View Festival is coming to Dublin

View Festival is coming to Dublin

100 years after the Proclamation, Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, will become an exciting creative hub for 5 days of Politics, Arts, Debates & Ideas with a host of engaging speakers, politicians, comedians and artists. VIEW Temple Bar Politics, Arts & Ideas Festival takes place from 16th-20th November.

VIEW Festival is coming to Dublin

An exciting new festival is coming to Dublin that will bring together the Arts, Ideas and Politics. Spearheaded  by the folks over at The Temple Bar Company, an organisation that aims to protect and enhance the cultural quarter,  View is a 5 day festival right in the heart of the city. Using spaces such as The Liquor Rooms, The Workman’s Club, and the Irish Stock Exchange, you’ll be able to stroll from venue to venue while enjoying a host of engaging speakers, politicians, comedians and artists. There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy on the programme which features internationally renowned street artist MASER, whose work includes the recent controversial Repeal logo, Dundalk Punk-Poet Jinx Lennon as he headlines a night of music from some of the best, and most challenging, artists in Ireland today, and the romance behind Shakespeare will be under question.

For a comedic twist you can kick it with satirist Oliver Callan in Dublin City Hall as he hosts a variety show with a difference, including the award-winning Musical Comedy duo Totally Wired and MC Paddy Cullivan.  There’ll also be a chance for you to have your say at their Early Early Arts Debate with Ryan Tubridy, and as the festival coincides with Science Week there’s a fantastic panel discussion lined up.  ‘Here’s the Science Bit’ will focus on The Politics of Science with a range of diverse topics going under the microscope. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s also plenty to get involved in including photography and painting workshops. While most of the events are free, some are ticketed so use the code VIEW16 to get 10% off – we’d advise booking early as many shows have limited capacity and will book out. With such a wide variety of topics we thought we’d make some of the decision making process a little easier find our top picks for each day below.


Wednesday 16th Nov. – Culture Shock – Discussing Art and Immigration with The Irish Times and New to the Parish

So we may be a little bit biased on this one, as some of members have been featured in The Irish Times series New to the Parish and The Liquor Rooms is a firm GirlCrew favourite, but Culture Shock looks like an event that’s not to be missed. This discussion evening will focus on the work of immigrant artists and how they have been influenced by their environment. Looking at questions such as the construction of cultural identity, political input, and the challenges faced by those working in Ireland, this night will be very insightful. Journalist Sorcha Pollack, chief reporter for the New to the Parish series, will be interviewing artists and performers from a variety of mediums on the highs and lows of their new lives. Book tickets for this event here.


Thursday 17th Nov. -Introduction to painting workshop

Painting is seriously one of the most relaxing things ever and with evenings getting darker, and more miserable, being holed up in the lovely Aga Szot Art Studio learning a variety of painting techniques, methods and applications sounds like bliss. Best of all, all the materials are provided so all you have to do is show up – there’s no mention of smocks on the site, so maybe grab an old jumper just in case. There is a maximum of four participants per group, and you can book here.


 Friday 18th Nov.- Here’s the Science Bit

Climate change is is becoming a bigger and bigger problem, or is it?  Is technology is taking over and creating mass unemployment? Has politics meant that the Irish are forever turned off paying for natural resources? And what about interplanetary exploration? An expert panel comprising of Manchan Magan, Aoife McLysaght (Professor in Genetics TCD), Ian Brunswick (Science Gallery), Claire Byrne (Green Party Councillor), Joe Caulfield (Turn 180) and Richard Corrigan (Chef and Restaurateur), will be discussing these issues and more. To get you in the mood for such weighty concepts, the night will be kicked off a comedy set by ‘Irish Mammies’ creator Colm O’Regan. Tickets are €5, and access is limited, so book now.


 Saturday 19th Nov. – Jinx Lennon’s Big Protest Night

With six albums under his belt Dundalk Punk-Poet Jinx Lennon is a force to be reckoned with, his rap-like vocals are often surreal at times and his performances are seriously punchy to say the least. He’ll be joined on the night by the ever-brilliant and visually spectacular Avant Gardaí, leading Irish hip hop and spoken word artist Temper-Mental MissElayneous,and singer-songwriter, Fiach Moriarty. Tickets are €10, and can be bought here.


 Sunday 20th Nov. – Venetia Quick’s ‘Not-so-Mainstream Media’ Sunday Brunch Panel

Who doesn’t love the Sunday papers over a lazy brunch, we certainly do! This time however, there’ll be sting in the tail as Venetia Quick of Q102’s ‘Drive at 5’ and RTE2’s ‘Connected’ will chair  Julien Mercile (Assistant Professor, UCD), Kitty Holland (Irish Times), Larissa Nolan (Sunday Times) and Gerry Stembridge (Scrap Saturday) as they delve into a lighthearted debate about the papers and the media; so expect this to be fun filled and interesting morning. Tickets are €10, and can be bought here.

Now that all the leg work has been done for you, make sure you check out their website for the full schedule and don’t forget to use the code VIEW16 to get 10% off – Arts, Ideas, Politics, and discounts is a win-win our book. You can find all the details of the shows, and more about the festival on the View website.

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