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#FiveOnFriday with Sarah McBriar Blog / Uncategorised

Last year for the first year, a wave of energy and a much needed glorious celebration of local talent pounded the Titanic quarter in Belfast. Between conferences, workshops, fantastic food and a world class line-up of DJs against the backdrop of incredible visuals, there was scarcely time to take stock of the quality on show. The reaction to AVA matched the mood inside T13 Belfast...

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Overshadowed post show discussion at Project Arts Centre All Posts / Blog / Featured

We are delighted to announce that every member of our voluntary board has been nominated for the Dublin City Good Citizen Awards 2016, which are being held this evening (May 17). We’d like to take this chance to thank them for all their hard work. First Fortnight wouldn’t be possible without them. We’d also like to thank all of our volunteers and everyone who has helped us,...

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#FiveOnFriday with Richard Boyd Barrett Blog

As part of First Fortnight 2015, we gathered a group of politicians to ask what, ‘If Elected’, they would do with the state of mental health in Ireland. There was a consensus among those present that this should be a priority for the next government. In a cruel and darkly ironic twist of fate, mental health was one of the first casualties of the new...

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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER: #FiveOnFriday with Damola of the Word Up Collective Blog

DAMOLA is a rising star of the Irish urban scene and part of Word Up Collective – an exciting Dublin-based collaboration of diverse talents working in hiphop, spoken word, R&B, rap, pop and related genres, who got together earlier this year to exchange skills and elevate their profiles. As part of the group Backshed inc with Ange MC, Sam Ojo and video director Steven Beatsmith, Damola runs...

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Word up – the FiveOnFriday with poet Alicia Byrne Keane Blog

POETRY Day Ireland is coming up on April 28 and among many events planned for it is a spoken word-based show in Dublin’s Workman’s Club with proceeds to Pieta House. I spoke to organiser, Alicia Byrne Keane, about the event and her take on the thriving spoken word scene. Poet and performer Alicia is the spoken word editor for the Bogman’s Cannon site – (check out her...

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#FiveOnFriday with artist Lorcan Vallely Blog

For the uninitiated; the impact of the Vallely family on modern Irish art and traditional music is a profound one. Whether it be through guiding aspiring musicians from the grassroots to producing some of the finest art and music available today, the contribution has been immense and continues unabated.  One of them, painter Lorcan Vallely, works mainly with charcoal and oil, creating pieces which are...

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Preachings of The Choir Invisible Blog

THE Choir Invisible have emerged from hibernation with a new album on the way, About Last Night (not a reference to the 80’s Rob Lowe movie, I’m assured). They launch the first single from it in the Workman’s Club, Dublin, tomorrow, Thursday – Waiting Room, a glam stomp of guitar and sleazed-out organs, as singer Alan Black intones: “It’s the saddest thing you’ll ever see/Waiting in line for...

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#FiveOnFriday with Mongoose Blog

FOLK foursome Mongoose have been tucked away writing and recording new material aiming to “emerge as beautiful moths” in time for the summer festivals – but First Fortnight managed to infiltrate their efforts for a brief #FiveOnFriday chat. Last year the self-proclaimed Dublin ‘jolk’  band (jazz-folk) released their self-titled debut album brimming with beautiful harmonies and taking much joy in their musical quirks with influences as various...

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#FiveOnFriday with singer-songwriter Grainne Hunt Blog

THIS week we catch up with singer-songwriter Grainne Hunt – having lent her powerful vocal talent to the likes of Mark Geary and Glen Hansard, Grainne is taking centre centre stage with her debut album, Firing Pin. On this, she marshalls a who’s who of Irish musical talent including Vyvienne Long, James Cramer and Graham Hopkins, with Joe Chester on production. Grainne is part of Female Heroes,...

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#FiveonFriday with radio producer Julien Clancy Blog

  If you haven’t heard of ‘The Moth’ (storytelling phenomenon/podcast/award-winning radio hour and New York Times bestseller)… don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you have, there’s a good chance it’s due to the subject of this week’s #FiveonFriday; Julien Clancy. As well as bringing ‘The Moth’ (which formed part of FF16) to Dublin, Julien is behind ‘Sounds Alive’ both of which showcase the art of audio...

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