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Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 7:00pm

First Fortnight


First Fortnight

First Fortnight marks the beginning of each year with events that promote mental health awareness. It’s designed to shine a spotlight on the topic at a time of year when many people struggle after the chaos of the Christmas holidays.

First Fortnight

First Fortnight utilises arts and culture to challenge mental health stigma while supporting some of Ireland’s most vulnerable people through creative therapies.

Highlights include ‘How Aria?’ – the festival’s first opera – at St Patrick’s University Hospital on Sunday January 12 and the Horrible Creatures movie that centres around the lives of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle who travelled with their children to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War 1 at the IFI, Eustace Street, Temple Bar on January 8.

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Dublin Bowie Festival

Dublin David Bowie fans have an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the man at the now annual Bowie Fest taking place in various locations around the city from January 8-12.

This year’s festival marks 50 years of The Man Who Sold The World album and there’s plenty of international guests, musicians, producers, photographers and more who will be taking part in the specially curated events.

One of the highlights will be Bowie’s producer of choice, Tony Visconti, and Spiders From Mars drummer, Woody Woodmansey, performing The Man Who Sold The World album with six piece band Holy Holy in the Olympia Theatre on January 11.

For full festival details see

Hidden Howth Expedition

Brush off the holiday cobwebs and see Howth through the eyes of a local on the three and a half hour Hidden Howth Expedition. It takes in the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, the local seal colony and lots of local secrets before finishing nicely in a local pub for a pint that’s included in the €35 fee. Available to book on various dates. For details see

Iron Throne Experience

Winter is here and Game of Thrones fans can immerse themselves in the GOT world at the Iron Throne Experience on January 11/12 at Gulliver's Retail Park. Become ruler of the Seven Kingdoms take your seat on an official Game of Thrones Iron Throne, wear Don Joffrey’s crown, swing legendary swords like Longclaw and hold a dragon’s egg. Tickets from

Family Art Day: Seaweed Sculptures

There’s a free family art day at Draíocht Galleries in Draíocht Blanchardstown on Saturday January 11 from midday to 5pm where you can create weird and wonderful sculptural pieces using materials like clay, dried seaweed, sticks and stones. 

Before that you can listen to the strange and wonderful sounds of the ‘Holdfast' exhibition and explore the artist's kelp seaweed sculpture. 

Sessions are free, but space Is limited. Book by calling 01-8852622.

Mindfulness Mini Fest

Taking place at The Clockwork Door at 51 Wellington Quay, this mini-fest is for anybody who wants to learn more about mindful practices. It’s a chance to practice yoga or meditation in a group, experience laughter yoga or learn from themed workshops. It costs €24. For tickets see

Vintage Kilo Sale

The Dublin Kilogram Vintage kilo sale event is taking place at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel at Golden Lane in Dublin 8 on Sunday, January 12 from 11am to 5pm.

There will be five tonnes of garments available to by at €25 per kilo. All items are sold only by weight and you can buy as much or as little as you want. 

Expect a great atmosphere filled with buzzing music, happy faces and tons of awesome clothes.

Antiques, Vintage & More Fair

Over 30 traders from across Ireland and UK will put on a superb display of everything from furniture, decor, lighting, paintings, antique and vintage jewellery, vintage fashion, porcelain and silverware, to memorabilia, books and prints, rare coins, postcards, curios and more at the North Dublin Antiques, Vintage & More Fair taking place at Clontarf Castle Hotel on Sunday, January 12 from 11am to 6pm. Admission is €3.50 or €2.50 when you present the Vintage Ireland android app on your smartphone or tablet.

Read the digital editions of the Dublin People Northside East, Northside West & Southside here