The day before New Year’s Eve can be a time of furtive reflection, combing through the highs and lows of the year past and making big plans for the new one. As part of #LoveDublin Day, Dublin Genius: A Day of Ideas is inviting the city to navel-gaze in grand social style as some of the country’s greatest minds gather across dozens of venues for chinwags, gags, lessons and songs - here are some of the storytellers du jour you’ll be in the company of.
There are a thousand alternative Dublins in the eyes of locals. Storymap is the much-loved platform for those Dubliners to share their social history of the city. Fruit-sellers, hauntologists, park-keepers and gravediggers are all amongst the storytellers, this living history is the most charming way to find those hidden gems of Dublin city that almost nobody else knows. Their #LoveDublin Day live show will bring some of Storymap’s best raconteurs to the stage.
- Venue: The Liquor Rooms @ The Clarence Hotel
- Time: 6pm
A spoken-word club so popular it’s spawned its own festival, Milk & Cookies success is down to its relaxed atmosphere and talented regulars. While the group has regulars, they’re a welcoming bunch to any newcomers. If your New Year’s resolution is to start writing more, M&C’s the perfect place to debut your work – or at least make the most of the free tea and biscuits.
- Venue: Exchange Dublin
- Time: 7pm
The Brownbread Mixtape is a monthly live comedy, poetry and music show in Dublin. Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. And everyone has loads of fun. Simple as that!
- Venue: The Stag’s Head
- Time: 8pm
CHTM are experts in what they call ‘Dublin’s other history’. Other being: the cultural, musical, sporting, social, architectural stories that makes Dublin’s character as special as it is today. Their indispensable blog is a trove of both trivia and in-depth studies that both Dubliners and visitors will find completely fascinating. Go to their live panel in one of Dublin’s newest bars, and leave with a bag full of anecdotes.
- Venue: P-Mac’s Bar
- Time: 5pm
Dubliners love a soap-box (as anybody who’s been in a taxi through the city for ten minutes will tell you) - Leviathan has given the floor over to some of the city’s most opinionated in a forum that keeps its tongue set firmly in its cheek. This time around you can hear Dylan Haskins (who gave us some Christmas advice over here) and the city’s architect Ali Grehan (who you can see holding forth at her TedX talk here).
- Venue: Twisted Pepper
- Time: 8pm
These are just a selection from an enormous program that features some of the country’s leading comedians, authors and cultural experts. For more on Dublin Genius: A Day of Ideas and the entire #LoveDublin Day program, visit