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Ireland has been exporting people rather than ideas for too long.

So, this week, we welcomed the news that bucked the trend when Dublin's Science Gallery secured investment for the establishment of a Science Gallery in London. For a rare moment it felt like we were franchising out ideas rather than stealing them.

It got us thinking about what other homemade creations we can be proud of. This coming October sees the return of the Web Summit, where the top tech entrepreneurs and investors descend on Dublin to take part in a match-matching festival that Lisdoonvarna would be proud of. The Dubliners who set it up were most recently brought their brand of 'Davros for geeks' to San Francisco, and were warmly received.

Meanwhile, this week, our issue is full of 10 Days in Dublin events. Even in a city with a healthy fringe scene, it shows that there is still room for a non-curated, open format festival. One wonders what other cities will sit up and take notice and try to emulate the format that brings 200 artists to 65 venues around the city? Because they should.

Who is more ten days than nine and a half week's this issue? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Kayla

"...the idea of something so industrial perceived as something beautiful intrigues me." - James Loughman
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July 04 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€8/5

10 days in dublin
Oh Say Can You Swing

Get star mangle bannered at The HipDrop Collective Oh Say Can You Swing night, if even just to see how these amalgamators of funk/soul/jazz/world/hiphop attempt to celebrate Independence Day by telling the story of the evolution of American Music through, well, music. Beginning with spoken word poetry, swinging through jazz & funk and ending with bangin' hip-hop, this is American History X-citement! I'm most giddy about Dublin's first Hip-Hop covers band, Gin N Juice, cos La Di Da Di, they likes to party. Throw in funkmeisters Mob Fandango and add the alliteration of Rebecca Sinnamon and Raven and this has the makings of a Yankee Do that you should dandy on down to. (WARNING: The local police had to shut down the event the last time the HipDrop put on a show, but the venue is taking blame on that one.) Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

 

July 04 2013


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€35/€70

ballet
Giselle

Things you usually associate Birmingham with are Cat Deeley, The Guardian and the misery of Louis MacNeice. Turns out that the Birmingham Royal Ballet is also something to shimmy up the list...They are bringing their performance of Giselle to Dublin, after teaming up with Illustrators Ireland to create Pointe Blank, a series of beautifully graphic posters for the performance. This two-act ballet is the dreamiest exploration of the dancing mania that you're ever likely to chance upon. Crucially based on the romantic ideal that love can transcend the bodily world, this ballet of naivety, deception and tragedy is almost Shakespearean in its intertwined focus on love, magic, and impending chaos. An ethereal evening if ever there was one. / Cora Burke

   
 

July 04 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm launch, runs until July 13

how much
Free

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Pixel Heads

Before the Commodore 64, there was the Commodore 16. Before Adobe Photoshop, Creative Suite and all that other CADology, there was Rolf Harris Picture This. As you can imagine, the Rolf Harris 'game' was so basic it made a cellular structure of an amoeba look complicated; the building blocks utilised in the program were large pixels. You could create any image you wanted, as long as it was square. The idea of that is so old, it's actually back on-trend. As 8-Bit art has enjoyed a renaissance of late so too has the humble pixel, the smallest controllable element of an on-screen picture. Step up Shane Gavin of Red Dog and his Pixel Heads. Ming Flanagan's unmistakable goatee, Pope Francis and a brilliant Bowie stare back at you all the way from the early 80s. Be there or be a big, simple, square. / Vernon Steel

 

July 04 2013


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Stories We Tell

Actor/director Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell might well be the most elaborate home movie ever made. Marshalling an extended cast of relatives and friends with the daunting command to "tell the whole story, from the beginning" she delves into a family history with twists and turns that puts most fictional dramas to shame. This is no exercise in self-indulgence however, and its expertly constructed mix of interviews, narration, and archive film (one of the movie's cleverest conceits involves its ingenious use of Super 8 footage) combine to weave a tale that comments perceptively on love, loss, and the subjective nature of memory. Polley's story might be more unusual than most, but it has an emotional truth that will resonate with anyone. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll definitely want to call your parents afterwards. / Conor McDevitt

 

July 04 2013


where
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
6-9pm, runs until Aug 3rd.

how much
Free

exhibition
New Irish Works

The PhotoIreland festival makes a welcome return this week and Ángel Luis González Fernández, its creator and owner of enough fadas to be an honourary Irishman, can be proud of his annual achievement. This celebration of life through the lens is in its fourth year, and this event, one of many taking nationwide, rightly turns the focus on New Irish Works. Ireland may be positioning itself as Europe's tech hub, but it is producing photographic work that can hold its head up worldwide. This show features names like Dragana Jurisic, a long time Le Cool favourite whose work here concentrates on her home country of Yugoslavia. There's also other familiar names like Linda Brownlee and Barry W Hughes whose pieces hang alongside those by Dorje de Burgh, Kevin Griffin, Robert Ellis and Shannon Guerrico. A visual feast. / Vernon Steel

   
 

July 05 2013


where
The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2


when
8:30pm

how much
€10/€8

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Scabs

The word ‘scab’ tends to conjure images of miners' strikes from films portraying 1980s class warfare. Alas, the term came well before Billy Elliot was mortifying his dad with his dancing shoes in that dusty town. In 1913 Ireland, the era where sympathetic strikes were utilised to consolidate the power of the masses in campaigning for work rights, to be called a scab was unforgivable; the linguistic marker of an enemy. The play's focus culminates in the crisis of the Lockout. We follow the oscillating disintegration of personal ideologies for a couple as they campaign for fairer work rights while their daughter begins to starve to death. Watch the turmoil unfold as they question whether they should cross the picket line to save their daughter or compromise the politics they know could change the world. Win Tickets / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

July 05 2013


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Bling Ring

It's twice as vacuous as you thought it was going to be. In a world where the Daily Mail's right-hand column of shame is one of the most powerful places on the internet, and where we watch Amanda Bynes' breakdown over Twitter with a sick mixture of glee and concern, the issue of celebrity infatuation and emulation is becoming a growing worry. In the case of The Bling Ring, who robbed up Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan, this obsession with what the fodder of Perez Hilton's blog and E's True Lives were wearing became a criminal pursuit. The film thankfully doesn't star Emma Watson - as was threatened by the marketing campaign - and instead sees Katie Chang and Israel Broussard leading the pack with confidence. It's a stupid, sparkly waste of an hour and a half, visual marmite for 2013. / Cora Burke

   
 

July 05 2013


where
The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2


when
Until 11 July

how much
Free

exhibition
It's Hard To Tell

It's Hard To Tell is a collection of small-scale paintings, all recreating old black-and-white photos of Catherine Barron’s family. The works are charmingly retro and have an air of nostalgia about them, but all is not as it seems. On closer inspection, various flaws and unnerving details emerge: there are spots of rust on the sheet metal canvases, certain faces and objects are blacked out, and the paint is flaking off. According to the artist, these deteriorations reflect the nature of life itself. Family portraits usually project an image of perfect happiness, but here, Barron focuses on the more tragic elements of her history – in particular, the death of her younger sister. Her paintings are so personal that it is clear that she has put her heart and soul into her work. / Kayla Marie Walsh

 

July 05 2013


where
Earlsfort Terrace,


when
All summer

how much
Free

exhibition
I knOw yoU

When people generally talk about things ‘coming out of Frankfurt’, I’d bet contemporary art isn’t top of the list. Other than sausages, a red light district and Ireland's economic downfall, Frankfurt always seemed like quite a boring place. That’s why it’s so interesting to go to I knOw yoU, a curated group show featuring a selection of graduates from the Stadelschule academy in Frankfurt. A curated show like no other, each of the 27 artists nominated someone they wanted to work with, so there’s an interesting mix of artists working with poets, gardeners, philosophers and others. The resulting exhibition is an exciting hotchpotch of work including steampunk telescopes, a Pekinese puppy, disembodied eyes and an ear and many other titillating pieces showed to perfection in the beautiful Earlsfort terrace venue for your viewing pleasure. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

   
 

July 06 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€12/€10

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Trinity Orchestra Presents Queen & Michael Jackson

The hallowed halls of Trinity College have produced the most musically dexterous society since Glee in their much celebrated orchestra. With prodigious performances at Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit in previous years, this instrumental ensemble has put its own spin on everything from Daft Punk and Pink Floyd to Stevie Wonder – reshaping our perception of traditional orchestral pursuits. This week the group have opted for a blue blooded aristocratic theme interpreting the discographies of both The King of Pop and Queen as part of the 10 days in Dublin multidisciplinary arts festival. The polite and intriguing sounds of the capital’s own Tandem Felix provide support making for A Kind of Magic night of musical bliss. / Aaron Purcell

 

July 06 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€10

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The Great Couch Rebellion

The Great Couch Rebellion is fit to burst; its sheer volume of content is woven so tightly, it's impossible to extricate yourself from it. Adam is from Ireland, Eve is from Greece, and they're both struggling to pay for other people's mistakes. They’re trying to make sense of an increasing mediated, docile society, wholly removed from their historical roots. As we enter a decade of commemorations marking the nascent beginnings of our republic, the concept of rebellion not only tempts the couple but, could drive them mad. Philip Doherty has effortlessly crafted the most enveloping cultural milieu I’ve ever seen in this contemporaneous black comedy. A show with such wit and insight is unlikely to be found dripping from the biro of any other writer. This is a play for the frustrated, the debt ridden & the revellers. Win Tickets / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

July 06 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€15

gig
Ben Klock

If anything was to personify techno, it’d be Berlin born & bred Ben Klock. A resident at the infamous Berghain for almost ten years, you know he’s more than experienced at producing quality sets that makes it impossible not to sway. Klock is known for his relentless take on the genre – deep, hypnotic beats with enough emotion to stop it being just another cold techno sound. Unlike many others, Klock sticks quite firmly to the genre, no watered down house or electronic to be expected. Owner of record label Klockworks, producer and DJ Klock has remixed for the likes of Burial, Function and Kerri Chandler – all quality and further proof of impeccable taste. Often sticking behind the decks for long after the night ends, prepare to lose yourself mentally and figuratively in the Twisted Pepper’s close confines to some raw melodies and hooks. Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

   
 

July 07 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde

It seems to be with increasing regularity that legends are gracing the stage of the Sugar Club these days. None more worthy of the moniker than The Pharcyde, who will be performing their first album, Bizzare Ride II The Pharcyde at the second instalment of the Becks Vier Rhythm Series. It’s been over 20 years since the album was released, but the beats and rhymes still sound as fresh as ever, with tracks like On the DL, Soul Flower and their most famous hit Passin’ Me By being shining testaments to the golden era of hip-hop. Originally performed as a 20th anniversary gig by the album’s original members Fatlip and SlimKid3 alongside producers J-Swift and L.A. Jay, the group continued to tour the album due to its huge success. / Dave Desmond

 

July 07 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
3:30pm

how much
€7.50/€9

cinema
A Fistful of Dollars

A lone figure rides into a desolate frontier town, black clad women scurry indoors as a bell rings signalling the preparation of this new arrival’s coffin. This is the town of San Miguel run by two warring bandit families, the Baxters and the Rojos. There are only two things to do here, work for one of the families and get rich, or be killed by them. For Joe, (Clint Eastwood) a pistol carrying maverick, there may be an alternative. Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars is comprised of some of the most iconic imagery of the western genre, expansive rocky landscapes, intrepid hands hovering over triggers and orange blood the consistency of ketchup spurting from some amigo's neck. These images and some excellent performances are complemented by Ennio Morricone’s idiosyncratic score, which combined make this a cinematic classic. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

July 08 2013


where
Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8:30pm

how much
Free

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Stand-up, Folk Music, Storytelling and Poetry Show

Back in the days when there was no telly, protest marches or angry birds, people got their kicks from standing around fireplaces in pubs, telling far fetched tales of bravery, horror and intrigue. There would definitely have being a song or two, and there were probably a few poems as the night stretched on. Although you’ll hear plenty of tales of woe in modern day pubs, sadly the old storytelling traditions have almost disappeared, therefore, hooray for 10 Days in Dublin’s stand up, folk music and storytelling night which is bringing back spoken word with a bang! Boasting a jam packed programme of celtic and balkan folk tales, folk and jazzy songs and top class stand up and poetry reciting, it’s going to be great! So dig out your pipe and flat cap, time to enjoy some good old traditional entertainment! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

July 08 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€10/€8

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Disco Pigs

This is not Babe 2: Pig in the City. Smoldering jealousies, rage, and fingernail-digging grip on relationships is the order of the day in this performance of Enda Walsh's 1996 play. Made infamous by Cillian Murphy's turn as Pig in the 2001 film adaptation, Disco Pigs is the story of Pig and Runt, born at the same time, living in sync; existing in a parallel universe where they only need each other. However, as they drift into adulthood, their roads diverge. Runt doesn't want to give Pig what he wants from her, his jealousies are mounting, and their relationship - a sadomasochistic co-dependency. Violence and mutual frustrations accumulate, and are brought to a head at the disco...there is only one way to resolve the tensions as they come to a head in a taut, emotionally tumultuous climax. What will become of the Disco Pigs? Win Tickets / Cora Burke

   
 

July 09 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
City Sensorium

What is your Dublin? Mine is increasingly filled with sensory detail as I traverse it, often by foot, un-buffered by the glazed armour of an air-conditioned car. It hits me with a whiff of back-alley spray can sometimes, a serendipitous glimpse of guerrilla gardening green or the babel of accents that rise and fall with each passer-by, wafting up to my window. That intellectual sweat lodge; City Intersections, is on the hunt for a similar kaleidoscopic snapshot of Dublin with the help of 15 speakers on the topic "What is Your Dublin". Called “The City Sensorium” , it alludes to the totality of our sensory urban experience encompassing sight, sound, smell, touch and intuition. Just sit and bask in the Zeitgeist unfurling before you on the night... / Elish Bul-Godley

 

July 09 2013


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€40 - €47

gig
Bobby Womack

Besides the perpetual churn of the new, this is a time for 'hiyas' to those who slipped by first time round (Rodriguez, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Chic, Marlena Shaw) or the likes of Bobby Womack who languished Across 110th Street for some time before Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and XL's Richard Russell (Gil Scott Heron) brought him back into play as The Bravest Man in the Universe. That album might have introduced or reacquainted people to Womack but it delivered on every level including Dayglo Reflection, the mesmeric duet with Lana Del Ray. Bobby didn't use cancer as the excuse to get out of that turgid line-up with Tom Jones and Van Morrison last year but is back in his own soul domain tonight. Witness the son of a preacher man and a true soul survivor all embroidered into a leather suit. Remember you thought you'd see Gil Scott back around these parts again too! / Michael McDermott

   
 

July 10 2013


where
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
01 231 2929‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€27.50

jazz
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds

Drummers rarely get the spotlight – so when they do, they do it on their own terms. Jazz star Jeff Ballard visited Ireland plenty of times with Brad Mehldau, the inventive yet crowd-pleasing pianist who played Vicar Street on what felt like a bi-monthly basis in the 2000s. Now Ballard is back to claim the spotlight with his own band of young geniuses. Bassist Reid Anderson is already famous as part of the hipster-friendly jazz trio The Bad Plus. Lionel Loueke, from Benin, plays electric guitar with the lightly delicate and glancing style that gives away his West African heritage. Tigran Hamasyan – well Tigran, the Armenian – he only picked up piano at the age of three and started wowing European festivals when he was 13. It’s one of these gigs that lands for one night only, on a Wednesday in Dun Laoghaire, no less. Win Tickets / Brian Lavery

   
 
24 Hour Party People
Le Cool had some face-for-radio time with Dan, Aaron and Jack from Radiomade.ie ahead of their 24 DJ set in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

The idea for Radiomade came from our frustration with traditional radio and its quality of music and DJs. We wanted to play the kind of thing we would listen to at parties and clubs. We're trying to broaden it into what a commercial radio station would be - without the garbage.

The future of radio is definitely online. To get an FM radio station you need an aerial, a transmitter, a broadcasting license. Online, all you need is a laptop, an internet connection and a mic. There’s not much censorship and no broadcasting authority. You have a lot more freedom.

We always thought we’d love to get 24 top Dublin DJs all in one area and somehow broadcast it. The level of enthusiasm for our event has been exciting. The DJs were very specifically chosen. We wanted a broad scope: different crews and different generations. We wanted to give a taste of what DJing talent is out there.

Radiomade will be broadcasting live here, the needle goes down at 8pm this Friday and the records won't stop until 8pm the following day. Donate HEREPHOTO: Clara Hooper