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Event Guide 119: Culture Night, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Dublin Flea Market, Comedy Crunch, Botanic Garden Lecture

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 119
| 25 September 2009 Subscribers: 4886

Hi all!

This coming weekend is so busy with Culture Night today, that I will keep this intro as short as possible. I might write a bit more again here next week. I would like to get the Event Guide out a bit earlier than last week and hope that you all already had a look at www.culturenight.ie to plan your Culture Night evening. (By the way: If you check the website at work, makes sure that you turn the sound down. The site designers put some extremely noisy and – in my opinion – even slightly annoying mini video on it.) Culture Night is just brilliant. There are sooo many events and completely different to the Guinness “celebrations” last night, all events are free, so make the most of it.

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For this week’s “Feel Good” slot, I just have a quote for you that I heard from Tony Robbins during the week. Tony Robbins was the keynote speaker at The Twitter Conference in Los Angeles and I saw part of the live stream. A really interesting conference and Tony Robbins was just brilliant.

One of the many good and interesting things he said was “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?”. How about you do ONE little thing that brings you closer to success in your life? Do it TODAY, not tomorrow or next week! And if you want to share with me what you did, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject MOVING FORWARD

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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The Culture Night is the main focus for this weekend as far as I am concerned. There are so many events tonight and I still have to go through the details of the Culture Night programme to see what _I_ want to do. ;-) On Saturday and Sunday, the Ranelagh Arts Festival provides nearly endless entertainment. So, this is another week where there is not really room for boredom. Next week I will be busy with Krav Maga training, we are starting a new course in Blackrock (the first course outside of the city centre – www.kravmagaireland.com). And then I blink twice more and Thursday is here again. :-) It really feels as if the weeks are racing by faster and faster. :-O And you know what: In 3 months is Christmas! ;-) And Tesco has started selling Advents Calendars! Arrgh!

On Fri 02 Oct Roisin O’Reilly (www.roisinoreilly.com) will perform a lunchtime concert at 13:05 in the John Field Room in that National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace. “In a Celtic and spiritual themed concert, Róisín performs the music which has inspired her from childhood and throughout her music career. This concert features a collection of traditional and contemporary songs, both Irish and Continental, delivered with a haunting sincerity by one of the most beautiful and sensitive voices around. Róisín is probably best known to Irish audiences for her appearances with Liam Lawton as she recorded and toured with Liam Lawton from 2004 to 2007. Róisín’s unique voice has captured audiences in theatres around the world including Carnegie Hall, New York.” Tickets are EUR 15 and you can get them here www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/Roisin-O-Reilly.aspx?date=02/10/2009&time=1305. For a reader of the Dublin Event Guide, Roisin has made a pair of tickets available and with a bit of luck you can win it: Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with ROISIN in the subject line and your full name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your entry has to be with me by 14:00 on Wed 30 Sept.

Win a Free Place on a Singles Adventure Weekend! On Sat 31 Oct + Sun 01 Nov Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland (www.outdoorsireland.com) is running their first singles adventure weekend in Kerry. It will be a weekend full of adventure suitable for all levels, fun, like-minded people, delicious food, comfortable accommodation and great craic in the evenings. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet like-minded people in a relaxed, fun setting.
Most of you have heard about Nathan and Outdoors Ireland before, because he was so generous to run a few competitions in this newsletter before. So you know that Nathan is hugely experienced when it comes to Adventure Holidays. However, this time he explicitly wants you, the participants, let him know how you would like the weekend to be shaped so that it is ideal. Do you have some good ideas/preferences/suggestions?
For full details, rules and potential activities check out outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2009/09/singles-adventure-weekends.htm
then email your suggestions info@outdoorsireland.com and the best suggestion will be adopted and the person who suggested it will win a completely free place on the first Single Adventure Weekend! Your suggestions have to be with Nathan by 12:00 on Mon 05 Oct. www.outdoorsireland.com

Amnesty International had a fund-raising event on Sun 20 Sept in the Button Factory with the bands The Rags, Sick and Indigent Song Club, I Draw Slow and The Gandhis. Amnesty made a pair of tickets available for that event and the winner was Kay Coakley. Congrats! www.amnesty.ie

Castle Dracula & Sillybilly.ie present “The Secret Castle of Magic”. The ‘Secret Castle of Magic’ – a show for older kids and adults – opened its doors in November 2008 and is Ireland’s only Magic venue. There is only one public night per month and this months public night is tonight. Sillybilly.ie have made a pair of tickets available for this show and the lucky winner is Evelyn Farrell. Congratulations!
www.sillybilly.ie/news/42/secret-caslte-of-magic The show takes place in Castle Dracula in Westwood Club, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3.

I hadn’t told you yet who won the 3 months membership to FITT Bootcamp for the winter season. Cathy runs the FITT Bootcamp for women at IT Blanchardstown (Monday & Wednesday @ 18:00) and at the Corduff Sports Centre (Monday & Thursday @ 20:00). And she made a 3 month membership (3 months valued at EUR 190) available for each of the locations for a competition. www.fittpt.com.
The winners are Eimear O’Flaherty (IT Blanchardstown) and Nyree Kelly (Corduff). Congratulations!

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please 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!

______Dublin News______________

If the DublinBikes don’t interest you , I apologise, but many of us in our Dublin Event Guide Community are either already users or are thinking about signing up, so there is definitely an interest there for everything around the DublinBikes. This week there is some scandal: Fusio developed an interesting tool which seemingly had a lot of fans. The tool is an iPhone application and it showed you the availability of bikes at the different stations. A great application that is very helpful, but JC Decaux – the advertisement agency who provided the bikes in return for a HUGELY favourable deal for outdoor advertisement space – does not think so. Instead they threatened Fusio with legal action if they don’t withdraw the application! Incredible and very very bad form! fusio.net/dublinbikesapp and www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0923/1224255060614.html
The owners of dublinbikes.mobi seemed to have anticipated trouble and are more or less anonymous. Clever! Let’s hope that their site stays up because the iPhone application or the .mobi website provide the information that make the bike scheme a lot better. And I just found another site with similar information: dublinbikes2go.com/

During the week a picture made the round on Twitter and per e-mail and it was even shown at the BizCamp on Saturday as part of a presentation on media. Most people took it at face value and thought it was a very funny coincidence: img43.yfrog.com/i/rivf.jpg/ However, the picture is a blatant, but cleverly done fake. You can see it in the reflection in the Luas window or – even clearer – you can see it here: www.nowpublic.com/world/luas-tram-crashes-bus-oconnell-street-dublin-photo-16 (If you want the whole scene, have a look here
www.ireland.com/home/galleries/gallery/luas-crash-photos/10. It really shows us that you can NOT believe anything anymore. Virtually every picture you see could be and might be “enhanced”.

It has been discussed for a long time and since Ireland is the only country in Europe that still has no postcodes, it was just a matter of time. Now the timeframe has been defined: From 2011 Ireland will probably (changes are still possible) have postcodes. The codes will be not numerical as in most countries worldwide, but will most likely be a copy of the British system (what a surprise!…NOT!) with alphanumeric codes.

If you are a member of the Dublin Event Guide Community for some while you have heard me mentioning a number of times that I am doing the sound engineering for the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and the weekly Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street. You can hear us every Sunday at 19:30 in Gardiner Church, but if you watch TV, you might have heard the choir already? The newest Brennan’s bread ad uses a piece that was sung by the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yykmjzOM350

Aisling M, a Dublin Event Guide Community Member from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre, told me that they are running a Photography Exhibition with a Laptop as the main price. All details are here: www.nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie/Competitions/Photo_Competition_2009/Default.584.html


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. If you are one of the courageous people who has recently taken the risk and has started a company and if you could do with spreading the word, I am happy to help you! My contribution will be to let the 4600+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide – not a demanding task, I would think. :-) (Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very affordable) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.


‘ek-stasis/enstasis’ is an exhibition of work by Paula Barrett and Kathryn Maguire, will be on show from 24 Sept-01 Oct in the new gallery “The Master Thief’s Secret Lair” on South William Street. www.paulabarrett.ie (Gallery Details: Master Thief’s Secret Lair, 11 South William Street, Dublin 2, www.mtsl.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:00, Thurs 10:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)

‘Seven Folds in Time’, a new multi-screen video installation by Jackie Irvine will be on show from 24 Sept-31 Oct.
And ‘Oranssi Appelsiini’, an exhibition of studio work by Antti Leppänen, will be exhibited in Studio 16 of TBG&S from 23 Sept-27 Sept from 12:00-17:00.
(Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com)

Alternative Entertainments presents ‘BOG 50×70’, an exhibition of prints by members of the Leinster Print Studios at RUA RED in Tallaght. The exhibition will run from 28 Sept-17 Oct and a preview will take place on Sat 26 Sept from 15:00
www.ruared.ie/bog50x70.html (Venue Details: Rua Red, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, www.ruared.ie, Open: Tues-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘Preponderance of The Small’ is an off-site Gallery 3 Project that will take place at 21 locations in and around Trinity College from 25 Sept-31 Oct. www.preponderanceofthesmall.blogspot.com

CULTURE NIGHT POSTER COMPETITION SHOW – NO GRANTS GALLERY No Grants Gallery is showing all 38 competition entries from this year’s Culture Night poster competition, including the winning ‘See all Sorts’ design by Maeve Keane from DIT, Mountjoy Square. The exhibition continues until 1 October 2009. (Gallery Details: NGG (No Grants Gallery) in Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2)

An exhibition of new work by Brendan Flaherty will run from 24 Sept-30 Sept. (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)

‘Bright Shadow’, an installation involving a sunflower crop and sixteen 23 carat gold leaf panels by Projector Collective (John Carter, Anthony Kelly and Jay Roche) and Via artist’s group (Susan Gogan, Sarah O’Toole and Sally Timmons), is on show at St. Agatha’s Court (a disused senior citizens housing development owned by Dublin City Council) in the north inner city. ‘Bright Shadow’ can be viewed from the street at St. Agatha’s Court at any time and the project has no definite end date, however the sun flowers will die around mid-October. www.projectorcollective.org

French street artist Jef Aerosol will exhibit on Fri 25 Sept only until 24:00 as part of the Culture Night as part of Dublin Culture Night. (Gallery Details: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin 8, www.galleryzozimus.ie)

‘BOXiD II’ is a fundraising exhibition for Black Church Print Studio featuring 12 x 12cm works in different print media. The art has been created anonymously by 150 established and emerging Irish artists. The exhibition will be on show from 23-27 Sept from 12:00-16:00. Each work will be on sale for EUR 50. (Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00)

‘Breach’ is an exhibition of drawing, video, sculpture, photography and images on billboards by Tracy Staunton and Fiona Woods. It will be on show from 24-27 September 2009 and the gallery will be open until 22:00 on Fri 25 Sept during Culture Night. www.fionawoods.net
From 29 Sept (18:00-20:00) until 03 Oct (daily 11:00-18:00), “Détruis Space”, a mixed media installation by Ciara McMahon will be on show at the Joinery. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org)

New work on paper and canvas by Seán McSweeney will be on show from 24-10 Oct. The gallery will also be open until 24:00 on Fri 25 Sept for Culture Night. (Gallery Details: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, www.taylorgalleries.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 11:00-15:00)

The following exhibitions are part of this year’s Ranelagh Arts Festival from 21/22 to 27 September 2009:
‘The Haunted Castle of Leap’ at Ranelagh Arts Shop, 26 Ranelagh Village, featuring work by artists Niall Flaherty, Gerhardt Gallagher, Brian Henderson, Eamon Gogarty, Angel Luis Gonzalez, Imelda Healy, Kate Horgan, Ann Murphy, Katy Simpson, Darragh Owens, Robin Grace and Heather Finn;
‘Impressions of Place’ by Robin Grace at 95 Beechwood Ave Lower; Photography on the Rails, Mountpleasant Square (26 & 27 Sept only); and
‘Meditations on the Art of William Pearse’ by Felicity Finlay at Scoil Bhríde (26 & 27 Sept only). www.ranelagharts.org


On Friday 25 Sept is Culture Night. From 17:00 until late (some locations are open until midnight!) there are hundreds of different events and places to visit. It is a Museum Night as it takes place in other cities, but it is combined with lots more. If you are anywhere near Dublin, I strongly recommend that you have a look at the programme on www.culturenight.ie to see what interests you. You can download the full programme here culturenight.ie/docs/Programme2009.pdf or check on the website to see what is happening in the different parts of the City Centre. Free Culture Night buses will help you to get around: www.culturenight.ie/listing.asp?id=16m so there is no excuse anymore. I will definitely make the most of this night. I would recommend that you particularly pick locations to visit that are normally not free because the rest you can see at any time throughout the year, but the non-free ones you might not see otherwise. Don’t forget either to check pages 40-43 in the full programme!
In this section of the Dublin Event Guide I will mention a FEW events. They are by no means selected because they are better than other events, instead it is a bit of a cross-section to give you a flavour.

The Science Gallery is inviting to a Foam Party during Culture Night to coincide with their Bubble Exhibition which ends on 25 Sept (!!) and they are inviting here: “We’ve got bubbles! We’ve got DJ iRate (from 18:00)! We’ve got fun prize give aways! We’ll have a member’s only VIP lounge and a mystery bubble room! So make sure to make Science Gallery an essential stop on your cultured trek around the capital. If you’re doing it by bike don’t forget there is a dublinbikes stand right outside the Science Gallery… www.sciencegallery.ie” The party will be from 12:00-23:00, so the Science Gallery is starting early! Great! Gives you more time to take all in! ;-)

The Coronas will be performing live and signing copies of their new album ‘Tony Was An Ex-Con’ in HMV in Grafton Street on Fri 25 Sept at 17:30. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

If you have been in Dublin’s city centre recently you might have seen the trial runs of the PLAYHOUSE project in Liberty Hall, which aims to turn this iconic landmark to a giant TV screen with the help of you and your animations – find out more on www.daft.ie/playhouse/ . Playhouse is part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and Brian Fallon, founder of Daft.ie will talk about the origins of the project – which grew out of conversations in the Science Gallery – in a special talk on Fri 25 Sept at 18:00. A few tickets are still available www.sciencegallery.com/events

The Alliance Française invites you to its third participation in the Dublin Culture Night Festival on Friday 25 from 19:00 to midnight. “Begin by viewing our new exhibition of photographs by Frank Little and then allow yourself to be tempted by a French wine tasting provided by Loire Cellars. Exceptionally, musicians Séan Whelan and Thomas O’Brien, invite you to listen as they display their talents playing musette tunes at 21:00 and 22:30. Your children very welcome as well and a mask-making workshop is taking place especially for them. They may also try the art of calligraphy, along with their parents, from 19:00-21:00. Or you enjoy the super sale of French books or watch a demonstration of hairstyling by a French stylist (19:00-21:00).
Finally, don’t leave without tasting the limited edition Perrier or testing your knowledge of French culture by taking part in our quiz and having a chance to win a free course. Party atmosphere guaranteed!” Admission is free. (Venue Details: Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, D2. www.alliance-francaise.ie)

On Fri 25 Sept at 19:00 and 20:00 “Seven Ages of Women” will be performed in the Powerscourt Gallery in Powercourt Townhouse. It is the story of one women’s unconventional life told through story-telling and well known musical songs from hit shows like Rent, Hairspray, Wicked and The Harder They Come. Staring Philomena Fitzpatrick, Camille Donegan, Celine Mullins, Aoife Moore, Yvonne Usher, Diane Jennings and Carla Mc Glynn. Music by Alan Tully. powerscourtgallery.com/news.php There will be free tours of Powerscourt Townhouse that evening.

‘The Visual Culture of Modernity in Ireland’ is a roundtable, workshop and lecture by Fionna Barber that will take place at the National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street, Dublin 2, from 10:45-19:30 on Fri 25 September 2009. One of the key aims of the day is to encourage the expansion of a research network focused on the theme of visual culture and modernity in Irish contexts. For more information and registration please visit www.irishmodvisual.wordpress.com

A Let’s Walk and Talk event in Culture Night is entitled “Irish Revolution and the French Connection” and is a walking tour with Pat Liddy. The tour will start at 17:00 at Barnardo Square beside City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 and will finish at 18:30 at the Civic Offices in time for Mise-en-Scene, a soirée of dance, music and drama to celebrate French Culture and Positive Ageing.

They missed the Car Free Day last Tuesday but instead picked the busy Culture Night for their event. On Fri 25 Sept at 18:00 A Critical Mass Cycle will take place. Meeting point is at the gates of St. Stephens Green Park near Grafton Street at 18:00. Then the “fun and relaxing” cycle will take a scenic route around town and along the canal- The organisers say “If it is a nice day, we’ll end the cycle at a park, so bring tea, biscuts, sambos and most importantly good spirits!” www.indymedia.ie/article/93847

Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh will be the venue for a film screening of “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors” (1921) with live soundtrack by 3epkano, a Dublin based, seven piece collective who are dedicated to producing original soundtracks for silent and avant-garde cinema. The event takes place on Fri 25 Sept. from 20:00-21:30. Admission is free, but donations for the upkeep of the park are welcome. Make sure you wear warm clothes and bring something to sit on. (Weather permitting and alcohol free!) www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123523646938&ref=mf

The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery invites to the Dublin Edition of ‘The Captive Bird Society’, a performance by Margarita Gluzberg that will take place at the gallery from 16:00-20:00 on Fri 25 Sept. (Gallery Details: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie)

An Origami Workshop with artist Oisín Byrne and an exhibition of 2D work by Alieen Murphy, Julia McConville, Louise Ward, Anthony Kelly and David Starling will take place at the Stone Gallery during Culture Night. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie)

La Catedral Studios invites to its third Open Night from 17:00-24:00 on Fri 25 September. The studios will showcase an array work by resident artists as well as Mamuska Dublin, a varied programme of experimental performances in the adjoining Back Loft venue (from 20:00). (Gallery Details: Back Loft, 7/11 Augustine Street, Dublin 8, www.lacatedralstudios.org and www.thebackloft.blogspot.com)

Oonagh Young Gallery and FOUR present ‘Observations from the Wayside’, an overture by Francis John Luke Wasser on 25 Sept from 18:00-22:00. Wasser’s debut solo exhibition will open at the Oonagh Young Gallery on 1 October 2009.
www.fourdublin.com (Gallery Details: Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1, www.oonaghyoung.com, Open: Thurs+Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat: 13:00-16:00)

The former “Worldview Film Club” is now called “Inspirational Film Club Dublin (IFCD)” and the next film screening is on Fri 25 Sept at 18:45. The film is “Home” (2009) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Global Awareness”. Check sites.google.com/site/inspirationalfilmclub The IFCD is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The next French Friday is on 25 Sept from 21:00-02:30 in the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2. It is a party for all French and Francophile people. french-friday.com/

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.


The Ranelagh Arts Festival with LOTS and LOTS of free events is still ongoing until 27 Sept. Have a look at the website where you find the programme brochure and a day by day guide for events during the week. The majority of events are free and the organisers of the festival deserve praise for that!!
On Saturday watch out for the Battle of the Bands (13:30) and the Rockfest (16:30) in Ranelagh Gardens. And on Sunday you might be interested in the Family Fun Day in Ranlegh Village and Ranelagh Gardens from 13:30-16:30. These are just three events among many others! Kate H sent me a LONG list with really interesting events, but unfortunately I don’t have the space this week, so please check the Ranelagh Arts Festival Programme! www.ranelagharts.org/

The Dublin Theatre Festival has started on 24 Sept and one of the public performances is the “Playhouse” where Liberty Hall is turned into a giant (low-resolution) TV screen. Until 11 October you can watch animations on Liberty Hall and can even submit your own animations via playhouse.daft.ie Unfortunately there are – apart from a couple of panel discussions – no other free events in the Theatre Festival programme.

This full day seminar “Local History Day – Celebrating our Past” includes talks on the G.A.A. and Dublin Public Libraries, both organisations celebrating their 125th anniversaries in 2009, and a range of other local history topics. Admission is free but booking is essential. The seminar will take place on Sat 26 Sept from 09:30-16:00 in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. To book send a mail to dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie or much better, ring 01-6744873. www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Irish Aid is hosting a public information fair on overseas volunteering opportunities on Saturday 26 Sept (10:00-17:00). Over 20 short and long term volunteering organisations will have stands at the fair and there will be presentations on volunteering every half hour from 10:00. The following organisations are taking part:
A-Z Childrens Charity, Camara, Comhlamh, DTALK, EIL Intercultural Learning, Friends from Ireland, Global Schoolroom, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Foundation, International Service Ireland, Irish Aid, Niall Mellon Township Trust, Progressio, Serve, Skillshare International Ireland, Sli Eile, Suas, USIT, Viatories Christi, Voluntary Service International VSI, Voluntary Service Overseas VSO, Volunteer Missionary Movement.
The event will take place in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O Connell St, Dublin 1. www.irishaid.gov.ie/centre/events_detail.asp?eventID=305

A free (donations welcome) Yoga class is taking at Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, D6 on Sat 26 Sept from 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136642299297

There is a rumour that the Spanish Tourist Board and the Tourist Board from Alicante are cooking something up ;-) and this something is allegedly 500 portions of Paella. I heard they will be cooking from 10:30 and will hand out Paella to the assembled masses at 12:30. The venue is In South King Street, that’s the street between the Gaiety Theatre and Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. Because I couldn’t find any official confirmation I can only report it as a rumour.

Cecelia Ahern will be signing copies of “Book of Tomorrow” in Eason’s in O’Connell Street on Sat 26 Sept from 12:30 www.eason.ie/events

Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard will be signing copies of his new book “Rhino what you did last summer” in Hughes&Hughes in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre at 13:30. The website is a little ambiguous and you could interpret that the book signing is actually in St. Stepehen’s Green Park! Best to arrive a little earlier and to check with the shop in the shopping centre. www.hughesbooks.com/

# Adult Gallery Talk: The Monasterevin sword: A unique late medieval link between Ireland and Scotland on Sat 26 Sept from 12:00-12:30 in Kildare Street (Age 14+)
Join Museum archaeologist Andy Halpin to discover a unique artefact. No booking required. Tour limited to 30 people. First come, first served. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=532

# “Life on the Canal” with Alan Daly is the Family Programme in the National Gallery on Sat 26 Sept. from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Art Walk on the Liffey Boardwalk between the Ha’penny Bridge and O’Connell Bridge will feature 18 different artists every week from June until September. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-17:00.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

______Sunday __________________

(See Saturday for details.)

On Sunday 27 Sept from 09:00 the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium Car Boot Sale (every second week) will take place again – if my records are correct – on the car park of the stadium (151 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin). Visiting is free! Selling costs EUR 15 for cars and EUR 20 for vans and spaces might still be available. Contact Damian on 086 8371573 or email lowth666@yahoo.ie for more details. Gates open 08:00 for Sellers and 09:00 for Buyers.

The Farmleigh House Farmers Market/Food Market is taking place from 10:00-17:00 on 27 Sept. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/foodmarket/#d.en.1506
From 14:00-16:00 there will be Music in the Gardens with the Churchill Silver Band and then from 15:00-16:00 you can join a Tree Walking Tour. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/september/ Please read the next event notice if you plan to go to Farmleigh House. Phoenix park will be virtually inaccessible for half the day, so you have to plan well how to get to Farmleigh House.

On Sun 26 Sept from 10:00 the Adidas Half Marathon Road Race will take place in Phoenix Park. The route will bring runners from Chesterfield Ave through Lord’s Walk, Spa Rd, North Rd, Mountjoy Cross. They will then come back to Chesterfield Ave, continue through Wellington Rd, Acres Rd, Military Rd, Glen Rd (Upr & Lwr), onto Ordnance Survey Rd and back to Chesterfield Ave.
The following gate and road closures will be in place for the duration of the event; Chesterfield Ave will close from 7am to 12:30pm, from 9:30am to 11am the Main Gate will close. From 9:45am to 12pm Castleknock Gate, Ashtown Gate and Cabra Gate will close. Ordnance Survey Rd, Upper Glenn Rd and Knockmaroon Gate will close from 9:45am to 2pm. North Rd will close from 9:45am to 11:30am and Island Bridge Rd will close from 10am to 1pm. Avoid the area if not attending the event.

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 27 Sept from 11:00-17:00. (every last Sunday of the month). For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact dublinflea@gmail.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them at dublinflea@gmail.com

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The upcoming themes are:
27 Sept – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

The Friends of the Elderly need you on Sun 27 Sept at St. Stephen’s Green for the Grandparents Day, and you can bring friends and family for a fun filled day out. The Friends of the Elderly are holding a Stephen’s Green Sunday Stroll, Park Quiz and Grandparent of the Year award ceremony from 11:00. The Lord Mayor of Dublin will be in attendance with Keny Egan Olympic Silver Medallist and his grandmother. www.friendsoftheelderly.ie

Siobhan H from www.destinychurch.ie, a Christian Church in the City Centre, in 64 Great Strand Street (near Jervis Street) told me that for the next 3 weeks they are providing a free student lunch after their Sunday service. The service starts at 11:30. In addition they will be organising various free social events in the next few weeks including a movie night, surfing, etc and the information will be on their website too.

On Sun 27 Sept the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock is inviting to a Harvest Festival from 12:00-17:00. The Festival is a free day out for all the Family to celebrate the ending of the growing year. Competitions for best Scarecrow and painting, free face painting, balloons and entertainment for children and adults will be provided. Live Farm Animals are shown throughout the day and there will be music clowns and Wizard of Oz characters. All this in addition to the usual Blackrock Market with Irish Farm Grown Products and 70 regular traders selling everything from a needle to an anchor. Car Parking in Blackrock is free on Sundays.

Yes, you better read that title again! It REALLY says World Vampire Cloak Race Championship. It is slightly bizarre race/run/jog/walk/crawl in memory of Dracula and participants will HAVE to wear a cloak. :-) It is not free to take park, but mot me interesting to watch. The race will take place around St. Anne’s Park. The 1 km race will start at 14:15 and the 6 km race will start at 14:30. For all details of this unique affair check out www.stoker-dracula.org/index-10.html. Unfortunately the page does NOT say where exactly the race starts and ends.

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square has re-starting the Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds and the Sunday at Noon concerts will start in October again. The title of the Sunday Sketching this week (27 Sept 15:00-16:00) is “A Doll’s House: Create a blueprint for each of the rooms in a dolls house inspired by Patrick Hall’s artwork.”. Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=345

Ross O’Carroll Kelly (a.k.a Paul Howard) will be signing copies of “Rhino, What You Did Last Summer” in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre on Sun 27 Sept from 15:00. www.eason.ie/events

The Sunday Event in Collins Barracks from 15:00 is “My Museum: Potty for Peatlands! On Sun 27 Sept from 15:00-16:00. Nuala Madigan from the IPCC introduces you to peatland wildlife. No booking needed: drop-in event. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=541

# “Edvard Munch and Modernism” by Lecturer Dr Eimear O’Connor, Trinity College Dublin is a talk in the in the National Gallery on Sun 27 Sept. from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

“The Comedy Crunch” is the programme that a group of very good, but (yet) unknown comedians including Greg Marks, Colm Mc Glinchey, Tomie James, Ronan J Grace, Johnny P, Johnny Goodwin and headliner Enda Muldoon dish out on Sunday 27 Sept from 21:00 (Doors: 20:30). Laughs and ice cream (and admission) are free. The venue for this show is Shebeen Chic, Downstairs Bar, Georges Street, Dublin and “Comedy Crunch” is taking place there every last Sunday of the month.

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Gigs in The Mezz. Every Sunday 5 acts ranging from Soul to Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and Alternative/Indie music will perform between 15:00-21:00 in The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 (in Temple Bar near Dame Street) Admission is free.
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The next gigs are 30 Aug, 06+13+20 Sept. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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

______Next Week_______________


On Mon 28 Sept at 20:00 Farmleigh House will host “Stella Tillyard in conversation with Myles Dungan”. This is a ticketed but free event and you need to hurry with your application! Farmleigh House events often “sell out” well before the event date or alternatively registration will be closed early.
The event description says “Myles Dungan is a broadcaster and historian. His most recent work, published in March 2009, is a biography of William O’Shea, ‘The Captain and the King: William O’Shea, Parnell and Late Victorian Ireland’. On radio he has presented Five/Seven Live, Rattlebag and the Today show in a career spanning twenty five years, working mainly in the current affairs area with a brief interlude from 2000-2006 as an Arts presenter. He has also made a number of radio documentaries, mostly related to Irish or American history.” To apply for tickets go to salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=22

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelans is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643?ref=ts


The Talend Open Studio Discovery Roadshow is a series of free technical workshops which are taking place in a number of cities through Europe. In a 3 hour session you will receive complimentary training in Talend Open Studio – and at the end of the workshop you will leave with a USB key containing the data integration jobs you have developed. The roadshow will be in Dublin on Tues 29 September with the following training times: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. The target group is IT Professionals with an interest in data integration, but you don’t need to be a developer or a Java expert. You should have a look at Talend’s website before you decide to register so that you can assess if it is for you: www.talend.com/index.php And here you can register: www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=viPBdDXcy6FdxZu_2fdPY2Hw_3d_3d&c=dublineventguide

Seven Towers, the creative arts agency, is inviting to ‘Rá – With Raven ‘, a live gig performed by artists of Seven Towers on Tues 29 Sept at 21:00. “Rá, dublin’s premier spoken word jam session! A monthly showcase featuring the best dublin/ international performing poets and spoken word artists, at the Cobblestone Pub, 77 North King St Smithfield Dublin 7. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=284

Mark K tells me that on a Tuesday the the band The Last Tycoons do an Open Mic night in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street, it’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844

* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends


On Wed 20 Sept from 13:00 a protest of Community Workers against cutbacks will take place at Parnell Square. I hope it will be in the Garden of Remembrance because otherwise such a midweek and midday event during the time when most other people have to work, will cause traffic chaos around Parnell Square. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly support right to protest, but if that affects others ability to do their job, I wonder if a different solution couldn’t be found. www.indymedia.ie/article/93463

On Wed 30 Sept the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Institute, is inviting to a Short Film Festival: “La Boca del Lobo. Cortometraje contemporáneo”. From 18:30 a total of six short films will be screened (with English subtitles). Further details are here: dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha58556_16_2.htm. The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, this is not too far from the Kildare Street entrance of the National Gallery.

Seven Towers, the creative art agency, invites to a ‘Last Wednesday Series Open Mic’ with readings from “featured Writers and guests, including you”. On Wed 30 Sept at 19:30 in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2 with Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=275

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday until July. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).


Throughout October the Children’s Book Festival is taking place. There are a few events in Dublin and in Dun Laoghaire and you should have a look at www.childrensbooksireland.ie if you have children that might be interested.

On Thurs 01 Oct at 13:00 an Artist Talk will take place. Corban Walker will discuss his current exhibition ‘Mapping Hugh Lane’. This informal talk will take place in Gallery 8. www.hughlane.ie

On Thurs 01 Oct Dr Magnus Lidén, a botanist and Director of the University of Uppsala Botanic Gardens in Sweden, which includes the historic gardens of Carl Linnaeus, will lecture on “Bleeding hearts, Corydalis and their Relatives”. The event starts at 20:00 in the visitor centre of the Botanic Gardens. (Venue Details: National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, www.botanicgardens.ie, Open: Winter (mid-Nov to 16 Feb): Mon-Sun 09:00-16:30, Summer (17 Feb to mid-Nov): Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00, Admission is free)

Ian Smith, a talented guitar player and friend of mine, is in the process of setting up a new Open Mic event in the West of Dublin. The first night is on Thurs 24 Sept. from 20:00 in the Lucan County Bar (1st floor). The County Bar is on the grounds of the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4. Admission is free and there are spot prizes for participants. All types of music welcome and both musicians and listeners are very much invited to come along/participate. And there is a taxi company in the building, in case you had a few drinks. ;-) www.lucanspahotel.ie/ENG/map.html

* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie


“Music from Within” is the title of a free meditation concert on Fri 02 Oct at 20:00 and on Sat at 16:30 in Lotus Yoga, 15 Wicklow St, Dublin 2. The description says “A meditative experience through music, based on the compositions of meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy. Featuring Kanala Auer (sitar), Sadanand Magee (tabla) and English choral group Ananda. The concerts are given free of charge in the classical Indian tradition, and out of a conviction that the inner peace and tranquility the concerts facilitate is the birthright of each human being, and not something that can be charged for. Read more on the Lotus Yoga site: www.lotusyoga.ie/free-meditation-concert These concerts are given as part of the Festival of Meditation, to find out more please visit www.dublinmeditation.com


This section contains lots of events this week that happen in the future some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

The National College or Ireland is bringing the “Legends in your Lunchtime” series back by popular demand. From 30 Sept-11 Nov a whole range of prominent speakers will talk about their life/job/business and you can listen and often even ask. The event is free but ticketed and past experience indicates that the tickets will go VERY fast. So if you are interested, do not hesitate and check the website. The event takes place from 13:00 – 14:00 in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1 and the speakers will be:
Leslie Buckley, Business Consultant, Founding Director of Digicel on Wed 30 Sept
Maeve Donovan, Managing Director, The Irish Times on Wed 07 Oct
Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive, Barnardos on Wed 28 Oct
Eamonn Fallon, Chief Executive, Daft Media on Wed 11 Nov

On Sat 10 Oct and Sun 11 Oct the car park at Farmleigh Estate will be turned into a Drive-In Movie. This is a free but ticketed event and you need to apply for tickets. (One ticket per car!) The movies and the respective links for prebooking are
# Sat 10 Oct
16:30 Bullit (15) – salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=23
21:00 Blues Brothers (15) – salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=24
# Sun 11 Oct
16:30 The Commitments (15) – salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=25
21:00 Batman: The Dark Night (15) – salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=26

______This is odd!!______________

The German news magazine “tagesthemen” secretly filmed some interesting interview preparation by Declan Ganley. Declan Ganley is campaigning for a NO vote against the Lisbon Treaty. He owns some business(es) who mainly deal in the USA and he surprised many people before the previous Lisbon Treaty vote with his strong opinion about this referendum. This time around he had declared that the people clearly told him that they didn’t want his involvement after he lost his attempt to win a seat in the European Parliament. But then suddenly a few weeks ago he changed his mind and entered the fight again. In this secretly filmed clip, he hides the US flag that sems to be behind his desk before an interview about Europe. A SERIOUS “OOOOPS” moment! www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMRP_TqBzr0

If you are bored this evening, then nobody will be able to help you! ;-) Culture Night is soooo packed with events, that I am convinced there is something for everybody! Get out and enjoy it! It will be a great evening.

Have a great weekend,


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