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View Temple Bar Politics, Arts & Ideas Festival

Venues Around Temple Bar, Wednesday 16th November - Sunday 20th November 2016

Outspoken satirist Oliver Callan and controversial chef Richard Corrigan are just some of the guests headlining View Temple Bar Politics, Arts & Ideas Festival from November 16th to 20th in the cultural capital of Ireland.

Joining them will be a line-up that includes over 30 speakers from the worlds of Politics, Media, and the Arts including Ryan Tubridy, Jinx Lennon, Tempermental Misselayneous, Lynn Boylan MEP and Jim Fitzpatrick.

Launching the programme of events for the Festival, Dr Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Social Protection said that Temple Bar continues to be a lively community attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists and visitors every year. “This festival will encourage Dubliners to take time out with their family and friends to see for themselves the hive of arts and cultural activities that happen here every week. I look forward to the satirical view of politics as well as the discussions and debates that will follow. I wish all those participating in the festival every success,” the Minister said.

With many of the events and activities free of charge, Temple Bar Company CEO, Mr. Martin Harte said that the festival promotes local arts within the area and gives visitors and politicians the opportunity to take time out to satirise and discuss the politics of the day. “We will have political reviews and debate as well as art and film exhibitions, music and poetry. The programme of events is possible thanks to the support of the cultural institutions and local businesses in Temple Bar. “For example, The Ark, the only cultural centre for children celebrating 21 years will be holding a series of events including a forum bringing together a wide range of experts to reflect on how Ireland has changed and look ahead at what should change for the better in the next 21 years for children,” he said.

Chairman of The Temple Bar Company, Mr Noel Dempsey said: “We want View to play a part in encouraging locals and visitors to explore the unique buildings, venues and characters that make Temple Bar so captivating and to enliven the streetscape by making visible the incredible range of excellent cultural and contemporary arts programmed here.' ‘We live in interesting times and the role of politics and the importance of a participative democracy, where citizens are actively engaged has never been more important. “New” politics, Brexit, the rise of populism, Donald Trump are all having a profound effect on democracy and will be discussed and debated in a packed programme of political debate” he said.

A flavour of some of the events on offer are:

The ‘R’ Word – Resources, Charity and Auction Politics in the Austerity Era

Wednesday 16th, 8PM, Dublin City Hall, €5

You hear it all the time – ‘we need more resources’. That means one thing – Money. In Ireland many charities overlap but homelessness, drugs and social problems continue to exist despite big funding. Article 11 of our Constitution guarantees all our resources come from ‘One Fund’ so that Auction Politics is the order of the day, yet we have 37 separate taxes on top of Income tax. Social Services and the regular citizen have to cut back while tax breaks for the Wealthy 1% and the Corporations are seen as untouchable. Speaking of the wealthy and the corporations, can they learn from the likes of the Guinness Family and build housing and services for their workers in the country they call home? And could a slice of the Apple (Tax) Pie forever change the way we do business in Ireland?

Personal Finance and Consumer Journalist Sinead Ryan teases out how we can improve our financial state with a panel of social and financial experts including Senator Aodhan O’Riordan, Jennifer Moroney-Ward (Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas and the Learning Hub), Peter Kavanagh (Active Retirement Ireland), Dr. Rory Hearne (Author and Academic) and Justine McCarthy (Sunday Times) – with a brief excerpt beforehand from Paddy Cullivan’s ‘Solutionism’ show.

Seen & Heard: 21 Years for Children

Thursday 17th, 10AM-5PM, The Ark, €10

As both organisations turn 21 this year, The Ark and Children’s Rights Alliance are delighted to be teaming up to present a special public forum surveying the landscape of significant change for children in Ireland during the lifetime of both organisations.

Aimed at grown-ups interested in or working in the fields of children, education or artistic practice, the forum will bring together a wide range of experts to reflect on how Ireland has changed and look ahead at what should change for the better in the next 21 years. Children’s lives are at the heart of this day-long event, which will include artists and policy makers as well as speakers from civil society, children’s rights, science, health and education.

Venetia Quick’s ‘Not-so-Mainstream Media’ Sunday Brunch Panel

Sunday 20th, 1PM, The Norseman, €10

Venetia Quick of Q102’s ‘Drive at 5’ and RTE2’s ‘Connected’ chairs a panel of hard-bitten hacks and social commentators as they rip up the Sunday papers. Come along, have some brunch and enjoy some lightheartedly raucous debate with Julien Mercile (Assistant Professor, UCD), Kitty Holland (Irish Times), Larissa Nolan (Sunday Times) and Gerry Stembridge (Scrap Saturday).

Wednesday 16th November - Sunday 20th November 2016
All Day
Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

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