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Co-Motion at First Fortnight: Alison Spittle’s feel good songs All Posts / Blog

Alison Spittle is a comedian and TV personality from Westmeath. Her First Fortnight show – Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii – runs from 14th to 16th January in Smock Alley Theatre. Here, she picks the four songs that pick her up when she’s feeling down and tells us why she chose them.  Gold Dust – DJ Fresh/Ms Dynamite I grew up loving Ms Dynamite and this...

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Anderson to play Therapy Sessions at First Fortnight 2016 All Posts / Blog

Anderson has been added to the bill for this year’s First Fortnight festival. The Dublin singer-songwriter, who had a fantastic 2015 following the release of his debut solo album, Patterns, will begin the New Year by headlining the Therapy Session at the Workman’s Club on January 15th. Also on the bill is Dermot Kennedy and spoken word performers Lewis Kenny, Richard Brennan and Nicole Eve...

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King Kong Company and Aisling Daly join First Fortnight line-up Blog

King Kong Company, UFC fighter Aisling Daly and former Dublin GAA star John Leonard have all been added to the bill for next month’s First Fortnight festival. They join a line up that includes snooker legend Willie Thorne, broadcasters Eoghan McDermott, John Bowman and Diarmuid Gavin, acting royalty Mary McEvoy, Olympic star Kenneth Egan and acclaimed musicians Spies, Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and Jennifer Evans,...

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Bressie’s go-to feel good songs – Co-Motion at First Fortnight All Posts / Blog

  Ahead of our two Co-Motion events, mental Health campaigner and the Voice of Ireland judge Bressie selects the four-songs that he goes to in order to feel good… Our really unique event – Co-Motion, a musical walking experience – takes place on Sunday, January 3 in the National Botanic Gardens in Glassnevin  at 2pm and on January 10 at the same time in St Stephen’s Green on...

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‘We all have our inner critics’ – interview with the creators of Big Bobby Little Bobby All Posts / Blog

BIG Bobby Little Bobby, winner of the First Fortnight Fringefest Award 2015, is back for another run for our FF’16 festival in January 2016. Brazen Tales Productions’ dark comedy stars Camille Lucy Ross, doing psychological and physical battle with her character Roberta’s dissociative personalities, giving voice to both her overbearing mother and demonic inner child, the ‘Little Bobby’ of the title. The production, co-written and directed...

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Catch the Tiger: Dublin Fringefest 2015 Picks All Posts / Blog

The Dublin Tiger Fringefest is under way this fortnight with a packed programme of provocative performances, pushing at the boundaries of what art can do to explore the human condition. Fiona Smith has sifted through the programme to select her highlights of this year’s line-up, with some chosen for their fascinating subject matter dealing with mental health issues, some for their vibrant, uplifting qualities –...

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Flying South: Setting the stage for open expressions on mental health All Posts

BILLED as Dublin’s first regular open mic night on the theme of mental health, Flying South is set up as a welcoming community for exploring ideas and personal experiences through all forms of self-expression – poetry, comedy, music, story-telling and more. Held the last Friday of each month, the next show is this Friday, August 28 at Jaja Studios, Stoneybatter. Organiser poet Kate Quigley says:...

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Owen Harris on ‘Deep’, the Virtual Reality game that relieves anxiety Blog / Podcast

GAME Designer Owen Harris’ latest project is a meditative and psychoactive virtual reality game called DEEP that is controlled by breathing. Players don the Oculus Rift and the custom DEEP controller to explore a beautiful and mysterious undersea world. Some users have found the games relaxing embrace, which teaches you yogic breathing techniques, to relieve stress, anxiety and mild depression. Steve Cummins caught up with...

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“Depression is the great deceiver…” All Posts / Blog

<strong>PADDY HANNA, the Grand Pocket Orchestra man turned solo artist, has put out an affecting video for Camaraderie, the plaintive B-side to recent single Austria.</strong> The film, directed by Luke Byrne, depicts a man isolated by depression and recalls the singer’s own experience of being holed up in his Howth home last summer feeling at odds with the outside world. <iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DNQMMCIwXhU” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″></iframe>...

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‘Do It Every Day’ – How to Finish a Creative Project in the Midst of Depression All Posts / Blog

DJ, writer and composer GAVIN PAISLEY describes his struggles to finish a creative project in the midst of depression and what worked to get him through it. “I wrote a piece of music that took two years to finish and during it I suffered a number of depressive episodes. It’s at the bottom of the article as well as the back story and other stuff,...

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