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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Arts

All time
# absolut fringe
WIN: Tickets to an ABSOLUT Fringe show tomorrow
Win a pair of tickets to a hot Fringe show – and then tell us what you think of it for our readers’ review series.
# EP2012
In pics: A first look at Electric Picnic 2012
Take a sneak peek at the festival site…
# absolut fringe
In pics: What goes into making an aerial circus show?
A troupe performing at ABSOLUT Fringe in Dublin next month have given a behind-the-scenes peek at the work that goes into hitting the heights (but not the ceiling).
# Film
Video: Shadow Dancer and the endgame of the Troubles
Exclusive featurette explains the tightrope walked by cast and crew on the new film trying to depict life in strife-torn 1990s Belfast.
# film ireland
25 years of Irish Film - through Film Ireland covers
The magazine for Irish film buffs is a quarter of a century in the business…
# festival season
PHOTOS:Bring the wellies - crowds descend on Castlepalooza
Festival-goers have been advised to bring their wellies to any events this weekend because of the likelihood of rain. Boo.
# Your shout
Open thread: What Maeve Binchy book do you recommend?
Readers of the late, great Irish author have been reminiscing on the Binchy novel that touched them – which one would you give to a friend who had never read her work?
Column: Ireland needs to regain that elusive feelgood factor
For economic recovery we must first lift the national mood, writes Ruairi Devlin – and the arts can help do that.
# Festivals
4 videos to give you a feel for Galway Arts Festival
Why is Christy Moore doing a rare standing gig? What’s the atmosphere like? These video previews explain all.
# jeanette lowe
In pics: Photographs of life in Dublin flats goes on show… in a Dublin flat
Acclaimed photographer Jeanette Lowe’s exhibition of scenes from Dublin’s Pearse House flats is being showcased in a flat in block where her grandparents reared their family.
# Culture
Limerick to become first ever National City of Culture
Jimmy Deenihan said the initiative would have a “positive impact” on the city.
# Museums
Six museums to be granted accreditation for high standards
Six museums across the country are to be given accreditation from the Heritage Council under a programme aimed at raising standards in the sector.
# Week in Pics
The week in photos: Streaming
This is the week that was, in pictures.
# Oh fliuch
It's raining, so here are 6 things to cheer you up
Longest day of the year, you say? So what if it’s not sunny – these might make it better…
# Your Say
Poll: Have you read Ulysses?
Today Ireland is celebrating James Joyce’s doorstop novel. But have you actually read it?
# Bloomsday
James Joyce in Paris: 4 things you may not have known
Ahead of Bloomsday, travel writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan went to Paris on the trail of author James Joyce – and was surprised by the things he learned about his time there…
# Write Stuff
Dublin Writers Festival "getting bigger and bigger"
54 writers from around the world will take part in the festival from June 4-10, in venues across Dublin from Liberty Hall to the Gate Theatre, among others.
# In the frame
Ireland's Favourite Painting is announced... and it's a romantic one
Hellelil and Hildebrand, The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederic William Burton is named Ireland’s favourite painting in RTÉ show of Irish gallery masterpieces.
# Arts
Smock Alley Theatre reopening after 225 years
New theatre set to open today on site of original facility which opened in 1662.
# spamtastic
Meet the only man in Ireland who loves getting scam emails
Illustrator Alan Dunne asks his friends to send him on their funniest spam scam emails – so that he can make wry and funny works of art from their stories.
# Irish Film
President Higgins celebrates Irish film in New York
Michael D attended a screening of Oscar-winning Irish short The Shore – and gave his views on Irish film.
# Irish Film
Irish turf-cutting film premieres at major film festival
Poignant short doc Home Turf makes the cut at Hot Docs in Toronto – one of world’s biggest documentary festivals.
# Music
Extra date for Paul Simon gig
Performance of full Graceland album with Ladysmith Black Mambazo has proven popular…
Column: Here's why we turn empty properties into art spaces
“Raise the shutters on a vacant unit, and life returns to an area”: Arts initiative PrettyvacanT Dublin on bringing energy through art back to abandoned buildings.
# sneak peek
VIDEO: Three-trailer Thursday
Cinema trip this weekend? brings you snippets from three new releases to help you decide where to put your money…
# prettyvacant
Ghost estates brought to book in post-Tiger exhibition
Art initiative PrettyvacanT Dublin is repurposing empty spaces for cultural purposes – its latest show responds to “post-Crash Ireland”.
# St Patrick's Day
Global culture programme for St Patrick's Day revealed
It’s not all about shamrock shakes and pints of Guinness.
# beirut
Lebanon to host its first Irish film festival
Event in Beirut is to focus on conflict resolution as well as representations of sectarianism and violence. “The two countries have very much in common,” says organiser.
# volta
READER OFFER: 99c rental on
The first 200 readers from to enter our special discount code at can have their pick of Irish and international independent movies for less than a euro.
# sneak peek
VIDEO: Three-trailer Thursday
Cinema trip this weekend? brings you snippets from three new releases to help you decide where to put your money…
# Irish Film
Two new TV series to create 350 jobs and invest €11m in economy
Two major BBC series being shot on location in Ireland – as well as a host of exciting Irish film projects – will give a welcome boost to the economy, the Irish Film Board has said.
# James Bond
First pic of new Bond film: Daniel Craig's grown a beard.
Bond producers try to create hype with “first official picture” from upcoming Bond film, Skyfall. Do you care?
# volta hoping to promote indie and Irish movies
Irish video-on-demand website allows users to view some new releases on same day they open in cinemas.
# sneak peek
VIDEO: Three-trailer Thursday
Cinema trip this weekend? brings you snippets from three new releases to help you decide where to put your money…
# oscars 2012
Full list of Oscar 2012 nominees: Two Irish shorts nominated
Two Irish short films nominated for Best Short (Live Action) and Irish woman for Best Make-up while Fassbender misses out on Best Actor nod.
# oscars 2012
WATCH: The Oscars 2012 nominations are announced
Watch live as the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards are announced from Los Angeles.
# sneak peek
Video: Three-trailer Thursday
Cinema trip this weekend? brings you snippets from three new releases to help you decide where to put your money…
# light house cinema
Pictures: Cutting the ribbon to the reopened Light House
Official takeover by Element Pictures rubberstamped this morning – and the cinema is looking as colourful as ever.
# short film
Dingle film fest offers €5,000 prize for Irish language short
The film festival in the heart of Kerry Gaeltacht wants to encourage script-writing ‘as Gaeilge’.
'Undercover Bishop' and major Titanic drama-doc top RTÉ new season
The national broadcaster has released details of new productions expected to air this spring – including €1.5m dramatisation of what happened ‘below deck’ on the Titanic.