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Chris Wilson: Small Islands

South Frederick Street’s Doorway Gallery hosts Antrim artist Chris Wilson’s excellent Small Islands exhibition from 6th November to 4th December. Known for his large bronze public commissions in situ all over Ireland, Small Islands is a mix of paintings and bronzes and is a superb celebration of ‘place’. Extracting the textures and surfaces of sections of ground, often a coastal rock form, Chris captures the lines and patterns of the land that one literally stands upon. The pieces transform this intimate space into the idea of a much larger landscape. With the paintings created through painted layers of subtle marks, each layer is slightly obscured by the next. The surface becomes a canvas of lines and borders with shifting patterns of strata suggesting boundaries, but also movement and a landscape of changing and multiple viewpoints. Chris used casts of rocks taken from formations along his native north Antrim coast, and with the rock castings and paintings playing with an aerial perspective combined with traditional linear pictorial perspective, it creates landscapes that explore an attachment to place.  

Dublinia: Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger

Explore Dublin’s fascinating medieval history and get suitably spooky for Halloween all at the same time at Dublinia, from 25th - 31st October. Part of Dublinia’s excellent Death and Disease exhibition, afternoon visitors can enjoy lively performances of Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger, which is eerily apt considering Dublinia sits on the site of St Michael’s medieval church and graveyard. Performances 2pm-5pm, every 20 minutes. Performances are included in the admission price. Tickets Adult €8.50 Student/Senior €7.50 Child €5.50 Family €24.00 (Two adults and two children)

Bloodworks

Just 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

Open House: Airfield

Marvel 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 openhousedublin.com for a chance to win two places on this tour. 

Open House: Buildings of the Botanic Gardens

Part 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

With 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

A 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

Open House

The 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.

World Press Photo 2014 Exhibition

Don’t miss the chance to see a fantastic showcase of the world’s best photojournalism when the World Press Photo 2014 Exhibition stops off at The chq Building, IFSC, Dublin 1, on its global tour this autumn. From 17th October to 15th November, examine the incredibly high journalistic standard on display in this annual, travelling exhibition and marvel at how it sets an inspirational and aspirational benchmark in journalism today. A veritable eyewitness record of world events from the previous year, the annual World Press Photo Contest is universally recognised as the world's leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. With 103,481 pictures submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries, choosing the best among them was no mean feat. The opportunity to explore this selection of thought-provoking photographs is a very special one indeed. Open Monday - Wednesday: 10.30am-6pm Thursday - Friday: 10.30am-7pm Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12noon-5pm Tickets Adults €6.50 Children/OAP €5.50 Children under 16 years go free

The Beatyard

Now 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.

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Dublin Festival Season

Who 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

Oktoberfest

Venue: 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 Theatre Festival

Established 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.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Damnation

Do you dare brave Samuel Page’s labyrinth of of untold horrors? Damnation is 15,000 sq ft scare attraction of terrifying passages that play on your deepest fears and will be petrifying the people of Dublin at the RDS from 1st October - 2nd November. Nineteenth-century blacksmith Samuel Page worked at the RDS and was, as far as locals knew, a pleasant family man with a wife and two daughters. Samuel’s dark practices however were unbeknownst to his fellow Dubliners, until some children stumbled upon the entrance to a maze of tunnels one day just before Halloween… What the unfortunate children were said to have discovered was an array of torture chambers, rotting flesh and Page himself summoning Lucifer. Only one child made it out to reveal to the townspeople that the blacksmith was running a Satanic cult, preying on the community’s weakest, innocent members. The furious locals burned Samuel’s house to the ground with his family inside, and yet the body of the brutal blacksmith was never recovered from the burnt remains or the tunnels. Samuel is said to be a beast stuck in eternal damnation, lurking between our world and Hell itself. Disciples of Page’s cult still follow him today, as he gathers people from far and wide, will you encounter them on your journey through the labyrinth, or will you be next? Damnation is a first class scare attraction made up of grotesquely themed sections in a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike. Samuel’s disciples also lurk throughout the maze, hoping to come across a helpless victim to harvest their screams. Expect a good dose of terror, but don’t worry there are plenty of chicken doors to escape through should it all get too much. A great way to get in the Halloween spirit, Dublin's first interactive scare attraction promises a fright night like no other. A fully immersive experience featuring live actors, professionally designed sets, costume and terrifying scenes. Damnation is definitely not for the fainthearted and is suitable for ages 16 and over. Early bird, group and student tickets available.

Hard Working Class Heroes

Hard 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.

One Young World Summit

The foremost global forum for brilliant young minds, One Young World 2014 comes to Dublin from 15th - 19th October. Gathering the brightest young leaders aged 18-30 from all over the globe, it aims to empower them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. Founded in 2009 by David Jones, Kate Robertson and founding corporate partner Havas, this UK-based not-for-profit organisation stages an annual summit where the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and a host of forward-thinking organisations, are joined by world leaders, assuming the roles of One Young World Counsellors. At the One Young World Summit, delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues faced by the world today. The barrage of impressive past counsellors have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington. The 2014 Dublin Summit’s counsellors boast an incredible line-up including Ali Hewson, Sol Campbell, Sam Branson, Boris Becker, Kirani James and former President of Panama Nicolás Ardito-Barletta, to name but a few. Following each Summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence, spurring on the positive change and influence of this superb organisation.  

Open House

The 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.

Bram Stoker Festival

This 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.

Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon 2014, one of the great European city marathons, takes place in Dublin City on the October Bank Holiday. This will be the 35th year of this great event which is run through the capital's historic Georgian streets and its magnificent Phoenix Park. Thousands of boisterous spectators will line the route and in fact, such is the buzz from the crowd, that overseas participants in the Dublin Marathon have dubbed it the 'friendly marathon'. Dublin is only an hour by air from most UK and European cities, and a large number of the expected entry of 14,500 will be made up of overseas runners, many of whom will be returning to sample Irish hospitality once more. So why not come and experience the occasion for yourself? A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed. But be warned, once you have tried it, you'll want to come back again! Enter online. Entries must be received by 5.00pm on October 1st. There will be no late entries at registration or on race day. 

Web Summit 2014

Having become one of the world’s most influential tech events in just three years, the Web Summit returns this November to transform the capital into the hub of the tech universe. With the main conference taking place at the RDS, along with 200 plus satellite events dotted across the city, Web Summit 2014 will showcase more than 500 globally acclaimed speakers, 10 stages including the Digital Marketing, Internet of Things, Enterprise, and Builders Summits, 2,000 worldwide startups exhibiting their ideas, 1,000 experienced investors, and 800 of the best tech journalists. "An extraordinary gathering of talent and energy with one goal: to help entrepreneurs network" - Wired Some of this year’s barrage of speakers include Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg, The Guardian’s Head of Technology Jemima Kiss, and Google’s Vice President of Engineering Anna Patterson, to name but a few. Join 20,000 like-minded people interested in the future of the world and technology’s role in it at this incredible global gathering. "It was a conference that lived up to, and even exceeded, the hype" - The Wall Street Journal Ticket prices and packages vary, see www.websummit.net for details.