Events - FestivalsDarklight Festival 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 Festival TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! Offset 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 Festival Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week 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 Festival 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 Coda 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 TradFest 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 for the full programme and ticket information. New Year's Festival: Resolution Day all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   New Year’s Festival: Procession of Light the incredible festive atmosphere of Dublin city on New Year’s Eve with the vibrant Procession of Light, 31st December. Part of the city’s New Year’s Festival, it’s the ideal way to kick-off the evening’s celebrations and is perfect for revellers of all ages. Watch the glowing procession parade through the city-centre, finishing at the iconic Dublin Castle on Dame Street.  With fire-breathers, stilt walkers, dancers and all manner of street entertainers, this magical procession is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of everyone, young or old.  What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? New Year’s Festival: Countdown Concert 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: Luminosity the stunning facades of some of Dublin’s best known landmarks come to life with spectacular 3D light projections from 30th December - 1st January. Part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival, Luminosity will illuminate Leinster House, Wolfe Tone Square, the Sir John Grey statue on O’Connell Street, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Locations Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1 Sir John Grey statue, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 New Year’s Festival: Love Dublin 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 Village hub of the city’s New Year’s Festival, be sure to pop down to Dublin Castle to indulge in all sorts of delicious treats and entertainment from 30th December to 1st January. With plenty of Irish food markets serving an array of tasty treats, loads of live entertainment to keep your toes tapping, and the launch of the Irish Year of Design - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm New Year Festival Dublin NYF Dublin, the ultimate New Year's Eve party, is the new and exciting city wide music and arts festival boasting three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st. Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen! Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, follow the Music, Comedy and Art trails across the city. Sample some delicious artisan food at the NYF Food Village. Watch as city streetscapes come alive with 3D animations. Join in the magical Procession of Light and become immersed in the Dublin Genius spoken word festival. Experience the very best talent across   We can’t give it all away now..…but prepare yourself for a whole host of surprises and secret performances across the city! The Countdown is on! Leopardstown Christmas Festival 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 2014 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 Festival 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 Festival all things books at the annual Dublin Book Festival, from 13th - 16th November. One of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, this lively public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment. With Smock Alley Theatre this year’s festival hub, the city’s bookworms and avid page-turners won’t be stuck for a place to hang out this November. Festival Highlights 13th November: Lines of Vision Authors Donal Ryan, Kevin Barry, Alex Barclay and John Boyne in conversation with broadcaster Sean Rocks. 6.30pm, National Gallery of Ireland, €10 14th November: Wally Cassidy - The Other Half Lives Drop-in photography exhibition. 12pm, Smock Alley - Winter Garden, Free. 14th November: Women in Historical Fiction Authors Martina Devlin, Lia Mills and Patricia O’Reilly in conversation with broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke. 1.05pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Art of the Short Story Sara Baume, Madeleine D’Arcy, Alan McMonagle and Billy O’Callaghan in conversation with Declan Meade. 1pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Anti-Room @ DBF The journalists of The Anti-Room podcast, Anna Carey, Mary Costello, Léan Cullinan, Sinead Gleeson and Anna McPartlin, in discussion. 2.30pm, Smock Alley, Free 16th November: Victorian Dublin Walking Tour A fascinating walking tour of Victorian Dublin with Dr Frank Cullen. 11.30am, Front steps of Smock Alley, €5 16th November: The Irish Who Went to War - World War One Travel writer and historian Turtle Bunbury in Conversation with broadcaster Myles Dungan. 2pm, Smock Alley, Free   Dublin Beatles Festival 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 Festival 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   Bram Stoker Festival: Macnas - The Summoning, Galway’s award-winning theatre, spectacle and processional company celebrate the Bram Stoker Festival by taking to Dublin’s streets with wild and eerie abandon on 27th October. Dressed as mercurial tailors with a glee for stitching laughter to darkness, summoning monsters and marvels from drains, lanes and street corners, the festival crowds will be awed by their captivating procession The Summoning. Watch as creatures, characters and contortions dissolve, and are remade and revealed. Macnas populate this journey with mischief, active imagination, baptism and burial. These new priests and madmen whistle and are unleashed from the shadows, a haunted air heralding in the slumbering descent of countless agitations on high, as they close the night upon the city like a trap door. Experience pure spectacle, artistry and magic as it parades the city streets. Macnas energise audiences with interactive performances at festivals and celebrations around the globe, bringing stunning large-scale images and brilliant chaos to the streets of the world. Macnas are ambitious, contemporary and utterly unpredictable. This event is free, with no need to book.  Exact location details to be confirmed.   Stoker City Roving Festival: Smithfield the Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals' final club night, get your creep on at The Generator in Smithfield, Dublin 7, and dance like a devil at the official Macnas after-party. Festival artists and audiences join together in seeing the festival out in Stoker style, with blood-curdling cocktails, heart-pounding tunes, lip-smacking treats and as always, the dark and macabre lurking around every corner.   As the final fright night, it’s set to be a howl that might just raise the dead.   Orpheé (Orpheus) Part of the marvellously macabre Bram Stoker Festival, enjoy a screening of Jean Cocteau’s 1950 film Orpheé (Orpheus) on 27th October. This magical retelling of the Orpheus myth turns the lyre-playing singer of Greek legend into a famous left-bank poet in postwar Paris. Fallen out of favour and lost for poetic inspiration, Orpheé (Jean Marais) becomes obsessed with a mysterious black-clad princess (Maria Casarès) who first claims the life of a rival poet, and then Eurydice (Marie Déa), his wife. With its unforgettable imagery – the dissolving mirror through which characters pass into the next world, the leather-clad, death-dealing motorcyclists, and Cocteau’s magical special effects – Orpheé is a work of haunting beauty that follows the poetic logic of a dream.     Gothic Market Fair the Smithfield Market with a gory gothic twist on 26th October at the Gothic Market Fair, Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival, enjoy a bite to eat, and suck up a Bloody Mary as live bands, incredible performers and eerie underground cinema screenings keep you entertained all afternoon. With more than 35 goth-inspired market stalls waiting to ensnare all you bargain-hunters, you can pick up all manner of trinkets and curios including vintage goth vinyl, contemporary art and jewellery, pre-loved clothes, retro furniture and more at this creative (and on this day, creepy) corner of the capital. Goth Karaoke the tribe among us that are the pale-faced Goths via some great gothic karaoke, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on 26th October. Part of the city-wide Bram Stoker Festival celebrations, croon your emotional versions of the sincerest of songs thanks to Glasgow-based artist Claire Biddles’ Goth Karaoke. Claire has replaced all the usual songs on the karaoke machine with the ultimate hairspray-sodden, dyed-black classics including The Cure, Nick Cave, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and plenty more to get your eye-liner smudged and your shoes gazed. Come along for the chance to live out your teen goth fantasies by performing live on stage, or just watch others sing along to the tunes, baring their darkest of hearts. This event is free with no booking necessary. The Cure: In Orange close to seeing The Cure and Robert Smith’s kohled eyes this Halloween season, get your hairspray and smudge your lipstick for an unmissable screening of the concert film, The Cure: In Orange. Performed against the backdrop of the ancient Roman venue; Theatre Antique d’Orange, it captures band’s incredible performance in the French Countryside in 1986. This rarely shown concert film features 23 songs in a now legendary performance, and having only been released on VHS and laser disc, true fans will appreciate this outdoor ‘concert’ of sorts, screened in Meeting House Square. Admission is free but booking is essential. Over 18s only. Bram Stoker Festival Screening: The Lost Boys very vampiric and indulge in some blood-sucking entertainment with an outdoor screening of the 80s classic The Lost Boys, at Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, 26th October. “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.”   When brothers Sam and Mike move to a new town plagued with bikers and mysterious deaths, to say they fall in with the wrong crowd is a bit of an understatement. Mike meets a beautiful girl and begins to exhibit the classic signs of vampirism, fearing for Mike’s and his own safety, Sam recruits two young local vampire hunters to save his brother by finding and destroying the head vampire. Boasting an all-star 80s teen cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, Joel Schumacher’s teen-comedy-horror hybrid is a macabre must-see. Underground Gothic: Dublin's Hidden Tunnels 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. Discussion: Lynne Truss & Joanna Briscoe hearing two of the UK’s leading novelists discuss their brand new novels with Dr Bernice Murphy, lecturer in Popular Literature at Trinity, as part of the Bram Stoker Festival on 26th October. From Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves, comes Cat out of Hell, the terrifying tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself. Joanna Briscoe’s Touched is a chilling, deeply creepy novella, a waking nightmare in the home counties that is both erotic and claustrophobic. Briscoe is the author of the acclaimed, bestselling novel, Sleep With Me. Seeing the authors in the flesh is an absolute must-see for any fans of thrilling fiction. This event is support of Trinity College Department of English. Hearing Voices: Tales from the Gothic Masters acclaimed Irish actors read extracts from the Gothic genre’s masters at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on 26th October. “I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul” Bram Stoker Leading Irish actors Phelim Drew (The Commitments, My Left Foot, The Risen People) and Owen Roe (Michael Collins, Glengarry Glen Ross, King Lear) read extracts from the masters, Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu and other authors, in a programme which highlights the immediacy and sheer drama of the spoken word. Adding a musical dimension to the readings is Belfast guitarist Colin Reid. This event is supported by Trinity College Department of English. Admission is free but booking is essential.   IFI Horrorthon: Surprise Film of the IFI’s annual palpitation-inducing Horrorthon festival, prepare yourself for a step into the unknown with a surprise film from this gory genre on 26th October. As always, every effort is being made to secure something that will prove a hit with all horror-lovers, and as this is one of the frightening festival’s most popular slots, be sure to get your tickets good and early. If you dare, of course.   Stoker City Roving Festival: Camden Quarter gloriously gothic in Dublin 2’s Camden Quarter with The Weekend of The Dead, part of the spine-tingling Stoker City Roving and Bram Stoker Festivals. Happening across Camden Street’s vibrant venues including Opium Rooms, Whelan’s, Ryan’s, and Camden Row’s St. Kevin’s Park, the area will be transformed into a veritable realm of hell. With plenty of free on-street live music, thrill-seekers can participate in Ireland’s biggest seance in St Kevin’s Park, do the monster mash at the Silent Disco, and indulge in the official Bram Stoker Festival Club’s showcase in Opium Rooms with Nightmares On Wax, Breakbot, Martinez Brothers, Gui Boratto, Jamie Jones, and many more performing till the wee witching hours. Admission to all shows is free except the festival club gig in Opium Rooms, where tickets can be bought on the door.   Rub-a-Dublin Reggae Festival of the awesome Beatyard Festival, get ready for some reggae at the day-long Rub-a-Dublin Reggae Festival on 26th October. Presented by Irish Moss Records and the Twisted Pepper, go vinyl hunting at the pop-up record store, watch some Jamaican cinema, sample some tasty Caribbean barbecue, see art displays, or chill out in the Smoking Loft & Rum Bar. The very best in live Irish and international reggae artists will also be on hand to see you relax through the afternoon at this one-off Caribbean spectacular. Admission for the 100 people before 6pm is free, after 6pm admission is €12. The Bram Stoker Literary Death Match a literary battle of words and wits at The Bram Stoker Literary Death Match, Smock Alley Theatre, 25th October.   Part of the Bram Stoker Festival’s lively programme of events, watch four authors face each other with fightin’ talk in a thrilling literary battle to a panel of all-star judges. With the judges boasting specialities in literary merit, performance and the intangible, the authors will be relying on comedic irreverence among other things, to pitch with the most prowess. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match Finale, a vaguely literary game, where the ultimate champion will be decided upon. Having been performed in 53 cities, over 330 times, this eerie edition features bestselling authors Lynn Shepherd and Ian Flitcroft, poet Erin Fornoff and MFA grad and debut literary sensation David Rudden. Judgely comment will be passed down from RTE 2fm’s Rick O’Shea, comedian, author and actress Tara Flynn, and the Stinging Fly’s Tom Morris. A fantastic evening of fun, frivolity and fighting fanfare await! Dublin's Macabre Side: Pat Liddy Walking Tour the ancient undead to Dublin’s Gothic writers, explore the Legacy that inspired Bram Stoker on Pat Liddy’s creepily compelling walking tour. ?Bram Stoker’s imagination was fuelled and fed by his native city’s gory history, dark happenings, violence, torture, famine and plague. From Dublin’s shadowy mythological past, stories of the undead and the wanderings of troubled spirits have peopled Irish culture and folklore long before Stoker’s Dracula ever saw the light of day. Take a walk around the capital’s side streets, alleys and the former medieval quarter of Dublin with the inimitable Pat Liddy, who will brings to life gloriously Gothic tales including Dracula, Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tour takers will also enjoy discovering the spectral origins of some of our Halloween customs today. Price Adult €10  Seniors/Students €8 Children under 16 go free with accompanying adults.   The Domestic Godless Cookery Class cookery class with a dark twist, this is the first class ever delivered by The Domestic Godless on the gory, gothic theme of? Why, Blood and Earth of course. For over a decade The Domestic Godless have been a thorn in the foot of Irish gastronomy, with an irreverent disregard for current fashions and culinary trends. They have introduced to the world such delights as Sea Urchin Pot Noodle, Foot & Mouth Terrine, Carpaccio of Giant African Land Snail and Victorian high tea wrought from all manner of fertilizer, often in the setting of anarchic installations. Specially developed for the Bram Stoker Festival, this creepy culinary class takes place at Cooks Academy, William Street South, Dublin 2 on 25th October. Petrified participants will be guided through recipes that stretch the imagination beyond the familiar seasonal fare, to produce dishes that will darkly discomfort friends and family. Be prepared to get your hands dirty… Classes 12.30pm - 2pm 3.30pm - 5pm New in the Old City modern Dublin in some of its oldest lanes and streets with New in the Old City, a series of mini festivals and events at Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar. Highlighting the best of what the historic Old City has to offer, enjoy craft, culture, tasty food and plenty of fun in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. These events are running from October (beginning with Unravel 25th - 26th October) right through to springtime, so be sure to keep an eye on as more exciting activities are announced. Get out and discover delightful Dublin, there’s plenty of new, and plenty to do in the Old City.   New in the Old City Festival: Unravel of New in the Old City, an extended series of mini festivals in the historic heart of the capital, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; Unravel celebrates the start of the colder, but cosier, months with all things felt, yarn and woolly. From 25th - 26th October pop down to some crafty installations around those cobbled streets, and even take part in fantastic felting and knitting workshops. Or see how the professionals do it, with plenty of handcrafted and designer fashion available from the Cow’s Lane and West Essex Street makers and retailers. Check out Viruses - a special installation of felted sculptures inspired by the microscopic shapes and vibrant colours of common viruses, created by felt-maker and designer, Niki Collier of Cow’s Lane Designer Studio. Her colds, flus - and even chicken pox - invite us to wonder how something really nasty can also be very beautiful. This installation will be open for the full weekend. All open-air workshops are located beside the Gaiety School of Acting, opposite The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane. No registration required but workshop places are limited and on a first come basis. Programme Saturday 25th October Craft Bombing - Open session with artist Niamh Synott, 10am - 11.30am Meet outside The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane with your knitting and felting at the ready. Niamh will guide you as you decorate every available lamp-post and tree in Cow’s Lane. To get knitting in advance of the Craft Bombing, join our Knitwork sessions at the Queen of Tarts during October. Mini-weaving Loom & The Arty Weaver - Designer Mart, 11am - 5pm             Try your hand at weaving on The Arty Weaver’s mini-loom at her stall at the top of Cow’s Lane. Get inspired by her unique handwoven tweed hats! Ideal for all ages - children particularly welcome. A Good Yarn - Storytelling, 11.30am - 12.15pm Children’s storytime at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Giant Felted Wall - Open-air workshop, 1pm - 4pm                Artists will lead children in the ways of felting and weaving in this rolling, open-air workshop at the bottom of Cow’s Lane. Ideal for children aged 4 years and over. Family Knitting Stall - Open-air knitting, 1pm - 4pm   Knit a funky item at this open-air knitting stall and even add it to the craft bombing on Cow’s Lane. Or have a go at giant knitting with 2 metre-long knitting needles! Ideal for all ages. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm    Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (5.5 - 7mm are best), and some bright yarn that's easy to see (but not too fancy!) Sunday 26th October A Good Yarn - Storytelling,  12.30pm - 1.15pm                Children’s story-time at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Felt your Foe or Fear -  felting with maker and designer Niki Collier, 1pm - 4pm Niki Collier, (Cow’s Lane Designer Studio) will show you how to make an exquisite piece of felt art from your old/orphan sock. Children can add their artwork to the craft bombing of Cow’s Lane or bring it home. Ideal for children aged 5 years and over. Please bring a lonely or odd sock from home with you to the workshop. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm         Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (size 5.5 - 7mm are best) and some bright yarn that’s easy to see (but not too fancy!) Enjoy yarn-fuelled fun for all on this woolly weekend. Goths Vs Zombies Dance-Off your best ghoulish threads and pick a side: goths or zombies, for a deadly dance-off on the city-centre streets on 25th October. Join hundreds of participants in the Dame District and become a goth or a zombie for a blood-curdling walk with the undead across Grafton Street and George's Street. With choreographer Megan Kennedy from dance company Junk Ensemble at the helm of this hellish group, enjoy a dance-off unlike anything seen before. Prepare for flying limbs and devilish behaviour as the zombies square up to the goths. Not sure just how to get suitably gothic? Check out a specially designed make-up tutorial with film and stage Victorian horror make-up specialists, to perfect that recently deceased look: Zombie tutorial Goth tutorial To take part in the dance-off, sign up to The Stoker Debate: Madness & Sexuality a compelling debate chaired by Bram Stoker biographer and former Irish diplomat Paul Murray, in the beautiful Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House on 25th October. Joining Paul Murray on this academic panel are Dr Jarlath Killeen and psychiatrist Dr John Griffin. Together they explore how Stoker’s health, both physical and mental, impacted on his writing. Paul Murray’s recent contribution to Jarlath Killeen’s book on Stoker examined syphilis in its contemporary context, in this discussion Murray will also delve into the duality of Stoker’s personality and mental state as reflected in his fiction. Fiction which could veer from sickly sweet to almost pathologically violent. Admission to this debate is free but booking is essential.   Digging For Dracula a trip of sorts to deepest, darkest Transylvania, courtesy of renowned journalist John Sean Hillen and his epic adventures, in the Oak Room of the exquisite Mansion House. When veteran war correspondent John Sean Hillen was lured to Transylvania for more than a decade to write for The Times, The Irish Times and The Daily Telegraph of London, he began researching the intriguing story behind Dracula. Hillen’s presentation, based on his superb book, Digging for Dracula, is an esoteric tale of adventure across Europe and the USA on a search for literary truths and the meanings of centuries-old myths. Having been a journalist and editor for nearly 30 years, John Sean Hillen’s work has seen him from covering Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the dying days of the Communist regime in Romania, and the Gulf War. Hillen has also been a correspondent in medicine, science and archaeology. Admission is free but booking is essential for this fascinating talk. Body&Soul Present: The ShapeShifter's Ball for an atmospheric evening of immortal proportions, presented by Body&Soul in association with the Bram Stoker Festival, The ShapeShifter's Ball promises nothing less than gothic tales, dark veils and all things wonderfully macabre on Saturday 25th October. Dimming the lights and taking over the incredible venue of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Body & Soul are stirring the cauldron in preparation for an intimate, slightly twisted, and Gothic-themed soirée. Casting creepy creative shadows throughout the many rooms of IMMA, a very limited number of lucky guests will enjoy a spectrum of chilling live, theatrical performances by a carefully selected line-up. In keeping with Body&Soul tradition, guests will be encouraged to arrive in costume, and those that don’t, will be able to rent something suitably ostentatious from the expansive, on-site wardrobes. With the open-air opera Der Vampyr performed in the Courtyard, unparalleled music filling the Baroque Chapel, and a heady mix of electronica in the more shadowy depths of The Vault, dark and mysterious mischief awaits. Stoker City Roving Festival: Alfie Byrne's in to Alfie Byrne’s at the Conrad Hotel for a petrifying pint as the Bram Stoker Festival Club unveil a fright night of craft beer, gothic interactions and otherworldly happenings, on 24th October. Artists and freaky festival-goers will mingle with the macabre, indulging in a signature, truly blood-curdling Bram Stoker Cocktail, some craft beers and tasty bites. Expect nothing less than dark and unsettling occurrences around every corner including Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class, and maybe... Dracula himself. Dracula: An Chéad GaelGore by the multi award-winning Connemara theatre company Áras Inis Gluaire and Fíbín Teo, enjoy a quirky interpretation of one of the world’s most famous literary characters, Dracula, or ‘Droch Fola’ in Irish, aptly meaning bad blood. Taking Seán Ó Cuirrín’s translation of the original text as a starting point, they explore the many links to Irish tradition, language and folklore found throughout the Gothic novel. Taking place in the unique and beautiful setting of the Chapel Royal at Dublin Castle, this production will leave you with hairs standing on the back of your neck and a new understanding of a literary gem with an alternative Gaelic twist. Expect puppets, masks, music, mayhem and plenty of fola - there will be blood... Blood why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Blood, The Science Gallery’s intriguing new exhibition, and the perfect accompaniment to all your Bram Stoker Festival activities Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen-carrier? Blood connects, sustains, and fuels life, yet can also wreak havoc and destruction. It courses in our veins, floating between transcendence and abjection. From stories of vampires, kinship and religious beliefs to cutting edge research in immunology and genetics and bio-art works that use the medium of blood, this exhibition is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Open 24th October, 12pm-8pm 25th - 26th October, 12pm-6pm Bram Stoker Festival: The Judge's House you dare enter the ancient surroundings of Marsh’s Library for a chilling encounter based on the gothic master’s tale of terror – The Judge’s House? If you’ve got the guts, pop in to Ireland’s oldest public library, once a regular haunt of Bram Stoker, and home to a resident ghost. Allow yourself to be led by a voice in your ear that begins as an audio tour but soon transforms into something altogether more sinister. Soon, you’ll uncover the terrifying tale of Malcolm Malcolmson – a young man whose study is disturbed by strange sounds from behind the walls, that lead to a terrible reckoning. Adapted by Tom Swift from Bram Stoker’s original story, with sound design by Patrick McGlynn and voice performances by Clare Barrett, Michael James Ford and Stephen Swift. This event is presented by The Performance Corporation with support from Fáilte Ireland’s Sharing Our Stories initiative. Performances Continuously from 10am-1pm, and 2pm-4.30pm Performances run for approximately 20 minutes, booking is advised.   Double Bill: Hellraiser & Hellbound part of the Irish Film Institute’s annual Horrorthon, scare yourself silly with a double bill of British horror classics Hellraiser and its sequel, Hellbound, on 24th October. Based on the director Clive Barker’s own novella, these 1987 and 1988 fearsome flicks are being screened late night for that extra chill factor. Graphically depicting the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house, only to discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs, this film will have you gripping the arm rests. Having lost his earthly body to a trio brainwashed demons known as the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor… If you can handle the horror, stick around for Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, and let your nerves get positively shredded.   Bram Stoker Festival: VampWire fabulously fiendish Bram Stoker Festival not only has blood-thirsty revellers roaming the streets, but looking to the skies too, thanks to the vertiginous VampWire. Presenting Dublin’s first ever free city-centre zip wire, the VampWire is a very real and terrifically terrifying opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city. Why get gothic and just wander the streets when you could register for a spectacular spine-chilling opportunity and take to the skies with some other lucky zombies and vampires? Tickets are allocated via ballot, so be sure to register and keep your creepy fingers crossed for the ride of your (after)life. And even if you’re not chosen for take-off, pop down to Wolfe Tone Square and watch the underworld zip over the living at this freakishly fun event.   Bram Stoker Festival October Dublin City will ‘go gothic’ for the third annual Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th through to Monday 27th October 2014. A Dublin City Council initiative, the festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel 'Dracula' as inspiration. Incorporating a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces, along with a whole range of film and literary events, the festival always manages to whet just about everyone's appetite.  This year the festival intends to infiltrate the very crevices of the city, awakening the dormant gothic that sleeps in the heart of Dublin. Last year’s festival saw more than 20,000 visitors from near and far descend upon the city for a weekend of wickedly good fun. The Bram Stoker Festival 2014 promises to once again bring the magical yet uncanny ‘World of Stoker’ to life on the streets of Dublin. Returning with its devilish trademark mixture of arts, literature, drama and the unexpected, this spooktacular festival has plenty to suit thrill seekers of all ages. IFI Horrorthon Horrorthon returns for its 17th edition, providing audiences with the opportunity to enjoy the best of new international genre productions, as well as a number of judiciously selected classics. Last year we revisied Tobe Hooper’s unfairly neglected Lifeforce, and Hammer’s The Mummy, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  As always, IFI Horrorthon is a must-attend event for any genre fan. Price: Tickets for individual films starting at €9.00 Booking: The Beatyard 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. Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Month of the Elephant celebrate the arrival of three lovely Asian elephant calves at Dublin Zoo, the Zoo along with Dublin City Council and Kaziranga Forest Trail sponsor, The Natural Confectionery Company, have declared October 2014, the Month of the Elephant. With October set to be an ‘elephantastic’ month, get the family together and discover the exciting elephant-themed calendar of family fun days, events, workshops and keeper talks at the Zoo, and across the city’s schools and libraries. The celebration is even spilling out on to the streets with an Elephant Trail around Dublin city centre on 18th and 19th October. Families can take part in this free treasure hunt style event around the city and learn incredible elephant facts along the way. With the trail ending at Barnardos Square, trailers will be rewarded with an Elephant Extravaganza featuring keeper talks from the Dublin Zoo elephant team, face painting, elephant arts and crafts, and loads more fun of elephant proportions. Other Elephant Events Elephant Encounters: Keeper talks at Dublin Zoo Monday, 29th September - Friday 3rd October: 12.30pm Saturday 4th, 11th and 25th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday 5th, 12th and 26th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Elephant Themed Parent & Toddler Mornings 1st-2nd, 9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th October: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm Elephant photography workshop 4th and 11th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required ‘Giant Footsteps’ with Gerry Creighton Talk on the development of Dublin Zoo’s elephant care programme. 5th October: 3pm Pre-School Morning - ‘Colour Me Wild’ 7th October: 10am Elephant Sketching Workshop 10th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required see Wake Up with the Elephants 12th October: 8.30am-10am (Dublin Zoo annual pass holder only) Elephant Weekend at Dublin Zoo 11th - 12th October Enjoy arts, crafts and face painting. Citywide Elephant Talks (booking required) 13th October: 11am - Charleville Library 14th October: 11am - Coolock Library 15th October: 11am - Ballyfermot Library 16th October: 11am - Finglas Library 17th October: 11am - Walkinstown Library 20th October: 11am - Pearse Street Library Elephant Trail and Family Fun Day 18th and 19th October - Barnardos Square. See Elephant Month Family Talk - Elephacts! October 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Natural History Museum. Celebrate Elephant Month with zoologist Catherine McGuinness as she shares fascinating elephant facts - including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops! Suitable for age 5+, places are limited, booking required. Contact  Stanley Kubrick Season’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. Dublin Festival Season knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival