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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday December 30, 2019 18:18 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
“And such should childhood ever be,
The fairy well; to bring
To life’s worn, weary memory
The freshness of its spring.
But here the order is reversed,
And infancy, like age,
Knows of existence but its worst,
One dull and darkened page;—”
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon – The Vow of the Peacock and Other Poems (1835)
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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 17, 2019 13:16 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
The importance of theatre is demonstrated by the prevalence and variety of forms it takes both locally and globally in society today. Indeed, over the centuries theatre has played an important sociological and ideological role. It has been used both by communities and elites to propagate and spread ideas for the consolidation of society (Morality plays), for social improvement (Neo-Classical plays) as well as instigating and promoting revolutionary ideas (Brechtian theatre). read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Friday November 15, 2019 14:07 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
Poetry is often associated with genteel people and laid-back lifestyles, yet over the decades since the Enlightenment many poets have been actively involved in the most radical of political and art movements. Setting up a solid foundation for such attitudes was the poet extraordinaire, Alexander Pope. In this essay I shall look at the connection between poetry and socio-political struggles over the centuries. From Pope to the Chartists, and from the Irish revolutionary poets to the postcolonial writers writers of Africa, poetry has played an important part in social change. The recent explosion of global demonstrations and rallies has also been connectioned with radical poetry as will be seen in Chile for example. read full story / add a comment
Slavoj Žižek: Game of Thrones tapped into fears of revolution and political women – and left us no better off than before
The last season of the Game of Thrones has prompted public outcry and culminated in a petition (signed by almost 1 million outraged viewers) to disqualify the entire season and re-shoot a new one. The ferocity of the debate is in itself a proof that the ideological stakes must be high. read full story / add a comment
Current efforts by social media companies and Atlanticist think tanks to remove various alternative media pages are part of a coordinated corporate attempt to disrupt and destroy a "global intifada" of social movements, according to documents and data examined by this writer read full story / add a comment
wexford / arts and media / press release Monday September 03, 2018 22:36 by Wexford Documentary Film Festiva 6 images 1 attached file
This September sees the much-anticipated return of The 6th Wexford Documentary Film Festival, a jam-packed 3-day festival of International, National, and Local films. The Festival takes place in the working fishing village of Kilmore Quay, County Wexford from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2018. In keeping with the festival ethos, this year’s festival returns with a curated program of films that powerfully explore social, political, and environmental concerns. The Wexford Documentary Film Festival is gaining strength and popularity, by providing the public with the opportunity to see award winning National and International documentary films and 2018 is no exception!
The Festival program engages with some of the critical issues facing society at present both globally and locally. These include films that explore the threat to democracy, the role and responsibility of the media, the ways in which we can create an inclusive society and films that portray the positive role women are playing in challenging and shaping society. read full story / add a comment
galway / arts and media / news report Tuesday July 17, 2018 23:33 by BAOITE Publicist 1 comment (last - thursday july 19, 2018 23:13) 1 image
BAOITE, is a new play by Darach Mac Con Iomaire, premiering this week at the Galway International Arts Festival.
A fishing family leads a desperate fight to defend their coastal community from the
imminent threat of offshore fracking ? but as the constant pressure of campaigning
mounts, hidden fractures appear in the once-solid clan... read full story / add a comment
Dublin, June 13, 2018: An art gallery that opened four months ago and located at 24 Baggot Street Upper, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is celebrating Bloomsday. My motivation for these oil paintings is to celebrate Joyce by introducing colour into his other-wise early twentieth century black & white portraits, ‘to bring our faded images of Joyce back to life’.
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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Thursday December 14, 2017 22:32 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 5 images
Christmas is an ancient feast that has many positive associations for people around the world. While the bible places the birth of Christ in Bethlehem it does not say when, but by the 4th century the Churches in the East were celebrating it on January 6 and the Churches of the West on December 25.
One thing is certain about Christmas is that it is rooted in many traditions and superstitions relating to nature that existed long before Christmas and many have continued in one form or another to the present day. The many strands of Christmas can be seen in the variety of different traditions associated with, or originating in, places all over Europe. These strands are, inter alia, the solstice, the Nativity, Saturnalia, Yuletide, St Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz). read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Monday December 04, 2017 18:03 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 1 image
In 1762 Jean Jacques Rousseau published his book, The Social Contract, in which he wrote,
“In Greece, all that the populace had to do, it did for itself; it was constantly assembled in the public square.”
Rousseau was well aware of the importance of public spaces when it came to political change. Indeed, the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 showed the power of the populace against armed guards defending the medieval fortress, armory, and political prison in Paris which at the time represented royal authority. Interestingly enough, the decision had also been taken to replace the Bastille with an open public space and the fortress was demolished within five months. Since then many open public spaces around the world have been the centres of political activity. read full story / add a comment
Maureen Gallagher wins Hanna Greally Award. read full story / add a comment
wexford / arts and media / press release Tuesday September 12, 2017 12:23 by Wexford Documentary 1 image 1 attached file
This September sees the much-anticipated return of The 5th Wexford Documentary Film Festival, a jam-packed 3-day festival of international, national, and local films. The festival takes place in the picturesque fishing village of Kilmore Quay, County Wexford from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September 2017. Screening of films will be in the local Stella Maris Centre, and in many interesting and unexpected off-site venues throughout the village. The festival includes post screenings Q&As with international directors, discussions, lively debates, and a variety of film workshops. The Wexford Documentary film festival is gaining strength and popularity, by providing the public with the opportunity to see award winning national and international documentary films and 2017 is no exception! read full story / add a comment
. “The Cowboys”, written and directed by Peter Trant, is a dramatic and highly entertaining play set in a fictional town somewhere along the border. It tells a complex, darkly humorous tale of love, betrayal and revenge. After many years, away, the protagonist, Bobby Courtney, returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral. Old animosities between him and his nemesis, Johnny Murtagh, the Meat Factory Manager, bubble ominously to the surface. Two Meat Factory Workers, Sonny and Phil, observe it all. At first this duo, with their laugh-out-loud humour, appear to be outside the action, almost like a Greek chorus, but we soon realize that they are, in fact, central to events as they unfold. Behind their banter, oblique clues hint at horrors past and to come. A sense of menace permeates the action right from the beginning and tension builds inexorably as the plot moves to its shocking climax.
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The Irish Times headline recently ran a headline, ‘Imposing French-style wealth tax would only yield €22m.
UCD sociologist Kieran Allen asked for a right to reply but received no response to his request. Here is his exposure of how journalism sometimes functions as propaganda.
The story is based on an ESRI Working Paper entitled ‘Scenarios and Distributional Implications of a Household Wealth Tax in Ireland’. The Irish Times lifts one or two figures from the paper but fails to give any context or critically examine the report. read full story / add a comment
Dublin man, Simon Scriver will go for gold in the World Championship of Public Speaking in Washington DC, on August, 18th to 20th. Simon is the current Ireland and UK champion which he won recently in Limerick with his speech “Nuggets of Gold”. This is the final round of a contest with entrants from 15,400 Clubs in 135 countries!
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The Easter Rising Centenary issue of SIPTU's Liberty magazine is out since March.
It contains lots of interesting articles including ones on the Irish Citizens Army (ICA) and James Connolly.
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international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Thursday March 31, 2016 21:30 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
It has been one hundred years since the heroic Easter uprising of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) and the ICA (Irish Citizen Army) against the might of the British Empire in 1916. The planning of the 2016 commemoration was thrust into the hands of the conservative Fine Gael/Labour government who would have been at least a bit uneasy about the potential for increasing the political support base for the more politically radical Sinn Féin. However, the problem of artistic representation of the events was at least partially resolved by the well-worn techniques used by successive conservative Irish governments over the years since the Easter Rising: mythologisation, diversion and counternarrative. read full story / add a comment
Since 2008, during one of the worst financial crises to hit the state, government funding of the arts sector was significantly reduced as the overall Departmental budget has seen an increase. Department of the Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht reports show that central funding increased from 245,000,000 Euro in 2008 to 310,000,000 Euro in 2016. During this same period Arts Council reports show a fall in their funding from 81,620,000 Euro to 59,100,000 Euro. This has resulted in a fall in supports to the individual artist who the sector rely on to maintain Ireland as a place that is known for its living culture and the arts. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / press release Monday February 01, 2016 14:51 by Mary Mc Grath 1 image
While currently young filmmakers are being sought for a festival and short films are pouring in, the festival organisers are busily planning an exciting programme of screenings, Q&A's, discussions and workshops for this year's festival.
There are 7 categories; Animation, Fictional Shorts, Music Video, Short Shorts ‘one minute wonders’, Documentary, Schools and Third Level
First Cut! would also like to announce YMVA, Young Music Video Award, Competition 2016!
The First Cut! Youth Film Festival is thrilled to announce it has teamed up with Brendan Canty – Feel Good Lost to give young up-and-coming filmmakers under the age of 24 the chance to make a music video with mentorship from the film director. The Feel Good Lost Hozier ‘Take me to Church’ video, shot on a shoestring budget, garnered millions of Internet 'hits' and rave reviews from critics all over the world. The 'Feel Good Lost' production company is now considered one of the world's most exciting up-and-coming film firms.
So if you’ve ever wanted to gain a fantastic insight into the world of Music Video Filmmaking and have a chance to work with the best then watch this space!
Deadline for Submissions: Feb 12th 2016 read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / press release Wednesday December 30, 2015 22:34 by Kathryn Crowley 1 image
An open art project that welcomes participation from anyone affected by a fatality (or injury) on Irish roads. No art skills are required. read full story / add a comment
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