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Event Guide: Penfold DM, Fringe Festival, Shiatsu, Skerries Soundwaves, Free tickets “On the case”

Hi all!

Another week coming to an end, another Event Guide is waiting for you in your Inbox!

The Culture Night last week was brilliant and together with some others that I met there we agreed that there should be at LEAST two Culture Nights every year. If I get more readers for this guide (do you know anybody who would be interested?), I will start lobbying organisers, but this is currently rather aspirational, so I will stick to telling you about events instead of “creating” them for another while. ;-)

I already have events information for the coming weeks, but at some stage it looked a little bleak for this week. However, the Fringe Festival is still running and there are quite a few free events again this weekend.

Before I start with the Fringe Festival Events list, let me tell you that on Thursday night (today!) Jamie’s band “Penfold DM” is in “4 Dame Lane”. Doors at 21:30 and entry is free. Who is Jamie, you ask? He is the guy who engineered the sound of “Elvis – The Way It Was” in the sound that 5000 people enjoyed in the Tivoli a few weeks back. Penfold DM have some tracks on their website www.penfolddm.com and I like their sound and music. Listen to them tonight!

Now the Fringe Festival:
The last Mamuska Night is on Saturday (22nd) from 20:00 in the Backloft (www.fringefest.com/shows/12), it sounds really interesting, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go myself yet.

From Thursday (tomorrow) until Saturday “Lost Luggage” will be performed at Georges Dock in the IFSC every day at 13:00 and 17:00 (Duration 60min).It is described as “A kinetic installation in which twelve identical self-propelling suitcases wander randomly but with an appearance of purpose.” Sounds strange but at the same time fascinating! I will definitely try to see that on Saturday. (www.fringefest.com/shows/110)

At “Block Party” on Sunday in Temple Bar (Meeting House Square) Dance Theatre of Ireland performing with and around giant Rubik’s Cube Blocks. The show only lasts 15 min and is on at 14:00-19:00 every hour on the hour.

Something that promises to be fun – as long as you are NOT on the receiving end is “Haircuts by Children” in the CHQ Building at George’s Dock. Thee event will run form 13:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. www.fringefest.com/shows/123 The description is good “Haircuts By Children invites you to take part in an event that will test your courage and faith in the future. Surrender your preconceptions (and your scalp) to the aesthetic choices of these mini-barbers.” :-) It is Free to watch but for the pleasure to be cut into shape you have to pay EUR 6.

So “Lost Luggage” and “Haircuts by Children” can nicely be integrated in a trip to George’s Dock on Saturday if you have some time.

If plays are your thing, three SEEDS3 Play Readings will take place in the Project Cube in Temple Bar (39 East Essex Street). They will be on at 13:00 on Saturday www.fringefest.com/shows/64, at 15:00 on Saturday www.fringefest.com/shows/65 and at 13:00 on Sunday www.fringefest.com/shows/66. Each Reading will go on for 90 minutes. At 15:00 on Sunday there is a panel discussion about the SEEDS3 project www.fringefest.com/shows/45. SEEDS3 is “A structured development initiative for emerging playwrights, directors, designers and a producer.”

The Fringe Festival unfortunately closes its virtual doors on Sunday and at the end the “2007 Fringe Awards” will be presented. This event is taking place in the Lobby Bar in Harcourt Street on Sunday from 14:00-16:00. Entry is free, but the event is (according to some sources) ticketed and I would check with the box office in 12 East Essex Street or on 1850 374 643 how and where tickets can be obtained. www.fringefest.com/shows/126

So only 4 more days to the end of the Festival and one event nearly slipped through my fingers: The Shiatsu Society of Ireland is offering 20min long Shiatsu massages for free between 12:00 and 14:00 every day. The massage is provided in the Fringe Festival office in Sackville House, Sackville Place (near O’Connell Street). Pre-booking is required and I would suggest to ring the ticket hotline on 1850 374 643 to enquire.

A little further away, but still in the Greater Dublin Area: The Skerries Soundwave Festival is on this weekend (www.skerriessoundwaves.com/soundwaves_2007.pdf). I hadn’t heard about it before and didn’t realise that it had started last weekend already. Still there are some free events this week, if you are in that area. Check the link above, it will bring you to the programme leaflet.

If you regularly read this Event Guide, you have read a few weeks back that free tickets were available for order for an Dublin Theatre Festival event. The performance is called “On the Case” and will take place at the George’s Dock in the IFSC on 28/29/30 of September at 20:00 and 22:00 (Duration: 25 minutes). Tickets were allocated on a first come first serve basis and preferences for a day or time were not considered. As a consequence some of the readers of this mail received tickets on days or at times that doesn’t really suit them and we are now trying to re-allocate the tickets. If you have tickets at an unsuitable time OR if you are still interested in tickets, send me a mail. I definitely have at least 6, maybe 12 tickets for the Sunday night performance at 22:00. But we might have some more available. So. please let me know if you are interested, it would be a pity not to use the tickets. Hmmm, maybe I should mention that the organiser made a big mistake and sent DOUBLE the ordered amount to some people, that is the main reason for the ticket surplus!

And a reminder for another event that I had mentioned before: The Norwegian Cruise specialist “Hurtigruten” is presenting their holiday and cruise/tour programme to potential customers. The free event is on Thursday 27/09 at 14:00 and at 19:00 in Dun Laoghaire and you can reserve one of the few remaining places on www.hurtigruten.ie/w_events.asp

Now, to finish of for this week, I want to come back to the most asked question about this guide. The question is “Where do you get all your information from? Is there someone that send you all that?” The answer to the second question is “No!” As far as I know there is no similar list available that summarises all free event for the coming weekend. So in order to bring you all the news, I am trawling through heaps of websites, magazines and leaflets every week. Wherever I hear something about an event, I check if it is free and if so gather more information. To find out about events, I am regularly in the Temple Bar Information Office, I check www.visitdublin.ie, www.discoverireland.ie, www.templebar.ie, www.entertainment.ie, www.thedubliner.ie, www.dublincity.ie, www.dlrcoco.ie, the InDublin magazine, the Temple Bar Magazine, specific websites for the Fringe Festival, the Opera Festival, the Theatre Festival, the Festival of World Cultures and different Arts and music festival websites. And all the information from these websites and magazines I search for free and interesting events and try to summarise in this guide. Writing this guide takes about 1.5 – 2 hours, but that doesn’t include the time I spend on filling my own event database before the weekend I write about. So I hope that question is exhaustively answered. :-)

Now it is time to focus on the weekend, it is just around the corner! ;-)

Don’t forget to send me a mail if you are interested in tickets for “On the Case”!

Enjoy the weekend,


Disclaimer: This Event Guide 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
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