Festival open calls

Despite the snow yesterday morning, summer and the summer festivals are on their way. Two festivals currently open for applications are the Galway Fringe and 10 Days in Dublin.

Galway Fringe takes place July 12th – 30th, alongside the Galway Arts Festival. This means that for those two weeks, Galway is full of people eager to see theatre. It’s only it’s second year but I knew a lot of people with shows in last year’s inaugural festival who had a great experience and even made some money! They are interested in all artforms and it is an open-access festival which means everyone is welcome to participate and perform. Registration is open until 28th April but I imagine venues may be allocation on a first come, first served basis so it’s good to start the conversations as soon as possible.

10DaysOn the other side of the country, 10 Days in Dublin will also happening this July 4th – 13th. It’s also open-access and has been running for a few years now. They are looking to expand their programme this year to include more visual art and film but they are interested in all types of art. Registration closes April 5th.

Both festivals offer box-office and all shows will be included in the festival programme. And both will be looking for volunteers if you want to get involved but stay off-stage!!

And if you can’t wait until July, you still have a few hours to apply for the third instalment of TEXT|messages. This is happening in Project Arts Centre, April 25th – 27th. Applications close at 5pm today and there is more information here.

10 Days of Dublin 2012

10 Days in Dublin, 5 - 14 July
10 Days in Dublin, 5 – 14 July

10 days in Dublin started yesterday. There will be over 200 performance happening all over the city between now and July 14, including theatre, comedy, music, film and visual art. All or almost all tickets are under €20, there are loads of shows for €5 or €6 and a few free events as well. Have a look at the programmme online or pick one up from their box office on Wellington Quay, just between the Clarence Hotel and The Workman’s Club.

And a special mention to Just Us Four, partly because I have a friend in the cast and partly because after reading Stella Duffy’s brilliant, angry and inspiring blog last week, it feels important to support theatre that puts women on the stage and tells women’s stories. They does both – female playwright and two female cast members tell a story about female friendship.

There are lots of female-led pieces across the 10 Days in Dublin programme, I’m sure something else will. There’s lots of great work being made by men as well! Go out and see something! At the very least, it will get you out of the rain.

Festival round-up

I keep hearing about all the wonderful things happening at the Galway Arts Festival and feeling like I’m on the wrong side of the country. In case you’re feeling the same, here’s a reminder of all the things going on in Dublin over the next few weeks.

Today is Day 8 of the 10 Days in Dublin – a brand new Dublin festival, which has a great selection of music, theatre and comedy about the city. It’s also very reasonably priced! I think Trinity Orchestra plays DAFT PUNK sounds pretty wonderful, as does Bang Bang’s Forty Coats hosted by Storymap.

And from a festival that’s almost over to one that hasn’t started yet – Made in Temple Bar starts tomorrow and runs until 24 July. The big event tomorrow is High Wire Solo performed by Didier Pasquette in Temple Bar Square at 6.15pm. There are lots of exhibitions and things that are just set up in Temple Bar for the 10 day, such as An archaeology of things not old enough to be interesting, so I’m sure it will be worth wandering through the area over the next few days. I’m hoping to get tickets for The End of the Road, a play written By Gavin Kostick and directed by Louise Lowe and set in Fishamble Street. It’s fully booked but there will be a day-to-day cancellation list in the Project Arts Centre from 5.30pm each performance day. I’ll let you know if I’ve any luck.

Absolut Fringe are launching their 2011 Programme next Wednesday and the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival will announce their programme a week later. We’ll still have to wait weeks and months for the actual festivals but it’s never too early to start planning what you’re going to see! In the meantime, you can follow them both on Twitter – @dublinfringe and @DubTheatreFest

There is no shortage of great festivals in Dublin at the moment!