3 Cultural Events in Dublin Not to Be Missed

Words by Emma Tiernan
March 25th, 2019

If you’re keen to tickle your cerebral taste buds and immerse yourself in a spot of culture, look no further than these events. With the chance to experience some traditional Japanese culture to learning a little bit more about our own, there’s something for all to whet and indulge your cultural senses.

Free Thought FM in The Douglas Hyde Gallery

The brainchild of the recently opened exhibition at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, conceptual artist, Garreth Phalen is calling for attendees to interact with art. The exhibition, entitled Free Thought FM, has a ten-week run time, during which the exhibition will become a licenced radio station for a period of 30 days. The pop-up station and exhibition invites ‘Free Thinkers’ of Ireland to participate in topics surrounding free speech, social inequalities, access to third level education and related issues. High profile guests will include Paul Galvin, Emmet Kirwan, Maser, Brian Pennie, Spekulative FiktionMathman, Andrea Horan, Dr. Lucy Michael, Roe McDermott, Lucy Masterson (Irish Youth Foundation), Martin Collins (Pavee Point), Anna Cosgrave, Gavin Harte, Ailbhe Smyth (Together for Yes), Lye Ogunsanya (The One Foundation), and Subset. 

One of the key topics of the exhibition is inequality in education. Talking about the chosen topic, Phalen said, “through the course of my work with young people aged 18–25 from the Greater Dublin Area, I have come to realise there is a huge disparity between postcodes in terms of those who continue on to third level education, and those who don’t. Access is not equal in Dublin – it’s a massive problem I would like to concentrate on, and one I feel we need to fix. My new work Free Thought FM is a creative experiment focused on these issues. I want anyone with a point of view on access, education, art or free thought to come into The Douglas Hyde Gallery and join the conversation that we’ll be having here.”

This is a free exhibition so if you fancy checking it out or trying your hand at live radio pop down to The Douglas Hyde Gallery where the exhibition is live right now. The radio station is live from the 25th of March until April 23rd, and can be heard on FM 105.2 The exhibition itself runs from March 25th-May 25th.

For more information and to engage, visit The Douglas Hyde Gallery, listen via freethoughtfm.com or tune in to FM 105.2.

‘What Would the Countess Say?’ by Martina Devlin

Dalkey Castle commemorates the 100th anniversary of Countess Markievicz being appointed the first Minister for Labour which occurred on the 2nd April 1919 and the event matches the historic event with it taking place on the 2nd of April 2019.

Mathina Devlin’s wrote the story ‘What Would the Countess Say?’ to help in fundraising for Women for Election. Markievicz was an obvious character to write about due to not only being the first female Minister in Ireland but the first female Minister in Europe.

Devlin’s award-winning story has now been adapted for the stage with Margret Dunne directing it. The performance is a staged reading of the story followed by a conversation with broadcaster Áine Lawlor and the author to discuss the story in more detail.

The performance will take place on the 2nd of April at Dalkey Castle. Get tickets here.

Experience Japan

Is Japan on your bucket list but still not within attainable distance? You now have the opportunity to experience Japan without having to dip into your savings, just yet. Experience Japan is a series of events that celebrates Japanese culture and Japanese life here in Ireland. The main aspect of this event is Hanami, where attendees can come together to experience all things music, dance and demonstrations from Japanese culture. This is the perfect day out for families with ample child-friendly events.

Experience Japan will take place on April 7th in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park.

Learn more here.