An evening with Ryan Giggs
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

An evening with Ryan Giggs

Who knows what to expect when the welsh wizard Ryan Giggs takes to the stage in Dublin for an extremely rare public appearance and interview about his illustrious career? This rare occasion will also see Ryan Giggs giving fans the opportunity to meet him in person before the live on stage interview with Mark Clement. An opportunity that Manchester United Fans shouldn't want to miss.

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Passion Patterns Workshop
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Passion Patterns Workshop

You will also learn how to reframe triggers that cause hurt and disappointment. The workshop will consists of a talk and a few writing exercises. This experience will add new ways of being towards yourself and others. 100% guarantee it will increase your ability to recognise and receive love you experience daily from people around you.

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Jan Carson & Emilie Pine in Conversation
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Jan Carson & Emilie Pine in Conversation

Chaired by Gavin Kostick (Irish Times award winning playwright) and feature poetry, music and readings. 
The afternoon is presented by Gym Swim Party, a major new theatrical production co-created by Danielle Galligan and Gavin Kostick, directed by Louise Lowe to be presented at The O'Reilly Theatre this autumn.

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Irish Youth Wind Ensemble
Jul
27
6:30 PM18:30

Irish Youth Wind Ensemble

Over sixty of Ireland’s finest young wind, brass and percussion players have been selected to play in this year’s Irish Youth Wind Ensemble – a week-long music course where young musicians can hone their talents under the guidance of professional conductors and musicians culminating in a highly-charged performance in the O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere.

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Skin Tight
Aug
6
to Aug 17

Skin Tight

An ordinary couple with an extraordinary love relive their darkest secrets, deepest passions and heart-breaking truths. One of New Zealand’s most popular and widely performed plays, this is the story of Tom and Elizabeth, who sell the farm, fight, make-up, love and grow old. A moving and magical love story, both passionate and brutal.

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Two Can Do Summer Tour
Aug
15
to Aug 18

Two Can Do Summer Tour

In this piece, two dancers work to support - physically - each other's movement ventures to create a dynamic, rhythmical and physical duet. The work uses principles of contemporary dance to explore the idea of support, trust and vulnerability in the arts. The question is... how much further can you go with a bit of support?

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ANALOGS & Farben Lehre
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

ANALOGS & Farben Lehre

THE ANALOGS were founded in 1995 in Szczecin and are currently one of the most dynamically operating bands of the Polish punk rock scene.
Energetic FARBEN LEHRE formation was established in September 1986. Since then, the rich discography of the band consists of 13 studio discs and numerous compilations. For many years, the band has performed a lot in Poland and abroad.

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Shane Koyczan
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Shane Koyczan

Koyczan’s performances have brought audiences to their feet in numerous venues, from stadium sized events like the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony to the peculiar streamed intimacy of the prestigious TED Conference. He stands at the forefront of a new wave of 21st century poetry that flies on the page and screen and soars on the stage.

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Quicksand
Jun
11
to Jun 22

Quicksand

The main theme of Quicksand is the idea of "Trial By Media”, a product of the tabloid press and their need to compete with social media, in a culture of "Fake News”. We see fact based Journalism becoming a dying art as the tabloids eschew balanced reporting for sensationalism and scapegoating.

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OPEN AIR CINEMA
Jun
7
10:00 PM22:00

OPEN AIR CINEMA

Our ever-popular outdoor movie night is back, and due to popular demand - bigger - with TWO movie nights at this year's festival. Cosy up under the stars on either Friday or Sunday evening.... or both!

As always - the final movie for Friday night was selected by popular public choice - this year from a selection of 1979 classics. As a special anniversary treat, we're also putting on a MYSTER MOVIE on Sunday night, which will be announced closer tot he festival.

THE MUPPET MOVIE - Fri 7 June, 10pm @Festival HQ
MYSTERY MOVIE - Sun 9 June, 10pm @Festival HQ

Tickets €6.50 each or €20 for group of 4 in advance, €8 on the door.

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CRAVE #2
Jun
7
to Jun 9

CRAVE #2

Performance artist Eja DueIn exposes her own body and invites you, the audience, into the intimate space where sex work takes place; but also out in the public sphere where the normative truths about sex work forms certain images of what a prostitute is. 

It is interactive, provoking, intimate and site specific performance art, where the opinions of the audience are challenged.

The performance can be experienced in two different versions, as a one-to-one performance and as a performance lecture as a part of a small group.

Strictly over 18.

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OUR CARNAL HEARTS
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

OUR CARNAL HEARTS

A raucous celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over.
A Welcome! To you and to me and our spikey, sticky, shameful bits!
A raucous chorus of original music, Rachel Mars and 4 belting female singers in a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy - part symphony, part exorcism. A thrilling and murky celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over. Sold out UK and US tours. Winner Total Theatre Award.

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KITT PHILIPPA
Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

KITT PHILIPPA

Who is Kitt Philippa? They are human, they are searching and in music they find hope. An organ scholar and an experimentalist, KP plays piano, guitar, clarinet, prayer bowl and bicycle wheel. Although raised on classical, the songs are strangely urban and often conveyed with digital sleight. 
“… full of sparse, graceful, elegantly pitched wonder. There’s a beautiful minimal soulfulness…”
The Irish Times

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Gonne
May
28
to Jun 8

Gonne

Join Maud as she takes you through the momentous events of her life - her affair with a French republican, leading protests against the British Empire, dabbling in the occult and a short but significant acting career - to weave a complex portrait of a woman fighting for the right to fight.

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Palestine - You’re-a-Vision
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Palestine - You’re-a-Vision

PalFest Ireland present Ireland’s alternative to this years Eurovision being held in Israel in solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people living under Israel’s brutal military occupation. Renowned artists including Frances Black, Jinx Lennon, Christy Moore, Mary Coughlan and many more to be announced very soon. 

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Four Hour Gong Meditation

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Four Hour Gong Meditation

by Soulstice

Our sound meditation will take place in D-Light Studios in Dublin. It will start at 8pm and will finish at midnight. There will be two people running this meditation - Anna and Michael. They are both qualified sound therapists.

WHAT IS GONG MEDITATION
Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic sounds and vibrations of gongs to promote the ability of self-healing. This practice is also sometimes referred to a “sound bath” as gongs are not emitting one sound or key  as known in modern music but rather a wall of sounds and frequencies resonating with all objects in its range, especially participants. Attendees  often describes their experience as being “immersed” in sound waves. 
Sound therapy has long history of  being use to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at changed frequencies.


BENEFITS:
Gong sound therapy has been practiced for thousands of years in sacral centres, shamanic experiences or healing rituals. Today we know that gong baths can help reduce stress and liberate emotional blockages.  Some tones are promoting vitality and healing, and also to increase happiness by reducing stress. Sound therapies has been shown to relieve a number of problems, including pain, loneliness and depression. 
The gong works have a clearing effect on emotional issues, breaking up limiting and negative thought patterns, and as a result, is an excellent therapy option for stress related issues, such as light depression, anxiety, helps to return to once-balance and connect back to ourselves. 
It is effortless state of relaxation, deeply rejuvenating for our bodies and cells, and it may promote unblock emotions. Everything you see around you is vibrating at a frequency, whether we realise it or not. Sound frequencies can affect us on a cellular level, influence how we feel and function. Sound healing practices uses vibrational sound and frequency to enhance happiness, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace and well being for better health.
Number of  healthcare clinics and addiction centers are offering sound therapies such as gong meditation, singing (tibetan) bowls to help manage various ailments is growing globally. Music therapy is now frequently offered in clinical settings such as hospitals, clinics, and hospices.

How is gong meditation practiced?

Individuals who perform gong baths usually do it while lying down on their backs. To make yourself comfortable, bring a meditation mat, a pillow and a blanket when attending a gong meditation. All that’s required is for you to lie down in a comfortable position. The gong is initially played very softly. As the meditation session progresses, the volume is increased gradually. And since the purpose of the meditation gong sound is purely therapeutic, the volume is never amped to unbearable levels.

The gong playing technique is changed frequently to avoid sustaining a fixed, monotonous rhythm. This results to entrainment, a process in which brainwave frequencies change. Your brain first achieves the Alpha brainwave state that exists in frequencies lying between 8 and 12 Hertz. Alpha brain waves are associated with feelings of relaxation. In this state, individuals experience daydreams, associative thinking and elevated imagination. This is quickly followed by an influx of Theta brainwaves. Theta waves fall within the frequencies lying between 4 – 7 Hz. Activities related to theta brainwave state occur either when you’re deep in meditation or during REM sleep.

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Feminists Don't Wear Pink: Live
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Feminists Don't Wear Pink: Live

Join Scarlett Curtis and very special guests Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan and acclaimed writer and activist Sinéad Burke for a live podcast discussion on what feminism means to them. Expect an evening of fun, frank and honest conversation where you will undoubtedly be left in high spirits with much food for thought.  You’ll also be treated to a stand-up set from feminist and comedian, Grace Campbell

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Fond Pageant
Apr
30
to May 4

Fond Pageant

The historical and autobiographical links in the show contextualise the paintings and the poems, marking the various milestones in Reardon’s life; from early education in New York, arrival in Dublin, embarking on a career in the arts, marriage, children and career to date.

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I See You
Apr
2
to Apr 6

I See You

Amy De Bhrún weaves together poetry and an original soundscape by Jack Cawley to shed light on the hidden stories of Lady Mary Heath and her contemporary counterpart Mary – two women, one story, a century apart. A call to arms, I SEE YOU explores the dangerous cyclical nature of female oppression and the devastating consequences of allowing countless women’s voices to go unheard.

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Four Hour Gong Meditation
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Four Hour Gong Meditation

Gong sound therapy has been practiced for thousands of years in sacral centres, shamanic experiences or healing rituals. Today we know that gong baths can help reduce stress and liberate emotional blockages.  Some tones are promoting vitality and healing, and also to increase happiness by reducing stress. Sound therapies has been shown to relieve a number of problems, including pain, loneliness and depression. 

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Boy Child
Mar
26
to Mar 30

Boy Child

Set in Lagos Nigeria, Boy Child is a spoken word play exploring the nuanced life of a modern day man coming to terms with his masculinity from childhood to adulthood, and how this journey is affected by the women in his life. Boy Child is the story of a boy trying to be a better man than his father. 

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Bold Moves
Mar
22
to Mar 30

Bold Moves

“One of the most important choreographers in the world” New York Times

“The most widely worshipped guru of modern dance” Dance Magazine

"Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing” San Francisco Chronicle

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The Whistling Girl
Mar
20
to Mar 23

The Whistling Girl

With a lineup of highly renowned Irish musicians the atmosphere for a spellbinding evening of music with a theatrical element is brought to life with Garvan Gallagher bass, Tom Jamieson drums and Ed Deane electric guitar. They have recently performed two sell out shows at Irish Arts Centre in New York.

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The Annual Wind Band Evening
Mar
14
3:30 PM15:30

The Annual Wind Band Evening

The Annual Wind Band Evening is a showcase event featuring students of the Belvedere College Instrumental Programme. The evening will feature a debut appearance from the newly formed Elements Wind and String Band in addition to performances from the schools Concert, Symphonic and Jazz Bands. A night not to be missed…

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