For 21 years, the IFI has been running its hugely popular French Film Festival. It's something I have attended for many of those years - and while I will have to pass up my tradition of enjoying dinner in the cafe before a screening, one of the benefits of lockdown is that this year, the festival is online and so it is available to audiences outside Dublin.
Willie White was in Brazil when the full force of Covid-19 hit. As director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, he was in the final stages of setting his programme for 2020. Instead, he barely made it home before lockdown - and then set about "re-imagining" what had been a full festival programme of 30 major productions from home and abroad.
It's February 2019. Writer Christine Dwyer Hickey is invited to the launch of Dublin One City One Book: Edna O'Brien's classic The Country Girls. Dwyer Hickey's ninth novel, The Narrow Land, is due two weeks later, and she's pre-occupied with thoughts of its future (she needn't worry: it is going to be loved by critics and readers alike, and shortlisted for Eason Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards).
Admit it, between sourcing bits for your Fleabag/Boris/Joker costume and stocking up on enough sweets to sate the neighbourhood, you've completely forgotten to make an actual plan for Halloween night. Well, we've got you covered, even if that skimpy nurse outfit doesn't. Whether you want a hair-raising night out with friends, family-friendly fun, or a local hooley that celebrates the more spiritual side of Samhain, there's a local event that's sure to put the frighteners on you (in a good way).
'There's a number of scenes replayed again and again," Richard Wakely says of Real Magic, a theatre piece coming up in this year's Belfast International Arts Festival. "Each time they change very slightly so it begins to play with assumptions and ask one or two existential questions in a hilarious way. We seem to be in this loop of events that we just can't break out of. The same things keep happening and we keep repeating the same mistakes."
Now in its 14th year, Culture Night sits prominently on the clogged autumn arts calendar, with every gallery, museum, church, library, theatre and venue on the island getting in on the act. While the night is often associated with sampling new experiences, it is also a great opportunity to have a peek behind doors usually closed to the public that are part of our architectural heritage. Here is a smattering of highlights in the capital and beyond next Friday:
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