Posts Tagged ‘Temple Bar’

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. ;-)

Temple Bar Chocolate Festival

“The 12-step chocoholics program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!”

I am in agreement with Terry Moore. Anyone who knows me, knows of my love for chocolate. Mind, I’m not a choco-junkie per se, because even I am not living such decadent life to be eating them every single day.

But I have a deep appreciation for chocolate. I am willing to try new flavours and concoctions in a heartbeat (chocolate with chilli and peppercorn, anyone?). I have travelled just to attend chocolate fairs (EuroChocolate in Rome, Salon du Chocolat in Paris – twice!). I pay some crazy amount of money for small nuggets of chocolatey goody when I think it’s worth it (and I’m afraid it happens a tad too often).

Last year, a colleague who was out of idea what to get me for Kris Kindle ended up giving me – no prize for guessing correctly – voucher to Butlers Chocolate.

Chocolate (picture taken at Salon du Chocolat in Paris)

Chocolate (picture taken at Salon du Chocolat in Paris)

So I’m excited. I’m excited that Temple Bar Chocolate Festival is back. There are free demonstrations (but ticketed, so ring up to book your place), truffles making and chocolate tasting workshops, chocolate beauty treatment (also free and booking essential), and I could go on and on. Just have a look at the full programme here.

The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival runs from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November. In conjunction with the festivities, No Grant Gallery is presenting an exhibition entitled “Come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination”. It opens ahead of the festival, on Thursday 22nd October and will close on Tuesday 3rd November. The exhibition is free and no booking is required.

Ah, chocolate… yes, I’m eating some right now. Lindt Ecuador 75%. Smooth and delicately sweet for a dark chocolate. Nyom nyom.

Midsummer in Temple Bar

The longest day of the year will be upon us once more soon. In conjunction with this little magical time (I’ve always associate midsummer with fairies and whimsical tales for some reason – I blame Shakespeare!) the Temple Bar Cultural Trust is celebrating the summer solstice with a number of events in Temple Bar.

midsummer2009

Some of the events include fire entertainment, special walking tour, open air movie screening and maypole dancing! Click here to view the list of programmes. The list is quite impressive and I hope you have lots of fun here, particularly if you’re seeking alternative to Street Performance World Championship.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Celebrating Handel 250

Handel

The first time when I heard about Handel Festival in Dublin, I was admittedly perplexed. Handel was German, wasn’t he? Indeed he was. What I didn’t know at that time was, he first performed his famous Messiah in Dublin, all the way back on 13th April 1742, at a music hall on Fishamble Street.

Aha, mystery solved.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, which took place exactly 17 years and a day to Messiah’s performance in Dublin. Therefore, Temple Bar Cultural Trust in partnership with Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism is bringing forth Handel Festival between 13th and 19th April. That’s less than 2 weeks from now for you to acquire tickets to various ticketed events, some free, some not. And not all events are ticketed so you could still catch something without prior booking.

Check the festival programme here. If you can, do not miss “Messiah on the street“, which will be performed on Monday 13th April, at 1pm. Listen to the masterpiece that was composed in neck breaking time of 24 days. Rain or shine, the show will go on.

Spotted at Temple Bar…

… Mexican-themed stag party!

Mexican stag party

Well, it’s nearly impossible to walk past Temple Bar during the weekends without coming across at least a couple of hen/stag parties. For some reason, Dublin seems to be very popular for such events. Maybe the restaurants here are more tolerant in accepting a rowdy group of friends who are also very likely to have had a few drinks before the dinner? Maybe there are more choices of bar in the city? Maybe they’re becoming part of the “attractions” of the city? ;-)

Spot the groom who’s standing out like a sore thumb in his lovely pink tutus among a bunch of macho Mexican poncho wearing friends. He even grinned and waved at me after spotting me taking this group shot, lol…

Movies, circus and chocolate!

There are quite a few events being organised by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust that I must bring to your attention. They are free, but occasionally are ticketed, so no harm planning a little ahead in order to get your hands on the tickets.

There are free movies on the square in Temple Bar (where the market usually is on Saturdays) throughout the months of July and August, circus workshops that you can take part in, and for the first time ever a chocolate fair with tasting sessions, movie enticement (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course) and visual arts inspired by chocolate!

Just click on the relevant banners below to get to the relevant pages. They’re placed in (sort of) chronological order, just so you can focus on which event that’s taking place first.

Jameson Movies on the Square

Dublin Circus Festival

Temple Bar’s Chocolate Festival

Please note that for the tickets to the movies, the reservation usually opens only about a week prior to showing. So perhaps it’ll be a better idea to mark which film you may be interested in, then contact them for your tickets a few days ahead of it.

As for the circus, in general, tickets will be available from this weekend onwards (28th June) but no harm checking the actual listing (using the linked banner above) to have the right time and date for the show that you’re interested in.

With all free thing goes, tickets are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. So get moving and they should be lots of fun, whether for a group of friends together or for the family.

I really love it that Dublin has so much going on this summer at no cost for its citizens! :-D

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