Between table quizzes, theatre, art, design and foodie excursions – there really is no way to stay locked indoors this October – except to hide from the cold. That might be the only excuse we’ll allow!

1. Galway Jazz Festival

50 gigs popping up across 20 venues, representing a myriad of countries and regions all with a common goal – to bring the sound of jazz to Galway City. Our highlight for the festival is Peter Broderick at Loam, an experience that should not to be missed!

When? October 4—7 Where? Throughout Galway How much? Various


2. IMMA After: Weave Workshop

Hazel McCague of of Lay of the Land will coordinate a weaving workshop in response to When We by Andrea Geyer. Participants will be invited to explore basic weave techniques and finishing, taking inspiration from Geyer’s newly commissioned Collective Weave (Ireland) 2018.

Where? IMMA  When? 7 October How much? Free


3. Mind Over Matter 2018

Mind Over Matter popped into our radars last year with the intention of emphasising the value of design for business while raising funds for a very worthy cause. Designers donate a day of consultations at an individual fee of €75, with all proceeds in aid of Aware.

Where? Throughout Ireland When? 10 October How much? €75


4. Open House Dublin

Architecture takes full stage this month with the return of Architecture on the Edge, Open House Limerick and Open House Dublin; the latter of which is designed to unlock the doors of our favourite façades across Dublin city and county. With over 170 free tours and events, Open House Dublin is even bigger than its predecessors securing its status as one of Ireland’s largest creative festivals.

Where? Throughout Dublin When? 12-14 October How much? Free


5. An Evening Masterclass with the AOI

One of three events organised by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) this October, Lou Bones will facilitate a masterclass for aspiring illustrators covering all of the nitty gritty details from pricing and licensing to self-promotion and working internationally. It also warrants the perfect excuse to visit the new Rothco HQ on Smithfield Square!

Where? Rothco When? 10 October How much? €10-15



6. The Good Times News Live

The concept is simple; designers team together to portray current affairs through the medium of illustration. But to add an extra element of fun, The Good Times News team have decided to bring this concept to a live audience and pair it with comedy featuring the likes of Kevin McGahern, Tony Cantwell and Aoife Dooley, all of whom are talented Illustrators!

Where? The Tara Building When? 13 October How much? €10


7. Kerry Film Festival

Documentaries, shorts and feature films from expert and amateur film-makers set in the wondrous landscape of Killarney, Co. Kerry. The festival celebrates and promotes art of film by showcasing work and creating opportunities between makers and industry professionals.

Where? Kerry When? 17-21 October How much? Various


8. Architecture at the Edge

A two-day festival focused on appreciation for designed and built heritage will take place on the Western shores of Ireland in venues and spaces throughout Mayo and Galway. Now in its second year, Architecture at the Edge will combine talks, tours and events to celebrate the occasion.

Where? Galway and Mayo When? 20-21 October  How much? Free


9. CreativeMornings – Honesty

CreativeMornings returns this October for an honest and open presentation by Dublin based comedian and illustrator, Aoife Dooley. Dooley is heralded for her bold illustrations and her outlandish humour, so this is bound to be a good one!

Where? The Tara Building When? 26 October How much? Free



10. Art and Design Table Quiz

Test your creative skills at the annual Above the Fold art and design table-quiz. Ten rounds of questions curated by experts from visual art, design, fashion, film, photography and architecture – and a host of wonderful prizes. All profits will contribute towards the running of live events and The Other Podcast.

Where? Lucky’s Bar When? 30 October How much? €40 per table


[Image credit: Ste Murray].


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