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Friday, April 6, 2012

Five Lamps Arts Festival 2012

The Five Lamps Arts Festival, an initiative of Marino College of Further Education, will take place from the 19th to the 26th of April 2012. This festival, which is in its fifth year, is run by volunteers who want to promote the arts in this area of the city. It is supported by the Arts Office of Dublin City Council and Marino College of Further Education CDVEC.

This year's festival is again an eclectic mix of music, theatre, visual art, puppetry, community events.Highlights this year include Jinx Lennon, Mairtin O Connor and Steve Cooney, Five Lamps Theatre company's Dear Frankie, a new performance of Handel's Cantata Apollo and Daphne featuring soprano Cliona Cassidy and Baritone Brendan Collins, Visual Art on the Canal 'The Free Seas', The Orchard Theatre Company's Five Kinds of Silence and much much more.

Traditional Session

Sunday 22nd April, 4-6pm, The North Star Hotel Bar

The North Star Hotel was the venue for traditional musicians for many years. Every Sunday night a group of Clontarf musicians met for music and craic and the festival this year is holding a session to bring back the tradional session in the North Star for one afternoon only, Sunday 22nd April at 4pm to continue for a couple of hours.

The festival will welcome participants from Reels on Wheels, Ceoltoiri Cluain Tarbh and many other groups


For more info http://www.fivelampsarts.ie/

Thursday, March 8, 2012

St Patricks Festival

I LOVE MY CITY........

March 2012: Become a tourist in your own city this St. Patrick’s Festival, as locals and tourists alike are invited to explore a fantastic range of the city’s cultural highlights from a brand new perspective. Make the most of the bank holiday weekend by getting to know your capital city with free entry to cultural events on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March, and a full programme of events for all ages and interests.

Entitled ‘I Love My City’, these happenings will be staged over two days as part of the Festival in venues and spaces in the Georgian Quarter - stretching from Merrion Square to Kildare Street.

The special programme of nine headline events will showcase music including the Dublin Laptop Orchestra with violinist Katie House at the Royal Hibernian Academy and The Art of Music presented by Donal Dineen at the National Gallery. The Art of Music is an illustrated guide to the sounds that have inspired painters, photographers and film-makers. This event will feature visuals, live painting and live musical accompaniment from Irish fiddle player Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, cellist Kate Ellis and uilleann pipes player Maitiú O’Casaide.
Also on the programme, the Pivot Dublin Exhibition at the National Library will provide a taste of the magic and power of Irish design. Story-telling, interviews and a debate on the Irish Identity will also be staged. All headline events are free to attend, however spaces for some events are limited so register early on www.stpatricksfestival.ie and reserve your place to avoid disappointment.
You can also kick off the Festival with a performance and workshop in rhythm led by Brian Fleming, Solomon Ijigade and Andrew MacCarthy in the National Museum on Kildare Street on Friday 16th. This family event will begin with a performance by the trio, after which everyone will get involved in learning a song, some Irish dancing and a bodhrán performance. The event will finish with a grand finale with everyone singing, dancing and drumming together.
Following on from the parade, and making its debut in Ireland, ‘The Guide’ will bring audiences on a narrative journey in The National Gallery. Using headphones for this audio tour, the guide’s narration takes on unexpected dimensions and the museum environment becomes part of the story. A theatre performance brought to you by La Reial Companyia de Teatre de Catalunya.

Other events around the Georgian Quarter include the Natural History Museum, Family Architecture Tours at Merrion Square, Science Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland, and much more.

I Love My City will also encompass a whole host of institutions outside of the Georgian Quarter, including events in National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Temple Bar, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and everywhere in between. The diverse range of events has something for everyone from art, photography and science exhibitions to family architectural tours, plays and performances as well as music and spoken word.

Speaking at the launch of ‘I LOVE MY CITY’, Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD said “It gives me great pleasure to launch a new cultural programme as part of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Festival. St. Patrick’s Day and its surrounding festivities provide us with an ideal opportunity to celebrate what it means to be Irish, central to which is our unique Irish culture and heritage. There are two elements to the programme - an International Celebration of Irish Culture which builds on existing festival activities with a view to maximising key markets internationally - and a domestic element, ‘I LOVE MY CITY’, a special programme of events in some of our key cultural institutions to allow us to engage with the best of our Irish culture and heritage at home. I would encourage you all to participate and enjoy the many and diverse events on offer.”

And why not take a leisurely stroll to Dublin’s Creative Quarter and whet your appetite for Irish design? You can watch Irish designers at work and experience their wonderful craftsmanship first hand. Visitors and residents of Dublin are invited to experience a collection of Irish design and innovation, taking place in 23 venues, from fashion boutiques to coffee shops, in one city centre location. See craft in action in Project51, listen to a history of the Creative Quarter in Om Diva and Blind Tiger Collective will be launching a new range of t-shirts ‘Project A Apparel’. Special late night opening in all participating venues.
St. Patrick’s Festival and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, through ‘Culture Ireland’, will celebrate Irish culture internationally by staging events in cities all over the world, including Beijing, New York, London, Moscow and Paris, aiming to raise the profile of Ireland abroad at this important time.

Speaking about the programme CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, Susan Kirby said ‘I LOVE MY CITY’ is a fantastic addition to the Festival this year. It offers locals and visitors a chance to embrace the fullness of the Irish culture while enjoying some of the most beautiful and historic venues in the country. ‘I LOVE MY CITY’ will highlight the richness of Irish culture.’

The 2012 St. Patrick’s Festival will highlight the country’s strong links to the world of science celebrating Dublin as the designated City of Science 2012. The iconic Festival parade and ever-popular city Treasure Hunt are this year inspired by the how, what and why of science. Dublin will come alive with pageantry, carnivals and free entertainment from 16th – 19th March, drawing from the very best in Irish and international talent. In addition to the cultural programme, Festival favourites the Céilí (March 16th) and Big Day Out (March 18th) also return following a huge attendance last year.

Citywide, our cultural institutions will also be staging a variety of activities and interesting events that are a must see at Festival time. Check www.stpatricksfestival.ie for more’ I Love My City’ events.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taste of Christmas - Convention Centre Dublin

Taste of Christmas is a truly unique event where discerning and knowledgeable “foodies” can discover the best in festive food and drink, sample signature dishes from some of Dublin’s top restaurants and be entertained and inspired by Ireland’s most popular chef talent.

MasterChef Ireland judges, Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier, will host the MasterChef Challenge featuring invention tests and cook-offs between this year’s MasterChef Ireland finalists as they create delicious recipes from mysterious ingredients and give their top tips for warming winter food to visitors in the 2,000 seater auditorium.

Christmas food preparation gets a dramatic, engaging, fun and hugely entertaining twist during this unique 50 minute MasterChef Ireland Live Theatre Show which features great advice, audience questions, practical demonstrations and a liberal helping of fun and entertainment to take the heat out of the Christmas kitchen. With music, lights, cameras and big screen action, the MasterChef Ireland Live Theatre Show is the centrepiece of this gourmet festive party! A must-see for foodies and the kitchen-shy too!

The event contains a perfect mix of ingredients: an inspiring selection of brands, fabulous show features, a Live Theatre Show, food and drink masterclasses and fantastic live entertainment creating a truly memorable experience for visitors.

Friday 25th November 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Saturday 26th November 10.00am – 9.30pm
Sunday 27th November 10.00am – 6.00pm


Tickets from €19.50

For room bookings see http://www.northstarhotel.ie/reservations/

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dublin Super Cup 2011

Endemol Sport has teamed up with The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to create the Dublin Super Cup, a pre-season competition that will bring the biggest names in world football to Ireland’s Aviva stadium.

The star-studded first squads of Scottish giants Celtic FC and Premier League title-chasers Manchester City will join reigning Italian, European and World Club champions Inter Milan for the inaugural football festival. The electrifying line up will be completed by the Airtricity XI, a team selected from the best players from Ireland’s top domestic League.

The Dublin Super Cup, is scheduled for the bank holiday weekend of 30th and 31st July and promises to be a fantastic event for football fans and families alike. Every ticket sold gives access to both games taking place each day as well as a host of superb match day entertainment.

Tickets offer excellent value for money, with prices starting at just €30* for adults and €10 for children (when bought as part of a family package). A €10 discount is available to all fans that purchase tickets for both days. To buy tickets, check pricing and further information, visit www.ticketmaster.ie. Fans should be aware that only one offer can be used at a time and a booking fee is applicable to all tickets purchased.

The three international teams will all be using the tournament as an integral part of their preparation for the new season and, as such, will be bringing their strong first-team squads. Fans in Ireland will get the chance to see some of the biggest names in world football in action, with the likes of World Cup Winner David Silva, England internationals Adam Johnson and James Milner, Africa’s most decorated player of all time Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Holland’s Wesley Sneijder, Italy's Mario Balotelli, Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure and Scotland’s Scott Brown set to appear.

The Dublin Super Cup is set to be a weekend packed with entertainment including live music and a variety of fun activities for everyone to enjoy in and around the stadium.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Street Performance World Championships

Dublin 16 June 2011 - 19 June 2011

Street Performance World Championship (SPWC) will bring 16 of the most talented street artists in the world to Ireland this June to compete for the title of Street Performance World Champion. This free family festival runs in Dublin's Merrion Square on June 16th-19th. With the European debut of Australia's Goliath: the World's Smallest Strongman, the return of 2 time Street Performance World Champion and 11 time world record holder The Space Cowboy, and a visit from Indian snake charmer Jardu this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. The reigning World Champion and only Irish act ever to have claimed the title, magician, ventriloquist and all round messer, Dublin-born Jack Wise returns as the special guest to this year's festival. Street Performance World Championship Where's Wally World Record will see thousands of festival goers dressed as Where's Wally in an attempt to become to largest gathering of Wallys ever! The Where's Wally World Record will run in Dublin's Merrion Square on Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th. A super high resolution photograph will be taken from a crane capturing all the Wallys and creating the first ever real-life Where's Wally picture which will be posted online for our World Record holders to find themselves in! To guarantee your place in the world record attempt, pre-order your full Wally costume at www.whereswallyworldrecord.com. Profits from the Where's Wally costume sales will be donated to the charity Africa Aware.

For more information: Email: info@spwc.ie or see Website: www.spwc.ie

Friday, April 29, 2011

Taste of Dublin 2011

Taste of Dublin is back for its sixth year in the stunning location of the Dublin's Iveagh Gardens from 9th - 12th June. Celebrate the great outdoors as you dine your way around the capital's top restaurants, sample the best local and international food and drink and pick up some great tips from world famous chefs.
Offering a taste of Dublin's top restaurants, live chef demonstrations, wonderful wines and over 100 artisan producers, this year's festival is sure to be social event of the summer. Get the low down here on the range of interactive features on display to whet your appetite at Taste this year!

Each year Taste of Dublin likes to add a few new fresh ingredients to the pot and 2011 is no different with some fantastic new features joining the Taste of Dublin family.

First up is our new Guest Regional Restaurant featuring some of the top restaurants from around the country who are going to join the Taste family for the weekend. Next is the exotic addition of Taste of Malaysia where visitors can experience all the delicious cuisine this beautiful country has to offer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Still in Love with You!!!

The Philip Lynott Exhibition, takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, instruments, paintings, tributes, audio visuals and photographs of the late rock legend, and has fast become one of the musical and cultural events of the year.

Rock enthusiasts, music fans, tourists, schools and families have all flocked to the critically acclaimed exhibition to honour Philip Lynott. Still In Love With You: The Philip Lynott Exhibition opened its doors to rave reviews and thousands of visitors have since relived the magical and momentous times in the life of Ireland's iconic rock legend. Now, due to popular demand, the Exhibition has extended its run until May 2nd. The Philip Lynott Exhibition, takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, instruments, paintings, tributes, audio visuals and photographs of the late rock legend, and has fast become one of the musical and cultural events of the year. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Thin Lizzy singer and this stunning exhibition gives a unique insight into the background, work and life of Ireland’s pioneering rock star. The exhibition is presented by Hot Press in association with the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin Tourism, Jameson, RTÉ 2fm and The Irish Daily Star. Open every day until May 2nd, 2011 Top Floor, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, Ireland http://www.philiplynottexhibition.com/ TICKETS ADULTS: €10 (weekdays), €12 (Sat/Sun) CHILDREN (under 14): €6 (weekdays), €7 (Sat/Sun) FAMILIES: €26 (weekdays), €30 (Sat/Sun) Family Ticket allows access for 2 adults and up to 4 children. See http://www.ticketmaster.ie/philiplynott STUDENTS & OAPs: €8 (weekdays), €9 (Sat/Sun) For group rates call (01) 241 1500 or email groups@hotpress.ie

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