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Dublin Feminist Film Festival is back, and better than ever.

The DFFF takes place from 20 until 22 of November at the Light House Cinema, and will prioritise shining a spotlight on women in film and promoting and celebrating female filmmakers.

The huge gem on Dublin’s cultural calendar hopes to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking, and after the turbulent year in cinema with the rise of #MeToo, the DFFF has more meaning than ever.

The festival is run entirely voluntarily, and all proceeds go to charity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This year, the theme is REFRAME/REFOCUS.

Instead of foregrounding particular topics, this year features films which are directed by women but also shot by female cinematographers.

The emphasis is to get women as involved as possible in ALL aspects of film, not just in front of the camera.

The dual-aspect of showcasing and celebrating fantastic female film-making parallels with the hope to demonstrate women as compelling and complex characters and subjects.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The weight placed on cinematography this year is down to a very important fact: Rachel Morrison was the first woman ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for cinematography in 90 years of the Oscars.

Her work on Mudbound was breath-taking, and she worked hard for her nomination.

Historically speaking, cinematography has always been the hardest aspect of film for women to break into. One nomination simply isn’t enough.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Production roles have nearly always been male-dominated domains, but recently some of the most exciting and visceral films in global cinema have been created by women.

For the fifth DFFF, thinking of film from the point of view of a woman behind the camera asks questions about how women see the world.

TimesUp and #MeToo have asked hard questions which need answers, and women are stepping up all over the world to share our stories and experiences.

This includes screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing and acting.

If someone won’t share your story and represent your experience, go out there and do it yourself. You can do it best.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We’ve seen it this year with black female actresses taking control of their own projects to finally get the roles they have consistently been deprived of: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson to Lupita Nyong’o are currently producing and seeking out their own projects.

From documentaries to dramas, short forms to features or foreign films to intersectional feminism, there are facets of every side of cinema on show.

Their current aim is to expand the notion of who ‘makes’ a film and what ‘films by women’ actually means, while raising questions about the idea of the gaze.

Do films shot by women encompass a whole other gaze? There’s only one way to find out… see you gals there.

As part of the festival there will be a talk by an esteemed academic on female cinematography, and a roundtable discussion with two Dublin-based female cinematographers as well as screenings of female-made films only.

Ready yourselves for some serious empowerment, ladies (and gents).

The deets:

The DFFF: 21st & 22nd November 2018 – Light House Cinema Smithfield Dublin 7

Launch & Special Events 20th November – The Generator Hostel Smithfield Dublin 7

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This October Bank Holiday Weekend, get involved with the supernatural with Samhain's annual Bram Stoker Festival; four days of adventures await.

One of Ireland’s most infamous writers has a legacy worth celebrating, there’s something for everyone with highlights including theatre performances, illustration, readings, animations, outdoor screenings, family fun parks, podcasts and electrifying adventures taking place over the course of three spine-tingling days.

1. PaINTCLUB x Bram Stoker, The Irish Emigration Museum, Fri 26 Oct, 7pm-10pm

Unleash your inner artist at Paintclub’s Paint & Wine: Bram Stoker Festival edition, where you’ll re-create a Stoker inspired painting over some vino. Underneath the streets of Dublin, at Dublin’s EPIC, retrace the steps of our fair city’s ancestors and see the journey of Irish emigrants before arriving at the pop-up Paintclub studio deep in EPIC’s 19th century vaults.

No painting experience is required for this creative, fun and relaxed night where art and history meet, in vaults which have seen it all – you will be guided with step by step instruction from blank canvas to haunting masterpiece, which is yours to take home!

Tickets: €55

2. BRAM: audio ghost tour, Dublin 1, October 1st – December 31st,

BRAM is a haunted audio tour inspired by the classically creepy works of the legendary author himself. Immerse yourself in the ghoulish words of the master of terror as you wander through the maze of Dublin’s nightmare streets on this ghastly audio adventure. Just put your headphones on and experience terror downloaded straight into your ears, submerge yourself in the world of Bram himself. The audio tour costs a mere €5.80, you’d be mad to miss it.

3. Night of the Shifting Bog, St. Anne’s Park, Fri 26 Oct – Mon 29 Oct, 8.30pm & 10.00pm,

Their 2016 show at Bram Stoker Festival ‘Behind the Dark’ sold out within 24 hours, so be forewarned and grab tickets for the world premiere of this thrilling new show from world renowned aerial performance company, Loosysmokes. Night of the Shifting Bog is inspired by the landscapes of Stoker’s imagination in his first and only work set in Ireland, The Snake’s Pass. Using the woodlands in the park as their stage, this dark, immersive and atmospheric aerial acrobatic show will both enthral and spook adventurous audiences.

Tickets: €16

4. Macnas Parade, Dublin 1, Mon 29 Oct, 7pm – 8pm

Bram Stoker Festival once again welcome the internationally renowned spectacle company Macnas to the streets of Dublin for an unforgettable free nightfall parade. The parade has become a much-admired Bram Stoker festival feature. Join people of all ages along the city’s streets as evening falls on Monday October 29th for Out of the Wild Sky, a haunting and hair-raising parade of otherworldly enchantment. Pioneers of imagination and creators of amazing spectacles will bring captivating excitement to the dark Dublin streets, it sounds UNREAL. Check out the route below:

5. Stokerland, St. Patrick’s Park, Sat 27 Oct & Sun 28 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm

Introducing a rare pop-up Victorian fun park for all ages, which opens its gothic gates this weekend in St. Patricks Park. Dublin’s stunning cathedrals act as a gothic backdrop for this eerie gathering , presenting street theatre, a performance tent, free face-painting, Victorian funfair rides, macabre thrills and gruesome games for all to experience. As well as entertainment, Stokerland is complete with a food village, making it the ideal family fun day. We recommend fancy dress, btw, it’s the Halloween Bank Holiday weekend after all. Admission is free, but rides and concessions have small charges. BYOS is encouraged. (Bring your own snax)

6. Dracula’s Disco, The Ark, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Mon 29 Oct, 2pm-4pm

Dracula’s own DJ will be getting the crowds in the spooky dance spirit, spinning the decks and scratching vinyl at our outdoor family party. DJ Will Softly will be raving on The Ark’s outdoor stage, complete with confetti cannons to inspire some immortal dance moves. Come along in costume for maximum demonic disco banter. The event is free entry on a first come, first served basis, no pre-booking required. Final entry is at 3.45pm, get down early if you can.

7. Slice: the Gothic Graphic Novel Live, Belvedere House, 6 Great Denmark St, Sat 27 Oct , 1pm

Stray Lines Comics Collective illuminate the dark side with the precision of lab scientists, and serve an absolute feast of deadly thrills. This immersive storytelling experience combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance to give the feeling of theatre, cinema and animation combined. Showcasing the comic artists Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch, Katherine Foyle, Philip Barrett and Elida Maiques, this is one event that’s not to be missed.

Tickets: €13

8. Creature Features: The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin, Fri/Sat/Sun 8pm-10pm

Friday: Arachnophobia
Saturday: Little Shop of Horrors
Sunday: Invasion of the Bodysnatchers

Creature Features is 3 nights of adults-only horror-comedy screenings within the walls of the National Botanic Gardens. Gather your friends for after-hours shenanigans and natural-horror thrills, with the stunning Victorian glasshouses as a subtly spooky backdrop.

Tickets: €16

9. Nesferatu: Symphony of a Century, St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St. D2, Fri 26th Oct, 7pm & 9pm.

An animated interpretation of the Andrea Mastrovito’s classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu.
In present day New York City, NYsferatu gives the original film it’s own unique twist, positioning the dynamic vampire character as the ‘abject outsider’- an emigrant escaping war at home only to face economic exploitation, discrimination and prejudice in their new place of living. The film retells the story of the vampire through the lens of modern-day fears about xenophobia surrounding Islam as well as immigration, and refugees. This sentient cinematic feature is also made up of 35,000 hand-drawn images which replicate early cinema. Tickets: €21

Here’s a taster of the film for any curious creatures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOYBsf-nE08

10. The Horrors in the Black Church, The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28 & Mon 29 Oct at 7pm and 9pm

Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish theatre’s darkest minds coming together to create a theatrical delight. The Horrors in the Black Church displays three short horror plays within one show. Enjoy a trio of terrifying stories from the altar specially made to stop your heart.

Tickets: €13

Check out the Bram Stoker Festival website for more info on the most chilling weekend of the entire year, prepare to get scared.

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It's T minus 24 hours until we'll be heading off, backpack loaded down with cheaps cans and glitter, to Electric Picnic and we're sick with excitement.

Bring on three days of camping, dancing, and soaking up everything that the Stradbally festival has to offer.

If you're anything like us, you'll be up at the crack of dawn buzzing to go and get on the road.

If not, you might wanna reconsider your travel plans for tomorrow morning, EP organisers have warned.

They have told the expected 50,000 revellers to to give themselves a bit more time than usual to get to the campsite due to major roadworks. 

"We are urging everyone heading to Electric Picnic this Friday to give themselves plenty of time as roadworks are likely to considerably add to journey times," a spokesperson said.

"We would strongly recommend people to leave as early as possible and also to car pool if possible."

Sounds doable, right?

The on-going roadworks on the M7 are to blame for this as they have reduced junctions 8-11 to just two lanes with a 60km/hr speed limit on this stretch of road. 

Annoying as it may be, who wants to get held up in traffic when they could be chilling out in the Jimi Hendrix campsite?

 

Where it all begins. #ElectricPicnic

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If you're wondering what kind of clothes to pack, it looks like the weekend is set to be mainly dry with a mix of cloud and sunshine – we'll take that!

Sunday, bowever, might get a bit rainy so chuck in a raincoat just in case. 

While we want to have fun at EP, we can't forget that safety should always come first. 

Festival boss Melvin Benn has said to "behave safely and behave well but come and have the craic".

Sounds good to us – now roll on tomorrow! 

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There is excitement in the air as there are mere days to go until Electric Picnic. We’ve been busy packing our bags, fretting about how to put up a tent and stocking up on cans and dry shampoo as the ultimate music events approaches.

Electric Picnic is one of Ireland’s most loved festivals that tends to sell out nearly every year. Gardaí have asked people hoping to buy tickets to the festival to be wary as there are fake tickets floating around.

They’ve told music lovers to be on the lookout for fake tickets. Fake print-at-home tickets for Electric Picnic are being sold online.

They said the print-at-home ticket format has not been used for Electric Picnic and they would recommend that the public do not buy from unauthorised or unknown sources. An Garda Síochána is also warning that third party payment sites are being used to take money off unsuspecting fans in these scams.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan said: “We are working closely with the organisers to prevent fans being left disappointed by the activities of criminals.”

 

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He added: “It is important to stress that the print-at-home format is not being used for Electric Picnic and that the public only buy tickets from authorised sources.”

Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally, Co Laois from August 31 to September 2, 2018.

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According to reports, over 260 people have been injured in a pier collapse in Spain. Five people are said to be in a serious condition.

Local government said people are being treated for a variety of injuries including broken legs, broken arms and head injuries.

It is believed the pier collapsed into the sea at midnight at the O Marisquiño festival in Vigo.

A local newspaper said the pier collapsed just as musician Rels B took to the stage at the musical festival.

A 16-year-old concert goer told Spanish publication Faro de Vigo: “We were on the walkway when it opened up. I fell on people and people fell on me. I was hit on the head and then some sort of container fell as well. I tried to get out and someone helped me.”

Another described the incident as “the worst moment of my life.”

A full investigation is already underway.

More to follow.

 

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With Body and Soul, Longtitude and Electric Picnic just around the corner it's time to start thinking about your festival wardrobe.

While Lidl may be our prime destination for affordable avocados and cupboard staples, that magical middle aisle is always worth a browse. 

The fash-huns at Lidl are launching a summer collab with supermodel Heidi Klum – and one piece in particular is calling our name for festival season. 

This long line kimono is exactly the vibe we want to establish for our festival aesthetic. 

At a mere €12.99, it's definitely not going to break the bank either. 

If you're popping in for your cans for Body & Soul this month, nab one from 155 stores nationwide in sizes 8 to 16. 

We can see ourselves teaming this statement but classic piece with some black denim shorts, chunky black boots and fishnet tights for festival season. 

Once the glitter has faded from our faces, it's being draped over a crop top and blue jeans for summer brunch with the gals.

The #LETSLOVESUMMER collection will be available Monday June 18.

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It’s that time of the year again – bloggers and celebs hit Palm Springs for the second stint of the Coachella Weekend this weekend, and the jealousy inducing Snapchat stories and smug pics are now clogging up our Instagram feeds.

However, Coachella doesn’t seem to be all it’s cracked up to be, and by looking over the surface, it seems it is more about celebs keeping up appearances.

For upcoming bloggers and celebs it seems as if Coachella is not just a music festival but an opportunity for them to build their following and also make key contacts.

Coachella is nothing like your standard Irish or UK festival.

Yes, the line-up is fantastic, with this year’s Coachella giving the stage to names like Beyonce, Eminem, The Weeknd and SZA. However, the whole vibe of Coachella seems to be more about blogger branding than the actual music itself.

Every year our favourite celebs and bloggers attend the star-studded festival, where their followers seem to multiply as a result of those pictures in front of the famous ferris wheel.

In fact, Irish blogger Louise Cooney hit the 100K mark this weekend while at the festival.

The whole festival seems to be selfie central and more about the fashion and posing than enjoying the music on offer.

Many celebs and bloggers including German blogger Masha Sedgwick have commented that Coachella is just an overcrowded, huge platform to see and to be seen, simply because everyone is there.

At Coachella you can’t drink alcohol freely while swaying over and back to your favourite songs.

If you want to drink alcohol you have to go to specially designated areas away from the festival grounds where you can only get one drink at a time. Sneaking in drink is not an option either as there is security everywhere and you are searched multiple times while entering the festival.

It seems the music is second priority for not all but many who attend Coachella, and it is more about posting on social media platforms showing “look at how much fun we are having” than actually having any fun.

Celebrities are there to be photographed by paparazzi and bloggers are there to be noticed or photographed by fashion magazines and style blogs.

The hope to pop up in a magazine under “Coachella style” certainly comes at a price – over $500 dollars to be exact – and that's just for the ticket.

Coachella seems to not be a music festival in the real sense of the word, where care free people come together in the mud to celebrate music, but only acts like one. Coachella provides a festival- like experience but without the reality.

Many bloggers make the money back on the ticket by wearing sponsored clothes, and working with co-operations which may make some a profit.

Festivals are usually a fun experience, however Coachella seems to be more about endless hashtags and pictures being uploaded onto Instagram – almost like an assignment.

If you are going to Coachella to catch a glimpse of some famous celebs, forget about it.

Most of the time celebrities don’t even go to the actual festival but chill out at Lacoste and Mulberry pool parties instead in secret locations nearby.

While everyone is moaning about how jealous they are about not getting to attend Coachella, it seems that it is a festival to show off and build a following as opposed to what the reality of a festival is.

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Festival-goers, listen up! 

Indiependence has just added a whole of amazing artists to its line-up including Kate Nash, Hudson Taylor and Wyvern Lingo, to name just a few. 

They'll join headliners Primal Scream, Walking on Cars, Jake Bugg, Cast, Sigala and Le Galaxie at Deer Farm in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork this August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Now, I don't know about you, but that line-up has my 14-year-old indie-kid heart racing at 90mph. 

The three-day festival has also announced the introduction of the new Urban Village stage which will feature some of the best up-and-coming Irish hip hop and urban artists.

In keeping with the festival's tradition of promoting home-grown music, Delorentos, King Kong Company, The Blizzards, And So I Watch You From Afar and Hamsandwich are all set to preform over the weekend. 

Tickets are available via the Indiependence website and there are a limited amount of INDIE VIP Garden tickets still available.

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While we adore heading to festivals during the summer, sometimes we can find ourselves looking around and honesty wondering if the entire Transition Year population of Ireland is also in attendance. 

Not that there's anything wrong with festivals allowing over-16's, but we'd really like to go to a festival just once and not here the words, 'ah, sorry? Would you mind buying us some pints, we'll give you the money.'

Luckily, 2018 will see the launch of All Together Now, a over-21's festival based in Curraghmore House, Co Waterford. 

The setting could not be more picturesque, with the Curraghmore estate's 3000 acres of tiered lawns, ancient forests and elaborate water features. 

All Together Now promises to bring together the realms of  music, spoken word, comedy, theatre, debate, art and workshops in one three-day event across the August Bank Holiday. 

There's no word yet on the musical line-up, but we're hoping that the alltogethernow.ie site will give us some details ahead of ticket release. 

Early Bird tickets go on sale next Friday, February 23rd, for €149.50 from Ticketmaster. 

Children between the ages of two and 12 can attend free of charge, accompanied by a parent with a family ticket, so if you're on the market for a family event without the teens (sorry teens).

The festival is a camping festival, but they promise to also offer 'bespoke accommodation' options which sound right up our alley. 

Will you be making the pilgrimage to Waterford? 

 

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A 20-year-old woman, who decided to go topless at the Rhythm & Vines Festival in New Zealand this week, has found herself the subject of debate after she punched a man who groped her.

The incident, which was captured on film, saw Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller making her way through the crowds at the New Year's Eve festival when she was chased by a man who then appeared to grope her.

Madeline and her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield immediately retaliated by following the man back to where he sat with a group of friends before hitting him repeatedly.

Worryingly, some members of the public who have viewed the footage placed blame at Madeline's door by suggesting her decision to go topless resulted in the altercation, with one YouTuber asking: "Wtf do you expect going topless to a drunken festival?"

Responding to that particular narrative, Madeline told The Daily Mail that her decision to go topless did not justify the man's actions.

"A human’s body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing or the lack thereof," she argued.

“He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand," she added.

"I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look, and to stick up for themselves when anybody says otherwise, or tries to deny you the right to protect your own body."

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Electric Picnic seems to hail the end of festival season in Ireland, but if you still feel the need to bop to a whole host of epic artists in the one place, then never fear. 

Metropolis festival is on its way, and the festival has just announced the addition of 20 epic new acts. 

90s icons TLC have already been announced as headliners, as well as Richie Hawtin, Jungle, Bonzai and Leftfield. 

KARYYN, New Jackson, Hubie Davison, Adian Coker, Le Boom, Mathman & Mango, Mount Alaska, ELLLL, Trinity Orchestra, and Nialler 9 have all been added to the line up.

They will be joined by Lakerama, Mix & Fairbanks, Long Island Sound, Tara Stewart, Jack Thompson, Daire Carolan (All City Records),  Papa Lou, Seany B, Dan Stritch, Hidden Flux and Sarah Mooney at the two day festival.

The festival takes place in the RDS on the last weekend of October, and much like Longitude and Forbidden Fruit, it is not a camping festival. 

Tickets for both days are available now on Ticketmaster. 

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Castlepalooza and Indiependence are both kicking off this weekend, so we're sure all the essentials have been packed. 

From the inflatable mattress to the bumper-pack of Tayto, there are many necessities that must be brought. 

While you may be ready to slay in a field for three days, your phone might have a harder time keeping up. 

Luckily in the tech savvy world we live in, there are a number of ways to update your phone to make it work for you all festival long. 

Lets start with the essentials.

If you go to  festival without a power bank, prepare to be sans power for two out of the three days or spend an astronomical amount of time in queues at charging stations. 

  • IOM iPhone 6 protective case €49.99

A protective case is another one of life's essentials, so if you have been thinking of investing in some hardware for your smart phone, there is no better time than ahead of a festival. 

Okay, so this one might not be a necessity, but we're obsessed with this innovative little gadget (Which is currently on sale in Currys right now, FYI)

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer allows instant high quality photos to be printed straight from your phone, so you can create real life photographic memories while chilling in your tent. 

  •  Gear 4house party speakers €59.99 

These wireless speakers are key to keeping any festival going after the main arena has closed for the night. 

The speakers use Bluetooth so are compatible with all devices. Just don't be surprised if someone yells at you because they're trying to sleep. 

 

So we're all partial to losing our phones every now and again, but at a festival we are much more likely to have disaster strike. 

The Tile tracking device shares the location of anything you attach it to, such as your wallet, purse or clothing via a smart phone or tablet app.

However, it also works in reverse, so your phone can make a noise when you double-click a button on the Tile, which is cleverly designed to attach to a key ring.

  • Aquapac Mini Phone/GPS Case €30.00

If you are paranoid about water damage, this is the thing for you. 

The Aquapack keeps your pone safe from the Irish weather and leaking tents, and can be tucked subtly away under clothes or worn around the neck for easy access to your fon poca.

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