Events - ExhibitionNational Gallery of Ireland: 16 Short Playshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/National_Gallery_of_Ireland_16_Short_PlaysExperience a unique theatrical and artistic event with the National Gallery of Ireland’s 16 Short Plays, each inspired by the gallery’s paintings. Taking place over two Saturdays, 22nd and 29th November, these 10-minute plays inspired by paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland have been created, over two years, by five superb Irish playwrights: Ivy Bannister, Michael Casey, Gerard Dalton, Celia de Fréine and Michael O'Meara. Performed in the Gallery Lecture Theatre by actors from the Umbrella Theatre Company, an audience discussion will follow the performances. 22nd November, 3pm-5pm Blue by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Jack B. Yeats, So My Brother Hail and Farewell for Ever More, 1945. Fatted Calf by Michael Casey Inspired by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo, The Prodigal Son Receiving his Portion, 1660s. In Black and Light by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Taking of Christ, 1602. Seamstress by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Kasimir Dunin Markievicz, The Artist's Wife, Constance, Comtesse de Markievicz (1868-1927), Irish Painter and Revolutionary, 1899. Wedlock by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Johannes Vermeer, A Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670. Dimples and Sin by Michael Casey Inspired by James Barry, The Temptation of Adam, 1767-1770. Afterlife by Gerard Dalton Inspired by William Orpen, Sunlight, c.1925. Stamen by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Mainie Jellett, Single Element, 1927. 29th November, 3pm-5pm Mother and Child by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paolo Uccello, Virgin and Child, c.1435-1440. Contrast by Michael Casey Inspired by William John Leech, A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913. The Stations by Gerard Dalton Inspired by Aloysius O'Kelly, Mass in a Connemara Cabin, c.1883. Beholden by Celia de Fréine Inspired by Unknown painter (Attributed to Master of the Countess of Warwick), The Fair Geraldine, 1560s. Diversion by Michael O’Meara Inspired by Gabriel Metsu, Man Writing a Letter, c.1664-1666. Lady on the Terrace by Ivy Bannister Inspired by Paul Signac, Lady on the Terrace, 1898. Cupidity by Michael Casey Inspired by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti, Victorious Love, c.1625. Affairs of the Nation by Michael O’Meara Inspired by John Lavery, The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen, 1909-1913. Tickets Single event €7 Both events €10.   Eirtakon Convention 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Eirtakon_2014Celebrate all things anime and manga at the Eirtakon Convention, Croke Park Conference Centre from 21st - 23rd November. Now in its tenth year, Eirtakon is Ireland’s largest and longest-running anime and manga convention organised annually by a dedicated committee assembled by Dublin City University’s Anime & Manga Society. As the ultimate destination for anime fans, this year’s guest of honour has just been announced as renowned voice actress Caitlin Glass. Best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. In 2008, Caitlin directed the hugely popular fan-favourite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as playing the character of Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin also lends her voice to Cammy White and Decapre in the Street Fighter IV video game series. As well as a spectacular array of special guests, convention-goers can indulge in some cosplay at the Cosplay Masquerade, and even take part in a unique cosplay blind date to find the girl or guy of their anime dreams. Eirtakon will also host a glitzy Yule Ball on the Saturday night of the convention, so expect dancing, fantastic music, an amazing themed room and an unforgettable costumes. All ages are welcome for an this celebratory evening of that will kick off the festive season in style. Over in the Artists’ Alley section of the convention are thirty talented manga artists, traditional artists, prop makers, arts and craftspeople and more, who’ll reside in the conference centre’s Celtic Suite making it an absolute must-see. Whether you find a hidden creation, something you just can’t say no to; a surprise gift, or someone to commission a work to - you’re sure to discover more than you bargained for at this kick-ass convention. Tickets Weekend Pass €35 Friday Pass €5 (4pm - Late) Saturday Pass €25 (10am - Late) Sunday Pass €20 (10am - 8pm)     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.   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   Science Week: Gulp!http://www.visitdublin.com/event/GulpCelebrate all things super scientific with a special Science Week event - Gulp! - a brand new live show that’ll make you think twice about your taste buds. Brought to you by the makers of the fantastic Festival of Curiosity, prepare to lick your lips as award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) turn your taste buds upside down at Smock Alley Theatre on 8th November. The duo will talk about the science of eating and serve up some delicious – and not so delicious – treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, chew on dung beetles, and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show. Along the way you’ll learn how to survive without eating food again, gobble up dry-ice cream and get intimately familiar with your insides... The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets Adult €7 Student €4 Under-16 Free   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.   Chris Wilson: Small Islandshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Chris_WilsonSouth Frederick Street’s Doorway Gallery hosts Antrim artist Chris Wilson’s excellent Small Islands exhibition from 6th November to 4th December. Known for his large bronze public commissions in situ all over Ireland, Small Islands is a mix of paintings and bronzes and is a superb celebration of ‘place’. Extracting the textures and surfaces of sections of ground, often a coastal rock form, Chris captures the lines and patterns of the land that one literally stands upon. The pieces transform this intimate space into the idea of a much larger landscape. With the paintings created through painted layers of subtle marks, each layer is slightly obscured by the next. The surface becomes a canvas of lines and borders with shifting patterns of strata suggesting boundaries, but also movement and a landscape of changing and multiple viewpoints. Chris used casts of rocks taken from formations along his native north Antrim coast, and with the rock castings and paintings playing with an aerial perspective combined with traditional linear pictorial perspective, it creates landscapes that explore an attachment to place.   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   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.   Underground Gothic: Dublin's Hidden Tunnelshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Underground_GothicWe may all be familiar with the city’s overground nooks and crannies - but what about under it? Grab the opportunity to venture underground and explore Irish Rail’s best kept secret on 26th October. There have been many whisperings about a mysterious tunnel under the Phoenix Park… Is it real? Where does it go? Do we dare find out? Now is your chance to discover the truth, as part of the 2014 Bram Stoker Festival. This almost mythical Irish Rail train tunnel will take passengers on a journey through the depths to discover the dark side of Dublin’s underground. With music by acclaimed composer Tom Lane and directed by Maeve Stone this unique performance rattles under the city for one night only, combining sound, movement and utterly chilling performances. Make your way on board at Connolly Station and uncover where these train tracks really lead. This is an over-18s event. Location Connolly Train Station, Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Dublinia: Stories of Johnny the Gravediggerhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublinia_Stories_of_Johnny_the_GravediggerExplore Dublin’s fascinating medieval history and get suitably spooky for Halloween all at the same time at Dublinia, from 25th - 31st October. Part of Dublinia’s excellent Death and Disease exhibition, afternoon visitors can enjoy lively performances of Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger, which is eerily apt considering Dublinia sits on the site of St Michael’s medieval church and graveyard. Performances 2pm-5pm, every 20 minutes. Performances are included in the admission price. Tickets Adult €8.50 Student/Senior €7.50 Child €5.50 Family €24.00 (Two adults and two children) Little Museum of Dublin Walking Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Green_Mile_Walking_TourJoin lovers of delightful Dublin on The Green Mile, The Little Museum of Dublin’s superb walking tour of St Stephen’s Green, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11.30am. A brilliant insight into the history of St Stephen’s Green, an exquisite square that has been a veritable epicentre of Irish history for hundreds of years, tour-goers can explore the lush park with a new perspective. With an astonishing 8.1 million people stepping through St Stephen’s Green annually, this is one patch of Dublin earth that has seen its fair share of historic happenings. None other than James Joyce studied on the south side of the green, while the Irish Free State Constitution was drafted right opposite it, at the Shelbourne Hotel. Having long been a backdrop for public and private drama, as well as the setting for many a courtship and romance, experience this pretty city park like never before. The tour begins with a short presentation at the Little Museum itself (15 St Stephen’s Green), with participants then embarking upon a 90-minute walk in the company of an expert local guide. Brimming with memorable anecdotes, humour and theatre, these excellent tours are free with your admission ticket to the museum. For a taste of the tour, see here. Tickets Deluxe admission €12 (includes private guided tour) Adult €7 Senior citizens (over 65) €5.50 Students/Under-18s €4.50 Family €14 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Jobseekers - Free Children under 3 years - Free 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, and the perfect accompaniment to all your Bram Stoker Festival activities Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen-carrier? Blood connects, sustains, and fuels life, yet can also wreak havoc and destruction. It courses in our veins, floating between transcendence and abjection. From stories of vampires, kinship and religious beliefs to cutting edge research in immunology and genetics and bio-art works that use the medium of blood, this exhibition is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Open 24th October, 12pm-8pm 25th - 26th October, 12pm-6pm Visit the Witch: National Leprechaun Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Visit_the_Witch_National_Leprechaun_MuseumLooking to get into the spooky spirit? A date with a tricky witch awaits at The National Leprechaun Museum this October. We’ve all visited Santa Claus at Christmas, so this Halloween why not pay a visit to the Cailleach, the ancient hag of wisdom from Irish folklore.   The witch waits for her visitors every day from 11am-6pm, with special adults only visits from 7pm-11pm.   The witch loves stories and she loves playing tricks, she’s pretty mischievous so she especially likes to hear the bold stories. She knows that boys and girls can’t be good all the time, particularly when they’re having fun. This is one witch who doesn't care for goody two shoes, so pull a sickie and bring the marvellous misbehavers. Let the kids divulge all their tricky behaviour to the witch, and they might just get a special present.     Tickets Children €6  Adults €9 Halloween at the National Leprechaun Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Halloween_at_the_National_Leprechaun_Museum For lovers of all things spooktacularly ghoulish, celebrate Halloween at The National Leprechaun Museum this October. A strictly over-18s affair, explore the dark side of Irish mythology and the past at this eerie event. Come in, if you dare, and see what feast has been made for your fears. Drawing from our deep well of stories, this event awakens the past and invites us to reach out to it.  The Pagan festival of Samhain, from which Halloween’s origins come, marked the end of the calendar year, in Pagan times people believed that everything, including our lives, began and ended in the dark.  At this changeover from the old year to the new, the gates to the otherworld were thought to have opened allowing the dead to walk once more. With this period being a time of fear, people strove to keep the spirits away by disguising themselves and their homes. But some doorways were even left open in order to let the spirits in and out.  As the night drew in, people would get closer to the fire and strange tales would be told. A word to the wise, a warning to the foolish and a thrill to all. Join The National Leprechaun Museum’s strange brew of old stories and fairy medicine that are bound to raise the hairs on your neck.  Visit a place of muttered words, of knowing thoughts shared in dark corners, and say hello to the black night that fills the sky at this time of year.    Dates Preview 23rd October, 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm  24th - 29th October, 8pm, 8.30pm and 9pm 30th October, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm and 9.30pm 31st October and 1st November, 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm and 9.30pm Tickets €20 - €25 World Press Photo 2014 Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/WorldPressPhoto_2014ExhibitionDon’t miss the chance to see a fantastic showcase of the world’s best photojournalism when the World Press Photo 2014 Exhibition stops off at The chq Building, IFSC, Dublin 1, on its global tour this autumn. From 17th October to 15th November, examine the incredibly high journalistic standard on display in this annual, travelling exhibition and marvel at how it sets an inspirational and aspirational benchmark in journalism today. A veritable eyewitness record of world events from the previous year, the annual World Press Photo Contest is universally recognised as the world's leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. With 103,481 pictures submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries, choosing the best among them was no mean feat. The opportunity to explore this selection of thought-provoking photographs is a very special one indeed. Open Monday - Wednesday: 10.30am-6pm Thursday - Friday: 10.30am-7pm Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12noon-5pm Tickets Adults €6.50 Children/OAP €5.50 Children under 16 years go free 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. The Beatyardhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_BeatyardNow celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. Types for the New Centuryhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Types_for_the_New_CenturyExplore an excellent exhibition of contemporary design and typography at the National Print Museum with Types for the New Century, 8th October - 19th November. Curated for the Stationers’ Company (UK) by Will Hill, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, this superb exhibition features outstanding typeface designs from more than 14 countries. Though most of the designs have been originated or significantly updated in the first decade of this century, they reflect a range of stylistic traditions drawn from over 550 years of printed type, and in some cases from even earlier. Ideal for all manner of design or type enthusiast, the exhibition includes work from internationally established type designers, including Matthew Carter, Gerard Unger, Jonathan Barnbrook, Martin Majoor, as well as an array of talented newcomers to the field. Visitors can examine a selection of type specimens and promotional designs from leading exponents in the field with examples of the innovative use of type in a range of diverse printed contexts. This eclectic selection of type and letterform reflects the radical changes that have taken place in the practice of typeface design since the digital revolution of the late 20th century. During this time, type has completed its transition from an arcane craft, previously an adjunct of the printing trade, to a medium of innovative experimentation and enquiry in an increasingly public market, democratised by the impact of digital design software. Come explore the design and communication methods we take for granted every day, at this intriguing exhibition.   Lines of Visionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lines_of_VisionCelebrating 150 years of the incomparable National Gallery of Ireland, experience an exhibition of Irish writers’ inspiration drawn from the gallery’s collection, with Lines of Vision. Coinciding with the launch of the publication Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art, a beautifully illustrated anthology of new poems, essays and stories by 56 Irish writers, these renowned contributors have selected pictures from the collection as setting-off points to explore ideas about art, love, loss, family, dreams, memory, places, and privacy. Both the artworks and the literary responses to them are wonderfully diverse in subject-matter and tone. The exhibition will display pictures selected by all 56 writers, among them master European works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet and Bonnard as well as a number of works by Irish artists, including James Arthur O’Connor, Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, Mary Swanzy and Gerard Dillon. A short film relating to the project, produced by Areaman Productions, will be screened in Room 1 during exhibition hours. Exhibition Contributors Chris Agee • John Banville • Alex Barclay • Kevin Barry• Sebastian Barry • Dermot Bolger • Eva Bourke • John Boyne • Moya Cannon • Evelyn Conlon • Philip Davison• Gerald Dawe • John F. Deane • Gerard Donovan • Theo Dorgan • Roddy Doyle • Bernard Farrell • Carlo Gébler • Alan Glynn • Vona Groarke • Kerry Hardie • Noëlle Harrison • Seamus Heaney • Christine Dwyer Hickey • Declan Hughes • Jennifer Johnston • Thomas Kilroy • Michael Longley • Martin Malone • Aoife Mannix • Colum McCann • Thomas McCarthy • Medbh McGuckian • Frank McGuinness • Eoin McNamee • Paula Meehan • John Montague • Paul Muldoon • Nuala Ní Chonchúir • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin • Eilís Ní Dhuibhne • Julie O’Callaghan • Dennis O’Driscoll • Micheal O’Siadhail • Leanne O'Sullivan • Justin Quinn • Billy Roche • Gabriel Rosenstock • Donal Ryan • Patricia Scanlan • Peter Sirr • Colm Tóibín •William Wall • Macdara Woods • Vincent Woods • Enda Wyley Opening Hours Monday - Saturday, 9.30pm-5.30pm Late opening Thursday, 8.30pm Sunday, 12pm-5.30pm Romanian Cultural Days in Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Romanian_Cultural_Days_DublinCelebrate Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Ken Browne: Ninety Degrees in Viewhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ken_Browne_Ninety_Degrees_in_ViewExplore artist Ken Browne’s new exhibition, Ninety Degrees in View, at South Frederick Street’s Doorway Gallery from 3rd - 30th October. Ken explains that "more and more in the recent past I’ve been drawn to studying the story of the land, the natural curvature, the marks of ancient civilization and manmade marks of husbandry. Now I try to sculpt with paint the shapes I see as well as sensing the vibrations of the landscape. So my work I feel is part of an emotional journey.” These highly evocative works see the landscape become the vehicle through which the artist explores the realms of human emotion and the subconscious. Meticulously and beautifully crafted, these abstract paintings were inspired by the artists’ experience of different Irish landscapes. These are not specific landscapes but a synthesis of natural scenes that the artist has beheld in the past and which have left an indelible mark on his imagination.   Viewers are advised to take their time with these paintings, to let the eye gaze back-and-forth between these beautiful zones of light and dark until the work awakens an instinctive emotional response to the experience of the Irish landscape. Open Monday - Saturday 10.30am-6pm Late opening on Thursdays until 7.30pm   Damnationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/DamnationDo you dare brave Samuel Page’s labyrinth of of untold horrors? Damnation is 15,000 sq ft scare attraction of terrifying passages that play on your deepest fears and will be petrifying the people of Dublin at the RDS from 1st October - 2nd November. Nineteenth-century blacksmith Samuel Page worked at the RDS and was, as far as locals knew, a pleasant family man with a wife and two daughters. Samuel’s dark practices however were unbeknownst to his fellow Dubliners, until some children stumbled upon the entrance to a maze of tunnels one day just before Halloween… What the unfortunate children were said to have discovered was an array of torture chambers, rotting flesh and Page himself summoning Lucifer. Only one child made it out to reveal to the townspeople that the blacksmith was running a Satanic cult, preying on the community’s weakest, innocent members. The furious locals burned Samuel’s house to the ground with his family inside, and yet the body of the brutal blacksmith was never recovered from the burnt remains or the tunnels. Samuel is said to be a beast stuck in eternal damnation, lurking between our world and Hell itself. Disciples of Page’s cult still follow him today, as he gathers people from far and wide, will you encounter them on your journey through the labyrinth, or will you be next? Damnation is a first class scare attraction made up of grotesquely themed sections in a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike. Samuel’s disciples also lurk throughout the maze, hoping to come across a helpless victim to harvest their screams. Expect a good dose of terror, but don’t worry there are plenty of chicken doors to escape through should it all get too much. A great way to get in the Halloween spirit, Dublin's first interactive scare attraction promises a fright night like no other. A fully immersive experience featuring live actors, professionally designed sets, costume and terrifying scenes. Damnation is definitely not for the fainthearted and is suitable for ages 16 and over. Early bird, group and student tickets available. Castle Draculahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/castle_draculaExperience an evening of mystery, magic, fun and fear - if you dare... at Castle Dracula, Clontarf. Right opposite the former home of the renowned author himself, Bram Stoker, visitors will be thrilled and chilled to the bone this September to November.   Tour Castle Dracula as the characters from the novel come alive to guide you, follow Renfield and Van Helsing through tunnels, over bridges, to gargoyle courtyards, a haunted library and finally to Ireland’s only graveyard theatre. In the gothic theatre enjoy fright with delight at the Incredible Vampire Show and some bone-tickling comedy performance. This unique venue also hosts fascinating memorabilia from an array of Dracula films. Learn all about the life of the acclaimed horror author, read stories, see pictures, posters, Stoker’s death certificate and even a lock of his hair, cut on this death bed by his wife Florence. A ghoulish evening for anyone with a taste for the macabre, Castle Dracula is open: Every Friday and Saturday from 5th September to 1st November. Also Thursday 16th and Sunday 26th October. This event is suitable for people 14 years and older.     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.   The GPO: 200 Yearshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/GPO_200_YearsDiscover 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. Natura, Naturahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Natura_NaturaView an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required. 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 Children's Events at the National Museumhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Childrens_Events_at_the_National_MuseumA visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here Shackleton Exhibitionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Shackleton_ExhibitionVenue: Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal The exhibition is the "Shackleton Endurance" exhibition.  It has 150 photographs and text boards telling the story of the most famous rescue in all maritime history.  The venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus The Shackleton Endurance Expedition 1914-1917 Aiming to complete the first sea-to-sea land crossing of Antarctica by foot via the South Pole, in August 1914 Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen set sail from Plymouth aboard their ship, Endurance, just after the outbreak of World War I.   They wouldn’t be heard from for nearly two years.  This compelling exhibition is the story of the men’s 22-month ordeal:  the eerie beauty of Antarctica, the sinking of their doomed ship after it became locked in pack ice and was slowly crushed, the extreme hardships the men endured as they set up camp after camp on the drifting ice, their transfer to the relative safety of Elephant Island, and the expedition’s miraculous conclusion.   That all 28 men survived their terrible adventure was a triumph of hope in the bleakest circumstances, and of faith in their leader—“The Boss”—an Irish-born doctor’s son whose achievements in polar exploration earned him a knighthood and, much later, cult status as an unparalleled role model for leadership in extreme circumstances:  optimistic, tenacious and brave. At the heart of the exhibition, accompanied by explanatory wall texts and diary excerpts from the journey, are Hurley’s dramatic black-and-white images of the expedition, some made from negatives retrieved by him from the freezing waters inside the Endurance just before she sank.  Some of Hurley’s most compelling images are of the ship’s break-up.  These are presented along with photographs of the men’s camps and their attempted march over snow and ice to reach open water.  Startling original film-footage by Hurley, enhanced by computer animation, shows Endurance as she disappeared into the Weddell Sea. A replica of the James Caird confronts visitors with the awesome challenge that Shackleton and his men faced in their rescue mission from Elephant Island, sailing an open boat across 800 miles in towering 60-ft waves and gale-force winds, with only a sextant, some charts, an unreliable chronometer and a few sightings of the sun to guide them to South Georgia.  Today their success in reaching South Georgia—and trekking 32 miles in 36 hours across its uncharted, mountainous interior to reach the whaling station on the other side—is widely recognised as maritime history’s greatest boat journey:  a miracle of navigation, resilience and seamanship.  This part of the story is illustrated beautifully by Hurley’s poignant photographs of Elephant Island, the rocky, inhospitable outcrop where the crew awaited rescue; and of the launching of the James Caird, the crossing and the rescue itself. The exhibition will run for a period of two years , the venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus      Adult: €6 Seniors/Students: €5 Family of Four: €14 Children 6-12: €3.50 Children under 6: free *special deals and concessions for groups