Queer and alternative events happening this weekend

Here is just a small taster of some of the events happening this weekend.

Queer and alternative events happening this weekend

Swap shops, protests, performance and dance; here is a small taster of some of the best queer and alternative events happening this weekend.

The North is Next

The poster for The North Is Next event featuring an animated heart and a clenched fist. The event will highlight the fight for equal marriage and reproductive rights in Northern Ireland

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 kicks off tomorrow with The North is Next.

The North is Next is a very special live event with performances and discussions on the fight for equal marriage and reproductive health rights in Northern Ireland. We’ll also launch a bespoke zine publication produced especially for the occasion. There will be a copy of the zine for everyone in the audience.

Live performances include Amy Conroy, Amy McAllister and DANI
directed by Ronan Phelan.

There will also be live music from DANI.

Our Panel discussion will be moderated by Ailbhe Smyth with Ruth McCarthy from Outburst Arts, Thomas Wells from Alliance for Choice, Shannon Sickels & more TBA.

The zine features work from journalist and author Una Mullally, playwright Stacey Gregg, poet Dawn Watson, playwright and activist Shannon Sickels, academic and activist Goretti Horgan and photographer and activist Emma Campbell.

The zine is illustrated by the wonderful SOAK, designed by GCN’s Dave Darcy (One Strong Arm) and printed in collaboration with Or Studio.

DANI is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her sound is inspired by the Irish traditional melodies she was raised with, her songwriting narrative delves into the Celtic mythic imagination.



Menswear Swap Shop

One of the more alternative events is happening in The Tara Building just for mens clothes wearers on Sunday September 8 at 2-4pm.

A panel discussion will kick things off at 2PM with Billy Bunzari, Steve Reddy and Jake McCabe who will tap into the male experience of trying to be more sustainable.

Part two of the event will be a swap shop. Bring your pre-loved clothes and swap them for some good-as-new garments for mega-cheap. Simples.

Beers and beats will be provided throughout.



Mother: Electric Aftermath

This Saturday, fresh from their Picnic performance the Mother DJs are back on the decks down at their Dublin home, the Hub.

They’re taking the sequins back out, pretending their back in a Stradbally field and they’re dancing ’til the wee small hours!



Rally for Choice

In July, huge progress was made when MPs voted to extend abortion access to Northern Ireland. This was a massive win for Northern Irish abortion activists who have campaigned tirelessly for change, but the work to achieve free, safe, legal and local access is ongoing. Show your support by joining the Abortion Rights Campaign at the Rally for Choice in Belfast on September 7.

The 2019 Rally for Choice will gather at Writer’s Square at 1.30pm with a bus departing from Eden Quay at 10am.


These are just a handful of many wonderful events taking place this weekend. Dublin Fringe Festival kicks off their programme of over 80 shows this weekend, see their website for bookings.

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