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October, You’re Looking Well!
September 28, 2017
ISI Dublin's packed social programme is sure to excite this month! But despite our best efforts, Dublin City is overflowing with Halloween themed events that we couldn't let drift by. So without further ado, here is some insight into upcoming events this October.
October is here, and with it comes all the fun of ill-advised costumes, plenty of fireworks and bangers (if you don’t know what they are, you’ll soon hear them), and a hango - *cough* - sugar rush that’ll take a bank holiday to overcome. A packed ISI Dublin Social Programme lies in store, but this little city has so many hidden treats, we couldn’t sit back and watch them go to waste.
For those of you a little strapped for cash, or perhaps saving for the winter months ahead, we’ve put together some cool events worth checking out!
Dublin Festival of History
History Club is without doubt the most popular activity ISI Dublin offers, so this should appeal to the masses. A programme including discussions, film, exhibitions, and more, this festival has a habit for attracting famed historians from around the world.
Sun, 1st October – Sat, 14th October
Dublin Theatre Festival
One of Europe’s longest running theatre festivals, the festival showcases Irish drama, music, dance, and more, to the world. Famed for premiering the work of theatre legends, this is certainly a run of events to get involved in. While some are free, you may need to dip into your pocket for others!
Sun, 1st October – Sun, 15th October
The Red Line Book Festival
An annual literary extravaganza returns to South Dublin this October, with a mixture of workshops, competitions, poetry, music, and more! All you book lovers out there, take note.
Wed, October 11th – Sun, October 15th
“I am Irish” – A Conversation
Being mixed race and Irish is an under discussed topic, but a heritage gracing the Emerald Isle with legendary personas such as actress Ruth Negga, and the late Phil Lynott. Lorraine Maher and Tracey Anderson have put together a photographer’s insight into 24 lives, through 24 faces, with the subjects discussing their stories on stage. A cultural event not to be missed!
Wed, 25th October
RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition 2017
The RDS provides you with an exclusive opportunity to view some emerging talents in the Irish Art World. If you’ve an artistic eye, why not pop down and see if the 5 independent judges make the right choice!
Wed, 25th October – Mon, 30th October
Bram Stoker Festival
Dracula fans, this one is for you! Inspired by the Dublin-native, and gothic author, Bram Stoker, the treats in store range from large scale spectacles to intimate performances. Prepare yourselves for a wicked weekend of all things spooky and horror.
Fri, 27th October – Mon, 30th October
We’re not quite done yet. You may need to dip into your pocket for the next few, but there are still some Halloween themed events worth taking note of.
Value for Money Events
The Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival
The hub of indie film and music returns to Dublin this October. Uncover emerging talents, engage with local filmmakers and musicians, and be enthralled by Dublin’s underground artistic scene.
Fri, 6th October – Sun, 8th October
Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza
If you’ve never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show, then this is a must. The Sugar Club often put on these events for film screenings, and they’re always a night to remember. Prizes for best dressed!
Sat, 28th October
The Irish pagan festival coincides with Halloween. This modern version, however, is a more of an electronic music paradise.
Sat, 28th October
Horror Expo 2017
It’s Halloween, after all! The Horror Expo returns for only its second year. Celebrating an eclectic mix of special effects, demonstrations, and film screenings, this could be the right adventure for all you horror fanatics.
Sun, 29th October