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 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! 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   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 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.    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. 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.   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. 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. To take part in the dance-off, sign up to 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. 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... 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. 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.  Bloodworks why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Bloodworks, 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 uses the medium of blood, Bloodworks 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 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. Open House: Casino Marino wonderfully unique event presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin invites us to explore the interiors and architecture of the impressive Dublin buildings we usually only admire from the outside. Just one of these 100 plus free tours, events and workshops, is a visit to The Casino at Marino. The first 18th century Neo Classical building to be privately commissioned in Ireland, this deceptive building was designed as a pleasure house for the Earl of Charlemont, and is regarded as one of the finest buildings of its kind in Europe. Designed by William Chambers, The Casino, meaning small house, surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms, rich in subtlety and design. As with most Open House Dublin events, people are admitted on a first-come basis. So get out and unlock the city’s secrets standing there in stone, and discover just how the capital has evolved. Open 18th October, 11am-5pm 19th October, 12pm-5pm Open House: Airfield at the architecture and spaces of Dublin and its surroundings as the excellent Open House Dublin imparts intriguing knowledge about the city’s formation and evolution, 17th - 19th October. Go beyond the city centre and explore the award-winning Airfield Farm & Gardens. This project is an enhanced landscape of farm and garden in the midst of urban and suburban development. The new and expanded facilities at Airfield, including new entrances, a farm centre, café, ornamental and food gardens, are superbly designed for visitors of all ages. The sustainable and energy efficient design makes a positive contribution to the unique ‘Airfield Experience’ while the conservation work strengthens the architectural character of the existing buildings. Airfield won Best Cultural Project & Best Sustainable Project in the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards, so is definitely worth an exploration. Places on this tour will be distributed using an email lottery. Register at for a chance to win two places on this tour.  Open House: Buildings of the Botanic Gardens of the excellent Open House Dublin weekend, explore the architecture of the stunning National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin on 18th October. With the festival being an exploration of the buildings that reveal something about society at a given time in history and about the people involved in making the built environment, this tour will detail the architecture of the Botanic Gardens from the innovative restoration of the great Palm House to the design of the new library and visitor buildings. The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture will also be open. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the capital, its culture and great design. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House: City Hall the theme of this year’s Open House festival being learning from buildings, discover just what you can learn from the capital’s regal landmark City Hall, on 18th October. The commission for Dublin’s City Hall was awarded through an architectural competition that attracted great public interest. The design included a grand entrance rotunda covered by a wide coffered dome. It was Ireland’s first Neo-Classical building and also the first public building in Dublin to be clad in Portland stone. The building was adapted for Dublin Corporation in 1852 by Samuel Roberts and the original layout was restored in 2000 by Paul Arnold Architects. All Victorian divisions on the main floor were removed to open up the space. An architectural gem in the heart of the city, get behind the facades many of us idly pass by during this unique weekend. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House 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. French Food Fair on the Square Merrion Square goes gloriously Gallic on Saturday 11th October as Ketty Elizabeth, better known by her blog moniker French Foodie in Dublin, brings you a taste of France in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Discover the very best of French cuisine at No. 63 Merrion Square and indulge in tasty French treats including wonderful breads, cakes, macarons, chocolate, charcuterie, cheese and many more temptations. Meet Irish-based French food producers and enjoy the delectable tastes of fantastique France right here in the capital. An array of talks and tastings will be held throughout the day to tease your tastebuds. Why not learn the secrets of chocolate making? Or discover just why cheese is both a passion and an art? The mouthwatering afternoon will be topped off with a screening of the wonderful French film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, as tummies digest this grand gourmet experience. Magnifique! Qigong on the Rooftop exceptional views of Dublin Castle and the city’s picturesque skyline, indulge in some Qigong on the roof-top garden of the Chester Beatty Library on 11th October. Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind. Taking place on the tranquil roof top, enjoy an oasis of peace and appreciate the time to rest and rejuvenate. Join this gentle 30-minute outdoor session (weather permitting), or indoor one with roof garden views and feel the benefits of this ancient meditation. Classes are free but limited to 15 participants. (A)pollonia unique two-day theatrical event combining Polish dramaturgy and Irish theatre makers, (A)pollonia presents new dramatic forms that ably tackle complex historical and current issues. Part of the unrivalled Dublin Theatre Festival, catch the performance and its accompanying discussions at the Project Arts Centre and the Workman’s Club, 10th-11th October. 10th October, Project Arts Centre, 4pm Poland, with its war trauma, political upheavals, romantic megalomania and brutal neoliberal transformation for centuries used theatre to define its identity, to challenge the heroic foundation myths, to exercise empathy and to ignite revolutions. Now the most powerful Polish dramas reflecting the permanent crisis of modern times are available in an anthology, (A)pollonia – Twenty First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage. Join the editors – Joanna Klass, Krystyna Duniec – and the authors – Pawel Demirski, Dorota Maslowska, Sebastian Majewski – in the discussion about theatre’s political role and obligations. What new narratives are possible in the world of absurd standards of political correctness, Postmodern uncertainty and horrific social and political conflicts? How to disarm clichés, fight political cynicism and apathy? The discussion will be concluded with an abstract from (A)pollonia directed by Ronan Phelan, new Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. 11th October, Project Arts Centre, 2.30pm Then experience a medley of topics, scenes and questions based on (A)pollonia, directed by the last year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee, Rosemary McKenna. 11th October, Workman's Club, 9pm Finally the Workman’s Club will host Ireland Talks Back - The Party, a club night of music, spoken word, live action role-playing games and Irish writers’ responses to Rosemary McKenna’s afternoon medley. These events are free but ticketed, early booking is advised. Sunday Open Session a lively afternoon of music with like-minded individuals at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre’s Sunday Open Session on 5th October. A wonderful opportunity to meet up and jam with the area’s array of talented musicians, songwriters and performers, it’s a completely informal session allowing all participants to perform together in a relaxed environment. If participating isn’t for you, then do come along and listen to the jams, or indulge in tasty cakes and coffee from The Cottage Café. Long established as a great afternoon’s entertainment and platform for local talent, the centre’s Sunday Open Sessions welcome all singers, performers, musicians and listeners, and of course, children too.        Halloween Family Craft Day the family over to Draíocht for a day of crafty Halloween-inspired fun on 4th October. Get creative and make a spooky Bat Hat, Draíocht’s artists will be on hand to help kids with these creepy crafts and teach the little ones a bit about paper crafts, drawing and gluing. Family Day sessions are free but space is limited. A maximum of 50 people is permitted per workshop. Sessions are suitable for kids aged between five and 10 years old, although younger and older siblings are welcome to take part too. Times Session One: 12pm-12.50pm Session Two: 1pm-1.50pm Session Three: 2pm-2.50pm Trad Sessions at Devitt's the wild atmosphere and sheer craic of an authentic traditional Irish music session at Devitt’s, Camden Street, Dublin 2. One of the city’s top venues for trad, Devitt's proves very popular with musicians and the public alike. The pub attracts a diversity of musicians looking for like-minded session-searchers to play with, as the crowd sing or tap along. The unpredictable nature of the sessions provide a great night's entertainment for lucky punters, as the pub brims with lively spirits and fast, frenetic performances. Sessions Thursdays 9pm Fridays and Saturdays 9.30pm   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  Panel Discussions: Dublin Theatre Festival by broadcaster Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, enjoy three panel discussions addressing and examining some of the themes at play in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 2014 programme. Whose Hamlet is it anyway? Bewley’s Café Theatre, 27th September, 4pm He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary? Imagining Australia Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2nd October, 4pm The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival reveals a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past? Playwriting – Making it Work, Getting it On Irish Writers’ Centre, 8th October, 4pm How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre? This panel focuses on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage. These panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed, early booking is advised as seats are limited.   Dublin Festival of History Dublin Festival of History returns for its second outing from 26th September to 8th October with this year’s main theme being Dublin’s involvement in the First World War. A fascinating festival, it gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional Irish and international historians, such as Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Mary Daly and David Dickson. As well as a superb array of free lectures, this year’s festival includes a specially commissioned piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray, and a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The festival’s main history talks take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, which include discussions on Viking Dublin, 20th century Spain, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and a Poetry Aloud session that sees the Great War brought to life. Festival-goers can also take a walking tour of Georgian Dublin’s hidden histories or get expert advice from lauded Irish novelist Martina Devlin in her Historical Writing Workshop. A plethora of films, talks, workshops and more, take place in Dublin City Branch Libraries as part of the festival too. Seize this wonderful opportunity to explore our riveting past.   Oktoberfest 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 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 Make|Shape the work of eight ceramic artists who have worked on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s primary schools CRAFTed programme, take the kids down to The Ark to discover just how artists come up with their wonderful ideas. Make|Shape leads you playfully through techniques, processes and explorations of clay and provides artists, children and teachers with the unique opportunity to share skills and ideas, and collaborate on new projects. Just how does an artist come up with their creative plans? This intriguing exhibit brings you on a journey through artists’ creative processes, from research, design and materials to the fun part of experimentation. Join The Ark’s investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making to glazing and firing. Then roll up your sleeves and get making yourself. A hands-on experience that kids will relish, creative clay workshops are also available during the exhibition. Opening Hours 9th - 12th September, 10am-5pm Every Saturday from 13th September - 18th October, 10am-5pm Sunday 28th September, 12pm-5pm 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. 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. 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.   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.