Events - Free EventsFranco-Irish Literary Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Franco_Irish_Literary_FestivalDates TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! St. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   New Year's Festival: Resolution Dayhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Fest_ResolutionDayAfter 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 Lighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Procession_of_LightExperience 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: Food Villagehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Food_VillageThe 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 Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_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! New Year’s Festival: Luminosityhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_LuminositySee 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 Christmas Cracker Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Cracker_MarketBack 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 Cribhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib_Mansion_HouseThe Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn hosts the Live Animal Crib outside the historic Dublin Mansion House, his home, on Dawson Street. This year they will launch the crib on the 11th of December at 10.30 (To Be Confirmed). The launch will have performances from local choirs, street entertainers and even some face painting for the children. The Live crib is constructed so it is the actual size of the nativity stable so it will give everyone an idea of what they had to live in back when Jesus was born. The animals don’t stay in the stable but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution   Dublin Docklands Christmas Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Docklands_Christmas_MarketEveryone's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OConnell_Street_Christmas_TreePop 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 Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Henry_Street_Christmas_LightsSpread 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 kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  All for the Dead Man's Pennyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/All_for_the_Dead_Mans_PennyEnjoy a special event linking the past of World War I to the present day, with storytelling and music in All for the Dead Man’s Penny, 16th November. Settle in for an enveloping tale from world-renowned storyteller Liz Weir and fiddle player Ciaran Mulholland, as a story of lost youth and memories that span generations unfolds. A teenage girl explores her family history a century after World War I. Whilst 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in the war, this is the story of one young Donegal man who responded to that pivotal call to arms. Like the youthful warrior of Irish legend, Oisín, this young soldier left a world which would be irrevocably transformed during his courageous absence. Discover this fascinating tale and you might find that history is alot closer than we often realise. Suitable for ages 11+ This event is free but booking is essential.   Author Jennifer Johnston In Conversationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jennifer_Johnston_In_ConversationPart of the National Gallery of Ireland's superb exhibition Lines of Vision: Irish Writers at the National Gallery, see author Jennifer Johnston in conversation on 16th November. This free lecture titled Reading Between the Lines, sees RTE broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke speak to the renowned author of Shadows on Our Skin, The Old Jest, How Many Miles to Babylon? and more, in the beautiful gallery surroundings. This talk is free with no booking required.   Grafton Street Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Grafton_Street_Christmas_LightsGet 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 Markethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Stephens_Green_Christmas_MarketWith more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, 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.    Dublin's Christmas Lightshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Christmas_LightsThe real marker of when Christmas begins is when the city starts to feel like a sparkling seasonal wonderland, so kick off the festive period in style and see Dublin's Christmas lights get switched on, on various dates between 13th and 30th November. Grafton Street, 13th November, 4pm The switching on of Grafton Street's 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.  Henry Street, 16th November, 3pm Spread the cosy Christmas cheer and see Henry Street’s Christmas lights illuminate the city on Sunday 16th November. O'Connell Street, 30th November, 3pm Pop over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street on 30th November to see Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights and ring in the festive season for the capital. 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. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  Dublin Book Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Book_FestivalCelebrate 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   Michelle Byrne: Via Magnahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Michelle_ByrneThe 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   Preab Meadar: Medieval-inspired Irish Musichttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Preab_MeadarExperience 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.   Hennessy Portrait Prize Exhibition 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hennessy_Portrait_PrizeView the superb works of the Hennessy Portrait Prize’s 12 shortlisted artists at the National Gallery of Ireland from 8th November to 8th February. A new competition celebrating the richness and diversity of portraiture, the Hennessy Portrait Prize aims to encourage public interest in the work of these contemporary artists, with the winner announced on 11th November. Shortlisted Artists Erin Quinn . Hugh O’Conor . Geraldine O’Neill . Mandy O’Neill . Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell . Cian McLoughlin . Comhghall Casey . Nick Miller . John Beattie . Saoirse Wall . Una Sealy . Gavan McCullough Open   Monday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday, 9.30am - 8.30pm Sunday, 11am - 5.30pm Public Holidays, 10am - 5.30pm   Duncan Campbellhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Duncan_CampbellExplore the first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 8th November to 8th February. A 2014 Turner Prize nominee, this is Campbell’s first major exhibition in Dublin. The archival and filmed material that comprise Campbell’s films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. Irish-born but Glasgow-based, Duncan Campbell’s artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation. His preoccupation with truth and refusal to adhere to prescribed or narrative conventions resonate in recent works such as Arbeit (2011) about the German economist Hans Tietmeyer who played a key role in the centralisation of the European financial system, and Make It New John (2009), which takes as its subject the American automobile engineer and magnate John DeLorean and his iconic DMC-12 car, as well as the West Belfast plant where it was produced. Similar notions are addressed in Bernadette (2008), his documentary about controversial Irish republican MP and civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin. In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9, Belgium, and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. The solo exhibition at IMMA comprises four of his major film works; Bernadette (2008); Make It New John (2009); Arbeit (2011) and It for Others (2013). The exhibition will be accompanied by a guide. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm Primal Architecturehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Primal_ArchitectureEnjoy an exhibition that combines works from international and Irish artists and explores pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia; with Primal Architecture at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Borrowing its title from contributing artist Mike Kelley’s 1995 work, Primal Architecture, the selection of works on display spans generations and varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography. Since the 60s, contemporary art has been associated with moments or acts of crises and political change. Often these acts have not only affected art, but also mirrored what was happening within the world. Primal Architecture, unfurls in the form of a sequence of episodes or chapters that can be read with relative autonomy, each offering exhilarating interpretations of the human condition and the complex ways we interact and narrate the world around us. The exhibitions featured artists include Mike Kelley, Jeremy Deller, Conrad Shawcross, Kevin Atherton, Linder, Jesse Jones and Bedwyr Williams. For many of these artists the exhibition will be their very first presentation in Ireland.   Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm   Science Week: Science Tricks Family Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_Tricks_Family_ShowGet the whole family together and take a voyage of scientific discovery at Smock Alley Theatre from 8th - 9th November. How do you balance a 10 pin bowling ball, make water vanish, or even explode a €10 note? With science of course! Enjoy an incredible show brimming with unbelievable science tricks and stunts that will leave everyone - young and old - gasping in amazement. Watch balloons get skewered with giant needles, see gravity defied, minds get read and pain overcome with optical illusions, flaming torches, a chair of nails, and even osmosis. A jaw-dropping show that explores science, technology, engineering and maths, learn how to replicate some of these super science tricks at home using easy to find, everyday materials. This fun, family event is free but booking is required.   Phoenix Risinghttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Phoenix_RisingExplore our civic ideals through the medium of urban life and contemporary art with Phoenix Rising at the superb Hugh Lane Gallery, from 6th November to 29th March. The exhibition (and its accompanying satellite events) references Dublin's 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes, and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as "the phoenix of cities" during a period of economic, social and political strife. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists' responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. Discover work by Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh at this unique showcase. Open Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am - 5pm  Sunday, 11am - 5pm Closed Mondays   Brainbelt Illustration Collectivehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Brainbelt_Illustration_CollectiveExplore the showcase exhibition of Brainbelt Illustration Collective at Dublin’s MVP pub, part of Design Week 2014. Brainbelt's Design Week exhibition will showcase the illustration collective’s diversity of current personal projects, and is sure to easily inspire all who experience it. A network of Irish creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration, Brainbelt’s exceptional visual disciplines vary from painting, sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography. With Design Week always proving a valuable way for Brainbelt members to step outside its group themed exhibitions and projects to present whatever they have on the go; this year will be no different so expect awesome art and powerful creativity. Officially launching on Friday the 7th of November at 7pm, the exhibition runs across six weeks. Featuring the work of Michelle Cunningham, Emma Rowe, Alan Dunne, Stephen Mc Carthy, Jamie Murphy, Lauren O'Neill, Eileen O'Neill, John Corrigan, Stephen Mc Nally and Rachel Corcoran; all artists will have prints for sale on the night and throughout the exhibition. Venue MVP 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street Dublin 8 Open  4pm - 11.30pm daily   Creepy Creatures: Natural History Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Creepy_CreaturesWhat better way to spend Halloween weekend than with creepy creatures frozen in time at the Natural History Museum? Tour the ‘Dead Zoo’ with a zoologist as your guide, and learn all about the animals hiding throughout the museum. From brilliant bats to the creepiest of crawlies, they’re all waiting to be discovered in this treasure trove of natural history. Tours are suitable for ages 7+. No booking is required, but places are limited to 20 people and allocated on a first come basis.   Paint it Pinkhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Paint_it_PinkSee Dublin’s canals and Grand Canal Dock festooned with balloons this Saturday as the creative gang at Happenings, Waterways Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society ‘paint it pink’ for breast cancer awareness. From hundreds of pink balloons dotted along the Grand Canal to a special screening of 80s teen classic Pretty in Pink, it promises to be a great day of fun, reflection and raising awareness for breast cancer. The event is being held in memory of members of the Plurabelle Paddlers who have died from breast cancer. A dragon boat team based in Grand Canal Dock, the Plurabelle Paddlers all have one thing in common - a breast cancer diagnosis. Join the team as they remember the beloved members they’ve lost on this special day. The day also marks the finale of the Irish Cancer Society's Paint it Pink campaign which ran throughout the month of October. Event Schedule 9am - Enjoy the city’s canals, locks and Grand Canal Dock's new look as they’re decorated with pink balloons. 4pm - Join the remembrance walk from Portobello Bridge, Dublin 2, to Waterways Ireland’s Visitor Centre at Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. 5.30pm - Welcome messages at Grand Canal Dock, and an introduction from Pretty in Pink star and 80s heart throb Andrew McCarthy. 5.45pm - Free open-air screening of Pretty in Pink courtesy of Happenings’ floating cinema at Grand Canal Dock. Dead Beats @ Science Galleryhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dead_BeatsPrepare for a spooktacular evening at Dublin’s Science Gallery, with music, comedy and more on the witching night itself, 31st October. The gallery are revamping Halloween with performances by superb Irish bands Ships and Little Xs for Eyes, and, in keeping with the gallery’s current blood theme - a very special black pudding demo by master butcher Ed Hick. With the lights down low and the music pumping, celebrate one of the best nights of the year with live performances, comedy, and all things nocturnal. Get down there at dusk, and you'll be set on the right track to a deadly dawn. This event is free but registration is required.               Halloween Lantern Paradehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Halloween_Lantern_ParadeGet 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. Aoife Dooley: Life Tips and Other Bitshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Aoife_DooleyOffering unique tips on how to get through life, along with awesome illustrations and prints, illustrator/designer Aoife Dooley launches her debut book and solo exhibition at the funky Bernard Shaw on 30th October. If you’re done with traditional self-help and have been top ten listed ad infinitum, then Aoife’s lively work and refreshing take on life is sure to hit the spot. Get a first look at her book Life Tips and Other Bits, pick up some of her fantastic, personality-infused prints and maybe enjoy a surprise or two at this exciting event for one of the capital’s brightest up-and-comers. Book Launch 30th October, 6pm - 12midnight. Exhibition 30th October - 11th December, all day from 8.30am and from 1pm at weekends.   Bloodhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/BloodJust 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 featuring 25 provocative works that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of the red stuff. 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. Recommended for ages 15+. The Science Gallery's opening hours vary per exhibition held, please check the website for exact details. Describing Architecture 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Describing_Architecture_2014An inspiring exploration of how buildings and spaces are designed and documented, Describing Architecture is an annual exhibition that reveals aspects unseen. From 17th October to 8th November discover architecture as a creative practice, and understand its critical relationship to the visual arts and the work of artists themselves. Now in its fifth year, the exhibition’s is Memory and Place, and includes work across a wide range of media – drawing, photography, model and film – and from a broad spectrum of participants, including established architectural firms, artists, students and recent graduates. Held in the exquisite Octagonal Room of the City Assembly House (the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters), and with some work also displayed in the adjoining Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, visitors can enjoy an immersive exhibition in the ideal architecturally-appropriate environment. This exhibition is free, opening times per exhibit vary. Writers in the Castlehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/writers_in_the_castleEnjoy 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 www.entertainment.ie The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interviewhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/sophisticated_neanderthalWatch British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer. Parnell Square in Photographshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/parnell_square_photographsCelebrating 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.   Shaped by Historyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shaped_by_HistoryTake 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 Zodiachttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/AZfromAmulettoZodiacOne A is for Amulet, B is for Beatty, C is for Calligraphy . . ., Chester Beatty's A to Z will take you on a journey through a selection of highlights, showcasing the breadth and quality of this wonderful collection. This curators' choice show is a visual treat with universal appeal. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that is representative of something characteristically associated with the collection. Featuring many works seldom or never before seen in public, the exhibition will explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds. Opening hours: From 10.00am to 5pm Mon to Fri (closed Mondays from 1 Oct), 11am to 5pm Sat, 1pm to 5pm Sun, closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/lee_miller_james_joyceThe James Joyce Centre is thrilled to present a new fascinating exhibition - Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin, which features 60 previously unseen images from this icon of American photography. Beginning her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s, legendary American photographer Lee Miller became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Finding herself in England during the outbreak of the Second World War, Lee quickly became one of a handful of female war correspondents. During Lee’s long relationship with Vogue Magazine she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau. The exhibition documents Miller’s exploration of a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed before, such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, the setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses. A compelling exhibition in the ideal Joycean setting, it’s sure to engage Joyce, photography and social history buffs alike. Conversationshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ConversationsExplore 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