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   New Year Festival Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYE_Dublin NYF Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party, is the new and exciting city wide music and arts festival boasting three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st. Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen! Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, follow the Music, Comedy and Art trails across the city. Sample some delicious artisan food at the NYF Food Village. Watch as city streetscapes come alive with 3D animations. Join in the magical Procession of Light and become immersed in the Dublin Genius spoken word festival. Experience the very best talent across   We can’t give it all away now..…but prepare yourself for a whole host of surprises and secret performances across the city! The Countdown is on! 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 Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bram_Stoker_FestivalThis 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. Incorporating a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces, along with a whole range of film and literary events, the festival always manages to whet just about everyone's appetite.  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. Returning with its devilish trademark mixture of arts, literature, drama and the unexpected, this spooktacular festival has plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages. 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 The People's Art Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/peoples_art_exhibitionPeruse thousands of exceptional paintings by hundreds of artists in the open air along the railings of St Stephen’s Green at September’s People’s Art Exhibition. Held across six weekends a year, explore stunning works of art in picturesque surroundings at this unusual showcase, and even buy a piece from the talented artists responsible. People's Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non-for-profit organisation, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. After the September showing, the remaining exhibition weekend of 2014 will be 5th-7th December.   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!   The Ferocious Minglehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ferocious_mingle_culture_nightExplore Camden Street’s little universe of bohemian steampunk and unusual curios this Culture Night at The Ferocious Mingle. An atmospheric, cosy hub, there’ll be live music on stage and old movies showing in their dinky movie theatre ‘Mingleopolis’. Artists will have their studio doors open and the wide variety of curio shops are sure to tempt you with their unusual trinkets and collectables. Oscar Verne will also be on hand serving delicious coffees and indulgent hot chocolates to satisfy your cravings. It’s always culture and curiosity with a twist at The Ferocious Mingle.   The Mendicity Institutionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/mendicity_institutionDiscover the history of Dublin’s second oldest charity, and learn about the great work they still do today, on Culture Night at the Mendicity Institution, 9 Island Street, Dublin 8. ‘The Mendo’ was established in 1818 and throughout its existence has always worked towards the relief of poverty in the capital, today the charity still provides free meals daily, no questions asked, to whomever may need them. On Culture Night learn about the organisation’s rich history, taste the food served in the 1820s and study the immaculately kept records and artefacts. Visitors can also watch as actors recreate the history of the institution and its 19th century beginnings.   Anglo Irish Writers Eveninghttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/anglo_irish_writersBrooks 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. Short & Sweet: Irish Short Filmshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/short_and_sweetLooking to satiate your appetite for all things cultural and cinematic? IFI’s Culture Night programme offers just the film feast. Enjoy a free screening of family-friendly Irish short films from the vaults of the IFI’s impressive archive. A mix of recent and old shorts, the programme focuses on the theme of difference and diversity and how we all find our place in the world. From Steph Green’s Oscar-nominated short New Boy, a beautifully crafted story of a young emigrant finding his feet in his new Dublin school, or Nora Twomey’s charming animation Cúilín Dualach, the tale of a boy who was born with his head on backwards, anyone can identify with that quest to fit in. The screenings begin at 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, they're divided into 25-minute slots with a short break between each. This event is free but ticketed.   Karl Burke: Sound Installationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Karl_Burke_Sound_InstallationCelebrate Culture Night 2014 at Stoneybatter’s superb not-for-profit art space The Joinery. Experience artist Karl Burke’s multi-channel sound installation and performance at this special event poised to be a unique, sensory feast. Primarily concerned with perceptions, both emotional and physical, Burke’s fascination with our three dimensional world takes the form of sculpture, installations, photographs, video and sound. Immerse yourself in the site specific soundtrack and sonic portrait made for and from the physical space of The Joinery by this compelling artist. The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 Drive-In Cinema at Smithfield Squarehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Drive_In_CinemaFilm buffs and culture vultures will find Smithfield Square’s cinematic offerings hard to resist on 19th September. Part of Culture Night 2014, two free drive-in movies will be screened in the city-centre square in a one-off screen gem extravaganza. At 7.30pm watch 1986 masterpiece ‘The Mission’. Starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons and boasting a stunning Ennio Morricone soundtrack, the film charts a Jesuit missionary’s experiences in 18th-century South America. Then at 10.00pm see Joan Crawford and Bette Davis battle it out in the 1962 psychological thriller ‘Whatever happened to Baby Jane?’. Footage from the ‘Man on Bridge’ project, detailing the work and impact of the renowned Dublin photographer Arthur Fields, will be screened before, in between and the after films. TOGhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/TOGWant 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. 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 The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interviewhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/sophisticated_neanderthalWatch British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer. 2Fik Does Strongbow (and Aoife)http://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. Autumn Sounds at Farmleighhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Autumn_Sounds_at_FarmleighEnjoy a relaxing evening of renowned classical music in the prestigious Farmleigh Ballroom with a programme of The Chamber Music of Robert Schumann on 5th September, and Romantic Russian Music on 19th September. Farmleigh is located in Castleknock, Dublin 15.  One of the country’s foremost classical partnerships Duo Chagall - Gillian Williams, violin, and Arun Rao, cello, will delight audiences with two evenings of incredible musicality. The first concert showcases the music of German romantic Robert Schumann, and starts with the rarely heard Phantasy Pieces for piano trio from 1840. The concert will also feature his lauded Piano Quintet where, for the very first time in Farmleigh, the Autumn Sounds series will host an array of guest musicians. Pianist Caterina Lemoni also performs on this evening. The second evening continues this exploration of European salon music with Duo Chagall presenting some of the best music written for solo strings by romantic heavyweights Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The Trio Pathetique written originally for clarinet, bassoon and piano by Russian musical pioneer Mikhail Glinka, the lovely Potpourri for Strings duet by Reinhold Glière; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s lively favourite Flight of the Bumblebee will also feature. Pianist Edward Holly accompanies on this evening. Tickets Tickets are free but subject to application. Two tickets are permitted per applicant. Applications for the 5th September concert close on 26th August at 5pm. Applications for the 19th September concert close on 9th September at 5 Sculpture In Contexthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/scultpure_in_context_2014Enjoy exceptional sculpture in idyllic outdoor surroundings at Sculpture in Context 2014, which returns to the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, this September. Showcasing the work of Irish and international artists, it boasts the largest and most exciting outdoor sculpture exhibition in Ireland and gives a unique perspective on the stunning natural environment. For the duration of the exhibition (4th September to 17th October), the 50 acre botanical paradise will be transformed into a magnificent outdoor gallery, providing a striking backdrop for these 150 plus innovative sculptures. The thought-provoking exhibition provides an unrivalled venue for artists to create work in response to specific surroundings. Explore the grounds and discover sculptures in the most unexpected of places, roam the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and glasshouses to find a compelling work of art to ponder over and examine.   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 Strange Weather Hackathonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Strange_Weather_HackathonPrepare to hack the very topic that’s always on our lips, weather - or better yet strange weather, at the Science Gallery this September. The innovative Strange Weather Hackathon brings together designers, developers, climate scientists, artists, academics and members of the public to build working prototypes of new apps, websites and tools to tackle the very real challenges associated with climate change and extreme weather. Facilitated by a host of experts from the Met Office, Met Eireann and the Environmental Protection Agency, teams will respond to challenges set by organisations like Dóchas, Concern and UNICEF Ireland, who regularly deal with the uncertainty and often catastrophic impact of weather extremes worldwide. Over two days participants will code, hack, 3D print, solder, circuit-bend and brainstorm their way to create unique and ground-breaking solutions to real-world challenges, and present them to a panel of experts. The winning team will then travel to London and take part in the Digital Design Weekend Hackathon at the V&A Museum as part of London Design Week, on September 20th-21st. Open data, materials and advice will all be available at the hackathon, but feel free to bring along your own laptops and hacking gear. Entry is free, but advance registration is required. A public event, anyone can come along and watch as ‘eureka!’ style solutions emerge from all the chaos. 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 Revitalizehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/RevitalizeRevel in those last summer days with a dose of culture at Sol Art Gallery’s second major summer exhibition, ‘Revitalize’, at Sol Art Gallery on 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Following the success of June’s show ‘New Heights’ with its potent mix of traditional and contemporary works; ‘Revitalize’ includes pieces by the acclaimed Kerry artist Liam O'Neill, Jimmy Lawlor whose works often take inspiration from the Irish sense of humour, the internationally renowned Kenneth Webb and Kevin McAleenan, whose works display a surreal and haunting sensibility. The works of three exciting new artists to the gallery, Aisling Conroy, Amanda Shirlow and Myra Jago, are also showcased at this exhibition. 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 A Modern Panarion: Occultism in Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/modern_panarionExplore an exhibition of contemporary art that resonates with the core ideas of The Theosophical Society’s belief system, at A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Founded in New York in 1875, the society espoused a doctrine synthesised from esoteric religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas and aspired toward the formation of a universal community in which all religions, creeds, and races were equal. With theosophy’s popularity in the late-19th and early-20th centuries being quite considerable, it quickly drew a community of adherents worldwide seeking spiritual guidance and pivotal inspiration in an increasingly secular and industrialised world. While none of the artists participating in the exhibition are actual theosophists, they do all pursue an interdisciplinary practice which involves research into realms beyond the material world. The exhibition showcases the work of artists Derek Jarman, Gunilla Klingberg, Bea McMahon, Garrett Phelan, and Richard Proffitt. Central to all the artists’ work is a fascination with unseen worlds and a desire for some form of intuitive transcendence. Through their work they investigate unexplained laws of nature, the powers latent in the human mind, and alternative ways of accessing hidden knowledge. The publication, To Seek Where Shadows Are, which chronicles of the emergence of the Theosophical Society’s Dublin Lodge ten years after the New York one, is also on display with this exhibition. 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. 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.