the canals and from Ringsend to Heuston Station” and we might expand it later.
Some pubs – and this is an incomplete list – that are in this category are: Porterhouse Temple Bar, Porterhouse Central, Thomas Read’s Parliament Street, Thomas Read’s Smithfield, Bruxelles near Grafton Street, Fitzsimmons in Temple Bar, Pravda new Ha’Penny Bridge, Mssrs Maguire near O’Connell Bridge, Turk’s Head in Parliament Street (free before midnight).
Can you help with this list? Send your list to dublineventguide@gmail.com

And finally:
I informed you last week that Tower Records, in their wisdom, have decided not to publicise In-store performances anymore in an easily available way. Their website does not contain ANY event information and the Myspace page is set to private. I did give them a call about that and was told that all events are listed on their website (Hmm, maybe they should check!), on Myspace (the “private” setting was explained as “maybe a myspace computer glitch, we have definitely not set it like that”. Hmmm, what can I say? www.myspace.com/tower_records), and on www.entertainment.ie (I was able to find ONE event, but not more.). If you want to find out about In-Store Performances in Tower Records in a less cumbersome way, give them a call 6713250 (then dial “4” for marketing) or send a mail to info@towerrecords.ie.

All events in this section are non-free events, but the organisers are making tickets available for you to win. If you win, your name will be on the guest list. If you don’t win, but will go to the event anyway, help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

In recent weeks it has happened a number of times that winners of tickets didn’t make it to the event in the end. I understand that life is full of unexpected occurrences and that there can always be things that could interfere with you going to an event. But if you know that you can’t make it, it would be great if you could let me know, especially if you did win the tickets. That way, I could pass the tickets on to someone else so that they don’t go to waste. Thanks!

The Chapelizod Community Festival will take place from the 29 June – 06 July and the organisers have put an extensive programme together. Some events are free, but since a good few are not free, they have agreed to make free tickets available to the Dublin Event Guide Community for a competition. And with that we will try something different in this case. There are so many events that it is difficult to do separate draws for all events individually, so I am inviting you to take part in a “reverse competition” whereby I don’t tell you what you can get, but you tell me what you want. :-) It works like this: All events are listed below, you choose for which event you would like a pair of tickets and send me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with your name and mobile phone number and with the Subject Line “Chapelizod” and behind that with the name of the event. The name that you should add behind “Chapelizod” is in the list below indicated with “*” around it. The mail has to be with me at 12:00 on 24 June. I hope that is not too complicated and I can assure you that I will be accepting incorrect “Chapelizod” spellings as well. ;-) Further information about the artists and the events you can find on www.chapelizodfestival.com/index.htm

26 June 2008
Launch of Chapelizod Community Festival 2008 at 21:00 in St. Laurence’s Church
with reading by Dermot Bolger, EUR 5 *launch*

28 June 2008
Last Tango in Chapelizod, Play by David Tristram and Chapelizod Players at 20:30 in Garda Boat Club, EUR 10 (inc refreshment) *play1*
For bookings please call Geraldine 01 6266474 or 087 2596133

28 June 2008
Ben Dwyer (Classical Guitar) & Christine Dwyer-Hickey (Author) at 21:00 in St. Laurence’s Church, EUR 15 *dwyer*

30 June 2008
Pat Boran & Mark Granier (Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5 *boran*

30 June 2008
The Phoenix Park, Talk by Brendan Nolan at 20:00 in The Band Room, Free

30 June 2008
Acoustic Night (Music) at 21:30 in The Bridge Inn, Free

01 July 2008
Heritage Night (Talks on the Church in Pre-reformation Chapelizod, the Church and Graveyard, Law and Order in 18th Century Chapelizod) at 20:00 in St Laurence’s Church, Free

01 July 2008
Paso Group (Music and Storytelling) at 21:15 in The Villager, Free
02 July 2008
Kevin Barry & Nuala Ní Chonchúir (Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5 *barry*

03 July 2008
Last Tango in Chapelizod, Play by David Tristram and Chapelizod Players at 20:30 in Mullingar House, EUR 10 (inc refreshment) *play2*
For bookings please call Geraldine 01 6266474 or 087 2596133

4 July 2008
Conor Kostick (Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading) at 19:00 in Park Lane Gate, Phoenix Park, EUR 5 *kostick*

04 July 2008
Seanog Ceili Band with Caller Seán Kavanagh at 21:00 in The Bridge Inn, Free

5 July 2008
Caruso, Reemo, Colm Heaney & The Bad D.J.’s (Music) at 21:00 in The Bridge Inn, Free

I alerted you in the last two weeks to this:
“Natural Tango (naturaltango.blogspot.com) are running Tango classes every Monday in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street, near Temple Bar. John Rownan and Erika Lerma, who both studied and practised Tango for many years and who were taught in Buenos Aires among other places are teaching Argentine Tango every week. The classes are 19:30-20:30 Beginners Class, 20:30-21:30 Intermediate-Advanced Class. After 21:30 a Tango Club will give you the chance to practise what you have learned with great music. The classes are drop-in classes and you don’t need a partner to participate. The cost for a class (Beginners or Intermediate/Advanced) PLUS entry to the Tango Club is EUR 10 and you don’t need to pre-book.”
During the week I had a further chat and he was wondering if we there was a way to find out how big the Tango interest was in the Dublin Event Guide Community. A good few entered the competition for the two pairs of tickets, and from that I can guess that there is quite a sizeable interest. But to asses it better, I have two questions for you a) Are you interested in Tango and b) Would you be interested in taking part in a class if it was at the right time and for the right price. It would be great if you could let me know to dublineventguide@gmail.com (Subject: Tango Class) and I will try to get some tickets to raffle among the people that send a reply back!
By the way, I was talking to Giuliana who won a pair of tickets for last Monday’s class and she entirely enjoyed it and is thinking about continuing.
And the pair of tickets for the class in Turk’s Head for the 23 June was won by Mary O’Brien! Congratulations!
John+Erika teach now in Liberty Hall as well if that suits you better: Saturdays @ Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay: Beginners Class 20:00, Intermediate-Advanced Class 21:00, Milonga (Tango Club) 22:00-00:55. Beginners Class + Milonga EUR 10, Intermediate Class + Milonga EUR 15, Class only or Milonga only EUR10
He says: “There’s a full bar, there’s a great floor, there’ll be excellent music, and we can dance until nearly 1am!”

______Dublin News______________

This is already old news from the beginning of the year, but I expect that most of you haven’t head about it yet. So here it is:
The Ambassador, one of the oldest theatres in the state will be redeveloped as a new Dublin Central Library under plans which form part of Dublin City Council’s EUR80 million framework for Parnell Square. The existing Central Library will be relocated from the Ilac Centre where it currently is since 1986. The Central Library receives roughly half a million visitors every year who avail of the many services available. The intention is to provide a library of approximately 3,300 sq. m. (the current library is 2,124 sq. m.). A new glazed structure between the Ambassador building and the gable end of the Rotunda Hospital will provide additional space for the library.
The Ambassador building opened as a theatre in order to raise funds for the Rotunda Hospital which opened next door in the 1750s. The hospital still owns the building. Over the years the building has been used as a cinema and in more recent times as a music venue.
If this plan finally goes ahead (the Ambassador is a protected structure, so there could be delays and other hurdles.) I assume that this most likely is the end of another music venue in Dublin.

In the context of the information about the Ambassador and having been reminded by Niamh Nestor, it is fitting to provide this information:
The Dublin Libraries provide a brilliant service for everybody who wants to improve his/her language skills. For a number of years they run the hugely popular “Conversation Exchanges”. Conversation Exchanges allow you to practise your new language skills with native speakers in both directions. This means that if, for example, you go to a Spanish/English Conversation Exchange, there should be native English Speakers and native Spanish Speakers who both want to practise the language they are learning with the native speakers.
Dates and times may vary, it is advisable to check with location in advance.
Central Library, ILAC Centre – Tel: 01 8734333 for further details.
French/English Conversation Exchange: Wednesdays, 6.00 – 8.00pm
German/English Conversation Exchange: Thursdays, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Irish/EnglishConversation Exchange: Saturdays, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Japanese/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 12.30 – 2pm
Russian/English Conversation Exchange: Saturdays, 3.30 – 5.00pm
Spanish/English Conversation Exchange: Tuesdays, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Italian/English Conversation Exchange: Mondays, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Cabra Library – Tel: 01 8691414 for further details.
French/English Conversation Exchange, Tuesdays, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Spanish/English Conversation Exchange, Wednesdays, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Irish Conversation Exchange, Mondays 7.00 – 8.00pm
Donaghmede Library – Tel: 01 8482833 for further details.
Irish Conversation Group: Mondays, 6.30 – 7.30pm.
Dublin City Library and Archive – Tel: 01 6744800 for further details.
Polish / English Language Conversation Exchange: Thursdays, 6.00 – 8.00pm.
Raheny Library – Tel: 01 8315521 for further details.
Irish Conversation Group: Wednesdays, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Spanish/English Conversation Exchange: Mondays, 6.30 – 8.00pm
Terenure Library – Tel: 01 4907035 for further details.
Irish Conversation Group: Wednesday, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Since many of the members of the Dublin Event Guide Community are not Irish, this list might help you to find a Conversation Exchange group, if you want to improve your English. I am not 100% sure if the conversation exchange is totally free or if a small admission is charged, so maybe check with the library before you try it out.

Have you heard about the Sea Stallion in the last few months? In 1962 archaeologists excavated five Viking ships at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord in Denmark. The largest of them was a ocean-capable long ship which was built in 1042 in Dublin using the ship-building methods developed by Scandinavians. In 2005 the ship was rebuilt and got the name “Sea Stallion of Glendalough”. In July 2007 a crew of 65 people sailed the boat from Denmark to Dublin and since then it was on display in a special exhibition at the National Museum in Collins Barrack. Now, a year later, the Sea Stallion will go back to Denmark and will be sent off with a farewell party on the 29 June. In next week’s Event Guide I will tell you more about this. But if you haven’t seen the exhibition in the National Museum yet, this weekend is probably the very very last opportunity (if it’s not already too late) to see the exhibition. From the 25 June, the boat will be moored at Customs House Quay. www.seastallion.ie/

Most of the people have heard about the art installations that Spencer Tunnick is intending to create on Saturday in the docklands/IFSC. Art in Dublin is nothing special, but Spencer Tunnick is a photographer who builds his installations with nude people and there is a certain ripple going through the city because of this. I was at least 4 times asked by different people if I will take part or if I would take part. Funny that! :-) However, I can publicly declare that you won’t have to search for my picture on Tunnick’s photos, I won’t be on it. www.spencertunickireland.ie (You can’t register anymore, though.) Instead I will train the whole Saturday and the whole Sunday to teach Krav Maga to a beginners course. If you can’t take part or if you don’t want to put your clothes again after that liberating experience and you feel the urge to send a picture in full “costume” to many people; dublineventguide@gmail.com. I do know how to appreciate art. :-P And won’t distribute it to the whole community unless you insist. :-)


As part of the summer exhibitions programme, White Noise, The IADT Masters in Visual Arts Practices (MAVis) presents: Salon d’Été 08 – Jennie Guy
For three days in June Jennie Guy will host a Salon in Studio 6. In addition to displaying the work of a number of visual artists, Guy has also invited performance artists, writers, filmmakers and theorists to gather in and contribute to the occurrence. The various events may be viewed online during the duration of the salon. The opening reception is on 20 June from 18:00 and the exhibition runs from 20 June – 22 June only. Opening Hours are on Sat:12:00-18:00 and on Sun 12:00-03:00. The exhibition takes place in Studio Six, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. (Access via Fownes Street entrance) and refreshments will be served at 18:00 on Friday and at 15:00 on Sunday. Contact: whitenoise@mavis.ie for further information. www.twovoicesmeet.com

Beardedmeteor productions presents an artist initiated project, independent of the Pallas Contemporary Projects curated programme. From 19 June – 21 June (12:00-18:00) at 111 Grangegorman Road, D7, The Resembled Self is an exhibition of ‘Installed Theatre’ by five artists: Emma Haugh, Grace Dyas, Una McKevitt, Veronica Dyas and Sara Phillips. Further information at www.beardedmeteor.com

In November 2008 an important and vital art institution will re-open its doors to the public. Ireland’s leading artists and writers have now joined together to make their contribution to the Academy’s “Building the Future” Capital Campaign. They have donated rare and significant works for auction that will assist in developing the RHA’s Ely Place site into a 21st Century facility for Irish artists.
Artists include Carey Clarke PPRHA, Barrie Cooke HRHA, Louis le Brocquy HRHA, Brian Bourke HRHA , William Crozier HRHA, Martin Gale RHA, Richard Gorman RHA, Anita Groener, Seamus Heaney HRHA, Eithne Jordan ARHA, Alice Maher, Stephen McKenna PRHA, Abigail O’Brien ARHA, Breon O’Casey and John Noel Smith.
Viewing dates are as follows: 20-21 June 10:00-17:00. Sunday 22 June: 14:00-17:00 and Monday 23 June: 10:00-14:00. The auction will take place on Monday 23 June at MSL Ballsbridge Mercedes Benz, 162 Shelbourne Rd., Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
To view a full online catalogue, go to www.royalhibernianacademy.ie.

This is an exhibition series celebrating Art and Archaeology. In June/July 2008, 23 international contemporary artists will take part in the Ábhar agus Meon exhibition series in Dublin as part of Ireland’s hosting of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (29 June – 4 July 2008). Directed by Dr Ian Russell of the Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, exhibitions will occur at four venues throughout the city involving installations and interventions by artists exploring the themes, processes and practices of art and archaeology.
Newman House, UCD (85-86 St Stephen’s Green) will host the exhibition Chronoscope. Curated by Ian Russell in collaboration with Jerome O Drisceoil (Director, Green On Red Gallery) and Ruth Ferguson (Curator, Newman House, UCD). The exhibition will feature new works by Irish artists Alice Maher, Bea McMahon, Dennis McNulty, Paul Mosse, Niamh O’Malley and Nigel Rolfe. Chronoscope will be open to the public from 11:00-14:00, Monday-Friday, 13 June – 2 July 2008.
The Health Sciences Gallery, UCD (Health Sciences Building) will host the exhibition Glass House Stone. It will feature works by Adam Burthom (Ireland), Andrew Burton (UK), Gerard Byrne (Ireland), Fiona Coffey (Ireland), Dorothy Cross (Ireland), Tom Fitzgerald (Ireland), Bárbara Fluxá (Spain), Mark Garry (Ireland), Sean Hillen (Ireland), Áine Ivers (Ireland), Caroline McCarthy (Ireland), Denis O’Connor (New Zealand), Andy Parker (UK) and Aaron Watson (UK). Glass House Stone will be open to the public from 11:00-17:00, Monday-Friday, 30 June – 31 July 2008.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art will host a new commission by Fiona Hallinan with sound designer Caoimhin O’Ragallaigh. Titled “The You That Is In It”, the audio installation will guide visitors through an intervention into the spaces of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The installation will be open to the public 30 June – 16 November 2008.
More information on Ábhar agus Meon can be found at: www.amexhibition.com
Thanks to Claire Percy, who reminded me of this event.

Over 70 of Ireland’s leading creatives reimagine their favourite album covers in “Candy Karaoke”, an exhibition in the Monster Truck Gallery from 19 June-01 July. (Gallery Details: Monster Truck Gallery, 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7, www.monstertruck.ie, Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00-19:00, Wed closed, Thurs: Opening night 18:00-20:00)

Rolling Stones man Ronnie Wood exhibits his new “Paint It Black” exhibition at Gallery Number One from 19 June – 06 July. The exhibition will show a collection of 40 original artwork and limited edition screen prints.
Many of you know of my “admiration” for exhibition descriptions that are as clear and descriptive as an Estate Agent’s nonsensical marketing blurb. Gallery Number One achieved to be chosen to show this interesting exhibition, but the marketing side went a little overboard in all this enthusiasm, it seems. I just HAVE to quote the official description of the exhibition: “With his signature gesturing style of simple and elegant lines, that can convey anything he chooses, has conjured from a black void, the soul of the Rolling Stones. By not allowing our view to be distracted by anything other then the lines and colors in his command, he has been able to perfectly express the swaggering ballet of Keith, the soulful siren song of Lisa, the rhythmic charge of Charlie, and the vamping powerhouse Mick.” Class! Don’t you think? ;-)
(Gallery Details: Gallery Number One, 1 Castle Street, Dublin 2, www.gallerynumberone.com, Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-18:00)

The Summer Show in the Paul Kane Gallery (until 12 July) is a group show of gallery artists including Jackie Nickerson, winner of this years AIB Prize and Eoin Mac Lochlainn, winner of this years Golden Fleece Award.
(Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

The Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc will visit Dublin Port from Mon 16 to Sat 21 June. It will be docked at Berth 8, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The Cuauhtémoc (named after the last Aztec Emperor) is the Mexican Navy premier training vessel. Every year, it sails to foreign lands in instruction trips for Mexican officers, carrying a message of friendship and good will from the People of Mexico. This magnificent 1,800 tonnes tall ship will be open for visit to the public outside official functions during its weeklong stay in Dublin (in particular, the arrival and departure are truly spectacular). All are welcome. The last opportunity to visit this fine ship is today Fri 20 June from 10:00-20:00.
Phone: 667 3105

The Tibetan Community in Ireland is inviting to Candle Light Vigils with this: “Since the Tibetan National Uprising Day on 10th March, 2008, hundreds of Tibetans have been killed for taking part in peaceful protests in Tibet (TAR and all Tibetan areas in Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan provinces), hundreds of Tibetans who are wounded by the Chinese army are denied medical attention and thousands have been arrested and their condition and fate remains unknown. At present, many Tibetans are being tortured and arrested for refusing to denounce the Dalai Lama during the “Patriotic re-education” campaign throughout Tibet.”
The events are

Friday 20 June
15:00-18:00 Candle light vigil and Prayer at St. Stephen’s Green (Opposite Shopping Centre).

Saturday 21 June
11:00-18:00 24hour voluntary Hunger Strike from 11:00 at St. Stephen’s Green (Opposite Shopping Centre).
13:00-14:40 and 15:00-16:40
Screening of “Tibet – Cry of the Snow Lion” at Dublin Shambhala Centre, 19 Herbert Street- Dublin.
17:00-19:00 Candle light vigil and prayer at St. Stephen’s Green (Opposite Shopping Centre).
For more information check www.tibetancommunityinireland.com or contact Namgyal Damdul (Mr), Chairman, Mobile: 087 6623410 and e-mail tibetancommunityinireland@gmail.com. The Tibetan Community in Ireland is a community-based organization which represents the rights and needs of the Tibetans living in the Republic of Ireland.

From its beginnings in 1980 as the Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival, Pipeworks has brought to Irish audiences a diverse programme of music-making with the organ at its centre. Every three years, pipeworks organises a ten-day festival and the next one will take place from 20-29 June 2008.
The website www.pipeworksfestival.com/events.html lists a good few free events in addition to the non-free concerts and I will try and list the main free ones here:

Friday 20 June at 21:00 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Silent film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with David Briggs, organ, improvising the soundtrack.

Sunday 22 June at 15:15 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
The Three Choirs Evensong,
Dublin’s three cathedral choirs (St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Palestrina Choir, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral) sing Evensong in St Patrick’s Cathedral with orchestral accompaniment provided by the Dublin Baroque Players

Monday 23 June + Tues 24 June from 09:25 – 14:00 in Christ Church Cathedral
Sixteen carefully selected players from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Russia, South Korea, UK, USA and Ireland are playing in the Dublin International Organ Competition – Quarterfinals

Thurs 26 June from 09:25 – 14:00 in Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin International Organ Competition – Semifinals

Sat 28 June at 15:00 in City Hall, Dame Street
Choral Cornucopia with New Dublin Voices, Mornington Singers, Cois Cladaigh, Resurgam

Especially the event on Friday, the silent movie with organ soundtrack could be interesting.

As every Friday the Worldview Film Club is showing a film free of charge at 19:00 in the National Bahá’í Centre in 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The topic of the evening is “The adaptability of ancient teachings” and a short presentation will be given on the subject before the screening of the Indian movie “Water”. For more information check worldview.project.googlepages.com/invitation.

Commonplace Projects – a series of unique open workshops/interactive performances will take place in Dublin’s city centre over the coming three weeks. Each event is free and has been devised in collaboration between visual artists Sally Timmons and Paul Timoney.
Fridays 13, 20, 27 June 2008 [one morning open performance from 11:00 and one evening open performance from 19:00]
Saturdays 15, 22, 28 June 2008 [one afternoon open performance each date from 14:00]
There is a maximum capacity for each interactive performance and booking will be required at least the day before each event. For group [max 15] or individual bookings call: 086 3963845 or email: commonplaceprojects@gmail.com . See website for more information and press release: www.commonplace.ie/news

Márgenes: Experimento y Praxis is a month of Spanish contemporary avant-garde art featuring a series of talks, experimental film screenings, multiple sound-screen environments, expanded cinema events, and interventions in the public space. Starting on 12 June, Márgenes will take place at the National Gallery of Ireland, This is Not a Shop gallery, and different public locations in the city of Dublin. A special closing event with food and live music will take place at Phoenix Park on 25 June.
Esperanza Collado, who is the curator of this initiative informed me about it and it sounds very interesting. Some events are already over, but others are still coming up, so I list the remaining events here.
19-25 June
19:00 This is Not a Shop “FOG – Marta Fernández Calvo”, Opening and presentation:
Thursday 18th June. Fog is a participatory artistic intervention work intended to be developed in the landscape. The large fog banks that move across the landscape are the actual starting point of this project. The artist, Marta Fernández Calvo, has created a “portable fog kit” from different photographs of fog taken in Dolominas (Italy). The “kit” will be presented to Dublin inhabitants at a meeting and presentation on the 18th of June at This is Not a Shop, in which people will be welcome to book Fog for its installation during one day in whatever public space they require. The artist will install the piece in a different emplacement every single day between 19th-25th of June. In addition, all request forms to install Fog in the city will be used by the artist to construct a calendar containing the dates and locations in which Fog will be installed in Dublin. The resulting daily documentation process – letters, impressions, photographs, video and sound recordings, etc.- will be simultaneously shown in the gallery, which will become a documentation base of accumulative work generated by Fog.
This is Not a Shop, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

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

This is an amazing story that I came across and it is incredible that in this day and age something like that is still possible:
“On the 23rd of June, a private contractor will dispose of 15kg of Hydrogen Cyanide on the land of the Kilbride Army Camp in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains. This land is in the catchment of the Blessington Lakes, Dublin’s main water supply, and within 10 miles of Dublin City Centre. The Kilbride Army Camp borders a Special Area of Conservation.
The Hydrogen Cyanide is being disposed of on behalf of Rentokill and South Dublin County Council, but rather then sending the toxic waste for incineration in a chemical incinerator, they intend to attach an explosive charge to the canisters, in a manner that would appear to be ‘dispersal’ rather than disposal.
The Army will establish a 1km exclusion zone around the site, and will request that locals vacate their homes for up to a week, and are requesting that grazing animals be removed from the mountains for an unspecified amount of time. Within the exclusion zone there is a commercial salmon hatchery that depends on the pristine water conditions of the Shankill River, a tributary of the River Liffey.”
It seems that Rentokill with the agreement of South Dublin County Council is getting rid of this highly toxic chemical in a VERY strange way. Blowing such a chemical up doesn’t sound to me as if it was disposed of in a responsible way!
Residents in Wicklow and in Walkinstown are protesting against this and if you want to support them, check this site out: www.indymedia.ie/article/88011


Yes, I know some of my Polish friends in Ireland are wild. :-P Michal, is that exhibition about you? ;-)
But don’t worry, I checked! The title is totally harmless and has to with real wildlife. :-) The “Wild Poland. Natural Heritage of Europe” exhibition will be displayed in St. Stephens Green Park in Dublin from 19 June till 06 September 2008. The exhibition consists of 54 large-format (150 x 100 centimetres) nature photographs with descriptions in English and Polish, as well as 6 information boards. All this will be displayed on 30 stands and all pictures are taken by Artur Tabor. During the time of the exhibition a number of accompanying events are planned, e.g. meeting with the photographer, nature film screenings, concerts, workshops, lectures. www.wildpoland.org/ Thanks to Niamh Nestor for telling me.

The 25th LGBTQ Pride Festival that is running since 13 June is culminating in the Pride Parade through Dublin on Sunday. The parade will start at 14:15 and the pre-parade entertainment starts at 13:00 at Parnell Sq North. I am not completely sure what the route of the Pride Parade is, but would expect this: Parnell Sq North, Parnell Sq East, O’Connell Street, Westmoreland Street, College Green, Dame Street, Lord Edward Street, Christ Church Place with an end at the Civic Offices Amphitheatre.
Last year I didn’t know about the Pride Parade and was only by coincidence in the Dame Street area when the Parade passed by, it was fun to watch! The gaiety in the air (both meanings!) was nearly touchable and did transfer to the people lining the street, but no worries, only one of the two meanings is infectious! ;-))))

The Dublin based French Artist Pierre-Emmanuel Godet will exhibit at the ILAC Shopping Center Central Library, Dublin 1 until 05 July. All the works made between March and July 2008 are presented here for the first time to the public. The exhibition includes the 12 last paintings made live in the streets of Dublin. A special performance will take place in the library on Saturday 21 June with the making of the last piece between 13:00 and 17:00. www.pagazine.com

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

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It seems that I gather more and more information about REGULAR Sunday events than once-off events. I hope that is ok with you. In general I avoid listing regular events every week, but it seems that Sunday’s are particularly prone to some regularity (see: the Sunday Roast! ;-) ), so maybe I should continue listing them. Let me know your opinion!

The Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sunday at Noon concerts are back. This week Therese Fahy (piano) performs “Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus”. The concert starts at 12:00 and admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/concerts/whatson.asp

On 22 June at 13:00 a Capoeira Street Roda is taking place in Grafton Street. This will be a great demonstration of Capoeira, the Brazilian blend of dance, martial art and game, with the real music and instruments from Brazil. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The dance/game/martial art is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts.
These Street roda’s are going to take place most Sundays during Summer time. Mundo Capoeira also organises workshops and performances regularly and you can find information about their events on www.capoeiraireland.com.
I have seen Capoeira on You Tube, but never in reality and I will definitely try to make it to the demonstration during the summer!
Thanks to Yvonne Sala for that information!

The Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is meeting again this Sunday at 13:00 at the Papal Cross. Unfortunately I won’t be able to go this week, though. See www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com for details.

Colette Henry, a member of the Dublin Event Guide community is a jazz singer and with her Colette Quartet will entertain you for free on all Sundays in June in the 27 Club (Basement) in Cassidy’s in Westmoreland Street, very near to O’Connell Bridge. On Sunday 22 June between 13:30 and 16:00 you can enjoy laid back jazz, blues and Latin music with the Colette Quartet. The event is free.

Katerina, one of the members of the Dublin Event Guide Community, informs me about a new Movie event in O’Connell Street. Every second week a group of volunteers, sponsored by the Czech Embassy, organise the screening of a Czech film in 33 – 35 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 16:30 and admission is free. All films are Czech with English subtitles and are all-time classics and new movies from the Czech Republic.
This week’s film on the 22 June is “Bony a klid” (1987) [in English: Big Money].
It tells the story of the ups and downs of being young in Czechoslovakia in the final years of the communist regime.

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

“My” Gospel Choir is taking a summer break until 14 September. From September until June I do the sound engineering for the choir, that’s why I call it “my” Gospel Choir. :-) This Sunday, however, will be the last mass before September and if you always wanted to hear and see us, you should make sure that you come at 19:30 to Gardiner Street Church at the top of Upper Gardiner Street (near the junction with Dorset Street – the church looks more like a Greek temple).
Louise Foxe, who was a great musical director for the last three years, will be leaving us at the end of June, so it will be a special evening.
Come along, even if you are not tooo much into masses. Everyone is welcome, independent from your believe or level of spirituality.

______Next Week_______________


From the Powerscourt Centre in the City Centre I got the information that a Designer Outlet is opening on the 23 June in the Centre and that there are “Massive Reductions on LEADING Irish and International Labels – Up to 70% off”. I know this is not really a cultural event and not really free either, but, hey, if you can save lots, that can’t be a bad thing. :-)


Howard Linnane and the tapas bar Havana in Georges Street, Dublin 2 are presenting a new Café Cinema event, where quality short films are screened for free every week. The event is taking place on Tues from 16:30-18:00 and a selection of short films will be screened in the café. Filmmakers can bring along their own shorts for possible screening in the ‘pot luck’ section at the end of the event.
The short films that will be shown this week are:
“The White Dress” (dir Vanessa Gildea)
“The Beekeeper’s Son” and
“The Boy With The Ever Open Jaw” animation (dir Jamie Hannnigan)
For further information, please contact Howard Linnane: 086 3614787

A Skillshare International Ireland organised public meeting with the title “Men as gender activists – innovative approaches to gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS” is taking place on Tues 24 June at 19:30 at at the Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre, 27-31 Upr O’Connell St, Dublin 1.
Phesheya Vilakati of Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse, Skillshare’s partner organisation, will showcase their programme to reach men in working to end GBV and the spread of HIV/AIDS through prevention, community empowerment and awareness.
Further information available from www.skillshare.ie/newsandevents/index/1213092332550691.html
or T: (01) 874 8188 / E: irelandinfo@skillshare.org

The African works of the Spanish artist Miquel Barceló will be on show in the Irish Museum of Modern Art from Wed 25 June 2008. “Miquel Barceló: The African Work” focuses on works inspired by Barceló’s frequent stays in West Africa, where he has been a regular visitor since 1988 and where he has had a home, in the Dogon area of Mali, since the early 1990s.
On Tuesday 24 June at 17:00 Miquel Barceló will discuss his work, in conversation with Irish Writer Colm Tóibín, in the Johnston Suite at IMMA. Admission is free, but booking is essential on 01 612 9948 or talksandlectures@imma.ie.
The exhibition continues until 28 September 2008.
(Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)


Dub Laoghaire-Rathdown are offering you a chance to hear great music from Wed-Fri on the bandstand in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. The concerts will run from 13:00-14:00 and are free.
25 June – Wave (Jazz Quartet)
26 June – The Hists List (Covers band)
27 June – Samba Rock Gruve (Brazilian samba band)

The Tallaght-Rathfarnham Arts Trail is a week long programme of events, each event with its own distinctive artistic flavour, celebrating the work of local, national and international artists and places an emphasis on the use of public spaces. It takes place in the emergent and diverse landscape of Tallaght and Rathfarnham. The event is presented by South Dublin County Arts Office and Library Services. Lots and lots of free events are provided and the link to the comprehensive programme is here: arts.southdublin.ie/images/stories/B16549%20Fused%20Theatre.pdf
The major free events during the week of celebrations are:

Wed 25 June
Mask and Costume Making Workshop
A workshop to design and to create medieval costumes and masks for use as part of The Tempest and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table events. Materials provided. Venue: Ballyroan Library (Wednesday 25) & County Library, Tallaght (Thursday 26). Time: 15:30-17:00 Age: All welcome Admission: Free

Wed 25 June – Focus on Poland
+Polish Language Class for Irish People, County Library Tallaght, 11:00
+Storytime for Polish Children, County Library Tallaght, 15:00
+Polish Evening (Polish culture, music and food for all the family. With jazz by Polish musicians led by Piwel Wysoda, food from Monika Rusin and an opportunity to learn to dance Polonez. County Library, Tallaght, 19:00-21:00
+Polish Art Exhibition by Marta Biako, County Library Tallaght, 25 June- 02 July

Thur 26 June – Spotlight on Shakespeare
+Shakespeare Workshop for teenagers and adults interested in drama, Ballyroan Library, 16:00
+Twelfth Night /Midsummers Night’s Dream Party
An evening of medieval entertainment with Shakespearean song and music and readings from the Dublin Shakespeare Society accompanied by Lute Player Eamonn Sweeney and Fire Jugglers will wow the audience with their amazing feats.
Venue: Ballyroan Library Time: 19:30

Fri 27 June – Spotlight on Shakespeare
+Shakespeare Workshop for teenagers and adults interested in drama, County Library Tallaght, 15:30
+ The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s play performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company under the stars, Library Square Tallaght, 20:00

The Saturday and Sunday events I will list in next week’s Event Guide.

Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh” running a film club. The film club shows screenings of Irish short films and feature films for free on the big screen in “Russells” in Ranelagh.
The next event is on Wed 25 June at 14:00. (Yes, the time is a little odd, but was chosen to avoid a clash with the Euro 2008 games.) This week a feature film and a short film will be shown, which film it will be is still to be announced, so contact Howard if you want to know in advance.
Russells of Ranelagh is on the main street, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle).

Black Church Print Studio invites you to an Artist’s Talk by Margaret O’Brien at 8 Crow Street, Temple Bar on Wednesday 25 June from 18:00-19:00.
O’Brien will discuss the evolution of her practice from primarily printmaking to the present day including the conceptual element of the work, her approach to making, processes employed and the challenges of the physical installation. The talk will include visual documentation from recent shows such as The Long Goodbye 2007, Sea of Unknowing 2005 and No Man’s Land 2004. Admission free but booking is essential. Contact details: Hazel Burke / T:01 6773629. E: info@print.ie, www.print.ie

Acclaimed international director David Leveaux discusses his career, on and off Broadway, and Abbey debut directing Three Sisters. The event will take place on Wed 25 June from 18:15-19:00 in the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free but booking is essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html


“Moving Worlds – Cinemas of Migration” is a film series on migration and integration and is the topic of a series of Film Screenings, Discussions and Workshops from May to November 2008. Feature films and documentaries from Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom and USA will be screened weekly.
The film screenings will be complemented by discussions and workshops.
All movies are in Original language with English Subtitles. Admission is free. For more information contact 01 402 3108 or rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie. Moving Worlds has been organised by the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS) at DIT, in association with various cultural institutes (incl. Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut, Austrian embassy, Alliance Francaise and Create).
The first part of the series will run from 22 May until 10 July 2008 with a screening every Thursday evening at 18:00. Part two will take place from 2 October 2008 until 20 November 2008.
The sixth film will be screened on 26 June 2008 at 18:00 in the Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The title of the film is “Ghosts” (Nick Broomfield, UK 2005, 65 min.)
The Morecambe bay disaster – in which a gang of Chinese cockle-pickers found themselves trapped by the fast-moving tide momentarily lifted the lid on the invisible immigrant workforce who toil for a pittance in the factories, warehouses and mudflats of England. “Ghosts” sets out to explore the workings of a clandestine economy that is supposedly illegal but tacitly condoned.
Jabez Lam, human rights activist and coordinator of the Chinese Immigration Concern Committee, London, will introduce the film.
Jabez Lam will also participate in a workshop on 27 June 2008, from 10 am – 12 noon in the Goethe-Institut.

“Shine a Light on Torture” is the title of the World Day Against Torture on 26 June. Join Amnesty International as they Shine a Light on Torture and call for an end to Renditions. A street demo in O’Connell Street from 18:00-20:00 will provide the framework for the protest in Dublin. You are invited to assemble at 18:00 at the Daniel O’Connell statue in O’Connell Street near the quays. If possible you should wear orange clothing as a reminder of the clothes the people wear who are incarcerated in Guantanamo.
The intention is to form a single line of people all the way up to the Parnell monument and beyond. Amnesty will provide banners, props, signs etc.
Contact: Kieran Clifford, kclifford@amnesty.ie, 01.863.8300

The International Festival of French Song is organised since 2006 by the Alliance Française Dublin and the French Embassy in Ireland. It aims to promote French and French-speaking cultural heritage through the repertoire of its songs and music.
The Festival welcomes French, French-speaking and Irish artists, for a week of concerts in various venues in Dublin. The festival runs from 21 June until 01 July and consists of a total of 5 events of which one is free. Please check out the other events on lets-french.ie/lineup.htm. The free event takes place on Thurs 26 June and is the Amsterdam BeatClub “French Night” in the Palace in Camden Street from 20:00. Amsterdam BeatClub is a collective of international Top-Cult-DJ’s who spin their vintage discs at different locations.
Swingin’ Sixties Sounds, Greasy Soul, Horny-Hammond-Jazz, Beat, Twist a-Go-Go, Steaming Ska, Sensual Exotica, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Cool Cover versions!
Great psychedelic visuals, Go Go-dancers, Burlesque entertainers and Serge Gainsbourg like tunes can be expected while Amsterdam BeatClub brings glamour and great atmosphere to your evening.

The Darklight Festival starts on Thur 26 June and runs until 29 June. A lot of the events are film screening or workshops and are therefore not free. However if you search through the long list of events there are a few free events as well. Please check www.darklight.ie for the complete programme.
The free events (I hope I found all) are here:
26 June: Launch party in Filmbase in Temple Bar, 20:00
26 June: Film Screening “Fall” by Paddy Jolley, Temple Bar, Meeting House Square, 22:00-24:00
27 June Virtual Cinema – The Light House, Smithfield Plaza, 18:30
Virtual Cinema shorts. The screening will be followed by a reception and networking session.
27 June Chris Doyle: Selected Video Works, Temple Bar, Meeting House Square, 22:00
28 June Uncle Conzo’s Cartoon Lounge Meeting Room, Irish Film Institute, 15:00
Darklight’s King Of Cartoons for a selection of classic Irish animation, suitable for children of all ages.

On Thurs 26 June the Soul Band “Santoria” will play in the Q Bar in O’Connell Street as a 6 piece band from 22:00. Admission is free. www.santoria.ie


The summer will start this weekend (21 June) and I hope that more good weather will come with it. The nights are super short and writing the Event Guide through the night means that I started when it was still bright, it never got really dark, and from 04:20 it was already bright again. It amazes me every year. :-) The downside of the 21 June is that from now on the evenings start getting shorter again. That part I really don’t like!

Oh one last thing: Help me keeping your fingers crossed for the German football team at the Euro2008 if your team is not in the competition anymore or you have no other affiliation. :-) I am not a big football fan, but the next few games promise to be interesting and exiting, let’s hope that we see lots of good games.

Enjoy the weekend!


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