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London's lost its buzz. Alex Proud (of Proud Galleries) stated that London's cool factor had diminished due to wealth pushing multi-cultural and creative communities out of the city in the Telegraph. i-D replied with a remedy of sorts - more housing in the Docklands and in vacant commercial space. However, London has gone too far on the oligarchy road for that.

In Dublin, we are less encumbered by chain restaurants and cafés; although they are present, we love nothing better than feeling like we're eating and drinking Irish. Where we are starting to lose the battle though, is in our fight against uncontrolled rents. Where are our alternatives? An enterprising few are converting commercial properties. NAMA is with-holding property that could potentially stabilise the market to some extent, whilst some people are house-sitting castles as part of the Camelot scheme. A vibrant Dublin needs alternatives.

Movers and shakers aren't going to want to commute to da party by DART and get the nightbus home, after all.

Who does their best drinking on the nightbus?" Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy

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April 24 2014


where
See Link

when
Until April 27th

how much
See Festival Link

festival
Darklight

Darklight enters the festival frey with a pirouette it's been perfecting over the last 15 years. Jam hot with screenings, talks, workshops and revelery, it consistently peels away our perception of the now to reveal insights, patterns and predictions. It launches with the gala premiere of The Last Hijack, a Somalian pirates story which melds animation and documentary storytelling. Other highlights include Film 4 commissioner Anna Higgs, a premiere of controversial coming-of-age film Wetlands,  a workshop to make your own Oculus Rift, a virtual Q&A with Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer, a party in the Generator with the Forza Italia squad, A Spell to Ward off the Darkness and Electro Moskva which tells the tale of Russia through the soundwaves of a theremin and its electronic era. A truly original and unique festival worthy of your spotlight explorations. / Josh Jacobs

 

April 24 2014


where
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Office Building, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Cycling Makes Sense

How appropriate that this falls two days after Earth Day? Environmental consciousness is so cool right now. Cycling reduces CO2 emissions as well as cutting consumption of petrol. It’s cheaper too as maintenance costs are negligible (though you have to factor in the possibility of theft, lbh). The benefits for you include building exercise into your routine as well as looking oh so chic sitting pretty on that seat. So why then are there so few cycle paths in Dublin? And why do many of them abruptly end in the middle of the road? This lecture will address those questions and more as well as explaining the benefits of cycling in more, er, expert terms. The talk is part of the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s effort to make Dublin cycle safe. So don’t forget that high vis jacket. / Aisling Kett

 

April 24 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

festival
Live Collision

Live Collision is just that, a whirlwind collection of questions and queries, pushes and probes that lifts the lid and pricks the skin. Based in The Project but spanning city wide the performances merge audience and artist as they tug and pull at our societal fabric, considering the moment between action and consequence and where our responsibility as individuals and as the collective falls between. Gathering politics, people and public space into the fold, Live Collision aims to turn our perceptions on their heads, encourages us to view our culture from upside down and reconsider how we engage with ourselves and each other in this wonderful kaleidoscope we exist within. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

April 24 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
Runs until May 31st

how much
Free

exhibition
Welcome To Heterotopia

Dublin's Jason Kearney (AKA Cuts) is a young master of surrealism. He manipulates pixels over paste and photoshop over paper to create surreal digital collages. His robot-populated creations marry classical with sic-fi and his eclectic creations are as enjoyable as they are unique. These works hint at the explorer in all of us. The ones who look not just skywards, but to parallel universes and ask; 'What if?'. Sean Hillen, Ireland pre-eminent photomontage artist opens this exhibition, which assures you of the quality on offer. Hillen himself is a national treasure, a montage mammoth, whose work you may recognise form iconic album covers. Heterotopia is a concept in human geography to describe places and spaces such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror. Come see it for yourself. / Vernon Steel

 

April 24 2014


where
Theatre Upstairs, Above Lanigan’s Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
1pm | 7pm

how much
€10 / €8 (student concession)

theatre
Leper + Chip

You know how it is – you’re at quite possibly the most violent house party ever and then SMACK you fall in love! At least that’s how it is or Leper + Chip – sort of. They go from mortal enemies to star crossed lovers in the space of a day. Unfortunately for them in the previous 24 hours all sorts of drama has unfolded and their plans for a happy ever after look to be just wishful thinking. Set in deepest Dublin this is a high octane roller coaster ride through their relationship that takes in gangsters, cougars and fall down drunks along the way. The two actors are perfectly in sync throughout and their energy is infectious. This play starts on a high and doesn’t let up until the closing scene. An exhausting but worthwhile journey this is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with Pringles instead of poison! / Frances Winston

   
 

April 25 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 15 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Raphaël Dallaporta

The surest proof of a bomb’s existence is the moment when it no longer exists: it can only reveal itself retrospectively – with a bang – and by its absence. Until it detonates, it is really just a metal case that might be containing pretty much anything. In ‘Observations,’ the artist presents images of vessels that claim to be types of land mines. Without the text explaining each photograph, the explosive weapons non-enthusiast might only see, in the cylindrical tubes capped tight and in the metal boxes, domestic objects made slightly unfamiliar. The exhibition draws attention to the limitations of photography as a means of documentation. Upstairs, the series ‘Domestic Slavery’ shows unremarkable facades of buildings in Paris where young women, mostly from Africa and Asia, had been kept as modern slaves. / Olen Bajarias

 

April 25 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Rebel Without A Cause

Burning bright and dying young isn't exactly the order of the day in James Dean's most famous picture, as much as it is often depicted as such. This is more a pre-cursor to 90210 than it is a premonition about James Dean's early death, at the achingly young age of 24. Like, James Dean's character, Jim, doesn't even die in the movie. Plato does. Apart from a couple of minor scuffles with authority, Jim is a voice of reason, attempting to reign in Plato's increasingly erratic behaviour. Even when involved in a knife-fight with Plato's cruel tormentors from school, Jim fights only to the point of having the upper hand and getting away, never being truly malicious in his behaviour. Sure, Jim isn't even the Rebel Without A Cause of the title, if it's anyone, it is Plato. Rant over. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 26 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
1pm

how much
€5

event
Making Photos and Tasting Crafty

Hopefully the photography section of this event comes before the beer tasting, cos it could all go skew-whiff. Photography and beer have a relationship not unlike Burton and Taylor. When it's good, it's all sexy bottled beers in Ibiza, hot beach bods unbloated and shimmying around a pool. When it's bad, it's Dirty Den leaping the bar of the Queen Vic to give you a club around the head. That said, this is more a photography workshop, where you'll learn how to get the most from your perfectly demure and unflashy digital camera, followed by a tasting from the Brown Paper Bag Project's haul. They brew beers like hop-hunting nomads, travelling the world in their quest to make the best beer in the world. This is what Beatyard is all about - a smasher of a mish-mash, if you will. / Kate Coleman

 

April 26 2014


where
Info with ticket

when
1pm

how much
€10

tour
Hidden Dublin Tours

Making Space may have introduced you to the upstairs of Kaph on Drury Street or the glassy-eyed Library Project, but now it's taken a jolt of vitamin C and is upping the ante in order to introduce you to hidden Dublin. The doyenne of Making Space is the effusive Orlaith Ross (to be addressed as Orlaith, not Orlaithross), who will introduce you to the seedy (yes, there'll be foraging!) underbelly of Dublin. Expect crash courses (not literally) in tackling Dublin by bike, an education in coffee, so you can out-Portlandia all your mates, and exude an air of confidence in your Topshop spray-on skinnies, even if you felt like a fraud of a hipster before. This is all crouching tiger, hidden Dublin, bitch. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 26 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
From 3pm

how much
Free

party
Boom Bap BBQ

The Animators are back, fresh, dressed and ready to impress. Not content with producing some of the best hip-hop in Europe, Mango Adi Dassler, Smokey J, Mathman, Russell Flow, Ricki Rawness and mentor Classquatch are being some of the hot sauce to The Beatyard today.  A BBQ, live performances, turntablism, live graffiti jam, hip hop movie, Dj Sets, MC battles....this is a hip hop fun fair. With the Irish scene in rude boi health, you'll also get the chance to hear some up and comers in the shape of Royal Flush, Ace & EJ, Siyo, DVO Marvel and CuCullen and others who are coming in from exotic places such Blancharsdtown and Artane to shake up the hipsterati of the Bernard Shaw. Not before time too. Hip hop is alive and well. And here. Sho yoself! / Vernon Steel

 

April 26 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
4pm

how much
€10

screening+talk
Forsyth and Pollard - A Retrospective

Summing up the spirit, inventiveness and edge of Darklight, this is an exemplary offering. Few of you may have heard of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard but by the end of 2014 you will. This couple and director duo are behind 20,000 Days on Earth, their Sundance acclaimed collaboration with Nick Cave. Redefining the music doc genre, they extrapolate fascinating insights from the gangly genius with cameos from Kylie and Blixa Bargeld. However, this is just the current culmination of a fascinating career which spans almost 20 years. Whether it's reenacting a legendary Cramps concert from 1978, shooting Gil Scott-Heron or exploring the fakery of that First Kiss long before it's recent viral buzz, this is both timely and instructive introduction and catch up. Both will be in person to showcase and discuss their work. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

April 26 2014


where
Saint Werburgh's Church, Werburgh Street, The Liberties, Dublin 2. 01 478 3710‎
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€10

gig
Let's Set Sail

What is it that makes Let’s Set Sail stand out from the wild pack of folksters plying their trade here? Well mostly it’s the fact that they sing ABOUT this town in a very direct manner;  the intricately woven verses of needle point observation about this dirty old town written with real panache that stick with you and strike a real chord. Add a knack for interesting guitar riffs and swelling harmonies and you’ve got an act with some real musical substance behind the well written songs. On top of all this they choose to launch their new EP in the magical surrounds of St Werburghs Church (memorably recently described as on ‘Beshoff’s St’) making this an evening of folk music from a band with a habit of making the familiar seem different. / Emmet Condon

   
 

April 27 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free entry

competition
Brewtonic: Home Brew Cup

We've reached peak beard, so home brewing will be peaking in about 13 days. We've transferred our snobbishness from wine to beer in recent years, and enjoying a Chablis has become more passé than cracking open a can. Well, as long as it's Brew Dog or something #cool. But, my cruel snark aside, home brewing, from choosing the right roasted barley, to having the patience to a) drink Grolsch continuously for 6 months for the reuseable bottles, and b), mastering all those brewing vats, is an art form,  and people invest time and effort into making their own beer, when they could just head down the offie. What they'll all be pitted against each other at the Home Brew Cup for is the taste sensations they create using superior ingredients, and the recipes they create. Potion-brewing just got serious. / Kate Coleman

 

April 28 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
6.20pm

how much
See HERE

screening
The Shawshank Redemption

Ellis Boy "Red" Redding got it in one; Get busy living or get busy dying. Such is the life choice one can make and the premise behind one of the greatest films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption. The film tells the story of convicted banker, Andy Dufresne and his survival in Shawshank prison; a grey world of sadistic guards, predatory inmates and corrupt authority. The key element that awards the film such legacy is the underlying feeling of hope and self worth. A feeling which culminates in a piece of Mozart playing over the prison’s loudspeaker. A transcendent moment where all the men at Shawshank feel free. This month, this book club compares the classic film with the Stephen King novella that inspired it; Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Two decades on, the sentiment behind the film proves timeless. / Claire Mullane

   
 

April 30 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
Banter: Covering The City

Much as Drake reps Toronto and Kanye reps Chicago, Dublin is fortunate enough to boast a number of publications devoted exclusively to repping the city, highlighting the creative energy and vibrancy that pulsates through the capital. In the latest installment of Banter, presented as part of Beatyard, a panel consisting of reps from publications such as Lovin' Dublin, Totally Dublin and Rabble will discuss covering the city beat, what makes Dublin's denizens tick, why we're the bomb and what, if anything, can be improved in coverage of the city. Moderated as always by Jim Carroll, this publication will be repped by our venerable editrix, Kate Coleman. As the great DJ Khaled once sang, "I'm all in and I rep my city till I die." / Amy O'Connor

 

April 30 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€3

screening
Rushmore

There’s something distinctly ‘Leaving Cert–ey’ about the first inkling of summer. Even years after the exam results blur in your mind, there’re these little unspoken triggers that awkwardly stir up silly adolescent memories borne in the last lap of secondary school. TBH, if I could go back and do it all again, I’d try harder to be more like Max Fischer. He had it down; find the thing you love and keep doing it. Yes, he was flunking all his classes but it bred the sort of creative life experiences we all so desperately crave in the era of cushy teenage-dom. That, for me anyway, would kinda be worth it. All for the story, amma right? If you feel the same, then go drown out the fatigued din of twentysomething syndrome and reminisce about your first crush. It’ll hit you harder than the smell of cut grass. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

April 30 2014


where
The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.


when
7.30pm

how much
€10

event
A Night of Passion

If you Google "night of passion", the search yields lots of tips on how to raunch it up with your luva, covers of dodgy-looking eBooks and, naturally, racing results for a horse named Night of Passion. This night of passion, however, is a far cry from all that lark and will instead feature speakers from a disparate backgrounds giving talks about what prompted and ignited their love and passion for what it is they do. Participants divulging their thoughts and personal stories include poet Peter Fallon, hurler Tony Griffin, ethical fashion designer Rosie O'Reilly, musician Laura Sheeran and marine biologist Kealan Doyle. Musical accompaniment will be provided on the night by Cavan songstress Lisa O'Neill and all proceeds will head the way of the Soar Foundation. Get your rocks off and your inspiration on. / Amy O'Connor

   
 
Hilary O'Shaughnessy

We caught up with Hilary O'Shaughnessy of Make and Do as she prepares to bring street game Journey to the End of the Night to Dublin.

I usually travel around to play festivals and in 2011, I saw one in San Francisco called Come Out and Play, and they played Journey to the End of the Night there. 1700 people played it that night and it was really mad. I never imagined that many people would come out for a street game, so that's when I thought, "Okay, I would love for this to happen in Dublin."

We have 150 people signed up. They'll get a map and two armbands - red and white. They'll put the white armband on to signify they're runners and the red armband is for chasers. We have chasers positioned around the city at the start of the route and then they'll start catching people. As they start catching people, those people will become chasers.

The route is a secret, and we've one or two places along the way that are helping out. The point of doing it is to prove that this kind of thing can happen. It doesn't just happen in other cities, it can happen wherever you decide it will happen.

Watch the chase from 8pm at the CHQ building on Saturday. PHOTO: Mark McGuinness




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