Events - Readings & LecturesDarklight Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Darklight_FestivalVenue: Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Dates and full programme TBC Darklight is the foremost festival for independent creativity in Ireland. It has been associated with new cinematic practices and creative technology for the past 15 years. Darklight has its origins in digital culture and new paradigms in film production, distribution and marketing. Each year, a new area in creative thinking and practices is explored during Darklight's three day festival. Darklight celebrates and encourages new work and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and artists, while introducing new work to a core audience of cultural influencers and innovators.   Darklight is distinctive as it provides a unique experience for its audience, who can engage with speakers and contributors in an open and shared creative environment.  It showcases experimental work that attracts the curiously cultural and is not readily shown elsewhere in Ireland.  It is our mission to stay diligently informed of the practices synonymous with the continued evolution of moving image storytelling and share this with an engaged audience.  Darklight's vision is curating a programme that continues to capture the imaginations of the next generation of innovators. Franco-Irish Literary Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Franco_Irish_Literary_FestivalDates TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! Offsethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Offset_Grand_Canal_TheatreDates TBC Originally an initiative of The Small Print when it begun in early 2009, in only 5 years OFFSET has become one of the world’s most important creative events. Hosting a weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more live on stage. They speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give incredible insights into their practices and personal perspectives. Independently founded and run, OFFSET has grown from 450 to 2000 delegates in its latest edition.  Each year OFFSET attracts visitors from across the globe to attend the 3-day conference and last year delegates made their creative pilgrimage from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. There are no VIP areaS and no green rooms at OFFSET, the space is a democratic one facilitating both speakers and attendees and allowing both to mingle freely and settle in for three days of inspiration. The intimate surroundings of the Second Room allows delegates to get a little closer to some of the legendary speakers, who will give interviews, contribute to debates and take part in group discussions on the topics that are at the heart of the creative agenda. Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Mountains_to_Sea_dlr_Book_Festival_2014 The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival enjoyed a fantastic debut in 2009 thanks to the support and enthusiasm of local book-lovers and, thankfully, not a few first-time visitors to Dun Laoghaire. One writer praised our first effort as a festival “of international standard, with a great local tilt” which was gratifying to hear. On a glorious weekend, the Festival welcomed over 5000 guests who rev...elled in near-Mediterranean sunshine while strolling from venue to venue. The sixth annual Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival returns to the Pavilion in September 2014 More details to be announced National Heritage Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/National_Heritage_Week_DublinThere’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week. Check out our video for a snapshot of what’s on offer! From medieval fairs, night time bat walks, classical music, poetry, theatre, traditional music, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. There’s something for everyone and most events are free! Click here for Dublin events Chihuly in Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Chihuly_in_DublinThe Irish public will have a unique opportunity to see the work of one of the world’s most renowned artists when two exhibitions open in Dublin on June 19th 2104. Dale Chihuly’s vibrant coloured glass installations and opulent Chandeliers hang in many of the world’s most prestigious museums and public spaces including the Victoria and Albert museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris and the Corning Museum of Glass New York. A world premier of ‘Ulysses Cylinders’ inspired by James Joyces's Ulysses, opens in Dublin Castle this June. This collaborative exhibition combines the alchemic artistry of Dale Chihuly with painter Seaver Leslie’s pen and ink drawings to create a unique collection of golden glass Cylinders.Chihuly’s and Leslie's love of Ireland and Irish literature inspired an earlier series Irish Cylinders over forty years ago. The series was completed in anticipation of a lecture tour inEngland and Ireland focusing on the artwork’s literary connections. As fate would have it, adevastating auto accident in England a few weeks later prevented the artists from reaching Ireland and left Chihuly blind in one eye. In the summer of 2013, Chihuly and Leslie, together with Flora C. Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick decided to revisit this body of work focusing on Joyce’s Ulysses as the sole inspiration. Working with Leslie’s drawings on paper, artists Mace and Kirkpatrick constructed fragile glass drawings, which Chihuly’ s team studio amalgamated into individual Cylinders of glass wrapped in gold leaf. Each drawing offers a visual trigger into selected narratives of Ulysses as recounted by Joyce. By applying Leslie’s adapted drawings to simple cylindrical forms, Chihuly uses the Cylinder as a canvas to create a series of visual portals into the novel. This new work is a revelation in its simplicity, which pays homage to an intricate narrative. Simultaneously at the Solomon Fine Art a selection of Chihuly’s signature artworks will be on view. This enchanting and awe inspiring exhibition will be open to the public from June 19th to July 31st. • The exhibition is installed in over 2,300 square feet of the exhibition space in the Coach House at Dublin Castle • There is a dedicated book being published with essays by Irish writers • Chihuly will be in Ireland to celebrate both the exhibition and a gallery show of his signature work at Solomon Fine Art June 15 – June 20th, 2014 • Chihuly and Leslie will present a public lecture, followed by a conversation on Ulysses, chaired by Dr. Conor Farnan in George’s Hall at Dublin Castle on June 17th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm followed by a public book signing from 7:00pm – 8:00 pm       Re-enactments and Orationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Reenactments_and_OrationsIn 2014 we are continuing our series of re-enactments & orations of famous Irish patriots. “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead – And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Daily at 2.30pm The now famous speech delivered by Padraig Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, will be re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform. All Re-enactments at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Abbey Backstage Tourshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Abbey_Backstage_ToursFor over one hundred years the Abbey Theatre has celebrated the power of theatre and the joy bringing together writers, directors, actors and audiences. Join us for an exclusive insight into the history and behind the scenes workings of Ireland’s national theatre on our guided backstage tours. Get access to areas rarely seen by the public, as our knowledgeable tour guides lead you on an engaging visit through the many aspects that come together to make Ireland’s national theatre, exploring the fascinating challenges of each new production. Enjoy an introduction to the our historic art collection and be inspired by our founders, William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and the Fay brothers. As we are a busy working theatre, our tours are scheduled to match the running dates of our Abbey stage plays. Comments about the tours… ‘We went on the back stage tour and really enjoyed it. The Abbey Theatre has some amazing art on the wall and worth it for that alone!’ ‘…got a tour of the Abbey Theatre. My god the history of this place. The tour guide knew everything there was to know….and it’s just amazing…’ Read more reviews or leave your own on Tripadvisor.com. NOTE: The tour crosses four levels of the Abbey and involves some stairs. Please specify if mobility is an issue when booking, as we will do our utmost to accommodate those with reduced mobility. Price: €8 per person / €6 per person for groups of 10+ Booking: www.abbeytheatre.ie Tickets are limited. We would recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.