Shining a light on a busy arts scene – Five Lamps Art Festival

by Mary Kate Hickey

WEDNESDAY, March 7 saw the start of the 11th annual Five Lamps Arts Festival, which runs until March 11.

Events range from family-friendly to adults-only and include theatre, film, dance, magic, comedy, workshops, exhibitions and many more.

Several upcoming events will be free and run from 9am to 5pm daily. Maps, Coastlines – a Message in a Bottle at Connolly House, Marino College is one such event.

Children from St Laurence O’Toole Girls National School have been working on this art show since last September with artist Martina Galvin’s guidance, and their very own artwork will be on display.

Another free daily event is an exhibition featuring the artwork of Tara Kearns, Niamh Molloy and Barbara O’Meara at Custom House Quay.

Of particular note is O’Meara’s project, The Covering, a baby blanket made out of 796 squares, one for each of the babies found buried at the Tuam mother and baby home. Visitors are encouraged to meet the artists and knit, stitch, crochet or weave their own baby square.

Another such exhibition will be put on by SWAN Youth Service, entitled What’s Your Issue, at Connolly House.

Artwork by Megan Kavanagh, Aaron Connolly, Claudio Marsella and others will be featured tackling issues such as the daily difficulties faced by women, the coming out experiences of LGBT youth, and raising awareness of homelessness in Dublin.

On Friday, The Charleville Mall Library will host Bloom and Buzz, a free interactive theatrical performance for children aged three to six years old. The event promises to explore mature themes such as life and death in a playful, sensitive and age-appropriate manner.

Connolly House, Marino College will host a free performance of, Sweet Dreams Mr Heroin, a play dealing with heroin addiction, prostitution, heartbreak and family on Friday at 12pm.

Odeon Cinema Point Village will be showing the films Stalker at 4:45pm and Cardboard Gangsters at 7pm for €5 each.

The former is an Irish psychological thriller following a volatile homeless man who believes God has given him a mission to “clean up” society, while the latter follows a group of young lads who set out to move up in the world of illegal drugs.

There will be a free Donal Vaughan Science Magic show for children aged five and older at Connolly House on Saturday. Children will learn fun science tricks that appear magical and that they can perform safely at home.

Conversation Salons will present, A Feast of Strangers, at Cloud Cafe on Friday from 7pm to 10pm.

The festival concludes on Sunday, March 11, with the Dublin Circus Project, a free family circus workshop at 3pm, and a free circus performance at 4pm.

The performance will feature both professional and beginner circus performers.
For the full programme of events, as well as booking details, check out

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