Tag: First Fortnight festival


The #FiveOnFriday Spotify Playlist Blog

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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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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  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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Watch: This Little Light of Mine, a short film by Arbutus Yarns Blog

    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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#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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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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#FiveOnFriday with… comedian Alison Spittle Blog

FIRST Fortnight’s #fiveonfriday aims to provide an insight into performers, artists and creative minds, particularly those involved in the festival or who deal with mental health-related topics in their work. This week it’s the turn of comedian Alison Spittle whose show ‘Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii’ is running as part of First Fortnight ’16 in the Smock Alley Theatre tonight and tomorrow night. Alison is a...

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#FiveonFriday…with Saint Sister Blog

FIRST Fortnight’s #fiveonfriday blog aims to provide an insight into the performers, artists and creative minds who get involved in the festival. By posting five questions and answers every Friday, we hope not just to entertain but to keep the conversation about mental health going throughout the year. First up is dreamy folk duo Saint Sister performing as part of FF16 at the We Cut Corners-curated...

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‘The story of abortion is one that should also be heard within a mental health context’ All Posts / Blog

MY Name is Saoirse is the tender coming-of-age play written by and starring Eva O’Connor of the award-winning Sunday’s Child theatre company. It won our First Fortnight Award at the Dublin Fringe for challenges to prejudice on mental health issues, deftly dealing with teen pregnancy and adolescent sexuality. It runs again for three-nights only at First Fortnight 2015 from January 8-10 at Dublin’s Smock Alley...

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