Events - WorkshopsFood and Wine Magazine Christmas Show three-day food and drink extravaganza, that will show you how to recreate world class dishes in the comfort of your own home! The RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend. Santa will be there all weekend as our guest of honour with gifts for all! (ALL FOR FREE!!) The Chef’s Kitchen which will be the heart of the show featuring Ireland’s top chefs.  Learn from the masters and recreate some of their favourite Christmas dishes at home with fabulous produce available in our Artisan Village.  The Drinks Zone is also ideal for wine enthusiasts and experts who want to learn more about wine matches, tasting, grape varietals and even how to pull a cork with flair! Between demos on the chef’s stage, there are a host of fantastic free masterclasses to enjoy.  Inspired by Ireland’s top FOOD&WINE Magazine experts in our FREE Master classes, which will cover topics such as Wine & Champagne tasting, Cocktail-making, Cheeses and Chocolates and much more! Click here for bookings and information   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.   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. Create Dance Project: Kids' Workshops kids between the ages of five and 16 years with a dancing streak, a workshop at Draíocht, which is hosting the Create Dance Project this September to November, might be just the ticket. This innovative dance project will see dancers and facilitators Mark Rogers and Philipa Donnellan work with a group of children with an intellectual disability, along with their parents and siblings, over the autumn and winter months at weekly workshops. Working towards creating a wonderful piece of dance theatre, created by the kids themselves, the results are sure to be as memorable and exciting as the process itself. If you have a child aged between five and 16 years with a passion for dance and music, do get in touch. Junior Group: Five to eight year olds, 12.30pm-1.15pm Senior Group: Nine to 16 years, 2pm-3pm The workshops take place on Saturdays from 27th September to 1st November. Nutgrove Arts Festival over to Nutgrove Arts Festival between 25th September and 5th October to join in the fourth annual celebration of community arts and culture, in the unique setting of Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South County Dublin. Now a staple in the locality’s cultural calendar, the festival welcomes a selection of exciting performers, musicians and dancers who take over the centre for 10 days each year. An informal and exciting medium to experience creativity in all its forms, the festival boasts a variety of theatre, dance and art workshops, with plenty to inspire creativity in the local community and beyond, at any age. Festival Highlights • Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents an evening of drama and entertainment in the Calypso Café. • Students from The Independent Theatre Workshop will perform scenes and songs from The Jungle King. • All are welcome to take part in Intrepidus Stage School’s great jungle themed dance workshop, fear nothing and challenge everything while having lots of fun. They will also showcase a night of amazing, fun filled and extremely talented young people who aim to entertain through drama, song and dance. • Kids can get involved in fun workshops too with Planit Party providing a taste of their entertainment, and a fun music workshop given by Rainbow Music. Quaint Baby Art will also facilitate a workshop of their unique art work. • The Visual Arts programme features well renowned caricaturist Niall O’Loughlin, whose work will be displayed around the centre for the duration of the festival. Artist Karen Wilson will give a painting demonstration where you can get a taste of what her workshops have to offer. Sculptor Eamonn Heffernan will display his skill in a woodcarving workshop. Artist Christien van Bussel will facilitate a pottery workshop. There will also be an exhibition of artist Chris McMorrow’s popular scenes of Dublin and Ireland. • An impressive contemporary Music programme featuring Kevin Kerdoc Murphy, Ian James White, Liz Ryan, Lynda Lucas and Melina Malone. Community choir Corús return for another uplifting and inspiring performance. • As part of the Trad for Trocaire week there’ll be an array of musicians playing traditional Irish music too. Location Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. 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. Culture Night at Airfield Farm & Gardens the beautiful surrounds of Airfield, Dublin’s only 38-acre working farm open to the public, this Culture Night for a delightful evening of heritage, costume, tours, workshops and more. Enjoy a diverse programme of fun activities that are sure to keep all the family engaged and entertained on this exciting evening. Airfield’s seamstress will be on hand to discuss her extraordinary work on the restoration of the Overend family’s clothing, the original 19th-century proprietors, on display in the house. Food gardener Kitty Scully will be discussing Airfield’s scrumptious selection of heritage potatoes and will provide a cooking demonstration, with, of course, some spud tasting afterwards. The education team will show you how to make seed tapes and just where to find the micro-habitats around Airfield’s lush grounds. No booking is required but workshops, tours and talks will be filled on a first come first served basis. Last admission is 9pm. Culture Night at IMMA a conundrum over just where to spend this year’s Culture Night? Why not embark on a whole host of artistic discoveries in one fell swoop at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). 6pm-9pm: Visit Four Exhibitions Explore four wide ranging exhibitions that are sure to evoke an element of curiosity in just about everyone. These include Propositions, the popular interactive exhibition by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica; Second Sight, a photography exhibition from the David Kronn Collection; The Weakened Eye of Day, a solo exhibition by Irish artist Isabel Nolan; and Conversations, an exhibition from the IMMA Collection which includes, Group Coordination, a selection of works curated by artist Caroline McCarthy. 6.15pm-7.30pm: Family Event Drop in with the kids and enjoy a free art workshop for families. Parents and children can explore IMMA’s galleries together and respond to their experience in a creative workshop. 7pm: Exhibition Tour of Hélio Oiticica’s Propositions Attend a gallery talk exploring and examining the work of lauded Brazilian visual artist Hélio Oiticica. A free Culture Night Bus brings culture vultures direct to IMMA on the night. See for information on bus routes and pick ups. Graphic Studio Dublin Studio Dublin in historic Temple Bar will open its doors on Culture Night to host a variety of creative workshops and demonstrations. Established in 1960, it now facilitates 60 members who work at the studio, creating etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, monoprints, carborundum, photointaglio, screen prints and letterpress. On the night enjoy letterpress printing and bookmaking workshops with artists Mary Plunkett and Eilis Murphy. Not only will you discover the intricate art of the book, you’ll leave with your very own creation too. Demonstrations will begin at 6.30pm, with a second round at 8pm and are limited to a maximum of 10 participants each. Artists will also be talking about their processes and show samples of their work to the public. Artist Mary Plunkett will be using If Ever You Go, the One City One Book from this year and will be selecting a short excerpt to work with, which people can print on the night. Following that, artist Eilis Murphy will show you how to bind your letterpress print, using watercolours to finish your beautiful book. Come along, meet the artists and see them demonstrate these wonderful printmaking techniques. TOG to hack your everyday world for the better? Join TOG on Culture Night and learn how to upgrade your surroundings, one hack at a time. An innovative hackerspace at 4 Chancery Lane, Dublin 2, TOG is a shared hub for the city’s hacker and maker culture, fostering creative and collaborative work on members’ projects in an environment that’s inspiring and supportive of technologies old and new. On Culture Night take a tour of the space, view the group’s past projects and participate in some micro workshops to help you get hacking. Digital Illustration Workshop unique opportunity for artists and architects to upskill in the areas of digital graphics, Melissa Doran of Go Radiate presents a Digital Illustration Workshop in the Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, for three Saturdays this September. The workshop will focus on using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and is worth 15 CPD Points for RIAI Architects awarded by the Fumbally Exchange. Learn from an Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator how to enhance your hand drawings and draw from scratch in Illustrator and Photoshop. Discover and practice every new technique with a creative exercise, with the small class size (limited to five participants) ensuring that you get all your questions answered. Participants will be provided with detailed notes on the exercises and new techniques to have as a reference post workshop, when you apply the skills to your own work. Make|Shape the work of eight ceramic artists who have worked on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s primary schools CRAFTed programme, take the kids down to The Ark to discover just how artists come up with their wonderful ideas. Make|Shape leads you playfully through techniques, processes and explorations of clay and provides artists, children and teachers with the unique opportunity to share skills and ideas, and collaborate on new projects. Just how does an artist come up with their creative plans? This intriguing exhibit brings you on a journey through artists’ creative processes, from research, design and materials to the fun part of experimentation. Join The Ark’s investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making to glazing and firing. Then roll up your sleeves and get making yourself. A hands-on experience that kids will relish, creative clay workshops are also available during the exhibition. Opening Hours 9th - 12th September, 10am-5pm Every Saturday from 13th September - 18th October, 10am-5pm Sunday 28th September, 12pm-5pm 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. Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here