Special features

Friday 13th September

Grand Theft Auto 5

Joe Griffin on the controversial videogame 'Grand Theft Auto 5' which is released on Tuesday September 17th on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thursday 12th September

Foil Arms and Hog

'There's a Plant Onstage' is Foil, Arms and Hogg new show at this year's Dublin Fringe Festival - www.fringefest.com for full details.

Monday 9th September

Robert Ballagh at 70

Artist Robert Ballagh's 70th birthday is being celebrated with an exhibition called 'Seven' at the Crawford Gallery in Cork. The exhibition runs until Saturday 26 October and the website for more information is www.crawfordgallery.ie. Robert Ballagh joins Seán Rocks.

Friday 30th August

Arena tribute to Seamus Heaney

With the sudden death of Seamus Heaney, Arena and special guests pay tribute to the acclaimed poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Wednesday 28th August

Art in Conflict

Since the Arab Spring, violence in the Middle East has seldom been far from the headlines.  But do the arts have a role to play in Conflict Zones?

Ruth Daniel manages an Award winning research project at The University of Manchester. Called ‘In Place of War’ it represents and researches a creative community in sites of armed conflict.

Tuesday 27th August


It's made headlines this year with Big Series like 'House of Cards', 'Arrested Development' and 'Orange is the New Black', but is Netflix changing the way we watch film and television? Simon Maher joins Evelyn, to explore that question.

The Armoury Show

The Armory Show was a landmark modern art exhibition that took place in America one hundred years ago. it scandalised a nation and prompted then President Theordore Roosevelt to declare 'That's not art!'. Declan Long joins Evelyn to discuss the exhibition and its impact

Thursday 22nd August

The Liam and Tom O'Flaherty Summer School

The Liam and Tom O'Flaherty Summer School begins with the arrival of the 11.15am ferry to Aran Mor on Saturday morning. All the information is on the Liam and Tom O'Flaherty Society facebook page

Wednesday 21st August

Working in the Arts

Pat Cooke, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management in UCD and Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas with advice for those interested in working in the arts.

Tuesday 20th August

The Mothership Project

Michelle Browne and Kitty Rogers on The Mothership Project(www.themothershipproject.wordpress.com) which aims to help visual artists who are also parents.



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Email: arena@rte.ie

Twitter: @RTEArena

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Presenter: Seán Rocks


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