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Friday 2nd October

Brian Friel, RIP

A tribute to the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, who died today, in the company of Patrick Mason, Emilie Pine, Joe Dowling, Sinead Cusack, Richard Pine, Stephen Rea, Billy Roche, Patricia McBride, Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Garry Hynes

Friday 18th September

Culture Night 2015

The annual Culture Night extravaganza with a spectacular 3-hour free concert live from Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, with music, theatre, poetry and literature reflecting the vibrancy of Ireland's cultural and artistic life

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Thursday 17th September

Preview of Culture Night 2015

Sinead Mooney and Abie Philbin Bowman with a preview of events happening in Dublin and around the country tomorrow for Culture Night

Full details:  www.culturenight.ie 

Wednesday 9th September

Dublin Gallery Weekend 2015

Rayne Booth, curator of the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios with a preview of events across the city for this weekend’s Dublin Gallery Weekend

Full details:  www.dublingallerymap.ie/   

Friday 28th August

Celebrating the music of Van Morrison

A special programme celebrating the music of Van Morrison, to mark his 70th birthday. Guests include poet Paul Muldoon, Morrison biographer Johnny Ronan, colleague and friend Siobhan MacGowan and Dr Peter Mills author of “Hymns To The Silence: Inside The Words and Music of Van Morrison”  

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Friday 21st August

Nighthawks Arts Collective

Nighthawks Arts Collective live in studio with the bands Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies, Tomorrows and Gangs, poets Paul Timoney, Paul Curran and Angela T Carr and singer/ songwriters Katie O'Connor, Elder Roche and Christian Collins 

Check out the Nighthawks at the Cobalt Cafe page on Facebook

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Thursday 13th August

Essay: 'Display Show' at the Temple Bar Gallery

Sara Baume with an essay reacting to ‘Display Show’, the current exhibition at the Temple Bar Gallery (who commissioned her to write a response to each exhibition in their 2015/2016 season)

Wednesday 12th August

Mick O'Dea at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Mick O’Dea is artist-in-residence at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival during which he will create on-site portraits of key participants and events at the festival; we meet him while he is working on a portrait of actor Barry McGovern

Full details:  www.kilkennyarts.ie/programme/festival-portrait

Monday 3rd August

Public interview with John C Reilly

A public interview with actor John C Reilly, recorded at the Town Hall Theatre during the recent Galway Film Fleadh

Thursday 9th July

Arts & culture festival Palfest

Playwright and actor Donal O’Kelly is one of the organisers of Palfest, a new arts and culture festival set up to express solidarity with the people of Palestine suffering under Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip

Full details:  www.palfestireland.net 

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