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Tomorrow night.

At The Sound House at 28, Eden Quay, Dublin 1, at 7.30pm.

As part of the First Fortnight festival, Culture Vultures – a pop culture, salon event co-curated by Andrea Keogh and its presenter Tony Clayton-Lea – will host I Have A Tribe, actor Liam Cunningham, Calvin James (Syrias Vibes) and Kerrie O’ Brien.

Sez they:

Patrick O’Laoghaire, aka I Have A Tribe, spent most of last year travelling Europe performing songs from his debut album, Beneath A Yellow Moon.

Last year, Kerrie O’Brien she was shortlisted for the Penny Dreadful Novella Prize, and is currently working on her debut novel. In October of last year, her debut collection of poetry, Illuminate, was published by Salmon Poetry. Kerrie is also the editor of Looking At The Stars, a limited edition anthology of Irish writing that aims to raise €15,000 for the Dublin Simon Community.

The current conflict in Syria is recognised globally as a human rights issue, and in an exclusive Culture Vultures event for First Fortnight, we bring together two Irish people who have first-hand experience of a country in chaos and people in turmoil: DJ Calvin James, of Scoop Foundation and actor Liam Cunningham – in conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea.

Culture Vultures (First Fortnight)

Previously: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

24.11.17 - Dublin: First Fortnight 2017 mental health arts festival programme launch. Pictured are artist Emma Sheridan; First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan; and Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People Helen McEntee in artist Emma Sheridan's studio. First Fortnight 2017 runs from January 1 to 14 aimed at challenging mental health stigma. Photo: Kieran Frost

Emma Sheridan, Helen McEntee, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, and First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan (Above)

First Fortnight has just unveiled its festival programme for 2017.

It’s going 8 years, in fairness.

Paul Kimmage, Eleanor Tiernan, and Ivor Browne will all make contributions while Le Galaxie yokes, Otherkin and Girl Band will help supply the tunes.


First Fortnight


Mark Willis writes:

“We’re launching this awesome album on Thursday in Whelan’s [Camden Street, Dublin] in aid of First Fortnight. It’s called There is a Light and it features TWENTY Irish artists – including Ambience Affair, O Emperor and The Casanova Wave. The aim is simple: to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise funds for mental health charity First Fortnight. Indeed, all proceeds from the album (€10) & tickets (€10) are going to First Fortnight. The artists have given their music to the project for free. The launch gig features performances by Ambience Affair, Biggles Flys Again, Hidden Highways, Owensie & Dylan Tighe. Tickets are only €10 – for 5 acts (and all for a good cause). All the details are here: Thank you.

‘There Is A Light’ the album can be purchased here .


Youth group SpunOut.ie are running a photography and film-making workshop TOMORROW for 20 young people around Dublin, as part of the mental health arts festival, First Fortnight.

After the workshop, the group will hit the streets, take ‘selfies’ and make a music video focusing on positive mental health messages.

And here’s where YOU come in.

SpunOut’s John Buckley writes:

“As part of this we want people be spread some positive messages about mental health by sharing a selfie, but with a message about positive mental health. So what helps them get through tough times or just keep happy.

What you can do…

1. Think of a positive message about mental health.
2. Jot it down on a piece of paper
3. Take your phone
4. Point camera at your face
5. Lift up the positive mental health message
6. Pull ‘duck face’.
7. Take photo
8. Upload to Instragram, Facebook, Twitter with the hashtags #FFfest14 #SpunOutSelfie

More details here

Thanks John


The official launch of First Fortnight, mental health arts festival at the top of Grafton Street, Dublin today..

Contemporary artist and Lady Gaga collaborator Stuart Semple launched First Fortnight, Ireland’s mental health arts festival by unleashing his Happy Clouds – smiley faced, helium-based clouds that floated over Dublin city centre. Previously seen in London, Sydney and Milan. Stuart Semple was joined by artists from First Fortnight, as well as representatives from the festival’s partners See Change, Mental Health Reform and SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth website.

Pictures: Conor McCabe


First Fortnight Festival starts TODAY at various locations around Dublin and runs for the next…fortnight.

Organised by Dave Keegan and JP Swaine (Top right, with actor Pat Kinevane), First Fortnight is a festival which aims to “challenge the stigma of mental illness through the arts”.

Standing before street art by ‘Friz’ in Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, this morning were from left: Michael Pope from Le Galaxie, Ellie and Louise Macnamara (Heathers), Pat Kinevane and ‘Box of Frogs‘ cast members: Mary McEvoy, Dil Wickremasinghe and John Moynes, Broadsheet’s damn hipster ‘ricksmith.

First Fortnight

(Pics by Conor McCabe)

U are.

Earlier this evening on the side of the Simon Community charity shop at the corner of Grantham Street and Camden Street, Dublin.

UPDATE: The work of Maser, apparently.

First Fortnight

(Thanks Oisin)