Liz Nolan's Classic Drive

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    Thursday 1st October

    Culture File: Rebranding Part 2

    Brandspert, Eoghan Nolan, finishes decoding a wave of re-brands by the likes of Google, Eir and Virgin Media (2/2)

    Wednesday 30th September

    Culture File: Rebranding Part 1

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Brands: brandspert, Eoghan Nolan, helps decode a recent wave of re-brandings

    Tuesday 29th September

    Culture File: Caitriona Joni

    Catriona O'Leary on shepherding Joni Mitchell and Franz Schubert into the Irish language.

    Monday 28th September

    Culture File: Canice Globe

    One of London's big tourist draws is Shakespeare's Globe; one of The Globe's draws is a tourguide from Mullingar

    Friday 25th September

    Culture File Weekly No 37

    This Weekly, an audience with Ireland's longest reigning Emperor of Antiques, a journey down a dimly lit corridor of graphic sedition at the National Print Museum, the promise of eternity as a plastinated corpse and a heartfelt piece of pro-Bee propaganda disguised as a show for kids

    Culture File: The Last Hotel

    Soprano, Claudia Boyle and composer, Donnacha Dennehy on The Last Hotel, loneliness and Irish girl band, B*witched

    Thursday 24th September

    Culture File: Louis Louis

    The Emperor of Antiques, Louis O’Sullivan, tells Eleanor Flegg stories of some of his favourite possessions

    Wednesday 23rd September

    Culture File: Death Café

    Dublin's recent 'Death Café' encouraged Gareth Stack to imagine what we might look for by way of a final send off

    Tuesday 22nd September

    Culture File: Hedone

    Mikael Jonsson had an early calling to be a chef but a biblical plague of allergies kept him out of the kitchen.

    Monday 21st September

    Culture File: Bees

    Be they drones or queens, Mark Doherty has big love for the bees in his new apicultural comedy for kids

    Friday 18th September

    Culture File Weekly No 36

    This Weekly we have a history of psychology and a biography of the happiness industry all wrapped into one. We listen to our inner voices, with a music that uses human physiology to keep the beat, and we make a visit to the Dublin's Merrion Square, where the nation's mutts are having their day in the sun.

    Culture File: Posters

    A pointed take on history told through political posters at the National Print Museum's A World to Win exhibition

    Thursday 17th September

    Culture File: Blythman

    What's for dinner? is a question investigative journalist turned food detective, Joanna Blythman, takes seriously

    Wednesday 16th September

    Culture File: Heart and breath

    Biofeedback-driven music from Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry’s decoded by UCC Prof of Physiology, Ken O’Halloran

    Tuesday 15th September

    Culture File: The Doggie Do

    Some old dogs and some new tricks at Dublin’s canine carnival, The Doggie Do

    Monday 14th September

    Culture File: Will Davies Part 2

    Will Davies on the Happiness Industry and its relationship to a fitbit-wearing society of constant measurement

    Friday 11th September

    Culture File: Will Davies

    Attempts to measure happiness have a long history, one that Goldsmith's Will Davies has been carefully tracing.

    Culture File Weekly: No 35

    This weekly, we accidentally get some good Korean cooking in Sligo while on a visit to a supersized exhibition in an abandoned electronics factory; then it's about slipping some choice language into Handel's Agrippina, and finally, challenging the 'initial' gatekeepers of literary fiction, the LRB, TLS and NYRB.

    Thursday 10th September

    Culture File: Magnetism

    Big art for big spaces, in curator Vaari Claffey's Magnetism show at a former Korean videotape plant in Co. Sligo

    Wednesday 9th September

    Culture File: Long Gaze Back

    Sinead Gleeson, editor of The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, talks balance, TLS, LRB & VIDA

    Tuesday 8th September

    Culture File: Templemore

    Gruesome goings on in the precincts of Templemore in a the second play from Garda College neighbour, Áine Ryan.

    Monday 7th September

    Culture File: Clockwork

    N-gauge and O-gauge, clockwork and proper steam, at a model train sanctuary at the far end of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.

    Friday 4th September

    Culture File: Agrippina

    English translator of Handel's Agrippina, Amanda Holden, on putting the f-word into the mouths of operatic heroes

    Culture File Weekly: No 34

    Culture File visits two exhibitions struggling with the very idea of an exhibition - and busily try to create stimulating new hybrid shows. In Weston-Super-Mare, activist artist Banksy has created an “entry level anarchism” funfair, while at Tate Britain, Sensorium is a show bringing paintings together with sound, perfumes and chocolates.

    Thursday 3rd September

    Culture File: Sensorium Part 2

    Odette Toilette and Bernardo Fleming on the new worlds of scent at Tate Britain's multisensory show, Sensorium.

    Wednesday 2nd September

    Culture File: Sensorium

    Tate Britain's latest painting exhibition, Sensorium, address the ears, the nose and the tongue, as well as the eyes

    Tuesday 1st September

    Culture File: Dismaland

    Bring your ears to Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare, “The UK’s Most disappointing New Visitor Attraction”

    Monday 31st August

    Culture File: Soundscapes

    Exhibitions that strive to be something more this week starting with a paint 'n' sound show at UK's National Gallery

    Friday 28th August

    Culture File Weekly No 33

    Culture File Weekly delves into the music of Rhiannon Giddens, the Carolina-born, Limerick-based singer, champion of the banjo and tireless explorer of the forgotten histories of black music in America.

    Monday 24th August

    Culture File Weekly No 32

    Culture File's journey through the scents of a century fetches up in the present scent world of gourmand perfumes, celebrity 'juice' and the middle-eastern driven vogue for perfumes based on the scent of oud.

    Friday 14th August

    Culture File Weekly No 31

    Culture File's history of modern perfume continues sniffing out a century of scents in the company of Odette Toilette, and this time duty free perfume arrive for the first time, bachelors splashed Brut and the promise of liberation that came in a bottle marked Charlie.

    Tuesday 11th August

    Culture File Weekly No. 30

    Odette Toilette leads us through the scents that made the 20th century, finding an alternative history in perfumes and the societies that produced them. We begin this week, as the dust of WWI settles and the air is filled once more with the sweet scent of violets...

    Friday 31st July

    Culture File Weekly No. 29

    Luke Clancy talks to Tess Gallagher, widow of Raymond Carver about the decade she spent with the writer, during which he wrote some of the most popular love poems of the Twentieth century, for and to Tess Gallagher. We hear about the origins of poems such as Late Fragment, and enjoy some of the music they inspired in Irish composer, Linda Buckley

    Culture File: Giorgio Casari

    Restaurateur, Giorgio Casari, on Ferragosto and the flavours and sounds of full summer in Italy

    Thursday 30th July

    Culture File: Carsten Holler

    A ride on a Carsten Holler slide is to the 21st century what seeing a Piero della Francesca fresco was to the 20th

    Wednesday 29th July

    Culture File: The History of The Humble Donkey

    Jill Bough on the history, art and meanings of the always humble donkey.

    Tuesday 28th July

    Culture File Weekly No. 28

    This Weekly comes from Galway International Arts Festival, where we make a mindful progress through the city's Woodquay area with choreographer, Bernadette Divilly, we encounter the cacophony of a rehearsal by New Zealand's Live Live Cinema; meet Italian ?film composer, Teho Teardo ? and get tactile with the creations of Patricia Piccinini.

    Culture File: Eimear Murphy (Propmaker)

    Propmaker for The Abbey's By The Bog of Cats, Eimear Murphy, on the alchemy of feathers ?and? fake blood.

    Monday 27th July

    Culture File: Discover Ireland Horse Show

    At the RDS, anticipation is building along with an unfeasible high wall for the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show

    Friday 24th July

    Culture File: Teardo's Music for Enda Walsh

    Teardo wrote the music for Enda Walsh's Ballyturk, as well as music for Frank McGuinness' The Matchbox, the later of which premiered at the festival.

    Thursday 23rd July

    Culture File: Live Live Cinema

    Roger Corman's cult, The Little Shop of Horrors gets a makeover from Live Live Cinema's cast of live foley artists

    Wednesday 22nd July

    Culture File: Galway's Sky Whale

    Patricia Piccinini's hot air balloon, Sky Whale, uses fairground fun to speculate on the future of life on earth

    Tuesday 21st July

    Culture File Mapping Woodquay

    Importing 'community mapping' techniques from the First Peoples in Canada to create new maps of Woodquay, Galway.

    Monday 20th July

    Culture File: Walking Woodquay

    Walking Woodquay Wisdom is project to remap Woodquay in Galway, using walking, storytelling - and even mapmaking.

    Friday 17th July

    Culture File Weekly No. 27

    This weekly, we're all about legacies, from making memorials of Irish engineering history on the Dublin quays, to curating the tweets and Spotify lists of the departed, rebooting 'early Music' into Irish 'New Music' and taking stock of the inhumanly large cache of Leipzig choral music produced by Kapellmeister of Thomaskirche, JS Bach.

    Culture File: A Day in the Life of JS Bach

    A day in the life of the Kapelmaster of Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the frighteningly industrious Herr Bach.

    Thursday 16th July

    Culture File: What's your digital legacy?

    What's your digital legacy and who'll curate it when you're gone? Aisling Kelliher on digital life after death.

    Wednesday 15th July

    Culture File: Kevin O' Connell Early Music

    Rebooting Byrd, Dowland, Couperin and other early music giants in composer, Kevin O’Connell's latest, Early Music.

    Tuesday 14th July

    Culture File: Dublin's Diving Bell

    Victorian engineering genius, Bindon Blood Stoney's innovative diving bell finds new life in Dublin.

    Monday 13th July

    Culture File Weekly No. 26

    This weekly, a date by the video wall with artist, James Coupe, who is using collaborators he's never even spoken to -- to create his work; we go on manoeuvres with the guerilla filmakers of KinoD; and downshift amongst the bubbling brooks and brimming growlers of stout in West Kerry Brewery.

    Culture File: Virtual Reality

    The Apollo 11 Experience is a kind of fairground ride for the eyes, seating you alongside Neil Armstrong & chums.

    Friday 10th July

    Culture File: Photographing Erris Head with Amelia Stein

    An airlift, via the lens of photographer Amelia Stein, to the rugged, rocky North Mayo coastline of the Erris Peninsula.

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