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Fiona Smith

The #FiveOnFriday Spotify Playlist
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The #FiveOnFriday Spotify Playlist

OVER the last while our #FiveonFriday questionnaire has asked a series of artists and mental health advocates, including the band Mongoose, filmmaker Nick Kelly and comic Alison Spittle, to select songs they tend to turn to if they aren’t feeling on top form, their top three or so ‘comfort tracks’ – the ones they find soothing or uplifting in some way or the ones that never...

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05 Jan 2018
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Check out #FFfest18 photocall pics

Some lovely pics from our press photo launch with huge thanks to broadcasters Nikki Hayes and Eoghan McDermott, Egg Is A Lonely Hunter actor and writer Hannah Mamalis, Therapy Sessions curators Delorentos (along with our co-founder Dave Keegan) who came together to promote #FFfest18 and challenge mental health stigma in 2018.    

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04 Jan 2018
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First Fortnight Festival 2018: A great start to your New Year…

So it all kicks off this January – two weeks and then some of exciting and informative events and experiences that aim to break the stigma and start the conversation on mental health. For anyone still wondering about what First Fortnight is all about, here’s a short video, recently broadcast on RTE’s Winning Streak, which explains the work we do, the thinking behind our annual...

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31 Dec 2017
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First Fortnight Festival 2018 programme launch, Nov 30, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

  A selection of great pictures by Tom Flynn at the launch of the 2018 First Fortnight Festival programme at St Patrick’s Cathedral as part of the Dublin Swift Festival event. The night featured a stellar line-up with poets Paula Meehan, Geoff Finan and Stephen James Smith and musicians including Mongoose, Mary Coughlan and Dermot Kennedy. Thanks to all who came out to launch the...

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30 Dec 2017
FiveOnFriday with Shookrah
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FiveOnFriday with Shookrah

IT’S been a great 2017 for Cork band Shookrah. The release of the Clichés EP, and its brilliant lead single Gerascophobia, saw the six-piece refine their bright and slinky R&B/Neo-soul sound after 2015’s well-received Implicit Content EP. Slots at festivals like Body & Soul and a supporting role with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour further bolstered their profile here. And to cap it all,...

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29 Dec 2017
Watch: This Little Light of Mine, a short film by Arbutus Yarns
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Watch: This Little Light of Mine, a short film by Arbutus Yarns

    LONG-time First Fortnight collaborator Stephen James Smith was one of the artists involved in a song and poetry project with the Women’s Traveller Group, the subject of this wonderful film by Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns. Watch the just-released film above, ahead of performance poet Stephen’s event for FFfest18 this New Year, hosting Cork’s Therapy Sessions on January 13. The short is hosted here with...

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25 Dec 2017
FiveOnFriday with Derek Devoy of Taxi Watch/Throwline film
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FiveOnFriday with Derek Devoy of Taxi Watch/Throwline film

DEREK DEVOY has been a taxi driver for 15 years. In 2014 he established Taxi Watch which is a group of volunteer taxi drivers who aim to help prevent suicide in their local community. Since its foundation the organisation has intervened in close to 200 suicide attempts. The work of Taxi Watch has been made into an award-winning short documentary by Ishka Films called Throwline –  directed by...

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08 Dec 2017
Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson
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Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson

Illustration by Toshi Nakamura SOBER MINDS is a short film by Charlo Johnson about the work of Dublin wildlife photographer Paul Hughes, taking visual queues from the snapper’s striking shots of urban wildlife, from fluffy ducklings, swooping gulls to dens full of baby foxes. A contemplative voiceover explains the photographer’s thought processes as he tracks creatures around the waterways and green spaces of the capital,...

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06 Oct 2017
FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS
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FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS

DUBLIN trio SESSION MOTTS are creating quite a stir with a perfect succession of evocative Eighties-inflected indie-pop gems – Chip Shop Fights, Plundered Past, and the latest single, Back In The Day. Singer Keeley Moss is also author of a fascinating blog on the unsolved murder of a German student in the North in the late 80s, mixing investigative insights and personal musings to great effect,...

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29 Sep 2017
Camille Ross, Brazen Tales Theatre by Grayce Leonard
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Camille Ross – on anger, expression and winning a First Fortnight Fringe award

  “Comedy opens up a conversation, especially around things that are dark…” Camille Ross is Artistic Director of Brazen Tales, and co-writer and actor of one-woman show Big Bobby Little Bobby, winner of the First Fortnight Award at last year’s Dublin Fringe, our annual award for best show featuring themes of mental health. Grayce Leonard caught up with Camille to discuss winning the award, how...

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17 Sep 2017
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