Events - Free EventsFranco-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! St. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   NYE Dublin Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYE_DublinNYE Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party boasts an exhilarating four day schedule kicking off on the 29th December, running right through to January 1st. Four days of festivities in Dublin….the Countdown is on! Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration the city has ever seen. The NYE Countdown Concert will feature top live music to ring in the New Year. Throughout the evening sample the delicious taste of Dublin’s food and drink at the festival village.  Programme of events to be confirmed   Live Animal Cribhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib_Mansion_HouseThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn hosts the Live Animal Crib outside the historic Dublin Mansion House, his home, on Dawson Street. This year they will launch the crib on the 11th of December at 10.30 (To Be Confirmed). The launch will have performances from local choirs, street entertainers and even some face painting for the children. The Live crib is constructed so it is the actual size of the nativity stable so it will give everyone an idea of what they had to live in back when Jesus was born. The animals don’t stay in the stable but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution   Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   St Stephen's Green Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Stephens_Green_Christmas_MarketWith more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams and preserves and prints as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, Gluhwein as well as other seasonal non-alcoholic drinks.  Traditional Christmas Markets originate from the centre of Europe, and are extremely popular in countries including Austria, Germany, Northern Italy and France. While Christmas is a peak time for retailers, Christmas Markets have proven to be extremely successful in attracting additional people into town centres and encouraging consumers to spend their money locally as opposed to shopping online.  Entertainment from local choirs and carollers will also help get visitors into the festive spirit. The Market will be organised in conjunction with the official Dublin at Christmas celebrations, which is a partnership between Dublin City BID and Dublin City Council. It will be launched on the same day that the Grafton Street lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a winter wonderland.   The Market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    Bram Stoker Festival 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/bram_stoker_festival_2014This October Dublin City will ‘go gothic’ for the third annual Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October 2014. A Dublin City Council initiative, the festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration. The festival incorporates a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces and a whole range of film and literary events to whet the appetites of all.  This year the festival intends to infiltrate the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the heart of Dublin. Last year’s festival saw more than 20,000 visitors from near and far descend upon the city for a weekend of wickedly good fun. The Bram Stoker Festival 2014 promises to once again bring the magical yet uncanny ‘World of Stoker’ to life on the streets of Dublin. This October the Bram Stoker Festival will return with its devilish trademark mixture of arts, literature, drama and the unexpected. From experienced vampire hunters to untested spooks the festival will have plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages.  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. BlueFire Street Festhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/BlueFire_Street_FestGet into the heart of the city for a good old fashioned street party with the second BlueFire Street Fest in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the capital’s diversity of arts, it’s a unique collaborative arts festival welcoming all nationalities and cultures, and best of all it’s free. Taking place in the bustling surroundings of Smithfield Square, the festival features the very best of music and performing arts from the array of cultures and ethnicities that call Dublin home. Along with fantastic live music from around the world, festival-goers can enjoy workshops and fun educational activities in the BlueFire Street Fest education zone, laughs in the comedy picnic tent, traditional food exchanges bringing people together without the need for a common language, inter-generational story telling, family play-dates with interactive storytelling for children to mix and socialise, free dance lessons, informal traditional music sessions and much more. From Irish bands such as Gypsy Rebel Rabble, to percussion workshops from Brazil, the festival boasts 30 performers, 50 workshops, street performers, a buskers’ tent, a mad hatter’s tea party, language exchanges, a speaker’s corner, and not to mention plenty of tasty grub. With an expanding festival program, there’s definitely something to suit all ages and tastes. Activities and workshops include: Main stage performances Comedy picnic area Drumming workshops Dance lessons Street performers Workshops African drumming Percussion workshops Dublin Community Circus Latin body art Polish dancing French dancing Salsa dancing Capoeira Spoken word Children's painting Culture Nighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_2014Come and enjoy a late FREE night of culture for all the family! For one night only the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! On Culture Night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free! Culture Night brings together a very unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. And remember, everything that’s open on Culture Night will be there when you visit the next time, and the next time...so why not make a habit of it!   Oktoberfesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OktoberfestVenue: Georges Dock, IFSC Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival! The original Oktoberfest will come from Germany to Dublin, giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on Georges Dock for some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Alongside the many surprising foods on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer. Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the 18 day event. Click here for more information 2Fik Does Strongbow (and Aoife) Fringe Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/2Fik_Does_Strongbow_and_AoifeWitness art itself evolve over an eight-hour performance at George’s Dock, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, with multidisciplinary artist 2Fik. Merging gender, race play and high fashion, innovative French-Moroccan photographer and performance artist 2Fik will perform more than 80 characters from the famous Daniel Maclise painting The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, to create a brand new contemporary version of it. As an artistic director, photographer and model, 2Fik captures pictures of himself that he likens to a single image, resulting in his image being repeated several times in his photographs, assuming various attitudes and guises. Part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, 2Fik will be questioning the themes of Irishness, religion, gender and history, with this unique reinterpretation featuring characters from his repertoire and many from an Irish context. Posing as men, women and teenagers, the artist's appearance evolves over the eight-hour performance, with the final result being unveiled on 12th September. Dublin Fashion Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Fashion_Festival_2014Dublin Fashion Festival is an annual shopping event which takes place over four days each year.  Over 250 retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels taking part in the event, including the city’s 8 flagships: Brown Thomas & BT2, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Powerscourt Centre, Arnotts, Clery’s, Ilac Shopping Centre (including Debenhams), Jervis Shopping Centre & Penneys. Over the last decade Dublin has become synonymous with fashion, style and an exciting mix of retail options, from designer and high street to vintage, making it an alluring shopping destination. DFF aims to put the fun and theatre back into shopping and socialising in the city. Bringing fashion and beauty retailers in the city centre together, it offers a heady mix of special offers, live fashion events and in-store activities that are unmissable. DFF is an integral part of Dublin Festival Season Dublin Festival Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_SeasonWho knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival New Voices: Evelyn Suttlehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Voices_Evelyn_SuttleThis August “Central Origins”, a series of mixed media paintings by Dublin-based artist Evelyn Suttle, is on display at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. Inspired by non-Irish nationals living and working in Dublin City centre, Suttle’s work depicts the unique stories and perceptions of foreign residents with the use of different media giving a glimpse into their own cultural influence on our surroundings. A North Dublin city centre resident herself, Suttle aims to draw attention to the diverse multicultural population we take for granted. An array of different social identities are blended into our most familiar communities, from Moore Street Nigerian business owners to East Parnell Street Chinese chefs, with this series the artist highlights their first impressions of Dublin City and how they relate Irish culture to their own.      The exhibition’s opening reception is on 21st August from 6.00pm-9.00pm The exhibition runs 25th-29th August, 12.00pm-7.00pm. The Critical Take Film Clubhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Critical_Take_Film_ClubAugust’s edition of the Irish Film Institute’s monthly film club, The Critical Take, discusses two screen classics and one new release, with the help of its accomplished panel. Join Paul Markey (IFI Projectionist), Katy Hayes (Irish Film Critic for The Sunday Times) and Dr. Denis Condon (Lecturer in Film, NUI Maynooth) as they dissect the reissue of director Michael Cimino’s affecting ‘The Deer Hunter’, Hitchcock’s 1955 classic ‘To Catch a Thief’ starring icons Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and the powerful new film from the Dardenne brothers, ‘Two Days, One Night’. Totally Wiredhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Totally_Wired_at_The_Comedy_CrunchSupposedly Ireland’s, ahem, oldest and least successful boy band, Totally Wired headline The Comedy Crunch stage this August at The Stag’s Head. Comprised of comedy duo Lorcan Hughes, comedian, singer and songwriter, and Emmet Quinn comedian, voiceover artist & impressionist, the pair received nationwide acclaim following their numerous appearances on RTE’s Republic of Telly and also host their own radio show Comedy Trek on Dublin South FM. Regular headliners of all the best comedy hubs in Dublin, the twosome bring their musical hilarity and sharp sensibilities to the excellent Comedy Crunch on August 25th. With acts like David Reilly, Steve Elliott, Billy Anderson, Gerry McBride and Colm McGlinchey also on the bill, prepare to have your sides suitably split. Colm O‚ÄôReganhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Colm_O_Regan_at_The_Comedy_CrunchComedian, writer and author of the hilarious Irish Mammies books, Colm O’Regan headlines The Comedy Crunch at The Stag’s Head this August 24th. Detailing the innate wisdom and wit of the Irish mother we all know and love, you might just be left pining for that mammy-made cup of tea or one of her pearls of wisdom (“Did you say a prayer to Saint Anthony?”). Support on the night comes from Aidan Greene, Tomie James, Keith Fox and Alan Hurley, and there’s even free ice cream. But mind it doesn’t leak through your split sides. The Stag's Head, 1 Dame Court Angels in the Parkhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Angels_in_the_ParkExperience a series of brand new 10-minute plays reflecting contemporary Ireland at Angels in the Park in Merrion Square. Shiva Productions has been performing free to the public in parks around Dublin since September 2013 and is bringing four plays from their current series to the leafy surrounds of Merrion Square on Sunday 24th August at 3.00pm (audience meets at the Oscar Wilde statue). Audience reaction to previous performances: “A fantastic production and experience - don't miss it.” “We were blown away by the plays” A brand new selection of plays will also be performed at lunchtime in Ranelagh Gardens from September 22nd-27th daily as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival (audiences meet at 1.00pm at the open space at Ranelagh Triangle, outside Spar). With the aim of making the arts more accessible, the new series will feature plays by new and established Irish writers including Peter Sheridan and Catherine Barry. The show goes on come rain or shine, so be sure to pack your brolly and get a dose of contemporary Irish culture. Irish Street Photography Exhibition 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Irish_Street_Photography_Exhibition_2014Capturing the hustle and bustle of life on Ireland’s vibrant streets, the Irish Street Photography Exhibition brings together the work of 47 of Ireland’s most established and newly emerging street photographers. Presented by the Irish Street Photographers Group (ISPG), this compelling exhibition runs from August 15th-22nd at The Culture Box, Temple Bar. Open 15th-17th August: 12.00pm - 5.00pm 18th August: 12.00pm - 7.00pm 19th August: 4.00pm - 7.00pm 20th-21st August: 1.00pm - 8.00pm 22nd August: 12.00pm - 4.00pm   Dublin Castle Sand Sculpture Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Castle_Sand_Sculpture_ExhibitionHow many grains of sand are there in the world? Now there’s a question but how many grains of sand are in the courtyard of Dublin Castle this August? Well, the answer is a lot thanks to the Dublin Castle Sand Sculpture Exhibition. With this year’s theme being “What can we be proud of or happy about being Irish?”, visitors are sure to see all manner of unique interpretation in this exhibition. With size and imagination being no object, adults and kids alike will enjoy exploring the sculptors’ skill, determination and artistry with these unusual sandy works.   Fables, Folklore and Finn MacCoolhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/fables_folklore_and_finn_maccoolJoin energetic storyteller Neil Horgan every Thursday lunchtime at 1.00pm in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, as he brings to life the fascinating Irish fables and folklore we all know and love. A firm believer in the power of a good story and the Irish tradition of telling them, Neil would even go as far as saying adults need stories more than children do. A graduate of the International School of Storytelling in London, Neil has told stories the full length of the Camino de Santiago and toured his stories across India, Nepal and London. With a natural energetic style, Neil’s goal is to bring the art and craft of storytelling to as many people as his breath allows. A wonderful lunchtime storytelling treat. Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiachttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/AZfromAmulettoZodiacOne A is for Amulet, B is for Beatty, C is for Calligraphy . . ., Chester Beatty's A to Z will take you on a journey through a selection of highlights, showcasing the breadth and quality of this wonderful collection. This curators' choice show is a visual treat with universal appeal. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that is representative of something characteristically associated with the collection. Featuring many works seldom or never before seen in public, the exhibition will explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds. Opening hours: From 10.00am to 5pm Mon to Fri (closed Mondays from 1 Oct), 11am to 5pm Sat, 1pm to 5pm Sun, closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan The Photograph Album of Irelandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/photograph_album_of_irelandDiscover a wealth of memories and social histories, as well as youth, celebration and ordinary life documented via the treasured photos of over 30 Irish people and families at The Photograph Album of Ireland exhibition. A ground-breaking initiative developed by The Gallery of Photography, the project is dedicatedly digitising and sharing cherished family photographs and private photo collections. The fascinating collection displays photos of family holidays, days out, social gatherings and sporting occasions, capturing life as it was lived across a range of eras. Explore the wealth of ordinary and extraordinary photographs – from informal snapshots, studio portraits and ‘official’ photographs through to substantial individual archives – many shown publicly for the first time. Spanning the entire history of analogue photography, it includes rare ambrotypes and dageurreotypes from the 1850s, Victorian cartes-de-visites, box brownie photographs, family albums, colour instamatic snapshots, polaroids and photobooth selfies from the 1980s. A rich and diverse exhibition, visitors are sure to spot the kind of picture that takes you back to a time when the summers were always scorching and the 99s somehow seemed much bigger. World War One Centenary Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/World_War_One_Centenary_ExhibitionDiscover the hardship faced by and the bravery of the countless Irish who fought in World War I at Glasnevin Museum’s commemorative exhibition. Featuring never before seen artefacts as well as the incredible human stories behind this terrible war, visitors can examine the items beloved by and loaned to the museum by many family members. The exhibition’s topics include: - We Will Remember Them - Acts of Gallantry - Women of WW1 - The War in the Air - Gallipoli - Faces of the War - The War at Sea - Monuments to the Fallen From heartfelt letters to weaponry, medals to cigarette cases, this exhibition reveals and commemorates the innumerable Irish people involved in this colossal war. Open Monday - Friday: 10.00am-5.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 11.00am-5.00pm 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       Kipple, NCADhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/kipple_ncadA stunning exhibition of painting by recent NCAD graduates: George Warren, Eveleen Murphy, Natasha Conway, Andrew Simpson and Daniel Jackman. ‘Kipple’ is a fictional word coined by author Philip K. Dick in his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to describe a proliferation of material ‘things' that exist and multiply regardless of a character’s presence, or absence. In this instance, kipple is used as metaphor for the thought processes comparable to the materiality of the studio, where material accumulates outside of one’s immediate consciousness. Specific to this exhibition is the artists’ focus on their relationship to the studio in making paintings, which gives an audience an authentic and generous insight into the workings of a contemporary practice. The artists consider the “the studio environment as a surrogate space where in an everyday practice: objects, materials and ideas are assembled, disassembled, and lost and found on a daily basis, in a never ending cycle”. The site of the studio and what happens there is considered as imperative as the final presented artwork. The abstract and playful nature of the word kipple echoes the intent of this exhibition, resulting in work shown at NCAD Gallery that is playful and serious, abstract and hyper figurative, material and conceptual, poignant and reaffirming. Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/lee_miller_james_joyceThe James Joyce Centre is thrilled to present a new fascinating exhibition - Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin, which features 60 previously unseen images from this icon of American photography. Beginning her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s, legendary American photographer Lee Miller became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Finding herself in England during the outbreak of the Second World War, Lee quickly became one of a handful of female war correspondents. During Lee’s long relationship with Vogue Magazine she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau. The exhibition documents Miller’s exploration of a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed before, such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, the setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses. A compelling exhibition in the ideal Joycean setting, it’s sure to engage Joyce, photography and social history buffs alike. Wandering Methodshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/wandering_methodsView innovative craft frontiers, beautiful objects, textiles and more at the Wandering Methods exhibition in Dublin Castle. Wandering Methods is an art and craft initiative developed in partnership by Bealtaine and Craftspace (Birmingham) in association with the Office of Public Works. Wandering Methods’ project participants have been tirelessly working in Dublin Castle over the past few months with artists Liz Nilsson and Jenny Walsh in order to learn about the realms of textile printing and digital craft fabrication. The participants have also explored the history and architecture of the exquisite castle itself. With new craft skills under their belts, the group have tried different ways of making craft work together, resulting in an array of beautiful objects. Their work is on display in Dublin Castle State Apartments until August 31st. Open Monday - Saturday: 10.00am to 4.45pm Sunday: 12.00pm to 2.45pm Vestibulehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/vestibuleIncluded in the festival will be a major temporary sculpture exhibition, music events, a satellite exhibition and walking tours held during May to September. Internationally acclaimed artists Aleana Egan (IRL), Daniel Gustav Cramer (DE) and Eva Rothschild (IRL), will present temporary sculpture works and a satellite exhibition which will activate Merrion Square and its institutions. This iconic Georgian square has an interesting past, including close ties to significant figures in Irish literary and political life such as Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats, Daniel O'Connell and Bram Stoker.  Vestibule is an architectural term which typically refers to a small room or hallway between an entrance and the interior of the building or house. The vestibule acts as an ante-chamber between the exterior and the interior structure, between city and nature- a space in which to consider and reflect. Merrion Square is a democratic natural space within the city, which allows for the freedom of movement and play. It is an enclosed site that acts as a gallery but also as an apolitical sphere open to possibilities. Two of the artists whose work will feature in the commissioned temporary sculpture and events programme that comprises Vestibule, Aleana Egan and Eva Rothschild, are rising stars of the Irish contemporary arts scene, while Daniel Gustav Cramer is a German artist who has gained an international reputation and garnered awards for his photography and installation pieces. Vestibule  is being curated by Aoife Tunney. 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.