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 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 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 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 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. 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.   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. 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.   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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. To take part in the dance-off, sign up to 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 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 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! 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. Bloodworks why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Bloodworks, 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 uses the medium of blood, Bloodworks 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.   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... 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: Open House: Airfield at the architecture and spaces of Dublin and its surroundings as the excellent Open House Dublin imparts intriguing knowledge about the city’s formation and evolution, 17th - 19th October. Go beyond the city centre and explore the award-winning Airfield Farm & Gardens. This project is an enhanced landscape of farm and garden in the midst of urban and suburban development. The new and expanded facilities at Airfield, including new entrances, a farm centre, café, ornamental and food gardens, are superbly designed for visitors of all ages. The sustainable and energy efficient design makes a positive contribution to the unique ‘Airfield Experience’ while the conservation work strengthens the architectural character of the existing buildings. Airfield won Best Cultural Project & Best Sustainable Project in the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards, so is definitely worth an exploration. Places on this tour will be distributed using an email lottery. Register at for a chance to win two places on this tour.  Open House: Buildings of the Botanic Gardens of the excellent Open House Dublin weekend, explore the architecture of the stunning National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin on 18th October. With the festival being an exploration of the buildings that reveal something about society at a given time in history and about the people involved in making the built environment, this tour will detail the architecture of the Botanic Gardens from the innovative restoration of the great Palm House to the design of the new library and visitor buildings. The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture will also be open. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the capital, its culture and great design. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House: City Hall the theme of this year’s Open House festival being learning from buildings, discover just what you can learn from the capital’s regal landmark City Hall, on 18th October. The commission for Dublin’s City Hall was awarded through an architectural competition that attracted great public interest. The design included a grand entrance rotunda covered by a wide coffered dome. It was Ireland’s first Neo-Classical building and also the first public building in Dublin to be clad in Portland stone. The building was adapted for Dublin Corporation in 1852 by Samuel Roberts and the original layout was restored in 2000 by Paul Arnold Architects. All Victorian divisions on the main floor were removed to open up the space. An architectural gem in the heart of the city, get behind the facades many of us idly pass by during this unique weekend. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House: Casino Marino wonderfully unique event presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin invites us to explore the interiors and architecture of the impressive Dublin buildings we usually only admire from the outside. Just one of these 100 plus free tours, events and workshops, is a visit to The Casino at Marino. The first 18th century Neo Classical building to be privately commissioned in Ireland, this deceptive building was designed as a pleasure house for the Earl of Charlemont, and is regarded as one of the finest buildings of its kind in Europe. Designed by William Chambers, The Casino, meaning small house, surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms, rich in subtlety and design. As with most Open House Dublin events, people are admitted on a first-come basis. So get out and unlock the city’s secrets standing there in stone, and discover just how the capital has evolved. Open 18th October, 11am-5pm 19th October, 12pm-5pm Diwali Festival of Lights Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, with an exquisite exploration of Indian arts, crafts, spirituality and food, at The Arena, Tallaght, 18th - 19th October. The most popular festival from the Indian sub-continent, Diwali is the celebration of good’s victory over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Representing the reaffirmation of hope, Diwali is a celebration of the joys of life, a renewed commitment to friendship, and goodwill. Celebrated worldwide with great pomp, splendour and joy, this feel good festival includes fantastic fireworks, delicious authentic food, Bollywood performances, rangoli (floral art), a spiritual and cultural area, the grand finale of an Indo-Irish talent show, and lots to entertain the kids. Now in it’s fifth year, previous years have attracted more than 2,000 visitors from a diverse array of communities in Ireland, with the festival offering the chance to embrace the country’s true multiculturalism, and experience this jubilant Diwali celebration in spectacular fashion. Tickets Adult €15 Family ticket €15 Children under 12 years go free   Lingo: Spoken Word Festival ready for Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival, Lingo, and experience the country’s incredible underground spoken word scene as it rises to the occasion, from 17th - 19th October. Enjoy a weekend of lyrical festivities across three superb Dublin venues, Smock Alley Theatre, The Workman’s Club and the Liquor Rooms, as a light is shone on this burgeoning creative scene. Presenting a wonderfully eclectic programme that ably showcases the quality and diversity of contemporary performance poetry in Ireland, festival highlights include: Slam poetry sensation Polarbear Inaugural Lingo Poet Laureate John Cummins Derry poet Abby Oliveira Liberties based Karl Parkinson Current Chair of Irish Poetry Paula Meehan. Poetry brunch Panel discussions Poetry Bingo Mini showcases of well-known Irish spoken word events such as The Brownbread Mixtape, Nighthawks, and The Monday Echo. Lingo’s open mic events and the Lingo UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Slam, also provide a megaphone for new voices on the scene, with the highly coveted prize of opening for Damien Dempsey at the London Irish Centre up for grabs. By night the festival club will bring hip-hop and spoken word together for ‘The Late State’ in the Liquor Rooms, co-curated by Another festival benchmark looks set to be  ‘Hero Hour’, a charity event in aid of Childline, which will see a panel of public figures such as Rick O’ Shea and Senator David Norris, share their favourite poem and then be interviewed by broadcaster Sean Rocks about their choice. Tickets Individual events €10 Day passes €16 Weekend pass €35 Hero Hour event €15   Open House Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. 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. French Food Fair on the Square Merrion Square goes gloriously Gallic on Saturday 11th October as Ketty Elizabeth, better known by her blog moniker French Foodie in Dublin, brings you a taste of France in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Discover the very best of French cuisine at No. 63 Merrion Square and indulge in tasty French treats including wonderful breads, cakes, macarons, chocolate, charcuterie, cheese and many more temptations. Meet Irish-based French food producers and enjoy the delectable tastes of fantastique France right here in the capital. An array of talks and tastings will be held throughout the day to tease your tastebuds. Why not learn the secrets of chocolate making? Or discover just why cheese is both a passion and an art? The mouthwatering afternoon will be topped off with a screening of the wonderful French film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, as tummies digest this grand gourmet experience. Magnifique! (A)pollonia unique two-day theatrical event combining Polish dramaturgy and Irish theatre makers, (A)pollonia presents new dramatic forms that ably tackle complex historical and current issues. Part of the unrivalled Dublin Theatre Festival, catch the performance and its accompanying discussions at the Project Arts Centre and the Workman’s Club, 10th-11th October. 10th October, Project Arts Centre, 4pm Poland, with its war trauma, political upheavals, romantic megalomania and brutal neoliberal transformation for centuries used theatre to define its identity, to challenge the heroic foundation myths, to exercise empathy and to ignite revolutions. Now the most powerful Polish dramas reflecting the permanent crisis of modern times are available in an anthology, (A)pollonia – Twenty First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage. Join the editors – Joanna Klass, Krystyna Duniec – and the authors – Pawel Demirski, Dorota Maslowska, Sebastian Majewski – in the discussion about theatre’s political role and obligations. What new narratives are possible in the world of absurd standards of political correctness, Postmodern uncertainty and horrific social and political conflicts? How to disarm clichés, fight political cynicism and apathy? The discussion will be concluded with an abstract from (A)pollonia directed by Ronan Phelan, new Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. 11th October, Project Arts Centre, 2.30pm Then experience a medley of topics, scenes and questions based on (A)pollonia, directed by the last year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee, Rosemary McKenna. 11th October, Workman's Club, 9pm Finally the Workman’s Club will host Ireland Talks Back - The Party, a club night of music, spoken word, live action role-playing games and Irish writers’ responses to Rosemary McKenna’s afternoon medley. These events are free but ticketed, early booking is advised. Cloud Castle Lake the atmospheric sound of Dublin-based Cloud Castle Lake as part of the excellent Hard Working Class Heroes festival on 4th October. The three-piece, which often feature a periphery of additional collaborators, take to the Button Factory stage on the final day of the festival. Having supported touring acts like Glasser, Lisa Hannigan and Nigel Godrich’s Ultraísta, as well as wowing at the likes of Electric Picnic and Body & Soul, their Button Factory gig promises to be as compelling and enveloping as you’d expect. Fresh from a sold-out performance with the Trinity Orchestra in Dublin’s Unitarian Church and a performance in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for designer Simone Rocha's London Fashion Week show, catch these boys while you can. Saturday tickets €20   Ghost Estates of this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes line-up, Dublin four-piece Ghost Estates take to Bad Bob’s, Temple Bar on 3rd October. Enjoy tracks from the Northsiders’ critically acclaimed self-titled debut, as well as their forthcoming second album, in this lively city centre club. Having stormed the likes of CastlePalooza, Forbidden Fruit, Other Voices and Electric Picnic with their indie-rock-synth fare, revellers won’t be disappointed by these hometown heroes. With the festival being Ireland’s leading music showcase and convention, music lovers can indulge in 100 bands playing across seven city venues and discover a diverse array of ‘next big things’. Friday tickets €20   Liza Flume but Dublin-based Liza Flume performs in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square as part of this year’s Hard Working House Heroes on 2nd October. With her heartfelt lyrics and innovative melodic instrumentations, Liza has received a remarkable response from the music press. “Liza’s songwriting ability is something many new artists should aspire to emulate, the kind of honesty that many longstanding artists fail to bring across in their music. The collection is beautifully simple and raw, quirky in places with an arrangement that leaves you longing for more but not feeling cheated when it comes to a close” Don’t miss Liza in these atmospheric, outdoor surroundings on the opening night of 2014’s festival. Thursday tickets €20   Hard Working Class Heroes Working Class Heroes is a music festival with a difference. No porta-loos, no leaky tents and no trying to watch your favourite band through a sheet of bone-chilling rain. Last year saw the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival, an initiative that aims to give support to creative tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders were able to avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a bonus element to the already jam packed festival. Need to be convinced of the credentials of this festival? Recent alumni include The Strypes, Villagers and Fionn Regan. Highlilghts from last year’s crop of exciting new talent included Daithí: the fiddle-house fusion boy wonder, Choice Music Prize nominees: Tieranniesaur, who brought their own blend of indie disco pop to the table, and Hozier who exploded onto the scene this year and managed to pack out The Button Factory for his stellar set. If you take pleasure from boasting about seeing an act 'before they were famous,' then this is the festival for you. Australian Season: Dublin Theatre Festival year's Dublin Theatre Festival boasts a programme that includes three very different but equally exciting events that highlight the sheer diversity and vibrancy of Australia's contemporary cultural scene. Ganesh Versus the Third Reich A multi award-winning production which has enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim, this intriguing production explores how we are involved in creating and dismantling the world, human possibility and hope. Opening with the elephant-headed god Ganesh travelling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol, this is a poignant, heart-warming and incredibly disarming play, inviting us to examine who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard. Jack Charles V The Crown Uncle Jack Charles is an Australian legend: veteran actor, Koori elder, activist, but also a former heroin addict and cat-burglar. This is a show about his life, as told by him. From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in 1970s Australia, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, Jack Charles V The Crown runs the gamut of a life lived to its limits. Unfailing optimism transforms this tale of addiction, crime and imprisonment into the story of a vagabond’s progress. A theatrical delight, it proves a celebration of Black Australia’s steadfast refusal to give up. Hello My Name Is Part personal confession, part social commentary and part trust exercise, Hello My Name Is creates a unique, playful and moving experience that puts the audience right at the heart of the action. Fun and delightfully unexpected, the play is set in a community centre with audience members cast as workshop participants and carefully guided through a series of activities that chaotically and humorously describe just how to have a conversation. Come with an open mind and this uplifting event will remind you how to engage with (and celebrate) the act of living together. Venues O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere. Samuel Beckett Theatre. Smock Alley Theatre Tickets €20 - €30 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  Panel Discussions: Dublin Theatre Festival by broadcaster Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, enjoy three panel discussions addressing and examining some of the themes at play in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 2014 programme. Whose Hamlet is it anyway? Bewley’s Café Theatre, 27th September, 4pm He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary? Imagining Australia Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2nd October, 4pm The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival reveals a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past? Playwriting – Making it Work, Getting it On Irish Writers’ Centre, 8th October, 4pm How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre? This panel focuses on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage. These panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed, early booking is advised as seats are limited.   Our Few and Evil Days and her parents have always been close. But recently, that closeness has been tainted by an increasing sense of mistrust. Tonight, a visit from a stranger will force them to confront the terrifying reality of their relationship. A stark and chilling play written by one of the country’s foremost contemporary playwrights, Our Few and Evil Days comes to The Abbey Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. “If I tell you, then everything’s going to change” Written and directed by the acclaimed Mark O’Rowe (Howie the Rookie, Boy A, Intermission, Terminus), this affecting yet deeply human story demonstrates the extremes and limits of devotion. Boasting an incredible cast, don’t miss the chance to see Ian Lloyd Anderson, Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds, Charlie Murphy and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor perform in the first piece penned by O’Rowe since 2007. Tickets €13 - €45 Dublin Festival of History Dublin Festival of History returns for its second outing from 26th September to 8th October with this year’s main theme being Dublin’s involvement in the First World War. A fascinating festival, it gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional Irish and international historians, such as Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Mary Daly and David Dickson. As well as a superb array of free lectures, this year’s festival includes a specially commissioned piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray, and a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The festival’s main history talks take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, which include discussions on Viking Dublin, 20th century Spain, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and a Poetry Aloud session that sees the Great War brought to life. Festival-goers can also take a walking tour of Georgian Dublin’s hidden histories or get expert advice from lauded Irish novelist Martina Devlin in her Historical Writing Workshop. A plethora of films, talks, workshops and more, take place in Dublin City Branch Libraries as part of the festival too. Seize this wonderful opportunity to explore our riveting past.   A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing the creators of festival hits Freefall and Dubliners, The Corn Exchange showcases to Dublin Theatre Festival audiences an extraordinary and vital new voice in contemporary fiction. Recent winner of an array of literary awards including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014, Eimear McBride’s novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb right to the age of 20 with palpable intensity and vivid originality. Revealing a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence; audiences will be in awe of this portrayal of a girl determined to make sense of the world amidst the crushing Catholicism and poverty of her Irish childhood. Rebellious, unrelenting, and with biting wit, McBride’s urgent novel translates into an electric performance by Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy), and is adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan. An incredible theatrical experience. Dublin Theatre Festival in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     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. Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival benchmark in the city’s festival calendar, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been a fixture in the capital’s social and cultural life since 1957. Celebrate its illustrious history with a special collection of the festival programmes, posters, photographs and more at Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival, at The Little Museum of Dublin. Launched as part of An Tóstal, a tourism promotion initiative back in the 50s, the Dublin Theatre Festival has seen 55 editions over seven decades, and has always managed to mirror the changing shape of the city and the developing careers of artists and theatre companies. With a longstanding reputation for mixing celebration with provocation, the festival has continually showcased the very best of Ireland without shying away from revealing its uncomfortable truths. With artefacts from private and public collections, theatre-goers and the culturally curious will revel in this excellent exhibition. Opening on Culture Night (19th September), the exhibiton will be free of charge on this evening only, with tours on the half hour. Items on display include: Rehearsal photos featuring Liam Neeson, Mick Lally and Stephen Rea from the 1981 production of Translations by Brian Friel (Gate Theatre). The Mask that featured in Hugh Leonard’s The Mask of Moriarty (Gate Theatre, 1985). The model box from Fishamble, The New Play Company’s production of The Pride of Parnell Street (Tivoli Theatre, 2007). Script from Peter and Jim Sheridan’s production of Mobile Homes (1976, Project Arts Centre). A poster from the very first festival in 1957 for An Tóstal. Red nose from Barabbas’ production of Come Down the Mountain John Clown (1994).   Admission is €7 or free with any Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 ticket stub. Oktoberfest Georges Dock, IFSC Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival! The original Oktoberfest will come from Germany to Dublin, giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on Georges Dock for some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Alongside the many surprising foods on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer. Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the 18 day event. Click here for more information 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