This year, the 10 Days in Dublin arts festival has expanded into three new areas: Film, Spoken Word, and Visual Arts. These new areas use a variety of mediums, lengths and concepts to engage with the audience and excite the eyes and ears. This year they have everything from sculpture to graffiti to feature films to shorts, poetry to stories, and work from both established artists to up and coming students and recent graduates that signal a new wave of exciting Irish and international art, film, and spoken word.
Pieces from sculptor Jeff Ko, who provided installation pieces for last years The Secret Garden Party festival and seeks to use organic materials where possible will be on display in The Players Theatre, while graffiti workshops with Bristol’s Reznik will take place in the smoking area of the Workman’s club during the first weekend of the festival so you can get your hands dirty.
This year organisers have been lucky enough to secure Filmbase in Temple Bar to showcase some exciting film talent. Multi award-winning director Daire McNab, whose first feature film ‘The Farm’ was shot for €11,000 and was officially selected for the Abertoir Horror Film Festival in Wales, has his newest feature ‘The Gingerbread Men’ running on 07 + 14 July. Meanwhile, there will be a range of short films from some successful directors and filmmakers from both Ireland and abroad such as ‘Unlocking Charlie’, ‘No Messages’ and ‘ROPI-HP’ on 06 + 13 July.
Photography by Neill McCann, ‘Glasses Boi’ centring around people’s attitudes towards portraits while wearing glasses will be on show in The Twisted Pepper for free and Supafast, the pop-up venue on Capel Street, will play home to ‘Old House’, a mysterious, haunting piece of performance art that will play at midnight.
Meanwhile, Kerrie O’Brien, fresh back from an Arts Council sponsored tour of LA will perform an hour of her exquisite poetry, some of which has featured on her acclaimed book ‘Out of the Blueness’. The boys from the website Storymap.ie will curate an exciting night of stories, poetry, comedy and music, and Dublin’s most popular storytelling night Milk and Cookies Stories puts on a 10 Days in Dublin special.