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Dublin Event Guide 670: Events or no events? Total confusion in our government! – But here you still find all events – we won’t give up!

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  22 August 2020 – No 670

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Events or no events? Total confusion in our government! – But here you still find all events – we won’t give up!

Hi all!

This week’s new restrictions about outdoor and indoor events probably made it clear to everyone that we are still far far away from “normal” events. And also that it is close to impossible to predict when there will be “normal” events again.

It also showed everyone that getting into a complete lockdown was MUCH simpler than getting out of it. It was good to see that the government didn’t just implement what the NPHET recommended, because not even the experts are experts and – in a way – it is NPHET’s role to be on the extreme end of “caution”.

The situation we are in is completely new for everyone, even the “experts”. But it seems that in the process of modifying the public health advise to make it more implementable, the government truly made a mess of it. Contradicting and illogical rules and recommendations everywhere. They have to do much better, otherwise the public support for the protective measures will be gone very very soon!

Since we know that neither the government nor NPHET has ANY prior experience and they are all totally winging it, it would have been great to see some leadership. And leadership in an uncertain situation requires that steps are explained in detail, so that the followers know why these steps have been taken. Without that the the support will be lost rapidly! One of my “day jobs” is to provide Leadership Training at the Inspiring Leadership Academy (www.InspiringLeadershipAcademy.com) and it seems the people who run the country need some more training. ;-)

It seems that events that are organised by a business (Theatres, Cinemas, Museums, Art Galleries etc) can continue with events with up to 50 people indoors. All other (Which!?!?!?) indoor cultural venues, however, have to stick to the max number of 6 people. If that is not confusing, then what is? (www.thejournal.ie/how-many-people-can-attend-cultural-events-ireland-5180870-Aug2020/)
And while business-organised indoor events are allowed to have up to 50 people, ALL outdoor events are limited to 15 people. Unless it is a GAA match obviously, then 80 (40 people per team) are allowed, but NO audience, not even 15 – in a stadium for 80,000 people. (www.the42.ie/gaa-behind-closed-doors-40-per-team-limit-5180400-Aug2020/)
All clear!? I didn’t think so either! :-O

Here at the Dublin Event Guide, I will continue looking for free events for you, be it online or in real life. At times it is not easy, but there is always SOMETHING to do as long as you look closely enough!

All this, however is not possible without your support! The Dublin Event Guide is free as long as there is enough support from YOU, the readers. But in recent weeks things are not looking good and thoughts of making Dublin Event Guide access membership-based unfortunately had to cross my mind. I hope it won’t have to come to it, but that needs you! Without you, the bills won’t get paid and then things have to change at the Dublin Event Guide. Your donations will go 100% to keep the Dublin Event Guide alive!

You can help with some “virtual coffees” or – if possible – even with a 10 Euro donation via Paypal or Revolut. Myself and all Dublin Event Guide Readers appreciate all help! Thank you!

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Thank you very very much!

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And here are lots of free events extra for you:


+++ National Heritage Week 15-23 August Dublin Events: gturl.eu/NHeritageDublin
+ August Craft Fair 09:00-18:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/302377794167013/ (not too sure how this one will work!)
+ A Gentle Amble Through Some of Ireland’s Tree Heritage – Podcast 09:00-12:00 www.facebook.com/events/2689684361311381
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ Bushy Park Market 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket
+ Marlay Park Market 10:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/marlay-park-coco-market
+ Big Bang Dance Project 2020 11:00-12:30 Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8 www.facebook.com/events/686571932069670 (Booking required)
+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School 11:00-11:30 Online rockjam.ie
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ End Of Summer Virtual Fayre with 12 businesses from around Ireland 12:00-16:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1171876416531463/
+ Italian Vegan Cooking Class (Parmigiana and Banana Tiramisu) 12:00-13:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1239903129695490/ (Booking required)
+ IMMA Summer School 2020: Keynote with Jonas Staal – “Other-Than-Statecraft: Stateless Parliaments, Experimental Biospheres and Collectivizing Facebook 12:00-13:00 Online imma.ie/whats-on/imma-summer-school-2020-art-and-politics-2-statecraft (Registration required)
+ IMMA Summer School 2020: Panel Discussion with Jonas Staal, Jasmina Cibic, Mick Wilson, Gerry Kearns 13:00-14:30 Online imma.ie/whats-on/imma-summer-school-2020-art-and-politics-2-statecraft (Registration required)
+ Ballet Class 13:00-14:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3192995104101725/
+ Dance Fitness Class 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/300885388002937/
+ Rum & Chocolate Profiteroles – Workshop 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2055863767903794/
+ Reggae Souled Out – DJ Lionel Vinyl 17:00-20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/703520140227769/
+ Online Karaoke 19:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/4252541771485202/
+ San Simon’s Afro-Latin Garden Party – Live Gig 20:00-21:00 Online via Facebook and live at Hard Rock Hotel, 8 Exchange Street Upper, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/309162620299308/
+ Sonic Massage Gig – Jack Lukeman Live 20:00-21:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/3347365651996076/
+ Agog – Play by Luna Collective 20:30-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2978154722286357/





+++ National Heritage Week 15-23 August Dublin Events: gturl.eu/NHeritageDublin
+ August Craft Fair 09:00-18:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/302377794167013/ (not too sure how this one will work!)
+ A Gentle Amble Through Some of Ireland’s Tree Heritage – Podcast 09:00-12:00 www.facebook.com/events/2689684361311381
+ Heritage Week Free Tours of the Rediscovery Centre 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 www.rediscoverycentre.ie/events/heritage-week-free-tours-of-the-rediscovery-centre (Booking required)
+ Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market 10:00-17:30 People’s Park, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/d%C3%BAn-laoghaire-coco-market
+ The Cottage Market, St. Anne’s Park 10:00-17:00 Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 www.facebook.com/cottagemarketredstables
+ Walking Meditation in Phoenix Park 10:30-11:30 Phoenix Park Main Gate, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 www.facebook.com/events/289883358979564/ (It seems that this event is free.)
+ Marlay Park Market 11:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/marlay-park-coco-market
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Baseball: Ashbourne Giants A vs Dublin City Hurricanes A 11:30-14:00 Corkagh Park, Naas Rd, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 www.facebook.com/events/722320351943641/

+ Online Talk: Eileen Gray – A Role Model for Lifelong Learning 14:00-14:40 Online by National Museum www.eventbrite.ie/e/116198008371 (Registration required)
+ Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs – Viewing 14:00-15:00 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/hellelil-and-hildebrand-meeting-turret-stairs-9
+ Vintage Boombox – Live Brunch Gig 14:00-17:00 Cafe en Seine, 40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/1224754651192452/
+ Robin James Hurt – Live Irish Trad Gig 21:00-22:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/3283695855077636/


Next Week

+ Mosquitoes – Live Talk with Natural History Museum Scientist – Nature Live Online Tue 25 Aug 12:00-13:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2728984380716361/
+ Yeats: the life and works of WB Yeats – Online Exhibition Tour Tue 25 Aug 12:00-13:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/115895597853 (Booking required)
+ Dance in the Park with Mumba Dance (Parent + Child 0-6 years) – Activity Tue 25 Aug 12:00-13:00 Father Collins Park, Park Avenue, Clongriffin, Dublin 13 www.facebook.com/events/1431627427037887/
+ Ruby Sessions at Home Tue 25 Aug 20:30-23:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2411359412411716/

+ Online Coffee Conversation: Miss Iris Tree by Augustus John Wed 26 Aug 11:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/2947-coffee-conversation-26-august-2020
+ The Republic of Connacht – The French in 1798 – History Lecture Wed 26 Aug 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/273943470355634/
+ Axis Bootleg Season: Identity Other: Live Conversation with guest Dylan Coburn Gray Wed 26 Aug 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/301696267945157/

+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School Thu 27 Aug 11:00-11:30 Online rockjam.ie
+ SOLD OUT – Opera in the Open: Turandot – Puccini Thu 27 Aug 13:00-14:00 www.eventbrite.ie/o/dublin-city-council-arts-office-2700210080 (Booking required)
+ Jazz Connector Talks: The State of the Nation: The Irish jazz community and IMC’s musician survey results Thu 27 Aug 13:30-14:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1263683093976669/ (Registration required)
+ Virtual Recruitment Fair / Tech Careers Expo Thu 27 Aug 15:00-20:00 Online www.virtualrecruitment.ie/ / www.techcareersexpo.ie/ (Registration required)

+ Mammals – Live Talk with Natural History Museum Scientist – Nature Live Online Fri 28 Aug 10:30-11:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/4273251419416188/
+ Resilience Training and Psychological Supports – UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Lecture Fri 28 Aug 12:30-13:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/256773572244812/
+ Discovering Dinosaurs – Live Talk with Natural History Museum Scientist – Nature Live Online Fri 28 Aug 19:30-21:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/323487572203827/



You want for more events and suggestions?

I found a few more things to keep you going or that you might find interesting:

1) Covid Online Initiatives are dying out!!
When in the middle of March suddenly the unexpected lockdown happened, then lots of great people got thinking and working and created amazing online events where real-life events couldn’t happen anymore. It was a sort of resistance against the change that this virus forced upon our lives AND it was a way of maintain sanity for some artists and organisers.

But when two weeks became four and then six and then even more, then some organisers were seemingly wondering how they could make some money again and a few tried to convert initially free events in ticketed non-free events. Others kept going for free, but possibly also were wondering how to end the free regular events which more and more became like a burden.

A sort of normalisation happened and we got – in a way – used to the lockdown and then finally it seemed as if we could restart a sort of normal life again.

And between these two things something happened to all these wonderful online events: Bit by bit, they got scaled down and now there are significantly less online events happening than in the beginning of April. It is not a huge surprise, but because we are still far from any form of “normality”, it is a pity that that side of our newly discovered cultural pursuits is dying out.

Here in the Dublin Event Guide, I will continue to look for the needle in the haystack and will bring you as many cultural events every week as possible, but I just wanted to share with you my findings. The picture has changed a lot in the last few weeks.

2) Culture Night
Culture Night is one of my favourite yearly events. In previous years on Culture Night, which is this year on Friday 18 September, lots of cultural venues were open from 17:00-22:00 or 23:00 and the City Centre was buzzing with people and events. There were concert, talks, exhibitions and open doors and all was completely free.
For this year, there is good news and bad news!

The good news is that Culture Night will happen and there will be even a few real life events. But the bad news is that most real life events are already booked out due to the low numbers that will be admitted. There will be a good few online events, but as you maybe can imagine or have experienced in previous years, Culture Night always lived and thrived from the buzz, the bustling city, the busy events, even the long queues at some venues. And all this we will miss this year.

The events are all listed on culturenight.ie/ and because you MIGHT still find a real life event that is not booked out and to see what is happening online, I suggest you have a look already now!

3) Online Courses – Special Offer
During the Covid lockdown, enrollments in Udemy courses increased by 425%! Wow! What did you learn during that time? In August most Udemy courses will cost between EUR 10.99 and 12.99 again, so it is not too late yet to learn something new. Use this link shor.by/GqCk because if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

4) Books
A free Book summary per week can be found here: readitfor.me/91927
And to buy 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). But Book Depository played a trick on me and I lost a whole month of affiliate rewards: They changed ALL their links, so if you used an old link, please don’t use it anymore and ONLY use this new link if you want to help the Dublin Event Guide with your purchase: shor.by/BookDepository


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

Take care,–Joerg


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