Events - Readings & LecturesDarklight Festival 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 Festival 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! Offset 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. Web Summit 2014 become one of the world’s most influential tech events in just three years, the Web Summit returns this November to transform the capital into the hub of the tech universe. With the main conference taking place at the RDS, along with 200 plus satellite events dotted across the city, Web Summit 2014 will showcase more than 500 globally acclaimed speakers, 10 stages including the Digital Marketing, Internet of Things, Enterprise, and Builders Summits, 2,000 worldwide startups exhibiting their ideas, 1,000 experienced investors, and 800 of the best tech journalists. "An extraordinary gathering of talent and energy with one goal: to help entrepreneurs network" - Wired Some of this year’s barrage of speakers include Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg, The Guardian’s Head of Technology Jemima Kiss, and Google’s Vice President of Engineering Anna Patterson, to name but a few. Join 20,000 like-minded people interested in the future of the world and technology’s role in it at this incredible global gathering. "It was a conference that lived up to, and even exceeded, the hype" - The Wall Street Journal Ticket prices and packages vary, see for details.   Open House 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. Bonnie & Clyde Draíocht Film Club as they watch and dissect the 1967 crime classic Bonnie and Clyde on 15th October. Directed by Arthur Penn, a bored small-town girl (Faye Dunaway) and a small-time bank robber (Warren Beatty) leave in their wake a string of violent robberies and sensational newspaper headlines that catch the imagination of the Depression-struck Midwest in this telling of the legendary crime spree of these real-life criminal lovers. Long considered a landmark in film making, Bonnie and Clyde is said to be one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, with its breaking of cinematic taboos proving popular with the younger generation. Its success prompted other film makers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films, while the film's ending also became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history". Enjoy a brief intro by film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who also chair a free discussion, examining the legendary film, after the screening. Tickets Full price €7 Member €5 Member with concession €3 One Young World Summit foremost global forum for brilliant young minds, One Young World 2014 comes to Dublin from 15th - 19th October. Gathering the brightest young leaders aged 18-30 from all over the globe, it aims to empower them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. Founded in 2009 by David Jones, Kate Robertson and founding corporate partner Havas, this UK-based not-for-profit organisation stages an annual summit where the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and a host of forward-thinking organisations, are joined by world leaders, assuming the roles of One Young World Counsellors. At the One Young World Summit, delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues faced by the world today. The barrage of impressive past counsellors have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington. The 2014 Dublin Summit’s counsellors boast an incredible line-up including Ali Hewson, Sol Campbell, Sam Branson, Boris Becker, Kirani James and former President of Panama Nicolás Ardito-Barletta, to name but a few. Following each Summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence, spurring on the positive change and influence of this superb organisation.   The Allergy & Free From Expo Allergy & Free From Expo, Ireland's only event dedicated to those suffering from allergies and/or leading a free-from lifestyle, comes to the RDS Dublin, 11th - 12th October. Devoted to allergy sufferers and those leading a gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and/or dairy free life, the expo is family oriented and brims with information, advice, seminars, cookery demonstrations, shopping and tastings. It also serves to showcase the best free-from suppliers both nationally and internationally. With free-to-attend seminars from leading experts offering the latest research and findings on allergies, coeliac disease, food intolerances and food labelling amongst others, the quality of information provided is second to none. Talks also include first-hand accounts from parents of children suffering from allergies and intolerances and detail challenges they face with normal, everyday activities. In the Kitchen Zone enjoy free cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings from well-known chefs and nutritionists such as celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Eddie Eriksson of Cornucopia, whole food and vegetarian restaurant, Lorraine Fitzmaurice from Blazing Salads, and Erika Doolan, nutritionist to Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social restaurants. Free 1-2-1 Advice Clinics are also available, allowing visitors the opportunity to speak privately to experts and discuss their concerns and/or to seek answers for any pressing questions or symptoms. The Asthma Society of Ireland’s nurse specialists will be on hand to provide advice, support and information on asthma including asthma in children, allergies, management and inhaler technique. While the Irish Skin Foundation’s dermatology nurses will give advice to people who suffer from skin conditions. Anaphylaxis Ireland will also be present at the expo on their mission to support those living with severe allergies. Delivering all the answers allergy and free-from sufferers may need, while making for a great family day out, the Allergy and Free From Expo has it all under one roof. Tickets Adults €10 Concession €6 Under-12s go free. Dermot Bolger in Conversation with Brian Keenan more about the works and life experiences of leading Irish writers with Winter Tales, a series of intimate conversations conducted by renowned Irish author and poet Dermot Bolger. Presented by the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, the first edition sees Dermot talk to acclaimed novelist Brian Keenan. Brian Keenan grew up in Belfast. From 1990 he spent four years living in the West of Ireland, recovering from the previous four and a half years which he spent held hostage in Lebanon. Keenan’s first book, An Evil Cradling, an account of his captive years in Lebanon, won the International Time-Life PEN Award, The Christopher Award (New York) The Irish Times Award and the Ewart Biggs Award. Since then he has written two travel books, Between Extremes and Four Quarters of Light; a novel Turlough, and a memoir, I'll Tell Me Ma. Brian is currently writing a book of short stories inspired by his recent travels back in Lebanon. On the evening Brian will read from his work and discuss his life with Dermot Bolger in a conversation which will be opened out to the audience. A captivating night of literary discussion and human experience, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.                                 Stephen Fry fantastic, if rare, opportunity to see the multi-award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, writer and beloved raconteur Stephen Fry, live on stage via the magic of satellite at The Lighthouse Cinema. To celebrate the publication of Fry's brand new volume of memoirs, More Fool Me, following the 2010 bestseller The Fry Chronicles, indulge in his one-man comic tour de force at this special event. Enjoy a sneak preview of More Fool Me, a heady tale of the late 80s and early 90s in which Stephen – driven to create, perform and entertain – burned bright and partied hard - and spectacularly damned the consequences. Tickets Full price €15 Concession €12.50 Panel Discussions: Dublin Theatre Festival by broadcaster Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, enjoy three panel discussions addressing and examining some of the themes at play in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 2014 programme. Whose Hamlet is it anyway? Bewley’s Café Theatre, 27th September, 4pm He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary? Imagining Australia Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2nd October, 4pm The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival reveals a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past? Playwriting – Making it Work, Getting it On Irish Writers’ Centre, 8th October, 4pm How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre? This panel focuses on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage. These panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed, early booking is advised as seats are limited.   World Youth & Student Travel Conference World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) 2014 comes to the Convention Centre Dublin from 23rd-26th September and looks set to be the biggest business-to-business event yet for the thriving youth and student travel industry. Celebrating the 23rd year of the annual conference, more than 700 travel professionals from over 450 businesses globally will gather in the capital for four days of trading, seminars and workshops, networking, industry think tanks and much more. The annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, WYSTC provides an unrivalled opportunity to pursue innovative partnerships with key decision makers, develop creative marketing and distribution channels, and access new markets. With fascinating talks like the J-1 visa session featuring US State Senate representatives, and a host of top speakers including Gina Baillie, Peter de Jong, Brian Mulligan, Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohue, and a keynote closing address from the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes; this year’s conference looks set to be more than a memorable one. Registration costs vary, please see for more details. 44 Seville Place the 1960s begin, so does this wonderful, funny, warm and poignant portrait of Dublin author Peter Sheridan’s working-class family. An irresistible tale that immediately draws us into their lives and relationships with an unforgettable charm, follow the young Peter as his experiences reveal an individual, and a society, on the cusp of profound change. “I loved going on messages up town. I loved discovering places and finding short cuts. I loved the oul wans and the oul fellas. I loved the statues and the buildings and the shops. I loved Dublin. I loved everything about Dublin. I wouldn’t let anyone say a bad word about Dublin, especially country people. If Dublin was a woman, I’d marry her…” Performed by Sheridan himself, and directed by Maggie Byrne, take a trip back to old Dublin with this captivating story of childhood and family. Renowned playwright, director, author and screenwriter Peter Sheridan grew up in a family of seven, just a stone’s throw from the River Liffey on Dublin’s north docks. The enigmatic book 44 Seville Place is his account of his incredible and heartbreaking childhood. Becoming an instant classic on its publication, it featured on RTE’s Book of the Week and was nominated for an Irish Times Literary Award. “Dublin has rarely come to life as it does in Peter Sheridan’s memoir… his prose is as rich as his characters, ordinary and fabulous, tragic and hilarious” - Neil Jordan “It celebrates the idea of the family in all its chaotic wonder” - Sunday Independent Location The Sheds, Connolly's, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. Art in the Contemporary Universe IMMA’s fascinating seminar, Art in the Contemporary Universe, exploring an array of themes prompted by Isabel Nolan’s current exhibition (until 21st September) The Weakened Eye of Day. Addressing ideas that involve enormous, probably unanswerable questions, including what Italian writer Italo Calvino called over-ambitious projects in contemporary culture, grand narratives in science, and the cosmological turn of recent philosophy. This excellent seminar allows participants to explore the realms of science, aesthetics and philosophy within the context of Nolan’s stunning exhibition. Chaired by Paul J. Ennis (Lecturer MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD), Dublin. Speakers include; Dr. Fabio Gironi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, UCD), Dr. David Roden (Lecturer in Philosophy, and author of Posthuman Life: Philosophy at the Edge of the Human). Contributions will also be given by Isabel Nolan, Francis Halsall and Declan Long (Lecturers, MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD). This event is free but booking is required.   Downstairs Dublin: Culture Night/Irish Times picturesque Merrion Square as it comes alive for Culture Night with a series of talks, installations, projections and pop-up events curated by The Irish Times, and all happening in the outside basement spaces of the famous Georgian square. Gaze down to discover a plethora of mini-stages, surprises, live debates, music and much more. Enjoy art, drama, dance, food and ideas from leading artists, writers and thinkers, and a few favourites from The Irish Times itself, as a half-hidden aspect of historic Dublin comes bursting to life. With the square’s basements aglow with brilliant light and colour, diving in is a temptation too hard to resist. Some of the night's basement areas include: No 16 - Red Cross Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Nina McGowan. No 22 - College of Anaesthetists Basement: Fashion Show by Emma Fraser of 9 Crow Street with The Tweed Project. No 39 - ESB Building Basement: Papier Mache art installation by Fergal McCarthy No 40 - ESB Building Basement: Kaleidoscope Classical Music installation and concerts, curated by Karen Dervan of Kaleidoscope No 41 - ESB Building Basement: Art installation by Aideen Barry No 42 - ESB Building Basement: Ireland’s Smallest Cinema, popcorn at the ready for tiny screenings of brilliant flicks No 45 - Irish Architectural Archive Basement: The Irish Times Talk Show and Library Lottery – chats with hacks as Irish Times writers hang out in the specially created sitting room. Plus The Librarian hands out free books in the Library Lottery, which one will be yours? No 63 - Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland: Dine in the Dark. In association with Balfe’s, Nicky Halliday and The Science Gallery, do you trust your senses in the dark? Come on down and discover if you really do have great taste. No 64 - Physio 64 Basement: The Gloss Salon. Your chance to (briefly) be a cover girl or boy with Gloss. No 70 - The Arts Council Basement: Peephole Screening art installation by Ailbhe Ni Bhriain. No 73 - Irish Traditional Music Archive Basement: Garden installation by Esther Gerrard and Ed Coveney of Elements of Elements of Action No 77 - Thirty Three Trees Basement: Return after Dark, installation by Thirty Three Trees. And with The Irish Times Treasure Hunt taking place on the square too, there'll be lots of family fun with plenty of prizes. A Keane Sense renowned Irish playwright, novelist and essayist John B. Keane this Culture Night at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Join Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy, Billy Traynor, David Gilna and Vincent Kennedy as they read extracts from the unrivalled writings of the late Listowel legend responsible for the likes of The Field, Sive, The Matchmaker and Big Maggie, among many others. With plenty of craic and ceol to celebrate this unique evening in the cultural calendar, fans of Keane’s knowing wit and insightful Irish perspective will not be disappointed. Anglo Irish Writers Evening Hotel are celebrating Culture Night with an Anglo Irish writers themed evening that’s sure to tempt the legions of literary fans across the city. Irish actor Jim Roche will read from the works of Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, and many more, bringing the acclaimed pieces to life. Jim’s performance will be accompanied by a classical pianist, subtly setting the mood. Enjoy the very cultural elements Ireland is famed for on this special evening. Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2. Writers in the Castle a series of fascinating literary events in Dublin Castle this autumn with Writers in the Castle, presented by OPW and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Prisoners of the Crown Wednesday 10th September, 6.30pm Join best-selling author Morgan Llywelyn as she talks about some of Dublin Castle’s most famous and intriguing prisoners over the last 600 years. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Season at the Castle Wednesday 24th September, 6.30pm Social historian Turtle Bunbury and actor Kathy Rose O’Brien bring to life ‘the season’ at Dublin Castle. Learn all about those glamorous days from the journals of the debutantes who were presented at the castle, and discover just what the capital’s social scene was like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Witches not Warlocks? Wednesday 8th October, 6.30pm Innocent women or worshippers of the dark arts? Authors Martina Devlin and Robert Curran discuss with Dave Kenny the fate of suspected witches in Ireland, from the first to the last supposed ‘witch’ burnt at the stake. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Man behind Sherlock Holmes Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30pm Author Andrew Lycett explores the life of the renowned Arthur Conan Doyle and examines his involvement in the scandal which arose following the theft of the crown jewels from Dublin Castle in 1907. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Resonances Wednesday 5th November, 6.30pm Enjoy the powerful connection between music and literature with dramatic readings courtesy of actors Rose Henderson and Bryan Murray. The readings will be accompanied by the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s acclaimed orchestra and singers in the beautiful surroundings of George’s Hall. Excerpts are compiled and presented by Rose Henderson. This event takes place in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle, admission is €5.   Tickets for all events can be booked via Natura, Natura an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required.