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. Get up, get out and get active to kick off the New Year as you mean to go on!  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, along with a host of activites to help you kick start the year - focusing on renewal, health and wellbeing.  Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day 5km Fun Run through the city, starting at 12 noon; while a host of free mind, body and fitness events, including group exercise classes, will also take place in the city's green spaces.  And after New Year's workout, be sure to enjoy the feast of entertainment happening at the NYF Food Village in Dublin Castle too. With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st to get 2015 off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! More details on registering for these fantastic events are coming soon. 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. See the city erupt enchanted, as some of Dublin’s most well-loved streets burst in a stunning procession with dazzling light installations, music and dance performers! The Procession of Light journeys from St Stephen's Green, through Temple Bar towards Dublin Castle led by Luxe, Ireland’s leading specialists in visually stunning spectacles. Travel with us towards 2015 and share a magical Mini Midnight Moment with family and friends of all ages at Dublin Castle. What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? Kicking off at 7pm, the Procession of Light is a fantastic free family-friendly event, with a magical mood that's simply unmissable! 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. Gather your friends and family together and enjoy the most exciting New Year's celebration Dublin has ever seen! NYF Dublin is delighted to invite you to ring in the New Year with our headline act Kodaline plus very special guests James Vincent McMorrow, The Dublin Legends, Walking on Cars and The Whereabouts. Celebrate in the heart of the city at College Green from 8pm – 12.30am and witness an utterly unforgettable New Year's Eve that will also be broadcast live on RTE television. Kodaline One of the biggest Irish bands to emerge in recent years, Kodaline are currently enjoying 3x Platinum Irish sales and counting, and have played to maximum capacity crowds at the former O2 Arena (now 3Arena), Electric Picnic and Longitude at Marlay Park. In 2013 they joined a distinguished group of artists to achieve nine weeks at No.1 – the last to do this was Adele with her album 21, in 2011. Don't miss these hometown heroes at this special festive concert. James Vincent McMorrow With his acclaimed debut album, Early in the Morning, having reached number 1, gone platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010, James Vincent McMorrow's star has simply risen and risen.  Along the way, there were shows everywhere from the Royal Festival Hall to BBC's Later… with Jools Holland. McMorrow released his highly acclaimed second album, Post Tropical, in Ireland in January 2014. Experience his pensive lyricism and unrivalled voice at this incredible concert. The Dublin Legends Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul Watchorn are all true legends of Irish folk music. With Sean and Eamonn having been members of The Dubliners for close to 30 years, Gerry having joined them for the final leg of their 50th anniversary tour, and Paul Watchorn earning the accolade of one of the Ireland's best banjo players; these are a quartet of considerable renown. 'The Lads' are looking forward to entertaining the crowds, and meeting all their old friends and fans at NYF Dublin and are set to showcase all the classic songs and ballads the genre's known for worldwide. Walking on Cars Hailing from the tiny Irish coastal town of Dingle with a population of just 1,500, these Irish chart toppers have been selling out shows in their homeland for the past year, and have amassed a huge live and online following. Their single Hand In Hand was an iTunes #1 and remained in the iTunes Top 10 for a number of weeks after its release. Catch these vibrant up and comers at the NYF Countdown Concert on 31st December. Tickets Tickets for the over 18s event are priced at €25.40 including booking fee and go on sale nationwide on Friday 7th November at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Buy Online at www.ticketmaster.ie   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 superb cultural events spanning art, spoken word and live entertainment.  NYF Art Trail Follow the incredible NYF Art Trail to explore Dublin city’s established galleries which are putting on special NYF guided tours and talks from established artists, and special showcases from up and coming ones too. Join the trail and experience something new with this wonderfully accessible programme. Participating galleries include Temple Bar Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland, Cross Gallery, Kerlin Gallery, Green on Red Gallery, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Ireland, and the Hugh Lane Gallery. Check back here in December for the full NYF Art Trail schedule.  Dublin Discovery Trail Explore more of the capital’s hidden delights with the Dublin Discovery Trail, tailor-made for those only visiting Dublin for a few days. Pick and choose from the list of Dublin city’s top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and great guided tours.  Sign up to our NYF newsletter here and we will send you an earlier Christmas present with the NYF coupon to avail of the discounts in December! Dublin Bikes Dublin… walk it, bike it, DIY it! Our festival friends over at Dublin Bikes are offering special NYF 25% discount to take you to some of these trail destinations with their own special twist - experiencing some local hidden gems while in the saddle. Visit www.seedublinbybike.ie for more details on their tours and enter promo code 6j3audew5abd for the 25% discount on advance bookings. NYF Spoken Word Festival Enjoy a wealth of compelling culture with the spectacular NYF Spoken Word Festival events. They say the Irish have the gift of the gab; so come experience the talent at the NYF Spoken Word Festival, which gathers the very best of Irish wit, poetry slam, literature, lively discussion and debate, into one compelling, cultural bundle.  With so much to discover this festive season, your holiday diary will be full to the brim.     New Year Festival Dublinhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYF_DublinNYF Dublin - the ultimate New Year's Eve party! This new and exciting city-wide music and arts festival boasts 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, and follow the captivating Music and Arts Trails across the city, which showcase live music in superb settings and stunning Irish and international art and culture. Sample some delicious artisan food at Dublin Castle's NYF Food Village, and watch as the city's streetscapes come alive with thrilling 3D animations at the Luminosity events.  Join in the magical Procession of Light and see the city dazzle, or become utterly immersed in the inspiring Spoken Word Festival which boasts poetry slams, literature, discussion and debate like you've never seen them before.  For visitors who only have a few days to spend in Dublin, it couldn't be simpler with our NYF Dublin Discovery Trail. This allows you to explore the best of the city over two perfectly planned days. Pick and choose from our list of Dublin city's top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and guided tours.  And what better way to start 2015 off to a properly positive start than with Resolution Day? Which includes a 5km fun run at Dublin Castle, exercise classes, and more awesome activities that'll have you hit the ground running in 2015. With all this and a spectacular array of surprises and secret performances across the city too, the countdown is most definitely on! 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 the exquisite grounds of iconic Dublin Castle as it's transformed into the NYF Food Village over three indulgent days 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 2015 - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Treat yourself to delicious artisan food and enjoy the stunning castle setting, as it becomes a hive of activity, filled with free family-friendly entertainment plus performances in contemporary music and spoken word. NYF Dublin will launch 'In the Making' the Irish Year of Design 2015, the inaugural exhibition of Irish Design 2015, opening on December 30th in The Coach House, Dublin Castle, to coincide with the New Year's Eve festival. 'In the Making' is a touring exhibition organised by the Design Museum, London and curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Please see www.irishdesign2015.ie for more details. Be sure to check back here in December for a list of all the superb food traders catering the NYF Food Village.     Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm       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 Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Watch in wonder as Luminosity springs these buildings to life, telling a story with cutting edge 3D digital displays from 5pm to 12 midnight each evening. Locations Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 1 Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 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 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.