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IRELAND’S MENTAL HEALTH ARTS FESTIVAL JANUARY 2017

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FIRST FORTNIGHT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF...

PRESENTING PARTNERS

Welcome First Fortnight was born from the believe, supported by research, that the arts can provide a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. Once that conversation has begun, it becomes possible to change people’s perceptions about an issue that will affect one in four of us at some point in our lives. Since our first event in 2010 First Fortnight has become a fixture in the cultural calendar and synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. In 2013, we became a mental health service provider opening the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies. The centre currently employs two creative arts therapists providing art psychotherapy for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental ill-health in Dublin.

GRANT AIDED BY

This year’s festival focuses on relationships and our importance to one another. The programme looks at how our words and actions can shape the people close to us and the impact that it has on our mental health. Together with some of Ireland’s most exciting and ground-breaking artists, we hope that you can join with us to help shape each other for the better.

Thank you to our volunteers MEDIA PARTNERS

First Fortnight is a charity run by a community of passionate social change makers. Without them this festival would not be possible. We’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘THANK YOU!’ and if you see our volunteers this January, be sure to give them a huge pat on the back. If you would like to volunteer and be a part of First Fortnight 2018, we’d love to hearfrom you. We need people from all backgrounds with different skills and experience, so please get in touch.

SUPPORTED BY

Visit www.firstfortnight.ie/volunteer for more info. @firstfortnight

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First Fortnight in partnership with NYF Dublin present

First Fortnight in partnership with NYF Dublin present

Hello Myself

Sunday Assembly

Sun 1 Jan 11am, 1pm & 3pm Filmbase 2 Curved St, Dublin 2

Free Storyteller, artist and workshop facilitator, Paul Timoney will create a bespoke workshop for children aged 6-12. Stressed Out Steve and Anxious Anita have made a New Year’s Resolution to try to stop worrying. Unfortunately they have already started to worry that it will be too difficult to stop worrying. When they are not worrying about not being able to stop worrying they are worrying that they will be able to stop worrying and they worry that they will become so good at not worrying that they will eventually lose the ability to worry and then something terrible might happen to them. So please come to their worrying workshop where we will use loads of recycled materials to make and star in a little show about things that make us worry… and the stuff we can do that will help us to relax.

First Fortnight in partnership with NYF Dublin present

Co-Motion Sun 1 Jan 12pm & 2pm St Stephen's Green (Meet at Grafton St. entrance)

Inside Out

Free

Sun 1 Jan 4.30pm Meeting House Square Temple Bar

Free

Sun 8 Jan 2pm National Botanic Gardens (Meet at Visitor Centre)

Free

Please note parent/guardian must accompany children during workshop.

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Sun 1 Jan 7pm Dublin Unitarian Church 112 St Stephen’s Green

First Fortnight in partnership with NYF Dublin present

The New Year isn't just about making resolutions, it's a time for growth and renewal. We try to start the New Year as we mean to go on, and often that is about trying to make new connections whether it's starting a new hobby or taking a class. But forming new connections is often as much about reducing our isolation from those around us. How often do we find ourselves in a crowd where everyone has their headphones on, cut off from the world around us as we get lost in our music. Co-Motion is a unique event which creates opportunities to break down the barriers created by our headphones. The aim is to reconnect with music, with nature and with those around us. At Co-Motion, you’ll be randomly assigned a walking partner, and then with the help of headphone splitters, you'll enjoy a stroll around the peaceful settings of St Stephen’s Green and the National Botanic Gardens while sharing the songs on your "get up and go" playlist. This is a chance to share a moving musical experience of the songs that resonate with each of us. So bring some comfortable shoes, and take this chance to share and swap the songs that invigorate, inspire and motivate you with someone new.

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Sunday Assembly – the international phenomenon – is coming to Dublin to make sure that your New Year gets off to the perfect start. Bring your New Year’s dreams, hopes and resolutions or whatever else you have with you for an evening of pure sing-a-long classics and incredible talks with this secular congregation aimed at 100% celebrating life. Hosted by Sanderson Jones (Radio 4, BBC, CNN) with music from Paddy Cullivan (Late Late Show) and the Mellow Tonics Choir join NYF Dublin and First Fortnight for an inspirational evening of music, comedy and poetry in the magical, spellbinding surroundings of Dublin’s Unitarian Church. Sunday Assembly is now a global movement with joyful communities across the world. Fun, funny and totally inspiring Sunday Assembly is the perfect way to step into 2017.

Watch INSIDE OUT outside under the spectacular Meeting House Square umbrellas. Bring a blanket! In Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT we’re taken to the most extraordinary location—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they guide her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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SIMPLE ACTIONS YOU CAN DO IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE TO FEEL GOOD & FUNCTION WELL CONNECT With the people around you at home, work, school and in your local community.

BE ACTIVE Step outside. Go for a walk, cycle, garden or dance. Discover a physical activity that suits your lifestyle.

GIVE GIVE

Culture Vultures

First Fortnight in partnership with NYF Dublin present

Slam Sunday

Wed 4 Jan 8pm (Doors 7.30pm) The Sound House, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin

Sun 1 Jan 8pm (Doors 7.30pm) Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Dublin 2

€12

€6 Quick-fire poetry is the perfect mind food to tune up the brain for the coming working week. Each month, Slam Sunday brings some of the city’s finest poets together on the last night of the weekend. Open to all to take part, 12 contestants and 5 judges are drawn at random from the audience for a lively competition that sees original poems recited from memory. With cash prizes awarded on the night, it makes sense to have your say at this First Fortnight special event. Sign up for those wishing to perform on the night starts at 7.30pm and closes at 7.45pm.

TAKE NOTICE Savour the moment whether you are walking, eating or talking. Be aware of the world around you and what you’re feeling.

Culture Vultures is a pop culture, salon event co-curated by Andrea Keogh and its presenter Tony Clayton-Lea.

KEEP LEARNING

The event revolves around words and music. Words are expressed in public interview and spoken word / comedy. Previous interviewees have included Liam Cunningham, Stuart Carolan and Lenny Abrahamson while Eleanor Tiernan and Colm O’Regan have performed comedy sets.

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on new responsibilities. Fix a bike. Learn how to cook your favourite meal.

GIVE

Musical performance also features. Culture Vultures has previously provided a platform for Cat Dowling, Daithí and the Divine Comedy, to name a few.

Do something nice for a friend. Thank someone. Volunteer. Join a community group.

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‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’ (NEF, 2008)

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Therapy Sessions Fri 6 & 13 Jan 8pm Workman’s Club curated by

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An event that encapsulates everything First Fortnight stands for, the Therapy Sessions return this year with an eclectic lineup of some of Ireland’s brightest talent in music, writing, poetry and spoken word performance. A unique Therapy Session on January 6 will be curated by the magnetic LeGalaxie, who are just fresh from an unforgettable Olympia appearance. The band will be joined by R.S.A.G (known to his family as Jeremy Hickey), the awe-inspiring drummer who performs live with visual artist Reggetto, and was unveiled as a special headline guest at Knockanstockan 2016.

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The second of the two Therapy Sessions will be curated by the brilliant Girl Band, the lineup on January 13 will feature six-piece Dublin funk band Tongue Bundle, who electrified crowds earlier this year at Knockanstockan and the Dublin “Jazz Is …” Festival. The wonderful songwriter Paddy Hanna will also grace the stage, along with Ben Waddell and Dunny. The spoken word line up curated by wordsmith Stephen James Smith will include Deanna Rodger and Gerry Potter from overseas and local home grown talent including Alicia Byrne Keane, Niall Donnelly, Cormac Lally and Sorcha Fox.

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The Clarence Hotel Ireland’s original rock’n’roll hotel, Offering simple luxury in the heart of Dublin.

Conversation Salon

Creaking Fri 20 Jan 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Sat 7 Jan 7pm Masonic Lodge, Molesworth St.

€12 Creaking written by Noelle Brown

Wed 11 Jan 7pm Mansion House, Oak Room, Dawson St.

Co-created by Oonagh Murphy & Noelle Brown

Fri 13 Jan 2.30pm Croke Park Jones’ Rd. entrance

Free

Combining humour and pathos, Creaking examines the everyday challenges and pressures on the mental health of older people in Irish society through the eyes of 79 year-old indomitable Rita. Presented as a staged reading, Creaking is a unique movement documentary for theatre that combines original text, with an improvised vocal score. This immersive theatre event will be followed by a post-show discussion with the director, writer and members of the cast.

Are you tired of small talk and would love a real conversation? We all know how good it feels when we have a truly satisfying conversation with someone. You feel energised, inspired and understood. Conversation Salons are about bringing together all different kinds of people for interesting and uplifting conversation on lots of different topics. In a relaxed café style setting over tea and coffee in small groups choose from an enticing conversation menu of thought-provoking questions. Be intrigued by the different ideas and opinions you hear. Expect to be surprised. Treasure curiosity more than certainty. Have fun, be inspired and connect with new people. Hosted by Life Coach Heather Bourke.

See www.theclarence.ie for great city breaks! The Clarence 6-8 Wellington Quay Dublin 2 reservations@theclarence.ie | +353 1 407 0800

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The Public Diary Mon 9-Sat 14 Jan 10am - 9pm daily Smock Alley Theatre 6/7 Exchange Street Lower Dublin 8

OutStraight

Free The Public Diary is a participatory installation that explores public practice for catharsis and relief through self-expression. Through the interactive installation of a notebook in Smock Alley, The Public Diary creates an effective way for people to express their feelings which otherwise might not be heard. A public diary entry gives the opportunity to share our thoughts and troubles with one another openly, addressing the stigma around keeping quiet about our problems. The work aims to foster connection and relatability between people.

Sat 7 Jan 1 & 3pm The Bernard Shaw 11/12 South Richmond Street Dublin 2

Free OutStraight is a concept pop-up, combining spoken word theatre with visual art graffiti. The poets share stories on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face, including gentrification, session culture and mental health. OutStraight invites the public to have an interactive role, in painting words and images, of what mental health means to them. The performance is heavily based on story-telling, with aspects of emotional truth, aimed at taking the audience on a journey through the eyes of the performer, but also a reflective journey of themselves.

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Bombinate Theatre presents

Half Light Tues 10 - Sat 14 Jan 7.30pm Post show discussion Wed 11 Jan Matinee Sat 14 Jan 2.30pm Smock Alley Theatre 6/7 Exchange Street Lower Dublin 8

€12/15 

Imagine this: you’re walking up a mountain, through a forest of pine trees and you’re trying to find your Dad. He’s been taken by a monster. Meet Robin, a ten-year-old boy travelling through the magic, fantastical woodland of his father’s storybook. A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light. Suitable for ages 8+

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Parzival Productions present the premiere screening of a film by Alan Gilsenan

First Fortnight in partnership with IFI National presents

Infinitely Polar Bear

The Wonder Eye

a portrait of Ivor Browne Duration 70 minutes

Sat 7 Jan 4pm IFI, 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2 (Post show discussion)

Sat 14 Jan 12pm IFI, 6 Eustace St Dublin 2

Mon 9 Jan 8pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow

(Post Show Discussion)

Standard IFI pricing

Tue 10 Jan 8pm Droichead Arts Centre, Louth Wed 11 Jan 8pm Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire Wed 11 Jan 8pm Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois Thu 12 Jan 8pm St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin (Post show discussion)

Boston in the late ‘70s; Cameron (Mark Ruffalo) is struggling with bipolar disorder; the future appears uncertain for his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and their two daughters when a particularly difficult period sees him both fired from his job and hospitalised.

Tue 17 Jan 8pm VISUAL, Carlow Tue 17 Jan 8pm Town Hall Theatre, Galway (Post show discussion)

When she is awarded a business scholarship to attend Columbia University, Maggie convinces her reluctant husband – convalescing at home on lithium treatment to look after the girls for the eighteen months she’ll be in New York, a less than ideal arrangement given his frequent manic behaviour and booze-soaked depressions.

Wed 18 Jan 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare (Post show discussion) Suitable for ages 16+

For her debut feature writer/director Maya Forbes draws on personal experience of being raised by a bipolar father; poignant and humorous, Infinitely Polar Bear is a refreshingly positive depiction of living with mental illness.

Please visit respective venue website for ticket info

In this quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet him now in his late eighties and witness not only his energy, good humour, music-making and true compassion but also his deeply informed, startlingly innovative thoughts. His unique attributes continue to find vital expression and offer real hope in an increasingly bewildering world.

Ivor Browne has been a central figure in Irish mental health for many decades. Some people wish he wasn’t. Yet many people owe their lives to him. The Wonder Eye, a thought-proving new film by Alan Gilsenan, captures the essence of an extraordinary human being. Browne somehow managed to be part of the establishment while still being one of its greatest critics. His pioneering and often controversial lifelong work on behalf of the many who cannot speak for themselves is notable.

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The Moth StorySLAM

Speaking Our Minds

Tue 10 Jan 8pm Doors 7.15pm The Sugar Club 8 Lower Leeson Street Dublin 2

€9/10 Tickets on sale & theme announced two weeks in advance of show Hosted by Colm O’Regan, The Moth StorySLAM where ten people get the floor for five minutes starring.....you? Featuring nine other names picked at random from “the hat”. If you’d like a chance to get on stage, prepare a 5 minute true personal story based on our monthly theme. We’ll pull ten names and after each tale, judges from the audience will confer and give a score.

Beyond Leaving

The highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner and continues on to our Dublin GrandSLAM Championship.

Exhibition runs from Mon 14 Nov to Mar 2017 National Photographic Archive Meeting House Square, Dublin 2

Free Wed 11 Jan 7pm Panel discussion on migration and mental health David Monahan’s Beyond Leaving at the National Photographic Archive is the more recent expression of an ongoing project, started in 2010 when Monahan documented the departures of over 120 people as they left Ireland in the aftermath of the global financial crash. This work culminated in the award-winning book On Leaving. Now, some years later, Monahan has taken a closer look at a small group of these people working in collaboration with them through photography, Skype conversation and video. This show tries to fathom the distance between expectation and reality for the current Irish emigrant.

Join Mental Health Reform and make mental health and well-being a priority. Together we can make Ireland the best place to recover from a mental health difficulty. Who we are Mental Health Reform is Ireland’s leading national coalition of organisations driving transformation of mental health and well-being supports in Ireland.

What we want Our vision is for an Ireland where people experiencing mental health difficulties can recover their well-being and live a full life in the community.

For more information 01 874 9468 info@mentalhealthreform.ie mentalhealthreform.ie

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What we do - Identify gaps - Develop best practice - Build consensus - Take action


Banter @First Fortnight

Corinthian Sports & Mental Health Sat 14 Jan 3pm Sugar Club 8 Lower Leeson Street Dublin 2

Jim Carroll in conversation with Paul Kimmage

€5

Tue 10 Jan 7pm (Doors 6.30pm) Workmans Club

€7.50

Athletes have to aspire to peak, physical fitness at all times, conditioning their body to cope with the demands of competitive sport. The demands on the minds of these athletes are just as tough but how do you train to maintain your mental fitness? Irish Times sports journalist Ian O’Riordan will take an in-depth look into this topic with a panel of experts from the sporting world.

Paul Kimmage is one of the most influential and widely read sportswriters in the country. Before he turned to the writing trade, he was a professional cyclist and wrote the award-winning book, Rough Ride about his time on the circuit. He will join us at First Fortnight for a very special Banter In Conversation event to talk about his life as a professional cyclist, his career as a sportswriter, the mental stresses and strains that occur in sport and how sportspeople deal with these. The interview will be conducted by Banter’s Jim Carroll.

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Rebel Rhythms (Cork) Sat 14 Jan 1pm Triskel Arts Centre Tobin St, Centre, Cork

Free

Don’t wait to enjoy life again. A full day of music, talk and debate will burst into action on the banks of the lee. The full First Fortnight experience rolls into the Triskel Arts Centre with music from the Claddagh Rogues, talk and insight from Dr Pat Bracken and much more besides.

Along the way they battled their demons to consistently produce passionate music rooted in their troubled lives. James, 44, spent most of his early life in prison, under psychiatric care and homeless on the streets of Cork. Mags experienced addiction and homelessness. New songs on this latest album are James’ heartfelt tribute to fellow founder member Mags, who passed away recently, aged just 44. This day of events is rooted in the real and seeks to shed light on the lesser told tales in the mental health storybook.

James O’Flynn’s ‘Journey’ just got longer, and better. It was a hard road travelled, taking this misfit musician through turbulent times, rescued by his extraordinary talent, then touched by tragedy. The band was born out of Cork’s Simon Community, which cares for the homeless and those at risk.

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If you have concerns about your mental health don’t wait before seeking help and support. Talk to your GP today or call St Patrick’s support and information line on 01 249 3333 You can contact the Walk in My Shoes Helpline for 18-25 year olds by calling 01 249 3555

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Comedy Corner

Cistin - Songs & Stories

Wed 11 Jan 8pm St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services James Street, Dublin 8

Sat 7 Jan 8pm St Patrick’s Mental Health Services James Street, Dublin 8

Jonathan Swift

€5 Blustery dark evenings, the cold biting on your cheeks and a warm breeze half a year ahead and behind you. It must be January. So why not come in from the cold and drop into the cosy cistin. Aidan Murphy will host a relaxed evening of songs and stories that will help put a bit of heat in your bones and bring a little warmth to your heart. In recent years these surmise packed nights in St. Patricks Hospital have featured a wide range of artists including Liam Ó Maonlaí, Vyvienne Long, Julie Feeney, Sean AKA ‘Doctor’ Millar and Mary Coughlan.

€10/12

It is three and a half centuries since Swift’s birth in 1667. In tribute to their founder, during 2017 St Patrick’s will be investigating several interlocking themes around mental health and human rights in terms of lessons learnt from the past, current challenges and hopes for the future through a series of cultural events.

We will keep you guessing just for now about who’ll be around, you will have to drop into the Cistin to find out, we’ll put the kettle on!

Stepping Stones Thu 12 Jan 1pm St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services James Street, Dublin 8

Free 18 months ago, artists and facilitators Maisie Lee, Marie Ruane and Adrienne Lee began working with the Twilight Programme in St. Patrick’s Hospital to conceptualise a Radio Documentary that captured real life stories of recovery from mental ill-health. The result is a 40 minute authentic tapestry of stories and recovery journeys full of deep humanity, hope, positivity, warmth and humour, which highlights that every person has mental health experience and that mental illness does not discriminate - it can and does affect people from every walk of life. Join us for a special airing of this documentary followed by a post show discussion.

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Thu 12 Jan 8pm Smock Alley Theatre 6/7 Exchange Street Lower Dublin 8

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What’s My Motivation Here?

Fabulous Failings of Gráinne McKeever

Eleanor Tiernan is known for railing against the government, the terrorists and the other enemies of the people.... Grrrr bloody corporations! Unfortunately however, in the struggles of daily life like finding a flat and maintaining a clean ear canal, a well-researched opinion on Middle Eastern politics isn’t particularly helpful. In a brand new stand up show, Tiernan shares what’s really been on her mind and boy is it tedious. All of the minor issues will be dealt with... bins, parka jackets, wedding bouquets and how to sleep on a couch for a month without losing your sanity.

Happily weaving her way on the fast track through life, Gráinne McKeever has expertly managed to avoid all of the usual pitfalls this world can throw at a gal. She’s managed to make it to her mid-life, crisis free, and has only just realised that there’s not much fun in that at all. In the debut of her first solo show TedX talker, teacher and comedian Gráinne McKeever looks back on her life in an attempt to salvage and celebrate some of her most Fabulous Failings and give them the true credit they deserve.

Warning: This comedy show may not blow your mind but it might Febreeze it until you have time to give it a proper clean later on.

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The Big Gig

Sing Along Social

Sat 14 Jan 8pm, Button Factory

€12

Sun 15 Jan 7.30pm MVP 29 Upper Clanbrassil St. Dublin 8

€5 Sing Along Social is a zero commitment choir hosted by singing enthusiast Aoife McElwain. You don’t need to be able to sing, you don’t need to practice and you don’t really need to know the words because we supply you with lyric books. Join a gathered bunch of friends and strangers at MVP in Dublin 8 on Sunday 15th January to caterwaul your way into 2017. Find out about the Sing Along Social at facebook.com/singalongsocial or on Twitter and Instagram @singalongsocial.

Pol Na Mone Sat 7 Jan 6pm Smock Alley Theatre 6/7 Exchange Street Lower Dublin 8

Windings’ 2012 album I Am Not The Crow was shortlisted for Choice Music Prize’s Irish album of the year. In 2016, their album Be Honest and Fear Not testifies that you shouldn’t rush perfection and that this band is one to watch.

€5 From the award-winning company that brought you My Name is Saoirse and Overshadowed comes a work in progress to be debuted exclusively at First Fortnight. Pol na Mone is Sunday’s Child new interactive theatre piece exploring mental health, identity and how a series of disastrous decisions can change your life forever. We meet Collete, Sabhdh and Jamie, three characters all facing unique life crises. At crucial turning points in their stories, their fate will be in the hands of the audience, whose decisions will change their stories irrevocably. Funny, insightful and provocative, this interactive piece by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan will explore the concepts of fate, fortune and fairness and will ask - are we passive victims of destiny or do we decide our own paths - and do the choices we make define us? Note: this will be a work in progress showing ahead of the show’s 2018 production.

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Over the past few years, this Limerick 5-piece have shared stages, supported, and toured with the likes of Daniel Johnston, Smog/Bill Callahan, Bob Mould, Okkervil River, Caribou, Iron And Wine, Villagers, Teenage Fanclub, Kurt Vile, and Modest Mouse, and more recently Grandaddy in Vicar St. earlier this year.

Join us at the first big gig of the year and First Fortnight’s signature melting pot of the best Irish, musical talent, brought together in their united support of mental health and quality music. Past headliners have included We Cut Corners, Heathers, And So I Watch You From Afar, HamsandwicH, and Le Galaxie.

More acts to be announced.

While the full line up won’t be revealed until early December, the line up will include up-and-coming Dublin band Otherkin. With increasing radio play, here and overseas, and a growing number of festival performances under their belt, 2016 will be a busy year for them.

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Emma Sheridan €6

Emma Sheridan works as a freelance designer and illustrator from her studio in Dublin. In her illustrations, she melds street style, high fashion and pop culture to create colourful, free and quirky drawings. She has worked with designers, magazine and brands from the UK, New York and Milan.

DID YOU KNOW THAT FIRST FORTNIGHT IS A MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDER? We founded the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies in 2013 with the aim of providing a year round, therapeutic front-line art paychotherapy service for adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness. In art therapy the client can use the art materials to express and explore feelings that they have difficulty communicating verbally, bringing things to light which may not come about through talking alone. The service is funded by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, the HSE Mental Health Service and supported by Crosscare. An independent report on the service was published in January 2016 and is available in full on our website www.firstfortnight.com/art-therapy

In this show, Emma exhibits a series of figurative sketches drawing from autobiographical events of her experience living with mental health issues, OCD, PTSD and Depression. In her work, she explored personal feelings of fear and awkwardness these illnesses have left her with. This is the story of her alter ego “The Jelly Shooter” unfolding in a collection of humorous paintings following her adventures through a disproportionate world.

www.emmasheridan.com No matter where you are in the country, you will be able to view Emma Sheridan’s art as First Fortnight will be hosting their first online exhibition of her work online on www.firstfortnight.ie during the festival.

The service, which is now entering its fourth year runs Mondays - Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm from a city centre homeless hostel. Find out more about the service and how to make a referral on our website www.firstfortnight.com/art-therapy

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Calendar 2017 THEATRE

VISUAL ART

FILM

WORKSHOPS

Emma Sheridan - The Jelly Shooter

FIRSTFORTNIGHT.IE

01/01/2017

Hello Myself

Filmbase

11am

FREE

01/01/2017

Co-Motion

St Stephen's Green

12pm

FREE

01/01/2017

Hello Myself

Filmbase

1pm

FREE

01/01/2017

Co-Motion

St Stephen's Green

2pm

01/01/2017

Hello Myself

Filmbase

01/01/2017

Inside Out

MHS

01/01/2017

Sunday Assembly

01/01/2017

24/11/2016

Nov 24 - Jan 22

MUSIC

SPOKEN WORD

DISCUSSION

11/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

11/01/2017

Comedy Corner Eleanor Tiernan and Gráinne McKeever

11/01/2017

FREE

FREE

COMEDY

7:30pm

€ 12 / 15

St Patrick's Mental Health Services

8pm

€ 10 / 12

Infinitely Polar Bear

Dunamaise Art Centre

8pm

SEE VENUE

12/01/2017

Stepping Stones

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

1pm

FREE

12/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

7:30pm

€ 12 / 15

12/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

St Patrick's Mental Health Services

8pm

€5

12/01/2017

Comedy Corner Eleanor Tiernan and Gráinne McKeever

Smock Alley

8pm

€ 10 / 12

13/01/2017

Conversation Salon

Croke Park, Jones' Rd entrance

2:30pm

FREE

7:30pm

€ 12 / 15

3pm

FREE

4:30pm

FREE

Dublin Unitarian Church

7pm

FREE

Slam Sunday

Filmbase

8pm

€6

04/01/2017

Culture Vultures

The Sound House

8pm

€ 12

06/01/2017

Therapy Session

Workmans Club

8pm

€ 5 / 10

13/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

07/01/2017

Public Diary

Smock Alley

10am - 9pm daily

FREE

13/01/2017

Therapy Session

Workmans Club

8pm

€ 5 / 10

07/01/2017

Outstraight

The Bernard Shaw

1pm

FREE

14/01/2017

The Wonder Eye

IFI

12pm

SEE VENUE

07/01/2017

Outstraight

The Bernard Shaw

3pm

FREE

14/01/2017

Rebel Rhythms

Triskel Arts Centre

1pm

FREE

07/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

IFI

4pm

SEE VENUE

14/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

2:30pm

€ 12 / 15

07/01/2017

Pol Na Mone

Smock Alley

6pm

€5

14/01/2017

Corinthian

Sugar Club

3pm

€5

Conversation Salon

The Masonic Lodge, Molesworth St

4pm

FREE

14/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

7:30pm

€ 12 / 15

14/01/2017

The Big Gig

The Button Factory

8pm

€ 12

15/01/2017

Sing Along Session

MVP

7:30pm

€5

17/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Visual Arts Theatre

8pm

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Cistin - Songs and Stories Session

St Patrick's Mental Health Services

8pm

€5

08/01/2017

Co-Motion

National Botanic Gardens

2pm

FREE

09/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Mermaid Arts Centre

8pm

SEE VENUE

17/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Town Hall Theatre Galway

8pm

SEE VENUE

10/01/2017

Banter@First Fortnight

Workmans Club

7pm

€ 7.50

18/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Riverbank Arts Centre

8pm

SEE VENUE

10/01/2017

Half Light

Smock Alley

7:30pm

€ 12 / 15

20/01/2017

Creaking

Riverbank Arts Centre

8pm

€ 12

10/01/2017

The Moth

Sugar Club

8pm

€9

10/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Droichead Venue

8pm

SEE VENUE

11/01/2017

Infinitely Polar Bear

Pavilion Theatre

8pm

SEE VENUE

11/01/2017

Beyond Leaving

National Photographic Archive

7pm

FREE

11/01/2017

Conversation Salon

The Mansion House, Oak Room, Dawson St

7pm

FREE

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