The MindField - Spoken Word arena returns again once again to Electric Picnic with a stimulating spark-filled programme designed to entertain, inform and inflame. Set among the ancient trees on the lawns of Stradbally Hall you’ll find an oasis of literary readings, political debate, performance poetry, science experiments, inspiring talks, news quizzes, public conversations and much more. Together with the feast for the senses that is the Theatre of Food, the MindField Arena invites us to fill our brains with new thoughts, ideas and experiences that we hope will engage and help inspire us to all be change makers. This is just a taste of what's to come, check back for more brilliant people and events as they're added.At the heart of MindField is the Leviathan tent where economist, author and broadcaster DAVID MCWILLIAMS will host three special LEVIATHAN: POLITICAL CABARET events with panels of eminent international and Irish journalists, academics, politicians and commentators looking at the state of the nation and where Ireland will be when the Electric Picnic celebrates its 20th! With musical satire and comedy slideshows from PADDY CULLIVAN (The Late Late Show House Band) and special guests.
The Dáil and Seanad may be on their holidays but the ELECTRIC PICNIC PARLIAMENT will be in session, ably chaired by the Honourable MARY O’ROURKE, inviting special guest speakers to make short proposals on how to improve Ireland before they’re voted on for inclusion in the EPP Manifesto.
Direct from The Nave at St. Paul's Road, London we celebrate the Seventh Say in style with the SUNDAY ASSEMBLY featuring SANDERSON JONES and special guest speakers: "part foot-stomping show; part atheist church".
The people behind the ground breaking OTHER VOICES television series, PHILIP KING and DYLAN HASKINS will be in conversation with some of their featured artists, exploring their work and discussing with music industry figures the state of the music business today including BP FALLON, BRONAGH GALLAGHER, and CLEM BURKE(Blondie).
Musician and songwriter BRESSIE will be in conversation with Secret Millionaire JIM BREEN to discuss his campaign for mental health – ‘It’s OK Not to Feel OK’.
THE ELECTRIC PICNIC BRUNCH hosted by RTÉ’s MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN takes a jaundiced look at the Sunday papers and reviews the festival in the company of some of Stradbally’s most tired and emotional.
In this, the year of ‘The Gathering’ editor of History Ireland, TOMMY GRAHAM convenes his HISTORY IRELAND HEDGE SCHOOLS with his lively panel of experts will explore both the catastrophic and celebratory aspects of the emigration and return experience. ‘The Great Famine: a series of unfortunate events or genocide?’ features MEREDITH MEAGHER (Notre Dame), CONNOR MCNAMARA (Notre Dame), JOHN WATERS (The Irish Times), and PETER GRAY (Queen’s, Belfast); while ‘JFK in Ireland: style or substance?’ features MICHAEL KENNEDY (RIA, Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), DONAL FALLON (Come Here To Me), and CAROLE HOLOHAN (UCD).
SALON DU CHAT reprises their unique ‘speed-debating’ salon of gourmet conversation chosen from a menu of provocative menu options. Engage in intense dialogue with complete strangers, make new friends and influence people.
The hugely popular BANTER public talks series will present a special edition on the state of Irish talk radio with MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN (RTÉ), JOHN PURCELL (KCLR, IBI, Newstalk), MICK HEANEY (The Irish Times) and CAROLINE CLARKE (Newstalk), hosted by The Irish Times’ JIM CARROLL.
THE CACA MILIS CABARET brings its rambunctious ‘postmodern vaudeville’ blend of music, dance, spoken word, circus clownery and classic cabaret.
THE STRANGERS PROJECT is a collection of stories written as ‘anonymous journal entries’ by passing strangers. Strangers are invited to write on any subject they wish, as long as their experiences are true. The result is a mosaic of stories from the lives happening around us at every moment. Every second billions of stories are unfolding. The Strangers Project acts as a window, offering us insights into what we usually don't notice. It exposes true human nature and teaches us to be, it shows us that the greatest of inspirations are to be found in the ordinary. ‘The Strangers Project’ allows us explore the connections that make us human.Coinciding with ‘International Story Day’, ‘The Strangers Project’ is coming to The MindField area in celebration of Electric Picnic's tenth anniversary! Don't leave your story behind in the mud, come find The Strangers Project base and borrow a biro off us. You have a story in you that someone else needs to hear. 'We all have something in common, we're just waiting for the right time for someone else to listen'."
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Since opening in Trinity College, Dublin in 2008, more than one million visitors to SCIENCE GALLERY have experienced 26 unique exhibitions – ranging from living art experiments to materials science and from the future of the human race to the future of play. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, events and experiences fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs.
This year, Science Gallery has planned a literally explosive line-up for this year’s MindField at Electric Picnic. As part of a jam-packed line-up of events and hands-on workshops, curious festival-goers can drop by to make their own glow-sticks, walk on water, have their minds read and even witness exploding hydrogen!
Get stuck in with features like HANDS ON! workshops and interactive demos; PAUL GLEESON: THE ART OF MAGIC; SCIENTIFIC SUE AND HER INCREDIBLE ILLUSIONS all-age science show; FUTUREPROOF LIVE – science comedy improv with JONATHAN MC CREA; SOUNDS ALIVE listening event with JULIEN CLANCY; and the massively popular IGNITE: cabaret of inspiring 5-minute talks
-THEATRE STAGE- MindField is privileged to welcome back WILLIE WHITE, Artistic Director and CEO of the Dublin Theatre Festival, to curate the Theatre Stage which features a programme of inspirational and entertaining short shows, carefully selected for the Electric Picnic and MindField audience. -THE WORD-The original Word stage is back with a massive programme of drama, discussion, poetry, prose, comedy, rap, and rock ‘n’ roll, headlining with the incredible KATE TEMPEST, winner of this year’s prestigious Ted Hughes Award. There’s SAUCY SUNDAYS with LISA MCLAUGHLIN, words and music from MARIA DOYLE-KENNEDY and PETER MURPHY, NEON WOLF, SHADOWPLAY, RAIL THEATRE, THE BROWNBREAD MIX TAPES, KALLE RYAN, CRONIN, THE POETRY DIVAS, THE SKY BABIES comedy improv, THE WORDSMITHS featuring COLM KEEGAN, ABBY OLIVERIA, KEVIN BARRINGTON and VENUS CU MARA; NIGHTHAWKS CABARET, OLAF TYARANSEN; music and words with SANDIE MCCABE, GRAHAM DOWLING and PAUL LYNCH; Elementary Chaos with SEAMUS RUTTLEDGE, storytelling with MILK AND COOKIES and PAUL TIMONEY and musical backdrops, CUIRT LITERARY FESTIVAL SLAM SHOWCASE, DANNY DOWLING’S MAD HATTERS with special guests: THE VIPER and THE BOOKA BRASS BAND; rap and hip hop with THIS SIDE UP; RADIO LUXEMBOURG, PHIL THRILL; and words and rhymes with MICK DONNELLAN, ERIN FORNOFF, STEPHEN JAMES SMITH and ROSALIN BLUE; plus EOIN GLACKEN, DERMOT LAMBERT and CONNOR QUINN.
-AN PUBALL GAEILGE-Ar ais arís, the hugely popular and entertaining antidote to all that forced learning of Peig and friends, the Puball Gaeilge is back with a lively, energetic and fun programme of entertainment, conversation, games and activities, all in our first national language. Don’t be intimidated; just engage with whatever cupla focail you have and learn to love the teanga Gaeilge anew. Join special host GRAINNE SEOIGE, the legendary comedian KEVIN MCALEER performing his ‘Chalk and Cheese’ show entirely in the Irish language; GAA Karaoke performed over TG4’s live commentary of GAA matches. There’s theatre and drama from FÍBÍN, MANCHÁN MANGAN agus Aisteorií Bulfin; Léacht / Lecture, speakers corner and much more.
FRIDAY, 30th AUGUST – SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
STRADBALLY ESTATE, CO LAOIS