No events until September?? – Events, suggestions and more
On Tuesday, the government has announced that no gathering with over 5,000 people will be permitted until September (www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2020/0421/1132956-no-mass-gatherings-over-5000-puts-summer-sport-in-doubt/). On one hand, this is not much of a surprise, but on the other hand, it promises a very bleak summer and comes as a bit of a shock for everybody who was hoping for a sort of “normality” being back before the end of the year. 900 events from all over Ireland are affected!
Apart from all bigger concerts and music festivals (indoor and outdoor), there will be no big sports events and it will most likely also affect a large number of free events. Some of the free events might be a little smaller or the audience will be more distributed, but depending on how the numbers are counted, I could imagine that there won’t be a a City Spectacular, or a Rose Festival in St. Ann’s Park and no Bray Air Display. And also no Prawn Festival, no Battle for the Bay, no Kite Festival, no Tallafest and no Dublin Pride Festival.
Is there anything left, you might wonder, and I have to say that I am very optimistic that the lack of big events will get smaller event organisers to organise something that they otherwise would not have attempted. So I have hope that we will have a lot more much smaller events that are easier and cheaper to organise. This could be unplugged concerts or outdoor talks or crowd limited indoor events. If you have an idea for an event, NOW is a good time to think about it and create a concept in your head. Everybody can organise a small-ish event, so don’t think you are not capable! And if you need help and support, share it because there are lots of others who also might be happy to brainstorm with you.
And in the meantime, there WILL be more events! Lots more events. For now they will be online/virtual, but as soon as we are allowed to meet up again, there will be BBQs and garden parties and music sessions. Keep the spirits up! We all need culture and togetherness and therefore live will continue!
In my blog post this week, I am looking at who is running the show at the moment and am wondering if we can trust our leaders to get us out of this as smooth as we slipped into the lockdown. (www.joergsteegmueller.com/2020/04/25/the-corona-files-can-we-trust-our-leaders-in-this-crisis/) It won’t be simple, so can they do it? I also found out some VERY VERY surprising information about the statistics that we are told every day.
Gathering and then filtering all the online events that are happening at the moment is growing in complexity because real life events are limited to the number of venues there are, but online events are virtually unlimited in number. So I might miss a few events here and in that case, please post them underneath this message on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page. Importantly, do not just check the Saturday/Sunday event listings in this post/mail, but also the sections after that where every week I list lots of additional suggestions.
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I closely watch the developments in other European countries, and it seems the first step out of lockdown are the opening of smaller shops and the easing of the restrictions on free movement. They are not huge steps and there is always the possibility that we will have to return to full lockdown mode again, but the first signs are promising, so let’s hope for some good news in 10 days, on 05 May.
Until then we should do our best to stay healthy and happy in body and mind and with the exceptionally good weather, I STRONGLY recommend that you don’t lock yourself inside if you are not in a high-risk group! Go outside and get your body moving and soak in the sun. You can do all this while being far enough away from others!
Time for New Year’s Resolutions!
If you area follower of the Dublin Event Guide for a while you know that I don’t really believe in New Years’ Resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals. So the headline to this section is not to be taken literally, instead I just want to remind you that (somewhat artificially) many of us see the 01 Jan as a new start and we make plans for it.
I think the post-Covid-19 is even a better new start than 01 Jan and it would be a great idea to now make plans for it.
What would you chose as a New Year’s Resolution now and how committed will you be this time around? ;-)
Life is a sequence of re-inventions. In every phase of life we have to re-create ourselves. Just think about how dramatic you probably will have changed between your time in school and now! So change is not a scary thing, we do it all the time. And if you do it based on what you want to become, then it is even less scary than if you just let change happen.
Here are some free events for you!!
+ Daily Pilates 08:00-08:30 www.facebook.com/quantumflowperformance/
+ Virtual Serene Saturdays – Guided Relaxation 08:30-09:00 www.facebook.com/events/3054758454580330
+ Alan Keane’s Family Art Class 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/AlanKeaneArt
+ Rainbow Phil’s Quarantine Song and Storytime 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Yoga Flow Balance and Twists 10:00-11:00 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Mindfulness during the Madness – Online Family Event 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/2875922919161461
+ Live Storytime for kids with Wee Bookworms 11:30-12:00 www.facebook.com/events/212447123315441
+ Latin Fit 11:30-12:30 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782
+ Sean Boland – Singer – Live from his driveway 15:00-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/249438336434547/
+ 1sqm Online Karate Seminar 15:00-16:30 www.facebook.com/events/258192482004729/
+ Masculine and feminine principles and impact on relationship – Talk 15:30-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/238130224053803/
++ Pieta Concert of Hope 17:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/pietahouse (The line up is Pa Sheehy (Walking on Cars), Dan Murphy (Hermitage Green), Mal Tuohy (Riptide Movement), Christy Dignam (Aslan), Don Mescall, Brian Kennedy, Paddy Casey, Ryan Sheridan, Ross Breen, Steve and Joe Wall (The Stunning / The Walls), Rickie O’Neill (The Saw Doctors), Brendan and Declan Murphy (The 4 of us) and more
+ Mary Kom – Indian Movie – Virtual Screening 17:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/244617516652457/
+ Russian Violinist Alena Baeva & Vadym Kholodenko Online Concert 19:00-19:45 www.facebook.com/events/223048028926525/
+ The Irish Times Women’s Podcast’s Big Saturday Night In with Deirdre O’Kane 19:00-20:00 www.eventbrite.ie/e/103209010930
+ Jack Lukeman Sings the Great 80s Songbook 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/603749503552694/
+ Guitar Night Live – Ultimate School of Music – Webinar 20:00-21:00 www.eventbrite.ie/e/103071032232 (Registration required)
+ Cian & Conor McSweeny (True Tides) – Live Sessions 20:30-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/230675191678650/ (Instagram Live Session)
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys – every day 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782/
+ Yoga or Zumba classes every evening Mon-Fri 19:30-20:30 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Ukulele Jam Session Mon 27 Apr 19:30-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/1146639549003851
++ Science of Grief – 3-hour online exploration of loss, hope and creativity, featuring scientists, poets, musicians, researchers, artists and healthcare workers 20:30-23:30 www.youtube.com/user/ScienceGallery
+ Film Network Ireland – Live chat with Director Declan Lowney Wed 29 Apr 19:00-21:00 hopin.to/events/fni-home-wednesday-29th-april-2020
++ Communicating and Connecting Online – Facebook Seminar Thu 30 Apr 12:00-12:45 www.facebook.com/business/boost/webinars/ire
+ The Skies are Empty – Performance of Galway Cello Thu 30 Apr 19:30 www.facebook.com/musicforgalway
++ Friday Night with Mikey Smyth – Online Gig for PIETA House Fri 01 May 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37
What can I do while being locked in?
Here are some suggestions for activities that are NOT watching TV. ;-)
1) Virtual Museum Tour
This week the weekly Museum’s Tour will be in the “Dead Zoo” or – as it is properly called – in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. It is a very unique museum, because it is such an old type of museum, that the museum should be in a museum. ;-) Stuffed animals or animals in Formaldehyde are not the done thing anymore. But the Natural History Museum in Dublin has a very different and unique charm and if you have never been there OR if you have last been there a long time ago, you should visit the museum again via this link: www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Natural-History/Visitor-Information/3D-Virtual-Visit
2) Help for Parents
To help parents with the challenges during the Covid-19 situation, the Department of Children has created a “Parents Centre” here www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/parents-centre/ It might not blow you away, but there seems to be some useful information in some of the sections.
Especially the “Let’s Play” resources at www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/lets-play-ireland/ could be useful if you are looking after some highly energetic kids!
3) Ukulele License – Course
Mainly created for children and young people, but definitely useful for everyone who is interested in playing Ukulele is the Ukulele Licence course that has been created by Rockjam and Music Generation dlr. You find the overview and all relevant links here: www.musicgeneration.ie/news/article/secure-your-ukulele-licence-while-keeping-a-social-distance/
4) Online Courses
Learn something new: Of all course platforms that I have tested, I still think that Udemy is the best one. The only thing that is a little annoying is the randomness of their special offer pricing. Sometimes the cost per course is just EUR 9.99, but at the moment they are quite expensive, so check the courses out, but don’t buy any at the moment! You can find the courses following this link click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=/WFVYmx8raQ&offerid=507388.9273&subid=0&type=4
And a course that I picked this week (put it on your wishlist and buy it when the price has dropped!) is TJ Walker’s “2020 Complete Public Speaking Masterclass For Every Occasion”. Just put that title in the search field
Udemy also released a long long list of completely free courses for the time during the Covid-19 crisis and you will find this way: Click on the link above and then type into the search field “free course”. In the “topic” field on the left (on a desktop) or via the “Filter” function on mobile, you can choose what area you are interested in.
In the “books” category, I like listening to book summaries to then decide if I want to get a book or if maybe the summary is enough. I use two book summary services. The first one is readitfor.me/91927 and the second is the app “Story Shots”. Both are free in the basic version.
To buy your eBooks (or paper 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): www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg
And I looked for two books again for you this week as a recommendation:
+ The first one is “Leaders Eat Last – Why some teams pull together and others don’t” by Simon Sinek. It is a fascinating book about how people in companies should work together so that everyone enjoyed working there. (www.bookdepository.com/book/9781591848011/?a_aid=dubevg)
+ The second must-read is a book that has changed the life of heaps of people. It is Tim Ferris’ book “The 4-Hour Work Week – Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich” (www.bookdepository.com/book/9780091929114/?a_aid=dubevg) It explains how to reconstruct your life so it’s not all about work.
5) Physical Exercise
And for physical exercise suggestions, have a look at this series of videos: www.youtube.com/channel/UCIqyCM91B1Xq7rVgW9rohiQ There are 16 videos and they are made by Richard, who is the fitness trainer at Bushy Park Padel and Tennis Club and Federico, who is one of the tennis trainers at the same club. So, the training might appear as if it is only for tennis, but that is not the case. Try it out and you will see that it is really good fitness training.
6) Gospel Music and the coolest online mass!
I have to mention this one again because it is really taking off! You might remember that I am part of the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. In normal times we sing at a weekly Gospel Choir Mass in Gardiner Street Church every Sunday at 19:30. But we have no “normal times” right now. So, we did put in a lot of hard work and moved the mass online!
If you have never heard us, put your head in the virtual door and join us for a bit or for longer. And if you have heard us before you know how great the choir is and we hope to see you. The mass will take place at 19:30 every Sunday and it will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/ Last week we had about 120 attendees and since then 2400 people saw the mass on Facebook. Join us on Sunday! ;-)
8) Mikey Smyth’s Charity Gig
Every Friday night Mikey Smyth is playing a gig (guitar and vocals) and he is inviting his audience to give donations to a charity that he suggests. In previous weeks he gathered nearly EUR 5000 for the charities ALONE, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and DSPCA and “Friday with Mikey” next week will be for PIETA House. Pieta House work to prevent Suicide and Self-Harm and their main fundraiser, the “Darkness into Light” walk had to be cancelled this year. Join Mikey next Friday (20:00-21:30) at www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37
9) Dublin City Culture Company is regularly organising talks with historians and they are not stopping despite the lockdown, but they have moved their talks online and you can listen to a whole range of them on soundcloud.com/dccculturecompany They are mainly the “Mondays at the Mess” talks that took place at Richmond Barracks. (Normally not a free events, but now you can listen to it for free.)
10) Digital Libraries form far away
If you are interested in libraries and historic documents, I found some great treasure: There are 7 digital libraries in the USA that you can visit from your couch and they are all listed and described here edition.cnn.com/2020/04/19/us/digital-libraries-from-your-couch-trnd/index.html
And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week. Stay sane and safe and smile, laugh and stay in contact with your friends!
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