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    Monday 23rd November

    Culture File: Hearsay 2015

    Audio nerds, radio heads and podcast addicts takeover Kilfinane, Co Limerick, for the Hearsay 2015 audio festival.

    Friday 20th November

    Culture File Weekly No 45

    This Weekly, we practice, tequila connoisseurship with Mexican ambassador, Carlos García de Alba, attend our first eSports event and discover why computer-based sports are ready to conquer the world; and we meet Prof Christopher Frayling, the pop culture polymath, who's rethinking what we should teach at art schools.

    Culture File: Tequila

    Mexican ambassador, Carlos García de Alba on why you should never slam, skull, or generally rush tequila

    Thursday 19th November

    Culture File: Siobhan Davies Dance

    Usain Bolt's greatest 10 seconds were the inspiration for the latest work from UK choreographer, Siobhan Davies

    Wednesday 18th November

    Culture File: Frayling Part 2

    What should be in an artist's survival pack on leaving art college? Prof Christopher Frayling has some ideas

    Tuesday 17th November

    Culture File: Frayling Part 1

    Why craft needs a new vocabulary, according to Prof Christopher Frayling, author of On Craftsmanship

    Monday 16th November

    Culture File: League Of Legends

    Meet the players, the cosplayers and casters of Ireland's nascent eSports scene. Bring your transcendent sword.

    Friday 13th November

    Culture File Weekly No 44

    This Weekly, we are reporting from Northern Italy, where this year's Milano Expo has stoked a conversation about the future of food, and questions about where our appetites and the food industry's development are taking the world.

    Culture File: Autumn in Italy, Day 5

    Marilyn Monroe accidentally invented the most famous myth about white fungus...

    Thursday 12th November

    Culture File: Autumn in Italy Day 4

    Giorgio Cassari on a remarkable rebel who caused a revolution in Italian wine in the 70s

    Wednesday 11th November

    Culture File: Autumn in Italy, Day 3

    Ellen Cranitch heads into the heart of multi-national mega-attraction, Expo Milano 2015

    Tuesday 10th November

    Culture File: Autumn in Italy, Day 2

    The Piedmontese village that's transforming into a Rudolph Steiner-influenced vegan resort

    Monday 9th November

    Culture File: Autumn in Italy - Intro

    'Autumn in Italy' begins with the hunt for sustainable food at Milan Expo and 'white gold' at Alba Truffle Fair

    Friday 6th November

    Culture File Weekly No 43

    This weekly, we visit cemeteries in Oaxaca and Co Cork; then it's out into the lanes of Kinsale in search of shades with colour theorist, Katherine Boucher-Beug; avant ventriloquist, Nina Conti introduces us to her inner voices, and we wonder why playwright and labour activist Eva Gore Booth is so little celebrated

    Culture File: Richard Gorman

    Milan-based Irish artist, Richard Gorman, on designing scarves for Hermes and the life of an artist in exile.

    Thursday 5th November

    A Lifetime in Cheese

    Did Veronica Steele's 1970s washed rind innovation, Milleens cheese, create the blueprint for Irish artisan food?

    Wednesday 4th November

    Culture File: Gore Booth

    Cathy Leeney on how revolutionary playwright, Eva Gore Booth, is too often overlooked from literary history

    Tuesday 3rd November

    Culture File: Hiberno Mexican Graveyards

    Pass over to another realm via a show of Mexican-Irish cemetery photography at the IGS's Octagon Room

    Monday 2nd November

    Culture File: Nina Conti

    If ventriloquism still lives in 2015, one woman can take a big chunk of the credit: Nina Conti

    Friday 30th October

    Culture File Weekly No 42

    Culture File Weekly No 42 involves a dirty secret to do with model trains, a celebration of George Boole in the form of a pudding; some important info about the term Czechlands, and Richard Herring's career-long exploration of the territory between innovative comedy and gratuitous offence.

    Culture File: Colour Kinsale

    Artist and colour theorist, Katherine Boucher-Beug forages a blue that can only be found hiding behind barn doors

    Thursday 29th October

    Culture File: Stella Feehily

    London-born, Donegal-raised playwright, Stella Feehily on her first ballet libretto, Coppelia, for Ballet Ireland.

    Wednesday 28th October

    Culture File: Hana Czech

    Czech ambassador, Hana Mottlova, on how to celebrate properly Czech Independence Day.

    Tuesday 27th October

    Culture File: Boole Pudding

    The tastiest celebration of mathlete & accidental Corkman, George Boole's 200th birthday takes the shape of a pud.

    Friday 23rd October

    Culture File Weekly No 41

    This weekly we divide our time between Wexford, Dublin and the street, as we glimpse a project that is putting Irish poetry in spaces you'd expect to find offers of inclusive minutes; we visit Wexford Festival Opera in search of design and choreography, and meet the artist who putting robots in museums, galleries, theatres - and yes - opera houses.

    Culture File: Richard Herring

    Richard Herring spent 2015 reviving and relearning his entire stand up oeuvre shares some of his timeless titters

    Thursday 22nd October

    Culture File: Imran Fest

    A Dublin billboard project is putting poetry in the spaces where you expect to fizzy drinks and inclusive minute

    Wednesday 21st October

    Culture File: Opera Robots

    Artist Denis Roche's robots let patients visit galleries, theatres, even opera houses, without leaving their beds

    Tuesday 20th October

    Culture File: Jimmy Mac

    3D modelling and digital projection interact with glue and seashells in set designs for Wexford Opera's Koanga

    Monday 19th October

    Culture File: Boyzie

    Soweto-born choreographer, Boyzie Cekwana on creating dance for Wexford Festival Opera's revival of Delius' Koanga

    Friday 16th October

    Culture File Weekly No 40

    This weekly, we’re chewing on chestnuts, discovering the pulling power of evangelical Christianity at the US box office, hearing about some evolutions of the plain old snap, and meeting the classical pianist whose switch to jazz was such a success that no less than Chick Corea calls him a creative genius.

    Culture File: AK Photos

    When is a photo not a photo, and other riddles of computational photography with tech soothsayer, Aisling Kelliher

    Thursday 15th October

    Culture File: Gwilym

    Classical piano prodigy turned jazz star, Gwilym Simcock on jazz, classical and what lies in between.

    Wednesday 14th October

    Culture File: Trickster Bird

    The trickster bird, the Crow, in all his forms is celebrated in Imram Irish Festival's Cleasaí Éin show

    Tuesday 13th October

    Culture File: Christian Flix

    The unexpected rise of Evangelical cinema at the American omniplex

    Monday 12th October

    Culture File: Giorgio Marcels

    As autumn settles in, Giorgio Casari's fancy turns to chestnuts but the object is not to conquer, but to cook.

    Friday 9th October

    Culture File Weekly No 39

    This weekly we hear how the word 'macaroni' came to be both an insult and a rallying cry and why a Linotype machine is like a piece of cheese. We meet Claudio Simonetti, the composer who created the music world of director, Dario Argento's horror films; and we interpret the Irish 1935 Public Dance Halls Act, through the medium of contemporary dance

    Culture File: Macaroni

    Mocking the Georgian youth culture of the 'Macaronies' in the 1770s caricatures of Mary and Matthew Darly

    Thursday 8th October

    Culture File: Dance Hall

    The Public Dance Halls Act, 1935 and Patrick Scott's art feed Dancehall, the latest from choreographer Emma Martin

    Wednesday 7th October

    Culture File: Ivan/ Feldman

    Pianist, Ivan Ilic voyages deeper into the music of Morton Feldman with a CD and a tour dedicated to the composer

    Tuesday 6th October

    Culture File: Profondorosso

    Composer, Claudio Simonetti, on creating the chilling soundworlds of director, Dario Argento's 70s Italo-horrors

    Monday 5th October

    Culture File: Linotype

    The irresistible tap-tap-buzz of what Thomas Edison described as the 8th Wonder of the World: the Linotype Machine

    Friday 2nd October

    Culture File Weekly No 38

    We have all the makings of a good night out at The Last Hotel, take the tour with the Mullingar man who is bringing Shakespeare's Globe alive, find out why companies such as Google, Eircom and UPC are re-branding; and hear what happens when Schubert lieder get rebooted into the Irish language

    Culture File: Eimear Noone

    Irish video game music conductor and composer, Eimear Noone, on why it's not either/or when it comes to Stravinsky and Metallica.

    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

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