Events - Free EventsFranco-Irish Literary Festival TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! St. Patrick's Festival 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's Festival: Resolution Day all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   New Year’s Festival: Procession of Light the incredible festive atmosphere of Dublin city on New Year’s Eve with the vibrant Procession of Light, 31st December. Part of the city’s New Year’s Festival, it’s the ideal way to kick-off the evening’s celebrations and is perfect for revellers of all ages. Watch the glowing procession parade through the city-centre, finishing at the iconic Dublin Castle on Dame Street.  With fire-breathers, stilt walkers, dancers and all manner of street entertainers, this magical procession is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of everyone, young or old.  What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? New Year’s Festival: Luminosity the stunning facades of some of Dublin’s best known landmarks come to life with spectacular 3D light projections from 30th December - 1st January. Part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival, Luminosity will illuminate Leinster House, Wolfe Tone Square, the Sir John Grey statue on O’Connell Street, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Locations Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1 Sir John Grey statue, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 New Year’s Festival: Food Village hub of the city’s New Year’s Festival, be sure to pop down to Dublin Castle to indulge in all sorts of delicious treats and entertainment from 30th December to 1st January. With plenty of Irish food markets serving an array of tasty treats, loads of live entertainment to keep your toes tapping, and the launch of the Irish Year of Design - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm New Year Festival 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! Christmas Cracker Market for its fifth year of festive fun, treasures and trinkets, don’t miss the Dublin Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker Market from 12th - 14th December. Taking place on the second weekend of December, get cosy and Christmassy in the capital at this glorious mix of flea, vintage, retro, furniture, vinyl, clothes, craft, art, handmade, and great value goods in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the very best of Dublin’s independent trading scene, bargain hunters can also relax after a hard day’s haggle with delicious food, coffees and scrumptious seasonal treats. The perfect way to spread and share the Christmas cheer in twinkling, fairy-lit, delightful Dublin.     Live Animal Crib 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 Market'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   Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lights over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street and see Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights, ringing in the festive season for the capital. On Sunday 30th November, spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the geansai nollaig (Christmas jumper) world record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. Henry Street Christmas Lights the cosy Christmas cheer and see Dublin at its very best with the switching on of Henry Street’s Christmas lights on Sunday 16th November. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to get kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Dublin Book Festival all things books at the annual Dublin Book Festival, from 13th - 16th November. One of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, this lively public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment. With Smock Alley Theatre this year’s festival hub, the city’s bookworms and avid page-turners won’t be stuck for a place to hang out this November. Festival Highlights 13th November: Lines of Vision Authors Donal Ryan, Kevin Barry, Alex Barclay and John Boyne in conversation with broadcaster Sean Rocks. 6.30pm, National Gallery of Ireland, €10 14th November: Wally Cassidy - The Other Half Lives Drop-in photography exhibition. 12pm, Smock Alley - Winter Garden, Free. 14th November: Women in Historical Fiction Authors Martina Devlin, Lia Mills and Patricia O’Reilly in conversation with broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke. 1.05pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Art of the Short Story Sara Baume, Madeleine D’Arcy, Alan McMonagle and Billy O’Callaghan in conversation with Declan Meade. 1pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Anti-Room @ DBF The journalists of The Anti-Room podcast, Anna Carey, Mary Costello, Léan Cullinan, Sinead Gleeson and Anna McPartlin, in discussion. 2.30pm, Smock Alley, Free 16th November: Victorian Dublin Walking Tour A fascinating walking tour of Victorian Dublin with Dr Frank Cullen. 11.30am, Front steps of Smock Alley, €5 16th November: The Irish Who Went to War - World War One Travel writer and historian Turtle Bunbury in Conversation with broadcaster Myles Dungan. 2pm, Smock Alley, Free   Grafton Street Christmas Lights the festive season off to a twinkling start and see Grafton Street’s Christmas lights being switched on, on Thursday 13th November. The switching on of the lights also marks the opening of the Dublin at Christmas Market on St Stephen's Green. Dublin's first ever traditional, city-centre Christmas market, more than 60 traders will be dotted around the exterior of St Stephen's Green park and Merrion Row, all in cosy wooden chalets. Visitors can peruse a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as scrumptious seasonal food and drink; with charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, a chocolate fountain, and glühwein all available.  With plenty of good cheer, you might find that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. St Stephen's Green Christmas Market 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, preserves and prints, as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, gluhwein, and 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 13th November, the same day that the Grafton Street Christmas lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a wonderful winter wonderland.   The market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    Preab Meadar: Medieval-inspired Irish Music traditional Irish dance music infused with the metre of medieval poetry at the Chester Beatty Library on 9th November. From the Celtic bard Amergin to 16th-century writer Ó Huiggín, musical outfit Preab Meadar have created a revolution in Irish traditional dance music that includes rhythms inspired by medieval strict-metre Gaelic poetry. The stunning output of duo Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, Preab Meadar was four years in composition, but over 2,000 years old in its heritage. This event is free, with no booking required.   Michelle Byrne: Via Magna Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Via Magna, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Michelle Byrne. A talented sculptor living and working in the Blackstairs region of County Carlow, Michelle has exhibited in group shows across Ireland, the UK and France, and has also worked on an array of private and public commissions.   Working mainly in Kilkenny limestone, bronze and steel, Michelle’s recent large scale public commissions include a 3-metre limestone tower for the Carlow redevelopment group and a 1.2-metre limestone sphere for Ballygarvan National school, Co. Cork. One of Michelle’s sculptures (‘Sphere’) was acquired in December 2013 by the Office of Public Works as part of a group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Winner of the Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the Annual RHA Exhibition in 2012, Michelle’s most recent work has seen her explore mapping and journeys, examining the physical geography of a place, the journeys we take and the experience we gain. Michelle explains “we tend to look at the countryside as a natural environment, whereas nearly every square inch of its surface has been transformed in some shape or form by centuries of man's interaction, from the patchwork of fields to the network of trails and roads. What interests me as an artist are these layers of patterns and marks we have left on the landscape, what they tell us about the geology and topography and our relationship with it. For my upcoming show at The Olivier Cornet Gallery I have been looking at ancient tracks and roads of Ireland, in particular The Eiscir Riada, also known as the Via Magna and An Slighe Mhor meaning The Great Highway. The Eiscir Riada is a system of ridges or eskers, gravel ridges which were formed after the ice age that stretched across Ireland between Dublin and Galway. These ridges created a natural high ground providing a route through the bogs of the Irish midlands. In early Medieval times The Esker Riada also formed an ancient division of Ireland between Conn and Mogha. For this new body of work I am exploring our past and present relationship with the landscape, in particular looking at settlements, boundaries, land divisions and the connecting routes.” Open Tuesday - Friday, 11am-6pm,  Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm Late opening on Thursdays, 11am-8pm Location Olivier Cornet Gallery JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square) Dublin 1   Halloween Lantern Parade ghoulish in the village of Naul as the spooky magic, mischief and mayhem of ancient rural Samhain traditions take shape in the lively Halloween Lantern Parade on 31st October. Proving to be the highlight of a week of Halloween workshops and events at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, locals and visitors alike can dress up and daringly enter the fascinating world of the bizarre and surreal. Although details of this year’s parade are a spookily guarded secret, we do know that the locals’ delightful workshop-made lanterns form an enchanting moving river of light, creating a dazzling display of creativity and community spirit. Ghostly thrills and bewitching fun are guaranteed on this spooktacular night. Hotel Transylvania & The Wolf Man the ghoulish mood to Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Happenings are hosting a free Halloween movie extravaganza, with a bumper double bill on 30th October. This is the first time the Happenings gang have taken over Wolfe Tone Square (which, aptly enough, is an old graveyard), so the theme is suitably wolfy and is sure to get the whole family into the spooky spirit. Hotel Transylvania: 6pm 2012, duration 91 minutes, PG Get your ghoulish little guys together and take a trip to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. For one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters - Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more - to celebrate his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem - but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles upon the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis... The Wolf Man: 8pm 1941, duration 70 minutes, PG A classic horror starring Lon Chaney Junior from 1941, The Wolf Man sees Larry Talbot return home to his father following his brother’s death, after 18 years away. Now the heir to the family estate, Larry is warmly welcomed back by his father, and soon settles into local life. Late one evening while out walking, Larry is bitten by a wolf. While fables and myths abound about werewolves and beasts that are half-man and half-wolf - for Larry, those myths may just be all too real... Grab the picnic basket, a warm blanket, a flask, some popcorn and a few pals, and settle into an eerie evening in the creepy capital.  Stoker City Roving Festival: Smithfield the Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals' final club night, get your creep on at The Generator in Smithfield, Dublin 7, and dance like a devil at the official Macnas after-party. Festival artists and audiences join together in seeing the festival out in Stoker style, with blood-curdling cocktails, heart-pounding tunes, lip-smacking treats and as always, the dark and macabre lurking around every corner.   As the final fright night, it’s set to be a howl that might just raise the dead.   Bram Stoker Festival: Macnas - The Summoning, Galway’s award-winning theatre, spectacle and processional company celebrate the Bram Stoker Festival by taking to Dublin’s streets with wild and eerie abandon on 27th October. Dressed as mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness, summoning monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners, the festival crowds will be awed by their captivating procession The Summoning. Watch as creatures, characters and contortions dissolve, and are remade and revealed. Macnas populate this journey with mischief, active imagination, baptism and burial. These new priests and madmen whistle and are unleashed from the shadows, a haunted air heralding in the slumbering descent of countless agitations on high, as they close the night upon the city like a trap door. Experience pure spectacle, artistry and magic as it parades the city streets. Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world. Macnas are ambitious, contemporary and utterly unpredictable. This event is free, with no need to book.  Exact location details to be confirmed.   Stoker City Roving Festival: Camden Quarter gloriously gothic in Dublin 2’s Camden Quarter with The Weekend of The Dead, part of the spine-tingling Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals. Happening across Camden Street’s vibrant venues including Opium Rooms, Whelan’s, Ryan’s, and Camden Row’s St. Kevin’s Park, the area will be transformed into a veritable realm of hell. With plenty of free on-street live music, thrill-seekers can participate in Ireland’s biggest seance in St Kevin’s Park, do the monster mash at the Silent Disco, and indulge in the official Bram Stoker Festival Club’s showcase in Opium Rooms with Nightmares On Wax, Breakbot, Martinez Brothers, Gui Boratto, Jamie Jones, and many more performing till the wee witching hours. Admission to all shows is free except the festival club gig in Opium Rooms, where tickets can be bought on the door.   Goth Karaoke the tribe among us that are the pale-faced Goths via some great gothic karaoke, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on 26th October. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival celebrations, croon your emotional versions of the sincerest of songs thanks to Glasgow-based artist Claire Biddles’ Goth Karaoke. Claire has replaced all the usual songs on the karaoke machine with the ultimate hairspray-sodden, dyed-black classics including The Cure, Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and plenty more to get your eye-liner smudged and your shoes gazed. Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along to the tunes, baring their darkest of hearts. This event is free with no booking necessary. The Cure: In Orange close to seeing The Cure and Robert Smith’s kohled eyes this Halloween season, get your hairspray and smudge your lipstick for an unmissable screening of the concert film, The Cure: In Orange. Performed against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange, it captures band’s incredible performance in the French Countryside in 1986. This rarely shown concert film features 23 songs in a now legendary performance, and having only been released on VHS and laser disc, true fans will appreciate this outdoor ‘concert’ of sorts, screened in Meeting House Square. Admission is free but booking is essential. Over 18s only. Gothic Market Fair the Smithfield Market with a gory gothic twist on 26th October at the Gothic Market Fair, Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival, enjoy a bite to eat, and suck up a Bloody Mary as live bands, incredible performers and eerie underground cinema screenings keep you entertained all afternoon. With more than 35 goth-inspired market stalls waiting to ensnare all you bargain-hunters, you can pick up all manner of trinkets and curios including vintage goth vinyl, contemporary art and jewellery, pre-loved clothes, retro furniture and more at this creative (and on this day, creepy) corner of the capital. The Stoker Debate: Madness & Sexuality a compelling debate chaired by Bram Stoker biographer and former Irish diplomat Paul Murray, in the beautiful Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House on 25th October. Joining Paul Murray on this academic panel are Dr Jarlath Killeen and psychiatrist Dr John Griffin. Together they explore how Stoker’s health, both physical and mental, impacted on his writing. Paul Murray’s recent contribution to Jarlath Killeen’s book on Stoker examined syphilis in its contemporary context, in this discussion Murray will also delve into the duality of Stoker’s personality and mental state as reflected in his fiction. Fiction which could veer from sickly sweet to almost pathologically violent. Admission to this debate is free but booking is essential.   Digging For Dracula a trip of sorts to deepest, darkest Transylvania, courtesy of renowned journalist John Sean Hillen and his epic adventures, in the Oak Room of the exquisite Mansion House. When veteran war correspondent John Sean Hillen was lured to Transylvania for more than a decade to write for The Times, The Irish Times and The Daily Telegraph of London, he began researching the intriguing story behind Dracula. Hillen’s presentation, based on his superb book, Digging for Dracula, is an esoteric tale of adventure across Europe and the USA on a search for literary truths and the meanings of centuries-old myths. Having been a journalist and editor for nearly 30 years, John Sean Hillen’s work has seen him from covering Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the dying days of the Communist regime in Romania, and the Gulf War. Hillen has also been a correspondent in medicine, science and archaeology. Admission is free but booking is essential for this fascinating talk. Goths Vs Zombies Dance-Off your best ghoulish threads and pick a side: goths or zombies, for a deadly dance-off on the city-centre streets on 25th October. Join hundreds of participants in the Dame District and become a goth or a zombie for a blood-curdling walk with the undead across Grafton Street and George's Street. With choreographer Megan Kennedy from dance company Junk Ensemble at the helm of this hellish group, enjoy a dance-off unlike anything seen before. Prepare for flying limbs and devilish behaviour as the zombies square up to the goths. Not sure just how to get suitably gothic? Check out a specially designed make-up tutorial with film and stage Victorian horror make-up specialists, to perfect that recently deceased look: Zombie tutorial Goth tutorial To take part in the dance-off, sign up to New in the Old City modern Dublin in some of its oldest lanes and streets with New in the Old City, a series of mini festivals and events at Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar. Highlighting the best of what the historic Old City has to offer, enjoy craft, culture, tasty food and plenty of fun in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. These events are running from October (beginning with Unravel 25th - 26th October) right through to springtime, so be sure to keep an eye on as more exciting activities are announced. Get out and discover delightful Dublin, there’s plenty of new, and plenty to do in the Old City.   New in the Old City Festival: Unravel of New in the Old City, an extended series of mini festivals in the historic heart of the capital, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; Unravel celebrates the start of the colder, but cosier, months with all things felt, yarn and woolly. From 25th - 26th October pop down to some crafty installations around those cobbled streets, and even take part in fantastic felting and knitting workshops. Or see how the professionals do it, with plenty of handcrafted and designer fashion available from the Cow’s Lane and West Essex Street makers and retailers. Check out Viruses - a special installation of felted sculptures inspired by the microscopic shapes and vibrant colours of common viruses, created by felt-maker and designer, Niki Collier of Cow’s Lane Designer Studio. Her colds, flus - and even chicken pox - invite us to wonder how something really nasty can also be very beautiful. This installation will be open for the full weekend. All open-air workshops are located beside the Gaiety School of Acting, opposite The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane. No registration required but workshop places are limited and on a first come basis. Programme Saturday 25th October Craft Bombing - Open session with artist Niamh Synott, 10am - 11.30am Meet outside The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane with your knitting and felting at the ready. Niamh will guide you as you decorate every available lamp-post and tree in Cow’s Lane. To get knitting in advance of the Craft Bombing, join our Knitwork sessions at the Queen of Tarts during October. Mini-weaving Loom & The Arty Weaver - Designer Mart, 11am - 5pm             Try your hand at weaving on The Arty Weaver’s mini-loom at her stall at the top of Cow’s Lane. Get inspired by her unique handwoven tweed hats! Ideal for all ages - children particularly welcome. A Good Yarn - Storytelling, 11.30am - 12.15pm Children’s storytime at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Giant Felted Wall - Open-air workshop, 1pm - 4pm                Artists will lead children in the ways of felting and weaving in this rolling, open-air workshop at the bottom of Cow’s Lane. Ideal for children aged 4 years and over. Family Knitting Stall - Open-air knitting, 1pm - 4pm   Knit a funky item at this open-air knitting stall and even add it to the craft bombing on Cow’s Lane. Or have a go at giant knitting with 2 metre-long knitting needles! Ideal for all ages. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm    Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (5.5 - 7mm are best), and some bright yarn that's easy to see (but not too fancy!) Sunday 26th October A Good Yarn - Storytelling,  12.30pm - 1.15pm                Children’s story-time at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Felt your Foe or Fear -  felting with maker and designer Niki Collier, 1pm - 4pm Niki Collier, (Cow’s Lane Designer Studio) will show you how to make an exquisite piece of felt art from your old/orphan sock. Children can add their artwork to the craft bombing of Cow’s Lane or bring it home. Ideal for children aged 5 years and over. Please bring a lonely or odd sock from home with you to the workshop. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm         Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (size 5.5 - 7mm are best) and some bright yarn that’s easy to see (but not too fancy!) Enjoy yarn-fuelled fun for all on this woolly weekend. Blood on the Streets: Performance-Lecture a blood-curdling performance while learning all about the medical practices of barbers of old at Blood on the Streets, a riveting performance-lecture happening right in the window of a city-centre barbershop on 25th October. As the story goes, Sweeney Todd bled his victims to death before discarding them from his barber’s chair and down into the basement. But the barbers this lecture focuses on didn't bleed to kill, but to heal. Brought to Dublin for one day only by the Science Gallery and Live Collision, The Butcher Barber at 11 Johnsons Court, Dublin 2, will host London-based artist Jamie Lewis Hadley (the evening’s Sweeney Todd) and Dr Natasha Malik as they expose the history of bloodletting as a medical practice, tracing its roots in ancient medicine, to the rise of the barber-surgeon and our current understanding of this incredible substance. With a performance that includes live text, projected images and re-enactment, the key figures, instruments and techniques of this gory practice will be explored. Located in an old alley The Butcher Barber is the perfect setting in which to reveal this blood-soaked history. While there’ll be no Sweeney Todd-style meat pies - there definitely will be blood. Please note, this performance-lecture involves one packet of blood being extracted from artist Jamie's arm. Admission is free, with no need to book. Bram Stoker Festival 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: VampWire fabulously fiendish Bram Stoker Festival not only has blood-thirsty revellers roaming the streets, but looking to the skies too, thanks to the vertiginous VampWire. Presenting Dublin’s first ever free city-centre zip wire, the VampWire is a very real and terrifically terrifying opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city. Why get gothic and just wander the streets when you could register for a spectacular spine-chilling opportunity and take to the skies with some other lucky zombies and vampires? Tickets are allocated via ballot, so be sure to register and keep your creepy fingers crossed for the ride of your (after)life. And even if you’re not chosen for take-off, pop down to Wolfe Tone Square and watch the underworld zip over the living at this freakishly fun event.   Blood why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Blood, The Science Gallery’s intriguing new exhibition, and the perfect accompaniment to all your Bram Stoker Festival activities Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen-carrier? Blood connects, sustains, and fuels life, yet can also wreak havoc and destruction. It courses in our veins, floating between transcendence and abjection. From stories of vampires, kinship and religious beliefs to cutting edge research in immunology and genetics and bio-art works that use the medium of blood, this exhibition is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Open 24th October, 12pm-8pm 25th - 26th October, 12pm-6pm Bram Stoker Festival: The Judge's House you dare enter the ancient surroundings of Marsh’s Library for a chilling encounter based on the gothic master’s tale of terror – The Judge’s House? If you’ve got the guts, pop in to Ireland’s oldest public library, once a regular haunt of Bram Stoker, and home to a resident ghost. Allow yourself to be led by a voice in your ear that begins as an audio tour but soon transforms into something altogether more sinister. Soon, you’ll uncover the terrifying tale of Malcolm Malcolmson – a young man whose study is disturbed by strange sounds from behind the walls, that lead to a terrible reckoning. Adapted by Tom Swift from Bram Stoker’s original story, with sound design by Patrick McGlynn and voice performances by Clare Barrett, Michael James Ford and Stephen Swift. This event is presented by The Performance Corporation with support from Fáilte Ireland’s Sharing Our Stories initiative. Performances Continuously from 10am-1pm, and 2pm-4.30pm Performances run for approximately 20 minutes, booking is advised.   Bram Stoker Festival 2014 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.  Stoker City Roving Festival: Alfie Byrne's in to Alfie Byrne’s at the Conrad Hotel for a petrifying pint as the Bram Stoker Festival Club unveil a fright night of craft beer, gothic interactions and otherworldly happenings, on 24th October. Artists and freaky festival-goers will mingle with the macabre, indulging in a signature, truly blood-curdling Bram Stoker Cocktail, some craft beers and tasty bites. Expect nothing less than dark and unsettling occurrences around every corner including Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class, and maybe... Dracula himself. Dracula: An Chéad GaelGore by the multi award-winning Connemara theatre company Áras Inis Gluaire and Fíbín Teo, enjoy a quirky interpretation of one of the world’s most famous literary characters, Dracula, or ‘Droch Fola’ in Irish, aptly meaning bad blood. Taking Seán Ó Cuirrín’s translation of the original text as a starting point, they explore the many links to Irish tradition, language and folklore found throughout the Gothic novel. Taking place in the unique and beautiful setting of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, this production will leave you with hairs standing on the back of your neck and a new understanding of a literary gem with an alternative Gaelic twist. Expect puppets, masks, music, mayhem and plenty of fola - there will be blood... The Stoker Lecture: Le Fanu & Stoker the Irish Gothic movement, the influences of writer Sheridan Le Fanu on Bram Stoker and more literary learnings at The Stoker Lecture, 24th October. The Bram Stoker Festival’s literary keynote address by world-renowned Gothic expert Professor William Hughes, takes place in the Chapel Royal of Dublin Castle. Introduced by author Paul Murray, this lecture reveals how Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the seminal influences on the Irish Gothic movement, and a huge influence on Bram Stoker. Professor William Hughes, a leading expert on Bram Stoker and Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, will explore Le Fanu’s influence on Bram Stoker, 200 years after his birth. As an immediate Past President of the International Gothic Association, founder editor of the internationally refereed journal ‘Gothic Studies’, and author of seventeen books; Hughes’ keynote address will prove compelling and insightful. This event is free but booking is essential.   Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Month of the Elephant celebrate the arrival of three lovely Asian elephant calves at Dublin Zoo, the Zoo along with Dublin City Council and Kaziranga Forest Trail sponsor, The Natural Confectionery Company, have declared October 2014, the Month of the Elephant. With October set to be an ‘elephantastic’ month, get the family together and discover the exciting elephant-themed calendar of family fun days, events, workshops and keeper talks at the Zoo, and across the city’s schools and libraries. The celebration is even spilling out on to the streets with an Elephant Trail around Dublin city centre on 18th and 19th October. Families can take part in this free treasure hunt style event around the city and learn incredible elephant facts along the way. With the trail ending at Barnardos Square, trailers will be rewarded with an Elephant Extravaganza featuring keeper talks from the Dublin Zoo elephant team, face painting, elephant arts and crafts, and loads more fun of elephant proportions. Other Elephant Events Elephant Encounters: Keeper talks at Dublin Zoo Monday, 29th September - Friday 3rd October: 12.30pm Saturday 4th, 11th and 25th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday 5th, 12th and 26th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Elephant Themed Parent & Toddler Mornings 1st-2nd, 9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th October: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm Elephant photography workshop 4th and 11th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required ‘Giant Footsteps’ with Gerry Creighton Talk on the development of Dublin Zoo’s elephant care programme. 5th October: 3pm Pre-School Morning - ‘Colour Me Wild’ 7th October: 10am Elephant Sketching Workshop 10th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required see Wake Up with the Elephants 12th October: 8.30am-10am (Dublin Zoo annual pass holder only) Elephant Weekend at Dublin Zoo 11th - 12th October Enjoy arts, crafts and face painting. Citywide Elephant Talks (booking required) 13th October: 11am - Charleville Library 14th October: 11am - Coolock Library 15th October: 11am - Ballyfermot Library 16th October: 11am - Finglas Library 17th October: 11am - Walkinstown Library 20th October: 11am - Pearse Street Library Elephant Trail and Family Fun Day 18th and 19th October - Barnardos Square. See Elephant Month Family Talk - Elephacts! October 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Natural History Museum. Celebrate Elephant Month with zoologist Catherine McGuinness as she shares fascinating elephant facts - including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops! Suitable for age 5+, places are limited, booking required. Contact  Writers in the Castle a series of fascinating literary events in Dublin Castle this autumn with Writers in the Castle, presented by OPW and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Prisoners of the Crown Wednesday 10th September, 6.30pm Join best-selling author Morgan Llywelyn as she talks about some of Dublin Castle’s most famous and intriguing prisoners over the last 600 years. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Season at the Castle Wednesday 24th September, 6.30pm Social historian Turtle Bunbury and actor Kathy Rose O’Brien bring to life ‘the season’ at Dublin Castle. Learn all about those glamorous days from the journals of the debutantes who were presented at the castle, and discover just what the capital’s social scene was like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Witches not Warlocks? Wednesday 8th October, 6.30pm Innocent women or worshippers of the dark arts? Authors Martina Devlin and Robert Curran discuss with Dave Kenny the fate of suspected witches in Ireland, from the first to the last supposed ‘witch’ burnt at the stake. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Man behind Sherlock Holmes Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30pm Author Andrew Lycett explores the life of the renowned Arthur Conan Doyle and examines his involvement in the scandal which arose following the theft of the crown jewels from Dublin Castle in 1907. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Resonances Wednesday 5th November, 6.30pm Enjoy the powerful connection between music and literature with dramatic readings courtesy of actors Rose Henderson and Bryan Murray. The readings will be accompanied by the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s acclaimed orchestra and singers in the beautiful surroundings of George’s Hall. Excerpts are compiled and presented by Rose Henderson. This event takes place in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle, admission is €5.   Tickets for all events can be booked via The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview 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. Parnell Square in Photographs the 40th anniversary of the seminal event that brought about the founding of the Irish Architectural Archive, explore the stunning collection Parnell Square in Photographs this autumn. In April 1974 a photographic exhibition entitled The Architecture of Parnell Square was held in the Exhibition Hall of Trinity College’s New Library. Organised by Dr Edward McParland of Trinity’s History of Art Department, the exhibition included text panels, portraits, measured drawings, and photographs by David Davison. All of which Desmond Guinness had commissioned as a first step in a comprehensive survey of the square. The exhibition of images revealed to an incredibly responsive public the extraordinary decorative wealth behind the severe exteriors of the Georgian square. Following the exhibition, there was no obvious place for the photos to remain on public display and no official archive for their likes to be stored in. So to fill this gap, and in effect to provide a home for the Parnell Square photographs, the invaluable Irish Architectural Archive was established. To celebrate this, the Archive is re-presenting the exquisite black and white photographs of Parnell Square taken by David Davison for the 1974 exhibition. As Edward McParland noted in 1974, the photographs “record not only the more obvious architectural beauty of the great buildings, but also the less conspicuous handiwork of our craftsmen – builders, masons, carvers, plaster and metal workers – who contributed to Dublin’s justified reputation as a great European city. Further, the photographs permanently record the appearance of part of the Dublin of the 1970s. Though we now take this for granted, we forget how remote, how difficult to recapture by other means, this appearance will be to future historians”. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these priceless documents of Georgian and 70s Dublin this September to November. Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.   The GPO: 200 Years the intriguing history behind O’Connell Street’s most prominent building at The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, this autumn. Maintaining an indelible association with the 1916 Rising and the events that led to the creation of Ireland’s independent state, the General Post Office (GPO) with its grand façade and Irish flag proudly aloft, always evokes a palpable sense of heroism and pride. The building's foundation stone was laid by Lord Whitworth on the 12th August 1814, who spent £60 on entertainment for the occasion, while the architect was the renowned Francis Johnston, whose considerable abilities place him in the first rank of Irish architects. Becoming a veritable communication hub for the nation, the GPO, for some, grew to represent an unacceptable manifestation of British influence in the country. Making its occupation on Easter Monday 1916, one of practical and symbolic purpose. Almost totally destroyed in Easter Week 1916, explore the captivating history and appreciate craftsmanship, grandeur and latterly added art deco features of one of the city’s most iconic structures. Dublin Festival Season 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 Shaped by History a step back in time to 70s Limerick with the excellent free exhibition Shaped by History, at the National Photographic Archive from 1st August 2014 to 5th January 2015. Showcasing 85 black and white photographs of Limerick Milk Market taken between 1971 and 1978 by Limerick’s own award-winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews, they prove a fascinating glimpse at times gone by. Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840s. In the 70s, Limerick Milk Market was at a crossroads in its long history, as the Shannon/Limerick region began transforming into a national and international model for development. Gerry Andrews' photos are portrait studies of the historic quarter's community of merchants, traders and characters during this exceptional period of transformation. The portraits are stunning, evocative and wonderfully challenging. A set of prints will be donated to the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, home to the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 12 noon-5pm Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiac 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 Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublin 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. Conversations one of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s current compelling exhibitions with Conversations, running until 31st December. A selection of diverse displays from the IMMA Collection, Conversations present the idea of dialogue on a number of levels: among particular artists’ practices such as Andrew Vickery and Elinor Wiltshire; between ‘then’ and ‘now’ in artists’ work at different times in their career, as with Paul Winstanley and Mark O’Kelly; and works that encourage exchange between the Collection, artists, their work and the viewer. Certain rooms in IMMA focus on individual commemorative works such as the The Great Wallenda (Cabinet Version), 1997-1998 by João Penalva, and Sean Scully’s Dorothy, 2003, in memory of Dorothy Walker. Also exhibited is a selection of works co-curated by artist Caroline McCarthy, shown with works from McCarthy’s own studio including Group Coordination (Red), 2011, which she has reconfigured in response to the gallery architecture. Another strand of programming focuses on specific moments, events and individuals in the story of cultural production in Ireland, namely the contribution of David Hendriks to the development of art in Ireland during the 1960s and 70s, and the commitment and enthusiasm of George and Maura McClelland as collectors and promoters of Irish art. The Exhibition’s Artists Valerio Adami; Janine Antoni; Terry Atkinson; Enrico Baj; Robert Ballagh; Barrie Cooke; Michael Craig-Martin; Michael Craig-Martin; Guggi; Allen Jones; Mary Kelly; Paul Klee; Brian Maguire; Fergus Martin; Caroline McCarthy; Colin Middleton; François Morellet; Mark O'Kelly; João Penalva; Bridget Riley; William Scott; Sean Scully; Peter Sedgley; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hannah Starkey; Bert Stern; Victor Vasarely; Andrew Vickery; Alexandra Wejchert; Richard Wentworth; Elinor Wiltshire; Paul Winstanley. Open Tuesday - Friday: 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm Monday: Closed  Last admission 5.15pm