Dylan Haskins is the youngfella that runs Hide Away house gigs and the record label and now has directed a film about DIY culture called Roll Up Your Sleeves. Well done to Willie Walsh and everyone in Project Arts for encouraging Dylan too on this.
This is the trailer for it:
Loved the honesty from Niall and Dylan and Jim Carroll was a great host. The whole event was super positive and everyone that ever wanted to do something and couldn’t motivate themselves to do it should chat to Niall and Dylan. Dylan talking about doing a tour of Ireland with five bands using Bus Eireann buses while a van with the gear of all the bands following the buses, loved it.
Niall and Dylan did something that marks them out – they did stuff when they were told they could not or society made it impossible to do. They just routed around the obstacles. When Dylan couldn’t get a space for all-ages gigs, he hosted them in his gaff. Niall routed around MCD and venue owners and organised a Fugazi concert. By thinking differently and being driven they got what they wanted and all because they had a passion and love for music.
The DVD was for sale after the gig and I got one or two to send to people who are thinking of starting their own businesses as this DVD should be watched by more than those who are involved in the DIY music scene. Every business school should have a copy of this, there are lessons to be learned. Another bit of it I loved was the way that they busked for petrol money to bring them back from the gig and how they worked as a group to promote themselves before and after the gig too. The band makes and sells their own merchandise. I got the sense that people did things for the love of it but knew how to use their creativity to further fund their creativity. Jim Carroll has a good piece on Dylan here.
I also bought two DVDs to give away here on the aul blog to whoever wants one. First come first served with the condition you watch it with at least one other person. Overall, one of the best events I’ve been at in a long time which has added a spring to my step. Well done to Bodytonic et al for putting it together. There are some amazing non-corporate things happening in music and arts in Ireland right now. I think a good future is on the way for those not worrying only about drawing down grants. Interesting times, interesting times.
Seventy funded places for unemployed graduates are available on a Graduate Certificate in Information and Communications Technology at UCD, as part of the announcement by the Minister for Education of 1,000 part-time postgraduate third-level places for unemployed workers. Successful applicants will have €2,500 of the €2,750 fee funded by the Higher Education Authority.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 24 August 2009.
There are also four other Graduate Certificate programmes, in entrepreneurship, information technology, sustainable agriculture, green technologies, or nanobio science. See here.
Visited the Print Museum yesterday. It’s in Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road. Hang a left after the Schoolhouse. It’s small but they have some nice machines used in printing history the past few decades.
There’s a guided or unguided tour. In fairness the place is quite small, you can look around in 30 minutes or so but it’s still worth a journey. They also do what look like very interesting workshops that I never have time to get to.
This is the plate for the last edition for the Sunday Press:
Also outside, we have cannons spiked into the ground:
The Realex Payments Web Awards 09 are open for business. Guess who the new main sponsor is? Get your nominations in for the categories too. Press release went out today and yes it’s true, turn up in Ireland soccer gear (they play the same night) and you can get in for free.
Online campaign to get Rap as Gaeilge into Irish charts. And the track disses Peig!
Exchange Dublin in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust are calling on citizens, funders, public representatives, artists and more to take part in ‘Culture and the City – the Debate’, a masked anonymous debate and theatrical event where invited guests and audience members will respond to broad questions about Culture and the City Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Wednesday August 19th at 6.30pm (gates open at 6pm)
Shame I’m otherwise engaged: SymbioticA’s BioTech Art Workshop is an introduction to biological techniques and issues surrounding the manipulation of living systems. Artists and researchers from various disciplines engage in the biological science lab to utilise language and techniques into their practice and research.