Wednesday, 13 April – Phonica: Two, 20:00, Free, Jack Nealon’s
For its second outing, Christodoulos Makris and Olesya Zdorovetska’s poetry and music venture will feature performances from Fergus Kelly, James King, Paul Roe and Catherine Walsh. Focused on multiformity, Makris and Zdorovetska have invited a diverse group of artists working with sound (field recordings, soundscape compositions and improvisation), performance, teaching, and writing to converse and collaborate in an environment open to practitioners in different art forms. The Facebook event page is here.
Thursday, 14 April – The First International Conference of Ultimology, 10:00-15:00, Free, Trinity Long Room Hub
Established in January of this year at Trinity College Dublin by Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain, the Department of Ultimology devotes itself to studying that which is dead or dying. In essence, the department explores the cycle of knowledge-formation. The inaugural conference will use screenings, talks, tests and exploratory research to connect researchers of ultimology, and is free but ticketed. The Facebook event page is here.
Friday, 15 April – 11th Dublin Anarchist Book Fair, Free, Generator Hostel
Smithfield Square will host a series of meetings and panels on Friday and Saturday: on environmental protest, rebuilding trade unions from the bottom up, challenging the Special Criminal Court, and the merits of a basic income, as well as discussions of racism from the perspectives of the Traveller community, migrant workers and those in direct provision. The Cobblestone will join in too, hosting a talk on bodily autonomy. Exchanges on community resistance and grassroots activism will take place in the Generator. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Visit the Facebook event page here.
Saturday, 16 April – Record Store Day, Little Gem Records and The Record Spot, Free, 13:00-20:00, Kildare Street and Fade Street
Little Gem are celebrating their first Record Store Day in their Kildare Street digs, with music from Laura Ann Brady, Robert John Ardiff, Cal Folger Day, Ewa Gigon, Fuzzy Hell, Divil A Bit and Strength. The Fade Street open-air party, meanwhile, will feature Me and My Dog, Oh Boland, Paddy Hanna and Tandem Felix, with DJ sets from Robbie and Enda of DIP, DJ Dennis and We Three Kings. There’ll be €300 worth of free records floating about the place and complimentary R.A.G.E. totes. BYOB if you’re feeling crafty. More here and here.
Sunday, 17 April – ActionAid Tax-Justice Photo Exhibition Launch, Free, 13:00-15:00, Hugh Lane
Visiting speakers from Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria are launching ActionAid’s tax-justice photo exhibition this Sunday, hosted by chairman Rodney Rice. The talks will look at the impact of tax avoidance by multinational companies in Africa, and will be accompanied by twenty personal images relating to tax injustice. The speakers include Ene Agbo, who has been volunteering with ActionAid Nigeria since 2012, Cecilia Mulenga, a tax-justice advocate with ActionAid Zambia and Gertrude Chirwa, a young activist working with universities in Malawi.
This photo is by Jason Larkin/ActionAid. More than 1,200 schoolchildren have to fit into just 12 classrooms, sitting in shifts, taught by 20 teachers at Nakambala Basic School, on the edge of the Zambia Sugar estate, according to ActionAid. Zambia lost out on over $27 million in revenue in five years from tax avoidance by this single company. This money could have sent 48,000 children back to school.
Monday, 18 April – Metropolis, €10, IFI
Fritz Lang’s Weimar masterpiece is being screened in the IFI, introduced by Lynn Scarf, director of the Science Gallery. In this 1927 projection of a segregated dystopian society, a privileged youth discovers his city’s grim underbelly. After a chance encounter with revolutionary teacher Maria, Freder is awoken to his own complacency and rails against the system within which he has thrived. Visit the IFI’s website here.
Tuesday, 19 April – Vice & Verses: Neo-Soul Brigade, 20:00, €6-€12, Liquor Rooms
Inspired by New York City’s Nuyorican Poets Café, Vice & Verses focuses on collaboration between storytellers and musicians – specifically, spoken-word artists and jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul musicians. The Nuyorican Poets Café has for 40 years been a site of empowerment for multicultural and minority artists, underrepresented within mainstream entertainment or academia. This Dublin equivalent will feature two-time Leinster poetry-slam champion Clara-Rose Thornton, and headliner John Connors, an actor, screenwriter, documentary-maker and Traveller-rights activist. Support will come from SIYO (Suzanne Blue). Grab tickets here, and visit the Facebook event page here.