Events - FestivalsDarklight Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Darklight_FestivalVenue: Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Dates and full programme TBC Darklight is the foremost festival for independent creativity in Ireland. It has been associated with new cinematic practices and creative technology for the past 15 years. Darklight has its origins in digital culture and new paradigms in film production, distribution and marketing. Each year, a new area in creative thinking and practices is explored during Darklight's three day festival. Darklight celebrates and encourages new work and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and artists, while introducing new work to a core audience of cultural influencers and innovators.   Darklight is distinctive as it provides a unique experience for its audience, who can engage with speakers and contributors in an open and shared creative environment.  It showcases experimental work that attracts the curiously cultural and is not readily shown elsewhere in Ireland.  It is our mission to stay diligently informed of the practices synonymous with the continued evolution of moving image storytelling and share this with an engaged audience.  Darklight's vision is curating a programme that continues to capture the imaginations of the next generation of innovators. Franco-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! Offsethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Offset_Grand_Canal_TheatreDates TBC Originally an initiative of The Small Print when it begun in early 2009, in only 5 years OFFSET has become one of the world’s most important creative events. Hosting a weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more live on stage. They speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give incredible insights into their practices and personal perspectives. Independently founded and run, OFFSET has grown from 450 to 2000 delegates in its latest edition.  Each year OFFSET attracts visitors from across the globe to attend the 3-day conference and last year delegates made their creative pilgrimage from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. There are no VIP areaS and no green rooms at OFFSET, the space is a democratic one facilitating both speakers and attendees and allowing both to mingle freely and settle in for three days of inspiration. The intimate surroundings of the Second Room allows delegates to get a little closer to some of the legendary speakers, who will give interviews, contribute to debates and take part in group discussions on the topics that are at the heart of the creative agenda. 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   Dine in Dublin Restaurant Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dine_in_Dublin_in_FebruaryDine in Dublin, the bi-annual event, celebrates the fantastic food offering in Dublin’s city centre. The week-long event promotes city centre dining and showcases offerings of city centre eateries through fantastic value meals, specials offers, and great events. The Dine in Dublin experience is not just about ‘dining’ but also about getting out and ‘doing’, so whether diners are passionate about food or simply want a new experience, Dine in Dublin has something to suit every palate. In the past, restaurants have served mouth-watering menus including a starter, main course and dessert which included a 20% saving off regular á la carte menus. Diners can expect similar offers again this time with additional offers and events from both bars and cafés.  This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, wine-tastings, trad sessions, belly dancing events, and much more.   Jameson Dublin International Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Jameson_Dublin_International_Film_Festival_2014Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February. JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Over the years an array of film talent has joined in with the celebration including Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, among others, all of whom have graced the JDIFF red carpet. Audiences and industry members have been delighted to meet a widely diverse range of luminaries and gain insights in to every area of the film world including perspectives from directors, producers, screenwriters and critics such as Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Mc Donagh, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Neil Gaiman, Jan Troell, Sarah Polley, Frederic Raphael and Todd McCarthy among many others. Irish Film Talent is celebrated as an integral part of the JDIFF programme each year by presenting Irish film in all its guises from archival, to documentary, to the very latest Irish feature films from first time film directors. In 2008 the festival inaugurated The Irish Talent Spotlight in order to profile exceptional new and established talent working in all areas of the Irish Film Industry. Ken Wardrop (Writer/Director), Margo Harkin (Producer), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Cartoon Saloon (Irish Animation Company) and Margeret Corkery (Writer/Director) have all been honoured as part of this initiative. Each year the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux. For more information click here Codahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/CodaEnjoy a superb fusion of Irish traditional music, folk and contemporary delivered with choral elements from Coda, performing as part of Temple Bar TradFest 2015. With a phenomenal a capella singing ability developed through classical choral music, Coda are seven superb singers from the west of Ireland who fuse Celtic and North American styles with original compositions resulting in utterly unique performances. With their diverse repertoire comprising a capella arrangements, as well as songs with instrumental accompaniment and trad standards, the opportunity to experience this acclaimed seven-piece in such a stunning setting as 12th-century church St Weburgh's, is not to be missed. "The West is wide awake and in full voice – or at least seven men from Mayo are. This confident, robust debut from Coda, an all-male a capella group, suggests a coalition of voices and personalities built not only on compatibility but on an appetite for diverse musical styles" Irish Times Venue St Werburgh's Church Werburgh Street Dublin 8   Temple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. 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: Countdown Concerthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Countdown_ConcertRing in 2015 in the heart of the capital with Dublin’s New Year’s Festival Countdown Concert on 31st December. A televised event with music, revelry and plenty of good cheer, this is one New Year’s Eve you won’t forget. Enjoy entertainment from five top secret music acts, boogie the night away with the festive crowd and say goodbye to 2014 in style at this unmissable outdoor event on College Green. This event is ticketed, price to be confirmed. 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 New Year’s Festival: Love Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/New_Years_Festival_Love_DublinShow your love and appreciation for the capital on 30th and 31st December with a host of Love Dublin events as part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival. Uncover the best the city has to offer with a superb Arts Trail, explore the capital’s hidden delights with the Dublin Discovery Trail and enjoy a wealth of compelling culture with the Dublin Genius events too. With so much to discover this festive season, your holiday diary will be full to the brim.   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! Leopardstown Christmas Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Leopardstown_Christmas_Festival_2014The Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from the 26-29th December each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish racing and social calendar featuring seven Grade 1 races over four days. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days and features the Racing Post Novice Handicap (Grade 1). Day two of the Christmas meeting is the Paddy Power Day and features The Paddy Power Chase, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) and The Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1). Ladies day at the Lexus Chase is one of the most anticipated fashion events on the Irish social calendar. Fashion and glamour polish off a perfect race day. Ladies day is a chance to showcase your winter gems, enjoy a day out with friends, fine dining and entertainment. The day guarantees to be the most stylish day of the Christmas festival. The day features the Lexus Steeplechase (Grade 1), The Topaz Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) and the Woodies DIY Hurdle (Grade 1). Leopardstown has a number of dining options to choose from - the Winter Warmer, St Stephen's Day Luncheon in the Pavilion, the Christmas Festival Restaurant and private suite packages. Click here for more details 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)     Carte Noire IFI French Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/IFI_French_Film_FestivalThe flagship festival of the Irish Film Institute, the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival returns for its 15th year this November boasting a catalogue of Gallic treasures over 12 days and nights. Attracting thousands of cinefiles to the IFI every year owing to its broad selection of films (many straight from Cannes), and with a selection of new features, documentaries and of course, the classics, there’s definitely something for everyone. Over its many successful years the festival has hosted some of the most distinguished and revered names in French cinema, from Juliette Binoche, Arnaud Desplechin, and Emmanuelle Devos, to Xavier Beauvois, Jane Birkin, and Isabelle Carré, to name but a glittering few. A diversity of French films have also premiered in Ireland at the festival since its inception, including Amour, L’Humanité, L’Esquive, Un Prophète and Être et Avoir. Watch this space for the delectable French film feast as the programme details are announced in early October. 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   Science Week 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_WeekCelebrate Science Week 2014 with a whole host of super scientific events from 9th - 16th November. With the aim of Science Week being the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths' relevance in our everyday lives, who knows what fantastic things you'll discover with a new, scientific perspective? Gulp, 8th November  Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous 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. 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. 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. Space Tourist, 23rd November Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Enjoy a lively, one-off discussion presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw. Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel and boasts special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. 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. Science Tricks Family Show, 8th - 9th November Smock Alley Theatre: 12.30pm and 4pm, Free 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. Smashing Science Screenings, 13th - 15th November The chq Building, IFSC: 6.30pm, €8 The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of science-related films. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Improv Fest Irelandhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Improv_Fest_IrelandThe innovative art of creating unscripted spontaneous theatre and comedy, enjoy a dose of hilarious improv at the bone-tickling Improv Fest Ireland from 9th - 15th November. Returning after last year’s inaugural rip-roaring success with an exciting line up of comedy, music and workshops from around the world, don’t miss spontaneity at its best with this exhilarating festival. Festival-goers can enjoy 23 acts from eight different countries (Ireland, UK, USA, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Canada and Sweden) showcasing their improv and comedy skills across a multitude of different improv styles and formats. With two/three shows running per night at just €10 a go, there’s plenty to keep audiences entertained, educated and delighted by. Theres also a selection of workshops for beginners and experienced performers, hosted by top Improv instructors. This year’s program includes award-winning UK group The Maydays with a new improvised musical; Upstairs Downton - where costumed performers create an episode of Downton Abbey purely based on audience suggestion; and We Are Improv’s The Nearly Famous Five - which takes inspiration from Enid Blyton’s books, turning the audience’s suggested title of a non-existent book into a play right there and then. Following the festival a Celebrity Charity Show will also take place (23rd November) and will feature a number of the nation's celebrities not normally associated with comedy, ditching the scripts and performing improv live in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. With some of last year’s stars coming back for more (Rick O'Shea, Daniella Moyles, and Paddy McKenna), new faces will include Kelly Donegan and Eunice McMenamin taking on the improv challenge.   Enjoy all these events and many more at The Teacher’s Club nightly from November 9th. Venue The Teacher’s Club 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1   Dublin Beatles Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Beatles_FestivalCelebrating the 51st anniversary of the Fab Four’s only Dublin performance, the Dublin Beatles Festival returns to the capital for its second year allowing fans to revel in all things John, Paul, George and Ringo. Taking place on the very date of their 1963 Adelphi performance, local and international Beatle-maniacs will celebrate the world’s most influential band with an exciting programme of music, talk, art, memorabilia and more from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November, in various city centre venues. Enjoy great music from Irish and international acts and an exclusive Irish appearance by Neil Innes, Monty Python collaborator and member of The Rutles - Innes and Eric Idle’s hilarious Beatles parody group. See Neil in conversation with broadcaster Tom Dunne at the Twisted Pepper on Sunday 9th November at 5pm and enjoy an acoustic set of Rutles songs. Festival Highlights Fab Friday The Beatles Show at 7.30pm at the Twisted (Sgt) Pepper featuring the short play Death and The Beatles Fan, and music from Dundee band Revolver. Jonathan Ward and Vyvienne Long; the free Beatles Session at 9.30pm in the Oval Bar, where John Lennon and Ringo Starr enjoyed a pint on 7th November 1963, featuring a host of top performers including Enda Reilly, The Statics, Biggles Flys Again and Keith Grogan. Sadie Saturday The Beatles Table Quiz, 2.15pm at the Workman’s Club. The Big Gig with Revolver and The Newspaper Taxi Men, 8pm at the Workman’s Club. Strawberry Sunday Free screening of The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash at 3pm in the Twisted (Sgt) Pepper. The film features Neil Innes, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. Festival Finale Show with Beatles For Sale and The Rockets, 8.15pm, Twisted (Sgt) Pepper. Tickets The limited availability Crème Tangerine Festival pass for €50 covers entry to all events except the  Beatles Quiz. The Beatles Quiz is €40 for a team of four. Tickets for individual gigs and shows range from free to €17.50. Venues The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Oval Bar, 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. One Act Play Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/One_Act_PlaysEnjoy a diverse mix of plays and performance with the Mill Theatre’s One Act Play Festival from 6th - 8th November. Over three nights, enjoy wonderful drama and mingle with like-minded drama enthusiasts at this unique theatre celebration. There will be drama off stage too, as the competition heats up with adjudicators crowning the best play on Saturday 8th November. Performances Thursday 6th November, 8pm Bangor Drama Club:      An Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang Conna Drama Society:        Hero by Michael Lynch Balally Players: When the Wine is Cold by John Kendrick Friday 7th November, 8pm Theatre 3, Newtownabbey: The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo Lucan Drama Group: The Death of Me by Norm Foster Kinnerton Players: The Seduction of Chaos by Kent R. Brown Saturday 8th November, 2pm Coolgreany A.D.S: Stay Carl Stay by Peter Tolan Blue Hat Productions: Valpone by Ben Jonson Saturday 8th November, 7pm Enniscorthy Drama Group: P.V.T. Wars by James McLure Breffni Players: Spectre by Don Nigro   Stanley Kubrick Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/stanley_kubrick_seasonDon’t miss the chance to indulge in a spectacular season of film with a full retrospective of the works of iconic director Stanley Kubrick, at The Lighthouse Cinema. Screening all of the cinematic genius’ feature films, this diverse array of masterpieces are a testament to the power of visual and aural storytelling and merit the biggest of screen outings. Not just a director but an editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, producer and more, few filmmakers have made the indelible impact Kubrick did on the industry. Responsible for an array of films considered the greatest of all time, including Spartacus, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey; Kubrick fans will relish these special screenings, while newcomers will recognise the origins of a style of movie-making debuted by the director still evident throughout cinema to this day. With a catalogue bookended by 1953’s Fear and Desire and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, the Kubrick season is a sumptuous serving of cinema’s best. Don’t forget to keep the witching night free for The Shining-themed Halloween party at The Lighthouse too. Tickets €7.50 - €9 Concessions are available for some screenings.