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Event Guide: Electronic Arts Festival, Hallowfest, City Marathon, Concerts, Samhain Parade

Hi all!

I am late this week! Apologies! Work and a gig last night kept me busy and didn’t give me chance to write this weeks Event Guide until now, but hopefully even at this late stage it will still reach some of you.

The Open House was great last week. I was on top of Liberty Hall, in Customs House, in Government Buildings and in the Department of Foreign Affairs. If you missed it, make sure that you don’t next October! :-) If you did go to some of the buildings let me know of they were worth it, so that I can see them next year. ;-)

This week is bank holiday weekend and typically the October bank holiday weekend is not the liveliest as far as events are concerned. So I had to do a bit of digging to find some this week…and was surprised how much is on! Would you have known about these events without this Event Guide? Be honest! :-P

The Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF!!! ;-) ) is on this weekend (www.deafireland.com) and there are a number of free events around it.  On Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon, there will be various DJs and live acts in the Globe in George’s Street (17:00-23:00).
Another DEAF event is “de Pong Game” a projection and public interactive installation in the Globe and in Georges Street from 19:00-23:00 on Fri, Sat + Sun. It is a giant version of the computer game where you have a moving platform at the bottom and ball bouncing around that you need to bounce of your platform. The twist is that the “screen” is the wall of  houses in George’s Street and obstacles on the “screen” are windows and building features. People can play the game and I have to say it looks very interesting. So if you are in that area, have a look!
And a third free DEAF event: On Sunday in the Uki Yo Restaurant in 7 Exchequer Street, loads of artists will perform in the restaurant and in the Karaoke Booths. It is free and runs from 16:00 until 19:00.
There are many ticketed events as well, have a look at the website if you are interested.

Another Festival is the Hallowfest07 (www.hallowfest.ie). In Tallaght in the grounds of South Dublin County Council, County Hall the Sunday (14:00-17:00) will be full of Halloween related activities. (Games, Mask Making and other Workshops, Children’s Halloween Parade, Fire Jugglers, Clowns, Face Painters and a Fireworks Display at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght).
On Monday (10:00-14:00) the activities will move to the Hell Fire Club in the Dublin Mountains. There is a children’s treasure hunt and a spooky walk and more. Park and Ride is available from the County Hall in Tallaght at 09:45.
If you have children or nephews and nieces, you HAVE to go there! Preferably with them, though! :-)

The Hugh Lane Gallery concert this Sunday at noon is “Zwolfzungen – The Noise of Language” with Alessandro Bosetti (www.melgun.net) Admission is free.

On Monday is the Dublin City Marathon. The “Elite Ladies” will start at 08:45 and the men will start at 09:10. Mad early if you ask me, but  I wouldn’t reach the finish anyway. ;-) There are EUR 100k prizes available, so you can be certain that a illustrious field or brilliant runners will be attracted. 10,000 (!!!!) runners are expected!!! That is SOME spectacle! The course map is here adidasdublinmarathon.ie/map-2007.pdf The start is in Baggot Street and the finish at Merrion Square. Have a look and cheer the runners on – despite the early morning time. :-P

And a few more events for next week:

The Contemporary Music Centre (www.cmc.ie) will show a performance of “New Sound Worlds 2007” on Tues (30/10) at 20:00 in the “Printing House” in Trinity College. The composer is Gerald Barry and the work is described as “Swinging tripes and trillibubkins” a second composer is Fergus Johnston and his work is called “Éagaoineadh”. Admission is free.

On Wednesday (31/10) the National Museum in Kildare Street will feature a talk about “Medieval Ireland. Castles in Medieval Ireland.” by David Sweetman (formerly Chief Archaeologist). He will talk at 13:00 and a second time at 18:30.

Now if you have no other plans for Wednesday yet, can I remind you a last time that the Brazilian guitar duo “Fernando Lima & Cecilia Siqueira” will be in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum at 20:00 on Wednesday 31st October (Booking and information at 01-2969340, Tickets: EUR 15).
www.raffaabarca.net/duo%20guitar.htm One of the readers of this Event Guide won a pair of tickets and maybe next time you can win a pair of tickets.

And finally the BIG day this week (especially for the kids) is on Thursday (01/11) from 19:00 until 21:00 the Samhain (Halloween) Parade will take place. It will start at Parnell Square, will then go down O’Connell St, into Westmoreland St and eventually into the outside area of Temple Bar. The official line is “Expect a spectacle of dancers, dragons, monsters, druids, ghosts, samba performers, drummers, street performers and anyone else willing to show off (many come to Dublin from all over the country to take part). It all wraps up with a noisy fireworks finale.”

So, a “little-eventful weekend” turns into a weekend plus a few days of next week packed full of possible FREE activities once you start looking for them!

Enjoy the weekend and let me know what you did, if you get chance!


Disclaimer: This Event Guide with a difference is sent to friends, colleagues and whoever else is interested to let you know about (mostly free) events in the Greater Dublin Area! Ticketed events usually make enough money to do their own advertisement, they don’t need extra help.
I started this because some friends asked me to share my weekend plans with them as I went to all types of festivals and searched for more. ;-) If you don’t want to receive this mail, just let me know. If you have feedback, good or bad, PLEASE tell me. If you want to be added to the mailing list or know somebody who would like to receive this guide, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com.
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