#FiveOnFriday with Donal Scannell, Born Optimistic Blog

DONAL SCANNELL hosts the Born Optimistic podcast, taking  a series of inspirational artists and giving them a leisurely grilling on how background events and their personality traits have shaped their outlook on life. In the couple of months since it kicked off, the podcast has attracted a jaw-dropping roster of guests, Irish and international names in a variety of fields, all with fascinating stories to tell...

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First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies Job Vacancy Blog / Featured

First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies Job Vacancy  First Fortnight are currently looking to fill the position of Part-time Creative Arts Therapist in Dublin city. Please see job description for further details: FFArttherapypostFFspec If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a letter of application together with your curriculum vitae to Closing date for this position Wednesday 3rd May 2017 5pm.

#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan Blog

Singer-songwriter Kevin Nolan, a long-time advocate for First Fortnight and most memorable Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 First Fortnight Festival Hootenanny at St Patrick’s Hospital, has released a live video of his song The Last Days of Harry Carey. Hot Press calls it spell-binding – “a bombastic four minutes of blood and thunder that’s worth the price of admission alone”. The story behind it encompasses...

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Tara Thomas Photography Blog / Featured

Libyan-born Irish-raised singer songwriter Farah Elle has a unique style and sound, drawing on Arabic rhythms and dynamic piano arrangements to stunning effect. Writing and performing since her teenage years, the now 22-year-old is a recent graduate of the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and collaborated with Bantum on his Choice Music Prize nominated album, Move. With a slew of shows coming up and hard...

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#FiveOnFriday with Sean O’Brien Blog

Often the Armagh / Monaghan border almost seems a dividing line between two links of human evolution. Who exactly inhabits the side of the more evolved is up for debate, and since I’m from the northern part, I’ll not stake a claim for superiority. It’s a case of Big Tom versus Tommy Makem… you decide. Those two are not the only musical talents who call that part...

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How beating an eating disorder inspired a cartoon character Blog

A NEW Irish graphic novel deals with eating disorders in a humorous and imaginative way – Loopy Loo: A story of Beating Bulimia is available on Amazon, written and illustrated by Dan Reynolds and inspired by the story of Rosalyn Sheehy who decided to share her tale of recovery to help others going through similar issues. First Fortnight spoke to Rosalyn about how the book...

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Creaking – a work that plays on age, movement and mental health Blog

“The starting point was the question, what age do you feel in your head as opposed to your body?” – writer and theatre performer Noelle Browne on Creaking THIS year’s tremendously successful First Fortnight festival wraps up on January 20 with an immersive piece of theatre, Creaking, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Co Kildare. Creaking was co-created by Oonagh Murphy and writer/performer Noelle Browne,...

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#FiveOnFriday – Meetings With Ivor director Alan Gilsenan Blog

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Gilsenan – known for his portraits of Liam Clancy (The Yellow Bittern), Roger Casement, Gore Vidal and more – has turned his lens on groundbreaking doctor Ivor Browne in The Wonder Eye (showing at Irish Film Institute as part of the First Fortnight festival). The now retired Professor Emeritus at UCD and chief Eastern Health Board psychiatrist ruffled a few establishment feathers...

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Mollie Molumby, director of award winning Half Light Blog

“A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light…” So runs the descriptive blurb for Half Light, a theatre piece which runs at First Fortnight for four nights (and one matinee) from January 10-14 at Dublin’s Smock Alley – the piece follows a 10-year-old boy, Robin, who enters the...

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24.11.17 - Dublin: First Fortnight 2017 mental health arts festival programme launch. Pictured are artist Emma Sheridan; First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan; and Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People Helen McEntee in artist Emma Sheridan's studio. First Fortnight 2017 runs from January 1 to 14 aimed at challenging mental health stigma. 
Photo: Kieran Frost Blog

ONE in two people wouldn’t want anyone to know they were experiencing mental health problems, according to a new survey. With the 2017 First Fortnight festival kicking off this New Year’s Day, we have released the findings of our festival audience survey last year which saw 49% of people saying they wouldn’t want anyone to know that they were experiencing mental health problems. The same...

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