Minimum Maximum at Granby Park – This Saturday

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Nialler9 /Upstart are organising the final gig and event in the pop up Granby Park this Saturday – this is a free, all ages gig with Charmers, Liza Flume, Idiot Songs, Lethal Dialect and Tierraniesaur playing.

The event kicks off at 3pm and will end at 7pm sharp as that is when the park will close for the second last time, the final day is this Sunday.

Facebook event is here

Culture Night – This Friday 20th September

I can’t believe it has come around again, but it really has – Culture Night which is one  of the best nights on the Dublin social calender is on this Friday. Lots of different types of cultural outlet in Dublin will open its doors to the public for one night only – see details below:


On Friday, 20th September 34 regions, towns and cities around Ireland will programme an eclectic mix of cultural and artistic endeavour. The FREE lively late-night national event will include live music, dance, theatre, spoken word, literature, visual art, traditional and Irish contemporary culture, interactive tours, workshops and exhibitions.

An incredible fusion of cultural events can be seen around the country this September as museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural institutions throw open their doors for Culture Night 2013.   Each and every participating area nationwide will pull out all the stops for the annual night of cultural excitement. People of all ages across the country are encouraged to Explore, Experience and Enjoy an evening of adventure and discovery as cultural organisations and regional authorities produce an incredible evening of FREE cultural experiences for all the family to enjoy. In 2012, a record 300,000 people took to the streets en masse across the cities and towns of Ireland to enjoy the incredible atmosphere and unique experience with even more participants expected in 2013.

As a special element of the programme this year, RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship arts programme takes to the streets with a three-hour live extravaganza of music, poetry, drama and more. Sean Rocks will host the Arena Culture Night Special in Meeting House Square in Dublin’s Temple Bar, where the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined by the likes of Lunasa, The Walls, and Julie Feeney. There will be contributions too from Cork, Limerick and Galway, and the evening will include the World Premiere of “Malone Lives”, a sprightly and provocative piece by Belfast composer Stephen Gardner, specially commissioned for the night by the Dept of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht. Arena will be reflecting and adding to the rich diversity of what’s on offer for Culture Night around the city and around the country, and bringing it directly to you!

With such a variety of cultural offerings to choose from, there is something for everyone to sample. New highlights this year include; a collaborative art exhibition featuring work from seminal visual trailblazer Maser at Butler Gallery’s Red Square in Kilkenny, a unique initiative celebrating the wisdom of difference in 100 Books with a Difference in Cavan, historic tours of inner city Dublin from longtime residents with the Mountjoy Square Society, the opportunity tolearn to play orchestral instruments made from food with the Fruit & Veg Orchestra in Belfast, a dynamic fashion show on the iconic old walls of Derry/Londonderry with Catwalk of the Walls and a delicious Edible Art installation in The Doorway Gallery, Dublin.

Other events not be missed are the Family Culture Trail and Culture Night Tours.  Bring your kids on an imaginative journey of discovery by joining the special Family Culture Trail which includes 12 organisations presenting fascinating objects of interest from The Stokes Tapestry to The Great Auk. Each object will be surrounded by different activities and special staged events on the night.  Or join the dedicated Culture Night Tour as it takes you on a whistle stop journey of a selection of unique cultural gems hidden around Dublin city. Tours are tailored by quarter with a dedicated tour guide bringing participants to at least 3 galleries participating in Culture Night.

There’s a whole host of new venues on board this year too with Art Tunnel Smithfield, the Zoological Museum, The Little Museum of Dublin, Archbishop Marsh’s Library, Big Smoke Writing Factory and The Mendicity Institution Trust all opening their doors late into the night.  This is just a taster of the vast array of FREE events available to the public nationwide on Friday, 20th September.  For full programme details visit

Cultural audiences in the capital can relax and travel in style on the night. Dublin Bus will provide free buses every 20 minutes starting on Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College which will transport visitors to and from their favourite cultural quarters on the night. As well as providing free bus routes across the city, Dublin Bus will schedule a bespoke programme of performances on their buses including music and spoken word.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices and local authorities throughout the island of Ireland. Funding has been generously provided by the Department for the event since 2006.

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2013 is now available on  Join the conversation online at / 





Yelp! – The Backyard Bizarre this Sunday

I recently met up with the lovely Emily from Yelp! and she told me about this amaaaazing free event that is on this Sunday in the Bernard Shaw – have a read – and remember, most importantly if you do want to go, RSVP through the following link:
The Backyard Bizarre is a free afternoon party on Sunday 22nd from 1pm – 3pm in the Bernard Shaw with free food, drink and entertainment for anyone in attendance – all to highlight just what there is out there in terms of new and independent businesses in this ridiculously inventive and original city of ours. 
There will be six local independent food businesses giving out free food to get the blood sugar up – from salad boxes by Staple Foods, to pies by The Pieman Cafe, burritos by Tolteca, sushi by J2 Grill & Sushi, to pizza by the Big Blue Bus and ice cream by Murphy’s Ice Cream.
We’ve got tea tasting by Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop and coffee by Coffee Together, and booze will be supplied by the 5 Lamps Brewery, Zaconey, Smithwick’s and Becks.
There will be plenty of bizarre and off-kilter entertainment for the afternoon too.
The event is free in for anyone who wants to attend – you just need to register with Yelp and RSVP on the event page:
Yelp throws these events with the sole purpose helping people seek out and support all the amazing indie businesses there are opening up in town. There are smaller ones that take place every month – also free to any Yelper. 

Vintage Wedding Fair

Vintage Fair


Brides these days are definitely focusing on the ‘something borrowed’ and weddings have a lot more of a homely feel compared to the shiny Celtic Tiger Chocolate fountain era! For any brides to be there is a Vintage Wedding Fair taking place in Dublin on the 28th and 29th of September in the Davenport Hotel. See below for more details:


For vintage loving brides-to-be looking for something a little different this year, the ‘Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair’ has answered all their wishes, after the huge success of the Spring fairs they are bringing events to Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork this Autumn!

The quirky fair is taking place on the following upcoming dates:

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd September @  The Davenport Hotel, Merrion St Lwr, Dublin 2

Sun 27th & Mon 28th October @ The Lyrath Estate Hotel, Dublin Rd, Kilkenny

Sat 9th & Sun 10th November @ The Ambassador Hotel, Millitary Hill, Cork City

The fair will be showcasing the talents of the many quirkier, more original, independent and of course vintage style wedding vendors from across the country. You should be able to get everything you need – whatever level of vintage fix you are after, whether it’s just the gown or cake, hair accessories or stationary, even tips on how to dress your special venue with wonderful florists and party planners offering their expert advice. Vintage fairs really are the perfect place to nab yourself a few bargains, while still staying very much on trend.

As with any good event, there will also be plenty to see and do – including a vintage tea party, DIY hair and makeup demos and funky live bands playing on both days. There is also something for the non brides-to-be, with some of the vendors sampling ranges of guest wear and vintage jewellery.

The price of entrance is €6 – which includes the tea party, Grooms are also encouraged to come and if the wedding scene isn’t for you, no doubt the very apt Man Crèche will be!

You can find more details and keep up to date with who will be there on

or follow @SVWeddingFair

CREATE! 3rd Sept

Kathrina Rupit


The very prolific team behind ‘Picture This Dublin’ (and recent curators of ‘Freak Out’ ) are hosting a Street Art Exhibition called ‘CREATE’ in 4 Dame Lane on Tuesday 3rd of September. Pictured above is a piece by one of the featured artists Kathrina Rupit. See below for more details:

The date is the 3rd of September.

The venue is 4 Dame Lane.

The word, Is CREATE.

The crew behind Picture This! Dublin present ‘CREATE’, a movement celebrating talent in Ireland, no matter how diverse; and giving that talent a stage in locations around the city of Dublin.

On this occasion, CREATE welcomes the very best, the top tier, the alphas of the game when it comes to street art; for an exhibition that promises not to be forgotten.

The likes of Solus, Kathrina Rupit, Danilo and more to be announced are going to be gracing CREATE in 4 Dame Lane.

You’d be mad to miss it… #EnjoyYourCity

Picture This! presents Freak Out @ 4 Dame Lane

Freak Out


The lovely team behind one of our favourite sites Picture This! Dublin is launching a new club night with a difference next Tuesday in 4 Dame Lane – see below for more details:

Tuesdays in Dublin city are about to get Freaked Out!

Launching on Tuesday 6th  August, we bring the city a host of creative talent under one roof. 4 Dame Lane in the heart of the city is where it’s at every week.

We’ll have the very best of local bands, producers, street artists and comedians who will be showing off their creative talent in an eclectic mix of entertainment.

There really is nowhere else to be on a Tuesday evening in the city (Did we mention it’s free in?)

#FreakOut #EnjoyYourCity #4DL

Facebook event:

BIG HOUSE Festival this weekend – Details and accommodation options

Inaugural BIG HOUSE FESTIVAL - A Cultural Carnival of art, music

This weekend see’s a myriad of festivals, including Oxegen, Castlepalooza and Indiependence, however there is one new festival located very close to Dublin that will cater for all the family, BIG HOUSE Festival in Celbridge Co. Kildare. See below for details and options for accommodation:

BIG HOUSE Festival is a cultural carnival of ‘Musical Adventures, Theatrical Treats & Hidden Gems’ where every part of the majestic Castletown House, woodlands, meadows and estate will be programmed with arts, music, film and entertainment.   Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, BIG HOUSE has something for everyone from ages 1-100.

In order to make the festival as accessible and affordable as possible, BIG HOUSE Festival has teamed up with The Court Yard Hotel to create a fantastic festival package for visitors looking for a weekend break with a difference.  Enjoy a luxury stay at the Court Yard Hotel, nestled on the banks of the River Liffey in the heart of Leixlip village, just a short drive away from Castletown House.

Available packages include; overnight accommodation, breakfast, a day pass to the BIG HOUSE Festival and drinks vouchers upon arrival for €79.50 per person sharing (based on two persons per room) or overnight accommodation, breakfast, a three course dinner in the River Bank Restaurant and a day pass to the festival for €96.50 per person sharing (based on two persons per room).  Spend this August bank holiday weekend making memories in the magnificent surroundings of Castletown House and its sprawling parklands as they come alive with hundreds of top-drawer artists, musicians and exhibitions.  For further information regarding festival packages visit


Alternatively, full day tickets are now available from only €22.50 with great family value tickets on sale for just €45. Tickets booked now available of advance booking discounts at

BIG HOUSE is the perfect setting for the youngest art lovers to play, explore and absorb the cultural carnival on offer, to be inspired and let their imaginations run wild.  Working with some of the best artists and arts organisations in Ireland the festival has some real treats in store, guaranteed to keep young minds mesmerized. Highlights include; the Ukulele Céilí workshop which brings the traditional Céilí to life where children will get the chance to dance, play and join together for one big hooli.  The Irish Museum of Modern Art present ‘Garden Folly’; an exhibition that’s every child’s dream – no matter how old – where you are invited to get your hands dirty and build forts, cubby houses and fairy castles.  The Children’s Trail is sure to keep feet and minds racing with adventure as families put their sleuthing skills to the test with a scavenger hunt like no other.

BIG HOUSE highlights so far include: Jack L, Jerry Fish’s Carnivale Show, award-winning comedy dance troupe ponydance presenting Anybody Waiting?, Big House Parliament (an alternative citizen’s parliament run by Mindfield and The Sky Cat Laugh’s Naoise Nunn), The Ark’s Ukulele Céilí workshop for children, award-winning hit Farm from Willfred Theatre Company, a film programme presented by the Irish Film Institute, Theatre Lovett featuring Louis Lovett, Choice Music Prize winner Julie Feeney in a special event in the Long Gallery of Castletown, trad legends LAPD (Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn & Paddy Glackin), 3 separate recitals from classical ensemble Musici and visual art installations from artists such as Oisín Byrne, Almha Roche and Áine Phillips. Renowned international artists including Michael Trainor, Laura Kriefman and Claire Hodgson will also present work for BIG HOUSE. This is just a small selection of a much bigger programme.

BIG HOUSE is the brainchild of The Performance Corporation, Ireland’s award-winning site-specific theatre company, based at Castletown House.

Dublin Bus is official festival partner and will schedule additional buses on Route 67 for festival goers during the weekend. Route 67 will bring you to the the gates of Castletown House. If driving, Castletown House is only 20 mins drive from Dublin. For transport options, directions and full programme details log onto

For further media information, please contact Melanie O’Connor or Kerryann Conway, Conway Communications; Tel. 01-7071704 or Mob. 086 401 6053 / 086 821 5246


BIG HOUSE is Ireland’s first site-specific arts festival. The event continues a 300-year tradition of arts and entertainment at Castletown House. This Palladian mansion was built in the 1720′s as a country getaway for Ireland’s richest man William Conolly – Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. Since then the house has played host to princes, rock stars and presidents’ wives. 18th century theatrical superstar Sarah Siddons performed at the house at a miniature Greek temple in the grounds that still bears her name. James Joyce visited in the early 1900′s and the American poet Robert Lowell lived in the house in the 60′s. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull partied at Castletown when it was owned by Desmond Guinness – a member of the famous brewing dynasty. And Jackie Kennedy drew the crowds when she came to call in 1967. Even the Devil came to dinner one night back in the 1700′s according to one of the many colourful stories associated with Castletown House.


OPW  |  Kildare County Council  |  Dublin Bus  |  IPB / The Gathering  |

The Arts Council  |  Kildare Leader Fund. BIG HOUSE is a flagship event for The Gathering 2013.

The Court Yard Hotel in Leixlip is BIG HOUSE Festival’s accommodation partner.


BIG HOUSE Festival is the brainchild of The Performance Corporation: Ireland’s award-winning site-specific theatre company, based at Castletown House. It has created ground-breaking work in Ireland, America, the UK, Finland and Kenya. Recent work includes Swampoodle – a large-scale performance in Washington DC, as part of Culture Ireland’s 2011 Imagine Ireland programme and Across the Lough, a work for a tiny audience on a row boat.The Programme Director and Curator of BIG HOUSE is Jo Mangan @jomangan.

Presenting Partners

The Ark is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. Its programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so expect a different experience every visit!

The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.

Diverse City works to make the performing arts accessible to all and aim to have industry and arts training to resemble the real world. It is vital that all people in society see themselves in the performing arts. The world of theatre, dance television and film should speak about all our lives and experience.

Counter Propaganda ‘Counter Art’ 2nd July


Tomorrow Counter Propaganda on Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1, will be clearing out the store to make room for a street art exhibition and sale. There will also be a ‘healthy amount’ of free beer available.

Showing on the night will be some of  Dublin’s best established and emerging street artists. Here’s who they are-

Artists on the night include:


Kevin Bohan


Fink Art

Kin Mx


Visual Waste



Thiago Ritual

and more to announce later.

Beats on the night provided by producer/DJ Calzone Kelly

Event runs from 5pm to 10pm. Check out more at their facebook event page here:


Alan Clarke – The Reign of Strange

While we are on a Body and Soul theme, the person who designed last years posters, Alan Clarke is launching his collection ‘The Reign of Strange’ this Thursday.

THE REIGN OF STRANGE is a new series of limited edition, hand embellished screen prints, by Alan Clarke. The series will comprise six prints in total, each with an edition of 95. The first print will be released simultaneously online, and at a launch party at the Chocolate Factory Dublin, on Thursday 13th June at 6 pm (All Welcome, more information below). The subsequent prints in the series will be released once a month until December 2013.

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