There were splashes in the media last year about harm reduction advice being dispensed at Electric Picnic for the first time. Lazy hacks ushered a sigh of relief – here was a new element to add to well worn column inch filling codology about bog roll and fashionable wellies. Rashers Tierney looks at the need to encourage safer sessioning at festivals and chats to some pioneers in the field out foreign.
The banners represent key moments of change in history, from the evolution of the Women’s Workers Union in 1911 to recent responses to Brexit. They portray changing issues throughout Ireland and the UK including our present moments of Repeal the Eighth and wars in regions such as Palestine.
Above: Paul Reynolds caught this very telling photograph at last year’s Rally For Life. Since its introduction in 1983 the 8th amendment has created an environment where responsibility of control for the pregnant woman is in the hands of the Health Care Provider. For practicing midwives, this is a scary position to be in. Polly Molotov is a registered midwife and general nurse and takes us through the problems it creates. It … Read More
Sat here, farting out the fifteenth editorial of rabble, we’re again confronted by a shambolic media, both AT home and abroad. News of the hacking scandal at Independent News and Media is filtering in, with numerous journalists and their sources compromised. Then we are confronted with the news of millions of Facebook profiles having their data appropriated by Cambridge Analytica to build a a profile of potential voters and how … Read More
Above: A still of Seán and an iconic United Irishman cover. Check out the trailer for the documentary which is being premiered on Tuesday May 15th in the Sugar Club. Tickets available here. Seán Garland is one of the giants of Irish republicanism. As a young man he bore the slain body of the mythologized Sean South after the Brookeborough raid during the Border Campaign. He led a life that put … Read More
Above: A photo of the protesters outside the Book of Kells from Trinity SU’s Twitter page. Followthem for more. Last week TCD students blocked access to Trinity via the Front Gate and prevented tourists from viewing the book of Kells. In the last few hours, they have moved on (with the support of the SU) to blocking the entrances to the college and have began occupying the dining hall. … Read More
Kabosh is a company on a mission to challenge the very notion of what theatre is. Their latest play Lives in Translation sold out the Belfast Festival in 2017 and is back for another run. It hones in on the survival instinct of one woman as she navigates conflict and gets stuck in the suffocating bureaucratic purgatory of the asylum process. Rosemary Jenkinson shared some thoughts about the production … Read More
The annual Limerick Spring Festival is on at the moment. There’s an exhibition called Art In Uncertain Times that takes hope as its theme. There’ll be a panel discussion as part of the event with Kerry Guinan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Eve Olney, Kate O’ Shea, Executive Steve, Dara Waldron and Fiona Woods. Performance by Aishling Urwin. More on that here and there’s to be a performance by the Cut Out … Read More
Bristling with political resonances, Jesse Jones picks apart hidden histories of dissent and resistance. Her installation Tremble Tremble, represented Ireland at this year’s Art Olympics, the Venice Biennale. It features iconic theatre artist Olwen Fouéré and was inspired by research into witches and other feminist histories that are still relevant to contemporary Ireland. Caitriona Devery caught up with her to chat about art and politics.
The Ministry of Strategic Affairs have denounced the global BDS campaign as anti-semitic and have fought it tooth and nail. Now, they have adopted a new strategy that combines the addictive nature of video games with the insidious cacophony of internet trolling. Kyle Mulholland gets down in the mire and takes a look.