Put yourself in the frame at Phizzfest 2014
Gather round, Phibsborough’s Fifth Phizzfest is here
Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan will launch Phizzfest 2014, where we are celebrating a number of anniversaries, most notably the 100th anniversary of the arrival of cinema in Phibsborough. At the beginning of the twentieth century Phibsborough was home to not one but two cinemas. The Bohemian Picture Theatre and Phibsboro Picture House opened within a month of each other in May and June 1914. To celebrate, we have put together an exciting film programme in a variety of ‘pop-up cinema’ venues headlined by a Happenings outdoor cinema event in the King’s Inns Park with a screening of The Commitments. We will have movies from 1914 and a night ‘Back at the Boh’. One of our cinema hosts, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, will invite us to Shake Hands with the Devil on Bank holiday Monday, the first scene of which was filmed at the cemetery. The set designer for the movie was Dublin native, Josie McAvin, who won an Oscar for Best Set Direction for Out of Africa, Josie’s Oscar will be on display at the Museum during Phizzfest.
Festival highlights include Julie Feeney, Dermot Bolger, Carlo Gébler, Comedy Night with John Colleary and Pat O’Donnell, a performance of Boys and Girls, an Indian Classical Music Recital, and Hugh Buckley’s Dublin Guitar Night comes to Phibsborough. On the 50th anniversary of the death of Brendan Behan, we hear from Colbert Kearney on The Homer of the North Circular Road. Phizzfest also marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Finnegan’s Wake with an eclectic programme of events.
Visual Arts takes a closer look at Phibsborough, contributing to the wider discussions on the future development of the area with a number of interesting inter-active projects, asking you to Put Yourself in the Picture, Trace the Unseen, and make it Your Call.
Phibsborough is set to come alive this May bank holiday weekend. How will you put yourself in the frame?