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   Three NYE Dublin Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYE_DublinThree NYE Dublin, the ultimate gathering 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.    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. 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 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 OK Corral Busking Trailshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/countrymusictrailsOn Saturday the 26th July Dublin City Centre will provide the backdrop for a variety of busking trails stretching from the Grafton Quater to Wolfe Tone Square with both well-known and up and coming acts playing in key locations! Check out the below list of artists, times and locations!   Dublin City Soul Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_City_Soul_Festival_2014For operational reasons the 8th annual Dublin City Soul Festival dates for 2014 have changed to 26th & 27th of July 2014. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch this space! ‘Dublin City Soul Festival'  is a celebration of peace, unity & love‘ is Ireland’s feel-good festival, a unique annual celebration. Last years Dublin City Soul Festival featured loads of exciting events to choose from and what’s more most of them were FREE for you to enjoy because as the old saying goes…”the best things in life are free”  Favourites included: The Soul Picnic - a little piece of magic in association with Dublin City Council. Enjoy the world’s best music concert in a picnic style starring an exciting line-up of amazing local, national and international artists. Much more than a music event, enjoy tasty treats and BBQ food from our picnic vendors. Entry is free, but don’t forget to make a donation. Love the City Music Trail- Mosey along the Dublin streets, moving from venue to venue checking out all the fantastic entertainment on offer or find your favourite venue, band or DJ and get comfy. Savour a relaxing beverage in a quaint bar or cafe while enjoying an acoustic set from one of our solo artists or duets, then stroll a little further down the road and submerge yourself in a full on musical experience that will guarantee to have you out on the floor shaking your tail feather! (Warning: comfortable dancing shoes required) As you make your way along the friendly Dublin streets you’ll be amazed by the exciting on-street entertainment from our Soul Festival buskers and street artists! See also: www.dublincitysoulfestival.com In Lonesome Damehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/In_Lonesome_DameDublin’s Dame District Goes Live hosting a mini-festival in Dublin from the 25th to 27th July celebrating all things country! Fancy learning to Square Dance? Get up to Dame Lane on Friday the 25th where you can learn the box step or show off your line-dancing skills! Got two left feet? We’ve piñatas and all kinds of games to get you in the mood for a hoedown. Saturday and Sunday play host to live music stages both indoor and on the streets, with an all-day BBQ so you can hop onto your hay bale and chow down!   Stetson and The Cityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/stetsonandthecity'Stetson and the City' is a one day music trail, organised by the great people who bring you the Hard Working Class Heroes festival, that will showcase some of the best new country and folk bands in Ireland right now. Over the course of the day there will be 18 acts taking over the city’s airport, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anywhere they can fit their instruments. See the below map for key locations, artists and timings so you don't miss a thing! “In Lonesome Dame”http://www.visitdublin.com/event/InLonesomeDame“In Lonesome Dame” (a spin on Garth Brooks song – In Lonesome Dove!) Venue: Dublin’s Dame Street District Dublin’s Dame Street District will play host to live music stage at the “T” junction of Dame Court- Dame Lane with two free ‘Country/ Americano’ concerts playing each night. Visitors can partake in lots of free festive activities such as Square Dancing Lessons; Piñatas; Egg & Spoon Races; Pin the Tail on the Donkey. The District will be decked out in true hoedown style with colourful gingham bunting and bales of hay with old barn fences so visitors to the area will certainly feel that Dublin has “gone country” Friday 25th •       Square Dancing in the Street – Learn the basics of Square Dancing and put your knowledge to the test with live music setting the pace. Saturday 26th •       Day-long BBQ with free live music covering all music that has influenced Country & Western. Sunday 27th •       Day-long BBQ with free live music About Dame District Dame District is located just behind Dame Street and parallel to George’s street, where the T-junction at Dame Court has become an epicentre for socializing on any given night of the week. Each night of the week, Dame District plays host to live music, comedy, fantastic eateries and a club circuit comparable to NYC in the 90′s. During the day, Dame District offers some of the best, affordable dining options in the city. SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/SUMMERRISINGThe Irish Museum of Modern Art presents, SUMMER RISING: The IMMA Festival, with a line-up of events that invites everyone to come and enjoy a jam packed programme with something for all ages from Friday 18 July to Saturday 26 July 2014. As part of SUMMER RISING, on Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 July, IMMA presents two days of free day long activities for families to enjoy from 12noon to 5pm. Enjoy food from our Concrete Tiki Café or bring your own Picnic Baskets! Highlights on Saturday 19 July include a workshop in decorating your own Edible Gingerbread Canvas where you can feast on your own creation; join in on an electro-pop céilí with dance duo Up and Over It; drop into our day long art workshop with Mobile Art School, play an instrument in our musical garden with the Laptop Orchestra, Rocketman will lead the whole family through ways to pickle and preserve your vegetables, and watch out for our special guest Panti Bliss! On Saturday 26 July the fun continues, the formal gardens will be alive with sounds as a series of free musical performances pop up in the lawns, with site responsive performances by Seán Mac Erlaine, The BQ Trio, Roland Gomez, rock and pop covers choir The Line Up, and an interactive installation Wow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. Join in on our foodie workshops butter making with Imen McDonnell of Modern Farmette, fish smoking with Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, and learn how to forage for Irish seaweed with Sally McKenna.  Taking place in IMMA’s beautiful gardens and historic North Wing, in celebration of the much anticipated exhibition Propositions by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, SUMMER RISING promises to be a joyous celebration of art, music, food, and performance. For a full list of events and further details, including mid-week events, visit www.imma.ie/en/nav_42.htm How to get there: By Luas: Red line to Heuston Station, 8 minute walk to Museum entrance on Military Road. By car: 10 minute drive from city centre. Parking just €2 for the first three hours.  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 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       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.