Thursday, April 21, 2011

Open your Mind

Mind altering: (clockwise) 1. Marty Mulligan & Sarah Leahy; 2. Naoise Nunn;
3. Jane Ruffino & Richard ; 4.WalshePaddy Cullivan & Anne Gildea . (Pix. Malachy Geelan)

Capitalism, poetry, Iceland, photography, butterflies, fashion and foreign policy are just some of the topics that will get the once over at MindField, a festival of talk, thoughts and more that will take place in Dublin’s Merrion Square next weekend.

Having long been a favourite festival-within-a-festival at Electric Picnic, MindField makes its solo debut the weekend of 29th April to 1st May with over 62 shows on four stages over three days, with participants such as Ryan Tubridy, Simon Kelly, Dermot Bolger, Paddy Cullivan, John Banville and Detmar Blow.

€69 buys a Festival Founders Pass with full priority free access to all ticketed events and workshops over the weekend and admission to the Festival Club. Individual show tickets are €10, and many other events and workshops are free to enter, with an especially exciting programme of free fun for children.

Festival Director, Naoise Nunn said at the launch recently: “All the events are designed to inform and entertain but, most of all, inspire people with new ideas for a sustainable and successful future for us all.”

Channel 4′s Jon Snow described MindField as “…an extraordinary event – a cross between Hay-on-Wye and Glastonbury.” Enjoy Erdinger beer, Pieminister pies, seafood from Rathmullan House, crepes, coffee, ice-cream and much more. Free your mind and the rest will follow.