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Volunteering at Culture Night 2010

It’s not long now until the Culture Night is back!

This year, on Friday 24 September, a staggering 132 venues will be welcoming late evening/night visitors across Dublin. In order to run the event successfully, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust is currently looking for volunteers to help out as:

  • Guides on the Culture Night buses
  • Assistants at Information Points
  • Assistant stewards with the outdoor events
  • Assistants at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre

If you would like to get involved please download an application form and forward to volunteer@templebar.ie or contact 086 041 2613.

Wilde’s Dorian Gray

The initiative of Dublin : One Book, One City is back and this year’s selection is Oscar Wilde’s only novel – The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The list of events organised in conjunction with the initiative is impressive, from theatre performances to novel readings, from walking tour to self-portrait workshop. Many of them have free admissions, often booking not necessary.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story and don’t think you have the time to read the book (but hey, a whole month, surely there are some time you can spare?) you can check out the movie Dorian Gray which came out last year, starring Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Rebecca Hall. It was a pretty good one in my opinion.

140 Characters

It’s all very intriguing and while the inspiration was drawn from Twitter, it is not about Twitter. 140 Characters is a series of short film clips, featuring 140 people in Dublin from all walks of life, answering one same question with answers that are each withing 140 characters or less. This is all part of the programme for Innovation Dublin 2009.

The blurb reads:

140 Characters

Shot over the course of one week in Dublin City, 140 Characters captures real people from Dublin City talking about their lives. The film features children, teachers, singers, travellers, nuns, fathers, mothers, dancers, hipsters, grandparents, dreamers, believers, cleaners, creative people & people who are creative with the truth.

Every person is different & every person gives a different answer.

In answering the question people reveal something about their lives, their community, their hopes. In listening to these people we can learn something about ourselves, our city and our society. 140 Characters becomes a snapshot that we can all identify with.

How would you answer the question? What was the question? Meet 140 Characters. Look at them and listen to their stories. You just might see yourself in there too.

That’s as much as I know, unless there’s a reader or two here who were tapped to participate in this project? In that case, will you be able to tell us what question you were asked? Pretty please? (Or was there some sort of confidentiality claused that you signed to?)

Otherwise, fret not. On Friday (that’s 16th October) there will be a free screening of 140 Characters in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar at 7.30pm. No tickets required, so just show up. Perhaps wrap up well, since the weather has gone a bit chilly in the last week or so.

Ps: if you watch the video on the official site, what do you think the little girl is talking about? I reckon, to get a role in the last Harry Potter movie. ;-)

Open House Dublin 2009

Interested in architecture? How would you like a peek into buildings that you normally would not have access to? Not only that – you will also be given guided tour and plenty of information to satiate your quench for details.

Open House Dublin 2009

Open House Dublin.

Organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin is back, and this year will run from 8-11 October 2009. Still some time to come, I know, but as some buildings/events require pre-booking, to get some heads up about it and to have some time to plan things over is good, right? And what’s nice is, they’re all free of charge!

Here’s how it works. Have a look at this complete programme – and you should see the day(s) when particular buildings would be open for visit. Click on the name to get further information. The colour code will tell you what type of building that is, i.e. if residential, or cultural, or commercial etc.

You will also see right away which are those which pre-booking is required. Pre-booking starts today (28th September), and operates on a first come first serve basis. They may be done online.

Playhouse Animation and Baroque Orchestra

The Dublin Theatre Festival starts tomorrow, and the Culture Night is running on Friday, so here are a couple of events that may be of interest to you.

First up, Daft.ie in conjunction with the Theatre Festival are bringing Playhouse Animation to the Liberty Hall. The animations will run daily from dusk till dawn, 24th September to 11th October, and you can also design an animation yourself to go on the building! You can watch the behind the scene video here, or the following video taken during a test run last month to get a sense of what’s going on.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaRKFffT3kA[/youtube]

(It reminds me of the interactive Crown Fountain at Millenium Park in Chicago, minus the fountain.) ;-)

Now, onto Friday and Culture Night. As previously mentioned, some events require a reservation ahead, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists will be performing using 18th century musical instruments (oh yes, they don’t just play Baroque music, they’re trying to keep the sound as authentic as possible!) pieces by some of the greatest composers of the era including Handel, Tartini, Vivaldi and Schmelzer.

It will be held at Walton’s Music Store, 69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2. The event starts at 6.30pm and the performance time is 1 hour. Places are limited. To reserve your place for this special intimate performance, please send your name and address with Baroque Tickets in the subject line to info@dublincitybid.ie and don’t forget to specify the number of attendees as well.

Have fun!

Culture Night 2009

First of all, mark your calendar – 25 September 2009 : Culture Night. Over 120 venues will open their doors for your visiting pleasure, and in a large number of them, entertainment as well as some nibbles and drinks will also be provided. Hurrah!

culture night 2009

Main time frame – between 6pm and 11pm. But of course, there are exceptions with some early opening (e.g. Science Gallery, from 12pm), early closing (e.g. Mansion House, last tour 8pm), late closing (e.g. Gallery Zozimus, 12am), and limited hours (e.g. Dublinia, 6pm – 9.30pm).

Next, it’s time to put your organising skill in use. Download the programme (PDF file) and have a look at what you’re interested in. Some events require reservations, others simply turn up and you’re good to participate. Definitely no harm in listing out all that you want to do, plan your route and get in the booking(s) if applicable.

Look out for places that are normally ticket-paying or not open to the public – this is the perfect time to visit them without costing a pretty penny.

There will be 3 free bus routes, departing every 20 minutes from Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College, that brings you from one spot to another within the route.

There are also 50 free Luas tickets (adult 1-day all zone) available for travel on 25 September, so that culture hunters can head out to Airfield in Dundrum, or to Ranelagh, where some of the events will be held. The tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis, at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from Thursday 24th September at 9am.

A few more things that caught our attention:

Now, seeing that this is the 4th year the Culture Night is being organised (hence there’s a bit of experience there now), we wonder if in the next year or two, the Culture Night will extend beyond 11pm/12pm closing time and extend the hours till the next morning? You know, like Nuit Blanche or Lange Nacht der Museen, effectively giving everyone a chance to go to more than just a couple of places and not having to rush like crazy in order to cram in more.

Fingers crossed.

Absolut Art

The Absolut Fringe Festival has just kicked off yesterday and there’s a schedule that’s jam-packed with events, workshops and shows – with something for everybody.

One of the central hang-out locations that the festival goers shouldn’t miss is the Absolut Fringe Factory @ Smock Alley Theatre on Lower Exchange St (off Essex Quay). An unique venue, for the duration of the festival, it plays host to 16 original contemporary Irish artworks.

Absolut Art @ Fringe Festival

Absolut Art pieces were created with this sole decree – “Be inspired by the Absolut bottle”. Within a short period of time, The Small Print curated the fabulous collection by Irish artists, from illustrators to graffiti artists to photographers. Among them are Maser, Asbestos, Chris Judge, Steve Simpson, Cliona O’Flaherty, Aisling Farinella and BrenB.

Richard Brickley, Absolut Marketing Manager, was very pleased with these highly creative works created from the very same brief that was given to Andy Warhol back in 1985, resulting in Absolut Warhol. Emma Donnellan, Brands Director for Irish Distiller Pernod Ricard, was in complete agreement and was excited that these pieces will be added to the international Absolut Art collection in Stockholm, Sweden.

The pieces currently on exhibit should be admired in person.

Absolut BrenB is vibrant and colourful, inspired by the text from the bottle label. Absolut Farinella is deceptively simple with the model styled in an iconic Absolut logo printed t-shirt, but referencing works of Karlheinz Weinberger. Absolut Asbestos retains graffiti quality within abstract space. Absolut Simpson has a retro feel with its colour scheme of blue, beige and red, and is a marvelous (somewhat) 3D piece. Absolut Judge features a robot (rather like Bender from Futuram) walking through a tunnel of electrifying light – if only the piece has been shown with UV light, you’d see glowing colours from the special colour markers that he had used in this creation. Absolut O’Flaherty is vintage candy at its most elegant, celebrating the occasion with a ginormous cake.

Don’t just take my words for it. Go and see them for yourself. All 16 pieces. The Absolut Fringe Factory opens 5pm-10pm daily, from 5 September to 20 September. If you’re catching any of the fringe events, why not take a small detour to visit this exhibit and enjoy a drink at the bar of this one of a kind venue before your show? The admission is free.

Exhibitions and Merrion Square Heritage Open Day

Merrion Square (from Mount Street)

This weekend, I envisage tons of people heading out to Dun Laoghaire for the Festival of World Cultures. Getting out there by public transport is easy, either by DART or by bus (numbers 7, 7A, 46A, 746), and if previous years are any indication, it’ll be packed out there by about 2.30pm or so.

However, your cultural fill is not just out in Dun Laoghaire. Even within city centre itself, there are a couple of events of note.

First up, the People’s Photography exhibition of 2009 will be taking place both Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, from 10am to 6pm, at St Stephen’s Green. Expect to see amazing photographs hanging along the railings around The Green, and talk to the photographers if there are particular techniques they use that intrigue you. Better, buy a photo or two for your home!

If arts and illustrations are more of your thing, then on Sunday, saunter over to Merrion Square. Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery is a weekly event, from 10am to 6.30pm, where artists display their works for your perusal and to purchase without a middleman’s commission (read: more affordable prices). Organised by the Dublin City Council, the artists that exhibit there changes every so often, so there would be new artists and new style of artwork from time to time. Opens all year round on Sundays, unless the weather is absolutely crippling that they have to cancel it.

Speaking of Merrion Square. Ever wonder what Georgian Dublin is like, in terms of architecture, history, literature, music and fashion? This is your chance to get to know these aspects of Dublin better, as Merrion Square Heritage Open Day takes place on Saturday 29th August. You will get the opportunity to see properties that are normally closed to public, attend some tours and special events, and see this part of the city with a new eye. Bookings are recommended for some events, since the number of places are limited. Have a look at the full programme (in PDF) and get dialling at 01-7026165 to reserve your spots.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Omagh Community Youth Choir – Love Rescue Me

We have posted about Playing for change already twice, here and here, and this is third one, but I wanted to post this one all along, but the video was not available. I found the video, original full version here, of the Omagh Community Youth choir performing ‘Love Rescue Me’ and as I said last time it is meant to be brilliant and It Is. Daryl J Simpson, choir director and founder, also talks about his reason for founding the choir and how music has brought people together for generations.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ohx398P7I[/youtube]

Its our world, share music n care for all.

Bubble bubble!

There’s a new exhibition in the Science Gallery and it’s full of bubbly fun. No, not quite champagne bubbly, but more of sud and soap variety. Just bigger (enough to have you enclosed in it!), more colourful (have you seen the art works produced using bubbles as the medium of work?), and detailed (use laser to view the microscopic structure of a bubble’s surface).

Bubble

There are several special by Sam Sam, Steve Allman and others, of which pre-booking is required and the ticket varies betwee €5 and €7.50 each (10% discount for members of Science Gallery). On 29 August show by Steve Allman at 5pm, he will even attempt to break the Guinness World Record for creating the longest bubble chain!

For more exhibition information, check out the Science Gallery’s Bubble page, whereas for ticket information and booking, check the event page.

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