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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival March 21st to 25th 2018 CITIES AND STORIES will bring together writers who have been shaped and who in turn have shaped their work around the journeys they’ve made and the cities they call home. THE LYRIC NOTE will thread through this year’s festival by connecting writers with musicians. PRESENT TENSE will engage, challenge and provoke audiences to discuss hospitality, home and democracy. BE BOLD will encourage young audiences to shape the world around them and its events for schools are on sale now.

With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Since 2009, from our Dublin base, we have attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili to grace our wonderful stages. Takes place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Returning for its 6th year along with an extra date, Dublin Comic Con : Anime Edition brings media guests from TV and film, Comic creators, artists, fans and professionals together for a weekend of talks, workshops, demos, interactive activities and all around great family fun with stronger focus on Anime, think of it as the best of DCC August mixed with some amazing Anime guests, panels, cosplay and more! Our flagship show is also returning the 11th and 12th of August 2018 If you are not a hugr anime fan, don’t worry we will have sci-fi, pop culture, media guests, sets etc for the non Anime fans too. Come along to meet actors from your favorite TV shows/Movies, Comic Artists and writers or partake it one of the many activities over the weekend including workshops, compete in some casual gaming or go try your hand against some tougher competition in our E-Sports area, attend panels, watch SFX artists turn attendees into monsters, see our photo ops with lifesize movie sets and costumes, raise money for charity in our Wasteland area with a variety of games and much much more!

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is The Long Gaze Back edited by Sinéad Gleeson The Long Gaze Back is a collection of thirty stories from writers past and present, from the 18th Century to now. Taken together, the collected works of these writers reveal an enrapturing, unnerving, and piercingly beautiful mosaic of a lively literary landscape. Spanning four centuries, the anthology features eight stories from deceased luminaries and forerunners, and twenty-two new unpublished stories by some of the most talented Irish women writers working today. The Long Gaze Back presents an inclusive and celebratory portrait of the high calibre of contemporary literature in Ireland. The stories run the gamut from heartbreaking to humorous, but each leaves a lasting impression. They chart the passions, obligations, trials and tribulations of a variety of vividly drawn characters with unflinching honesty and relentless compassion. These are stories to savour.

DUBLIN SOUND LAB presents MUSIC CURRENT 2018 Contemporary Music Festival SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE :: 12–14 April, 2018 :: www.smockalley.com 3 days of music, technology and art: MUSIC CURRENT, Dublin’s annual contemporary music festival turns three this year and returns to Smock Alley Theatre showcasing of the best of new Irish and international contemporary electronic music. Hosting concerts, panel discussions and a music commission, this three-day event runs from 12–14 April. Now established in its third year, MUSIC CURRENT festival offers a unique blend of electronic performance and provides a much-needed platform for the newest contemporary electronic music. This year’s event showcases a distinct celebration of piano and keyboard music and welcomes many new international artists who will perform in Ireland for the first time. Curating this exciting experimental mix of new music, Dublin Sound Lab is delighted to host another cutting edge MUSIC CURRENT for 2018 With this year’s clear keyboard theme – pianos and electronics appearing in each concert – the 2018 programme features composer Stefan Prins (Belgium), pianist Stephane Ginsburgh (Belgium), the virtuosic Yarn|Wire ensemble (USA), accomplished improviser Izumi Kimura (Ire), rising stars of the Irish contemporary electronic music scene Francis Heery and Elis Czerniak, and in a […]

  This is just one part of the programme and details of other concerts and events taking place as part of MusicTown, including a series of concerts on the stage of The Abbey Theatre, will be announced in the coming weeks. Get ready for ten days of concerts, master classes, collaborations, workshops and composers, lyricists, conductors, choirs, musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists, from Opera, choral and contemporary classical to hip-hop, electronic, traditional, folk and rock taking place all over Dublin city. Apr 13 Messiah on the Street 1:00 pm – 3:30 pmInfo Apr 14 Crash Ensemble present GHOSTS 12:00 pm – 4:30 pmInfo Apr 14 A NIGHT OF MUSICAL STORIES WITH KATIE KIM & RADIE PEAT (LANKUM, RUE)8:00 pm – 10:30 pmInfo Apr 14 Grayscale present VISIONIST 8:00 pm – 10:30 pmInfo Apr 15 Royal Irish Academy of Music presents MY FIRST CONCERT 12:00 pm – 2:00 pmInfo Apr 15 Royal Irish Academy of Music presents ARTISTS CHOICE 3:30 pm – 5:30 pmInfo Apr 17 Our Tunes 10:00 am – 5:00 pmInfo Apr 17 Word Up Collective presents ISSA VIBE 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmInfo Apr 17 Royal Irish Academy of Music presents RIAM PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS […]

This annual festival celebrates the contributions of gay people to the theatre, past and present. With an emphasis on new or recent works, and a broadly gay theme, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival creates new opportunities for emerging gay artists and theatrical works. In its 15th year, the festival will celebrate in style with a packed programme. The material is rich; masculinity, feminism and politics all get covered in an imaginative way at this irrepressible and headstrong festival – it truly is a rebellious 15-year-old at heart. Join in the fun and creative brilliance at this festival which celebrates and embraces diversity in Dublin today. Times and Ticket Details TBC

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. Attracting visitors from around the world annually, the festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrates the very best of Irish and international talent. With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.

Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, Frobidden Fruit, is set to return for its sixth instalment on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The spectacular grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. Set across four stages (Original Stage, Undergrowth, Lighthouse, Someplace Else), offering a wide selection of different styles of music, to suit all tastes, you can expect the usual fruity cocktail of great cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food, and festival fun. And we’ll see the return of the ever-popular Bulmer’s Lounge. Following the huge success of the inaugural Forbidden Fruit Night city take over last year, plans are in place for an even bigger offering of festival after-parties in official locations around the city running until 3am over the three nights of the festival and featuring some of Dublin’s best collectives joined by international guests off the festival line up. Headlining this year’s event, Australian rock outfit TAME IMPALA, with their new album “Currents” will be bringing their raucous synth sound to the […]

Intimate. Acoustic. Unplugged. Legendary Norwegian band a-ha are back on the road for 2018 – as you’ve never heard them before. Their new album will be recorded live on stage in June 2017, and performed acoustically rather than with their normal electric and electronic set up. To coincide with the release of the album and accompanying concert film in November 2017, the band will return with a string of live dates early next year, including a show at The O2, London, on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 14 February 2018.

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum recor s world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of ‘American Pie’ in 2000 and George Michael’s version of ‘The Grave’ in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War. DonMcLean Discography Don McLean (b. 2 Oct 1945, New Rochelle, NY) – talented singer-songwriter who began in folk music, performing free on behalf of Pete Seeger’s efforts to clean up the Hudson River. His first album had been turned down by several labels because of his insistence on retaining his own publishing, but Tapestry ’70 was issued on Media Arts, soon taken over by UA; of the songs “And I Love You So” was covered by Perry Como for a Top 30 hit ’73, while his performance of “Empty Chairs” inspired “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) a Grammy winner and a […]

Bell X1 are a musical group from County Kildare, Ireland known for their versatile musical palette, lyrical dexterity and catalogue of popular singles and albums. The group consists of Paul Noonan (lead vocals, guitar, percussion, keys), David Geraghty (guitar, vocals, keys, percussion, banjo, harmonica) and Dominic Phillips (bass, vocals).