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TBCT’s year of non-stop culture

Our Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) events programme has finished for 2010 and what a success it was.

On April 13th, In Handel’s Day attracted thousands of people of all ages to a day-long programme of free events in venues across Dublin to celebrate GF Handel and his Dublin connections. The weather was glorious, the streets and city centre buildings hummed with music, and the crowds came in droves to the annual performance of the Messiah on the Street on Fishamble Street, Temple Bar

If you missed the opportunity to come along to In Handel’s Day this year, our audience have managed to capture the best bits! To view some great photos and more videos of In Handel’s Day events, click here.

This July saw a new summer celebration in the city – The Summer Sensational, an age friendly festival bursting with exciting events throughout Temple Bar from family films, baby discos and children’s workshops, to world music nights, outdoor movies screenings and inspiring exhibitions.

As part of The Summer Sensational, we ran an online culture competition with many bloggers and online people getting involved to cover the festival so why not take a look at DublinCulture.ie and Dave Madden’s winning commentaries and review about the festival! Ros Kavanagh, our dedicated photographer also captured the festival for us!

In September, thousands of Irish people and visitors to the country came out to experience Culture Night 2010 and they were not disappointed with more than 130 venues opening their doors with free events for the public in Dublin and 20 other towns, cities and counties across the country getting involved for the largest Culture Night ever!

We snapped up some of the magical atmosphere on Dublin’s Culture Night and a full gallery is up on our Facebook page so enjoy our selection of Culture Night Photos!

Culture Night 2011 is set for Friday 23rd September so put it in your diary now!

Our not to be missed Culture & The City conference took place in October at Wood Quay Venue in what turned out to be a really upbeat, positive and informative session.

This event, like so many others, captured the need to generate a practical outcomes that would enable the world of culture and the creative industries to explore new ideas and possibilities for working together with other areas of the economy so TBCT is now working on the development of such a space in Temple Bar through the Coalition of Cultural and Creative Industries in Ireland. If you’d like to be involved or find out more contact Gráinne Millar gmillar@templebar.ie.

The Show must go on! Despite the adverse weather conditions of early December, we continued with A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar. A number of our outdoor activities had to be cancelled or rescheduled, but this only made the indoor workshops and films even better tasting!

Our weekend was filled with a Christmas Truffles Cooking Demonstration with Chef Stuart O’Keefe, Co Couture’s Chocolate Connoisseurs Club with Deirdre McCanny, Children’s Workshop with The Ministry of Chocolate, Panto on the Liffey and the Devilishly Delicious Cooking Demonstration with Cook’s Academy.

No Grants Gallery (NGG) hosted a number of innovative exhibitions throughout the year by solo artists and artist collectives as well as collaborating with a number of organisations such as NCAD, KCAT, City Arts Squad, Dublin Simon and the Bealtaine Festival.  In 2011, NGG looks forward to providing up and coming artists with a platform to exhibit and sell their work as well as being part of the ‘First Thursdays’ initiative when a number of galleries in Temple Bar will share their opening nights on the first Thursday of every month. Call for submissions is now open!

It has been a very enjoyable and successful first year of Get Active, TBCT’s cultural programme for the active retired and over 55s.  We are very pleased that Get Active will continue in 2011 with a host of engaging workshops in art, drama and dance, our monthly book-club in the Gutterbookshop as well as walking tours and visits to a selection of galleries and cultural organisations in the city.

On behalf of all the team at TBCT, we would like to thank you all for your support in 2010 and we look forward to seeing you all next year for another year of cultural discovery.  Be sure to keep in touch with us and to log on to www.templebar.ie in January for an exciting programme of cultural events. There are some great surprises in the pipeline to celebrate TBCT’s 20th birthday!

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or if you’d like to share some ideas with us, please do so at feedback@templebar.ie.

Movies on the Square rescheduled for this weekend

As part of our  festival ‘A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar‘ earlier this month, we had to cancel or postpone a number of events due to snow and freezing weather conditions. We’ve rescheduled our Movies on The Square for this weekend in Meeting House Square, just in time to get you in the festive mood for the final week before Christmas!

Tickets booked for these events previously are still valid. Though the events sold out, there are now a number of tickets available due to cancellations. Please book your ticket by calling us at Temple Bar Cultural Trust on 01 6772255.

(2004) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 100 mins
A young boy lies awake one snowy Christmas Eve, listening for the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.

(1964) Directed by Frank Capra. 130 mins
An angel helps a frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

See you on the square this weekend!

Highlights from ‘A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar’

Despite the recent weather conditions, we managed to keep some of our events running this weekend for ‘A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar’. A big Thank You all who ventured out and participated, we do hope you enjoyed it! Here are some of our highlights of the weekend;

Co Couture’s Chocolate Connoisseurs Club
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Deirdre McCanny of Co Couture braved the elements and travelled all the way to be with us from Belfast on Saturday morning for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of chocolate.

Deirdre showed us how to appreciate a good chocolate from the texture and appearance, and then moved on to developing your own chocolate palate. Did you know a good chocolate has ‘length’? That is the amount of time you can still taste it in your mouth after you’ve eaten it!

We also went through some of the history of chocolate and the different regions chocolate is produced worldwide.  In Co Couture, Deirdre mostly works with dark chocolate and so many of the samples we tasted were dark. We soon discovered what types we liked and didn’t!

All Wrapped Up! Children’s Workshop with The Ministry of Chocolate
On Sunday Morning, eager chocolate enthusiasts were up early for the Children’s Workshop with The Ministry of Chocolate which took place in The Culture Box. We had an action packed workshop full of colourful wrappers and delicious delights.

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Christmas Truffles Cooking Demonstration with Chef Stuart O’Keefe
The older chocolate enthuiasts braved the elements on Sunday morning to join us in The Morrison Hotel for a demonstration by Irish Chef Stuart O’Keefe. Here we learned how to make truffles, which turned out to be so much easier than a lot of us anticpated! Watch out for Stuart’s new cookery show next year on TV3 where we hope he’ll be showing us more chocolate delights!

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All Aboard the Panto Liffey!
Due to extremely popular demand we had to add two more shows of  Panto on the Liffey to our programme of events on Sunday. Taking off from Bachelors Walk, we soon encountered Anna Livia and the (wicked!) Fairy Queen Linda who had cast her spells on the land of upside Dublin! Upon the ‘Spirit of the Docklands’  boat we met Eejit the ‘genie’ who appeared out of Anna’s cuppa tea & soon discovered that ‘you’ve got to accentuate the positive, and eliminate the negative!’

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Devilishly Delicious Cooking Demonstration with Cook’s Academy
Finally, on Sunday afternoon we ended the weekend with a wonderful demonstration from Sheona Foley of Cook’s Academy in The Culture Box.

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We would love to hear how you got on if you particpated in any of the demonstrations, will you be cooking up a chocolate feast this Christmas? Just leave us a comment below.
We’ve also got lots more pics up on Flickr account or on our Facebook page.

Don’t forget our Movies on The Square have been rescheduled for later this month in Meeting House Square;

Despite the inclement weather, we managed to keep some of our events running this weekend for A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar’.

Co Couture’s Chocolate Connoisseurs Club

Deirdre McCanny of Co Couture braved the elements and travelled all the way to us from Belfast.
Deirdre demonstrated how to appreciate a good chocolate from texture and appearance, and then moved on to developing a chocolate palate.

She then took us through some of the history of chocolate and the different regions chocolate is produced worldwide. In Co Couture, she mostly works with dark chocolate and so many of the samples we tasted were dark. We soon discovered what types we liked and didn’t!

On Sunday Morning, the Children’s Workshop with The Ministry of Chocolate took place in The Culture Box. We had an action packed workshop full of colourful wrappers and delicious delights.

The show must go on! Events still taking place at ‘A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar’

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The adverse weather conditions of the past few days have meant we have had to cancel some of the events programmed for ‘A Chocolate Christmas In Temple Bar’ this weekend. All our outdoor events have been cancelled (including the Temple Bar Markets) and due to worsening travel conditions some of our indoor workshops have also been cancelled. Find out more on the cancelled events here.

Despite this, we still have a number of events taking place though please bear in mind that these are ticketed events and are booked out.

So for ticketholders, please be aware that the following events ARE taking place this weekend;

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Our Movies on The Square have been rescheduled;

We look forward to seeing you at these events if you are attending, and if not, we hope to see you in Temple Bar in the not too distant future.

Important notice regarding changes to event programme for the Chocolate Festival this weekend

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We’ve had to make a number of important changes to the event programme for A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar due to severe weather conditions across the country.  These changes will affect some events due to take place this weekend Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th Dec 2010. Please take note of the following event changes and help us to get the message out by telling your friends and family about these changes.In the interest of audience safety and for practicalreasons the main impact is on the outdoor events programme and there are two changes to the indoor events programme

All the cancelled events are listed below – every other event is going ahead as programmed!

We’ve also managed to reschedule the two outdoor movies so please note the new dates and keep your tickets as you can use these for the rescheduled screenings..

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment  these changes have caused and we look forward to seeing you this weekend.  We’re also looking forward to welcoming you and your family back to Temple Bar on Friday December 17th and Saturday December 18th for our rescheduled Movies on the Square programme.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 3rd

Jon Hicks – Artist in Action, 12.30pm and 2.30pm – CANCELLED

A Children’s Chocolate Christmas Carol, 1pm and 1.45pm – CANCELLED

From Pod to Palate with Sara Jayne Stanes, 3pm – CANCELLED

The Polar Express, 6.30pm – CANCELLED (rescheduled to Friday December 17th at 6.30pm on Meeting House Square)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4th

Children’s Truffle Making Workshop, 9.30am – CANCELLED

Children’s Truffle Making Workshop, 11am – CANCELLED

A Beginners Guide to Truffle Making, 1.30pm - CANCELLED

Chocolate at Christmas 300 years ago presented by author Marjorie Quarton, 3.30pm - CANCELLED

It’s a Wonderful Life, 8pm – CANCELLED (rescheduled to Saturday December 18th at 8pm on Meeting House Square)

SUNDAY DECEMBER 5th

Chocolate Sundae/Fair, 11am – 4.30pm – CANCELLED

For further information on A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar visit www.templebar.ie or contact us at 01 677 2255

Survey reveals a nation of chocoholics: 58% of irish people unable to live without chocolate!

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Thank you for participating in our recent chocolate online survey to launch ‘A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar’, a three day festival of chocolate and chocolate culture which takes place this Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December.

We compiled the results and here are a few outlines:

  • 58% of Irish people can’t live without chocolate
  • Of the 600 respondents surveyed 36% of those eat chocolate every day, sometimes twice a day.
  • When asked to name which celebrity they would most like to dip in chocolate, there was one clear winner for women with George Clooney receiving 38% of the vote, and Brad Pitt coming in second with 13.3% of the vote.
  • Twilight hunk, Robert Pattinson was the least favourite only receiving 4.4% of the vote.
  • Of the men surveyed 6.1% preferred to dip Angelina Jolie in chocolate, while everyone’s favourite Geordie, Cheryl Cole came in second on 5.4%.
  • More than 74% of people find that eating chocolate makes them feel happy, however 40% of those surveyed also feel guilty ‘sometimes’ for eating chocolate.
  • The survey also found that a massive 88.6% of respondent’s surveyed see chocolate as an affordable luxury and a special treat during times of recession, with 46% of people spending between €100 and €500 on chocolate as a personal treat each year.

If you participated in this survey, please bear with us, we will pick the winner of the chocolate hamper next week!

Join us for our Chocolate Fair on Meeting House Square this Sunday from 11am-4.30pm!

As part of A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar, we are delighted to invite you along to Chocolate Sundae!, our chocolate fair on Meeting House Square, featuring chocolate artisan producers from around the country and sweet treats for all the family!

Admission to the fair is free, so wrap up warm and be sure to join us this Sunday !

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Chocolate Artisan producers

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  • Áines Chocolates
  • Celtic Chocolates
  • Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Wicklow Fine Foods
  • Co Couture
  • Gallagher’s Irish Chocolates
  • Natasha’s Living Foods
  • The Truffle Fairy
  • Roscommon Chocolate Company
  • Wilde Irish Chocolates

Sweet Treats on the day!

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  • Choc Amore – Chocolate Fountain
  • Gallagher’s Boxty House – chocolate pancakes and homemade ice-cream
  • Pandora Bell – ‘Once Upon a Time’ confectionary, including yummy chocolate, salted butter caramels and handmade lollipops
  • Sabores de Mexico – hot chocolate Mexican style & Turkey Mole in Chile Chocolate salsa
  • Chez Emily Ariosa Coffee
  • German Bretzels – chocolate covered and decorated Bretzels
  • Crepes and the City

Mr Balloonatic, christmas walkabout, characters and musical acts will entertain throughout the day!

If you are taking part in all things chocolatey this Sunday, don’t forget to bring your camera and take part in our photo competition.

Photo competition: Mix and match Chocolate and Christmas in Temple Bar this weekend!

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During A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar you can get a chance to win a Chocolate Christmas goodie bag including:

  • 1 DVD of The Polar Express (2004)
  • 1 DVD of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • 1 Family Voucher for the IFI
  • 2 Adults Tickets for the Liffey Cruise/Spirit of the Docklands

so don’t forget to bring your camera!

How to enter

1. Capture your Chocolate Christmas experience in Temple Bar during the three day festival

1. Join A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar Competition group on Flickr.

2. Upload photos to your account.

3. Go to the page of the photo(s) you want to submit to the competition.

4. Click the Send to Group button, between the photo title and the photo.

5. Choose A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar Competition group and you’re done!

A Chocolate Christmas in Temple Bar is running from 3rd-5th December and the deadline for submission is Sunday 12th December.

Good luck!

Just over a week to go before a choc-a-bloc few days in Temple Bar!

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Join us Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th December here in Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural quarter to celebrate Christmas and Chocolate!

If you don’t want to plan your weekend in advance, some events are free and don’t even require advanced booking – you just have to come along!

Friday 3rd December

  • Jon Hicks –Artist in Action at 12.30pm & 2.30pm on Temple Bar Square: Six-foot tall portraits of Santa and other Christmas scenes will be ‘speed-painted’ before your very eyes! Unique and exciting seasonal performance, combining visual art, theatre and a special musical soundtrack.
  • A Children’s Chocolate Christmas Carol at 1pm on Meeting House Square: School children from a number of National Schools in the Dublin area will sing Christmas carols with seasonal readings and some well known quirky chocolatey tunes! Conducted by Alan Leech, a tenor with The National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

Sunday 5th December

  • Chocolate Sundae! Chocolate Fair on Meeting House Square from 11am-4.30pm: Join us for our Chocolate Fair on Meeting House Square, featuring chocolate artisan producers from around the country and sweet treats for all the family! Mr Balloonatic, christmas walkabout, characters and musical acts will entertain throughout the day!

Tickets are flying away for the other events so don’t miss the chance to experience Christmas Movies on the Square, there are some tickets left for The Polar Express (2004), directed by Robert Zemeckis, on Friday 3rd December at 6.30pm.

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You can book by email info@templebar.ie; over the phone 01 677 2255 or in person at Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT), 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Irish Film Institute also present a couple of Christmas movies as part of the festival:

Merci pour le chocolat / Nightcap (2000), directed by Claude Chabrol on Saturday 4th December at 1pm

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), directed by Mel Stuart on Sunday 5th December at 11am.

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Tickets for films in the IFI can be purchased from IFI box office on 6793477 or online at www.ifi.ie from November 1st. €7.75 per person (concessions apply).

Happy Chocolate Christmas from all of us here at TBCT and we hope to see you around next week!

VISIT WWW.TEMPLEBAR.IE TO FIND OUT MORE.

Help us discover the chocolate eating habits of Ireland and be in to win a hamper choc-a-bloc?

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Temple Bar Cultural Trust are delighted to present a three day festival celebrating two festival and foodie favourites – chocolate and Christmas. As part of this we’re on a mission to discover the chocolate eating habits of Ireland!

If you love chocolate and can’t resist its delicious chocolatey goodness, please answer the following survey by Monday November 29th – you could win a hamper choc-a-bloc with scrumptious chocolate treats.

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Over the three day festival weekend you can enjoy a children’s chocolate truffle-making workshop, films, Panto on the Liffey, outdoor movies on Meeting House Square, and not forgetting the Chocolate Sundae Fair.

Log on to www.templebar.ie for more info on ‘A Chocolate Festival in Temple Bar’.