Events 2018

Festival Events

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

11:00 AM, Sat, 18 Mar

Venue: Banquet Hall, Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8

Tickets from 5euro:
11.15am - 2.15pm (performance plus 3 talks)
2.30pm - 5.15pm (3 talks plus short performance from Spook of the Thirteenth Lock)

A full day ticket is 10euro

Doors: 11am

Programme by Siobhán Kane

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,
The Revolution Will Put You in the Driver’s Seat,
The Revolution Will Be Live
” – Gil Scott-Heron, 1970

A series of creative panel discussions and performances from 11.30am – 5.15pm by some of Ireland’s most interesting voices, exploring the roles of philosophy, comedy, history, sport, economics, culture, psychology, creativity, and some of Ireland’s less-obvious revolutionary narratives. Are we, as a nation, impervious to psychoanalysis, as Freud may or may not have said? What is our relationship like to revolution now? Is underground culture saving the nation? What is it about sport that often unifies us? Was Father Ted a docu-drama about the Republic? In these increasingly unstable times, is it more about small revolutions rather than sweeping ones, and small acts of protest, subversiveness, and radicalism? The revolution will not be televised, but that is the point.

Featuring; Anne Chambers, Donal Dineen, Alison Spittle, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Julian Gough, Aoife McElwain, Giles Brody, Professor Mike Cronin, Amanda Coogan, Declan Meade, Louise Lowe, Emmet Kirwan, Dr. Paul Rouse, Cora Staunton, Professor Frank Barry, Sam McGuinness, and Mossy Nolan.


11am – Doors

11.15am – Introduction: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
(Gil Scott-Heron/Amanda Coogan film dance performance)

11.30am – 12.15pm: Framing the Nation
– Considering our sense of commemoration of revolution – where have we been, and where are we now? What is our relationship to revolution like at present? With Louise Lowe of ANU Productions, Sam McGuinness of the Simon Community, and Deirdre McParland of the ESB Archives.

12.30pm – 1.15pm: Gallows Humour and Revolution – Was Father Ted a docu-drama about the Republic? It has been said that Irish people make a joke out of a serious thing, and a serious thing out of a joke: is satire our default way of coping? With Alison Spittle and Giles Brody.

1.30pm – 2.15pm: Public Interview With Dr. TK Whitaker’s biographer Anne Chambers, on his legacy on economics, and culture, along with Professor Frank Barry, and writer Julian Gough.

2.30pm – 3.15pm: Sport and Revolution – what is it about sport that often unifies us? With recent successes in soccer, rugby, rowing, and more – what is our relationship to sport and our sense of nationhood? And with the GAA as Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, and one of the great amateur sporting association in the world,
what is its living legacy and position in the Irish consciousness? With Professor Mike Cronin, Dr. Paul Rouse, and Mayo GAA’s Cora Staunton.

3.30pm – 4.15pm: Creativity and Revolution – Public interview with Donal Dineen and Emmet Kirwan, and a discussion with Declan Meade and Aoife McElwain exploring the idea of cottage industries, and DIY movements “saving” and guiding the nation.

4.30pm – 5.15pm: The past revolutionising the future:
The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, and Mossy Nolan will discuss the culture of traditional music, its legacy, meaning, and importance for the future – followed by a special intimate musical performance.


ESB Archives Celebrates 90 Years
See a carefully curated collection of photographs and adverts from the ESB archives conveying the unique contribution of ESB to the economic and social development of Ireland over the past 90 years.

2017 marks the 90th anniversary of ESB. To celebrate this milestone, ESB is delighted to partner with the St. Patrick’s Festival to highlight 90 years of innovating and creating a brighter future for Ireland. See specially curated advertising from ESB’s archives dating from the 1920s reflecting the unique contribution of ESB to the economic and social development of Ireland over the past 90 years.

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