Friday, December 16, 2011

Windermere Art Auction!!

Announcing Lady Windermere's Grand Winter Solstice Art Auction!!

Wednesday 21st December from 6pm

For the winter solstice finale of Lady Windermere's Salons, there will be an auction of artwork by over 30 artists from Ireland to Vietnam, in all shapes, sizes, colours and styles, to suit every taste and wallet! Come one, come all, art-lovers and panicked Christmas shoppers alike, for creative Christmas presents and treasured masterpieces! Support our starving artists and our salon hostesses! Bringing down the hammer from 6pm, along with special performances by musicians and performers, and concluding with a cockle-warming screening of 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Beverages, mince pies and other treats supplied.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Caitriona Ni Threasaigh, Gavin O'Donoghue, Jaanika Talts, Imelda Reynolds, Sean Rushe, Carol O'Connor, Phan Van Duc, Angela Anderson, Denise French, Eleanore Nicolas, Andrew Carroll, Sue Rainsford, Sean Hillen, James Carroll, Nick Boon, Muriel Foxton, Nigel Holohan, Laura Ni Fhlaibhin, Joann O'Meara, Magda Nowacka, Shelly McDonnell, Lynne Mulville, Roisin Power Hackett, Bridget Ryan, Paola Catizone, Anthony Cullen, Leo Boyd, Olive Barrett, Tanya Turner, Amanda Doran and John McCann.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lady Windermere's Line-Up

Lady Windermere has been over-joyed and over-bowled by the explosion of creativity and Christmas generosity that is filling her inbox! As well as the coffee, artwork, silent cinema, browsing, chilling and chat that will be on offer every afternoon Wednesday to Sunday til the winter solstice, we also offer the following special attractions (with much more to be announced!):

Thursday 8th December
Lady W will be serving her brews as a special guest at the Libertango Smokin' Club, a night of decaying glamour, passion and heat, of song and dance and dramatic theatrical performance. Doors open 8pm, €10 ticket.

Friday 9th December
Throwing open her doors for her first full salon day at 4pm, Lady W's opening bash features song, dance and madness along with the traditional cuppa, with acts including Fathers of Western Thought.

Saturday 10th December
'Remember This', a night in aid of Alzheimer's research with quirky, soulful Dublin outfit Kellie and the Scruffs and theatrical performance by 'Playback As Soon As You Hear' along with special guests, theatrical surprises and ambient DJs!

Sunday 11th December
A mellow musical Sunday afternoon, featuring hypnotic hang playing, sprightly piano ditties and Latin elegance from Arash Kazemi. Come and chill.

Wednesday 14th December
Slavonic song and cinema night, celebrating Eastern promise. Featuring bilingual Russian and Irish poetry, slavic song, classic silent film screenings (The Man with a Movie Camera) and finishing with the grand premiere of a new English subtitling of the madcap and subversive Bulgarian 60s satire of bureaucratic insanity 'Whale'

Thursday 15th December
A dance-themed night of movement, music and mystery, climaxing in AMOON's eclectic mix of bells, bass, bellydancers, darbuka and djembe.

Friday 16th December
Friday is a night of trippy trance with Madragula's visuals and featuring Ben Turner (winner - Radio Nova's 'Dublin's Best Busker' competition).

Saturday 17th December
A night of authentically gritty cabaret, 'Midnight in Paris', leads coffee-drinkers on a journey into the underworld with the dark spoken word of Kit Fryatt, the continental clowning of Carlo Jacucci and ends with a bang and a full evening in the company of the one-and-only, sultry and inimitable, rich-girl-gone-wrong Rose Lawless. Bring your bouquets to lay at her feet, dress in the style of the belle epoque and prepare for a heady evening's entertainment.

Sunday 18th December
Christmas Family Cracker. With only 7 days to Christmas, 'tis the season to be jolly (falalalalalala). Bringing the joyful beats of Philosophy of Sound together with games, clowns, jugglers, carol-singing, card-making, piano-playing, offbeat Czech and Russian cartoons, storytelling, mulled wine, mince pies, candy canes - this is an afternoon's delight for all ages. Discreetly slip our resident Christmas fairy a wrapped present (worth €5 or under) with your child's name clearly written on it for a magical surprise. The evening ends with a 7pm screening of the classic Wizard of Oz. We will also be raising funds for children's charity Barnardos.
BYOK (bring your own kids - or somebody else's*).
* Please ask permission before bringing other people's children. Lady W does not endorse kidnapping.

Wednesday 21st December
On the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, we say goodbye to Lady W's December salons in style: the legendary DJ Chuckleberry spins his homespun sounds while our madcap auctioneers bring the hammer down on our fabulous art collection. We will also be raising money for FocusIreland through the night.

With special thanks to the Back Loft and La Catedral Studios, without whose support and sponsorship these evenings would not be possible. Visit Lady Windermere's blog for details.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Call for Work: Lady Windermere's Salon

La Cat Salons presents 'Lady Windermere's Caffeinated Art and Literature Salon', an artistic open house from 9th - 21st December, Wednesdays to Sundays 4pm - 9pm. A haven of coffee, conversation and cookies set amidst chill-out zones, classic silent cinema, musicality, performance, paintings, browsable reading matter, vintage wares and holistic healings - 'Lady Windermere: Coffee Fan' is looking for artists, musicians, performers and lunatics who would like a free performance space or a very reasonably priced wall-space (all sales 100% yours). Also seeking volunteers, interns and anyone who'd like to help develop the 'Lady Windermere's concept for future collaborations, understanding, of course, the vital importance of being earnest.

Visual artists: Visual artists can display artwork at a rate of €20 for 2 pieces for the full two weeks (€40 if they exceeds A1 size - 1/2 square metre) or €12 for one week. All profits from the sale of work go directly to artists with no commission. Lady Windermere's staff are happy to maintain a price list and sell work in your absence, notifying you of sale by text (supply your own bubble-wrap please). If you sell a work, you can replace it with another at no extra charge. Alternatively, artists can choose to submit work at a 20% sales commission rate and pay no charge upfront. Set-up/hanging on the 7th December. Email

Musicians & Performers: Absolutely free performing time is available for musicians, performers and DJs (low volume chill-out/ethnic/funk please - no heavy beats/techno - our sound-proofing cannae take it cap'ns) in one hour slots (during which you can perform as much or as little as you choose), with complimentary beverage and biscuit supplied. You may make full use of our open-mic corner or larger stage, sound system and genuine honky tonk piano. Collectives may book entire evenings (3 hour slot), and for longer performances (e.g. plays) longer slots may be available. A perfect chance to invite all your fans to an intimate Christmas concert or to showcase your talents to a totally new audience in an atmospheric and memorable creative space. To apply, simply email a performance description, your available times and technical requirements to . Slots are allocated on a first come first served basis so do not delay!

Video Artists: We will be maintaining a silent cinema in our alcove space throughout the daytime - if you have suitable silent film (or film which could be played silently) please submit. Alternatively you can book a performance slot in the evening (after dark) for a screening of your film (full volume in the main space). Applications to

Merry Christmas and Yuletide Cheer to all!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mamuska Dublin: 11th November

MAMUSKA DUBLIN Friday 11th November 2011 @ THE BACK LOFT, 8pm

Mamuska Dublin
returns on Friday 11th November, with another packed and varied line-up of short performance and film to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. Free entry.


'Madarka Madarka' (Dir: James Ward), 'Untitled no. 80' (dir: Stefan Riebel), 'Heron' (dir: Marek Bogacki) - SHORT FILMS
Kimberly Campanello - 'Bucranium' - MULTIMEDIA SPOKEN WORD
*Guest Slot*
Rachel Mulcahy - 'Exploratory Dance' - DANCE
Elizabeth Hilliard - 'The Bright Kid' - MUSIC
Tanya O'Keeffe & Olivia Hassett - PERFORMANCE ART
La Cosa Preziosa & Cleo McCann 'Escape' and 'Horde' (dir: David Bickley) - SOUND INSTALLATION & FILM
Angelika Lindenau - 'Laughter Yoga' - INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE

Mamuska Dublin is a free event supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mamuska Dublin: 10th June

MAMUSKA DUBLIN Friday 10th June 2011 @ THE BACK LOFT, 8pm
Follows a RAWCLASSICO concert at 7pm

Mamuska Dublin
returns on Friday 10th June, featuring a packed line-up of exploratory performance and film to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery.


Maria Loradana - DRAG KING
Aine O'Hara - 'The 30th most common word in the english language is 'word' ' - INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE
expandance - 'Little Time/ Little Space' - DANCE
Sandra Gonzalez Bandera - MIMO-MASK PERFORMANCE
Liadain Speranza - DANCE
Marie Phelan & Michael McLoughlin - 'I still saw you dancing' - MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING
Nuno Theodoro - 'Demiurge' - PERFORMANCE
Kit Fryatt - 'Crude Black Strap' - SPOKEN WORD
Helena Doyle 'Pure White' - FILM

7pm RAWCLASSICO - a treat for classical music fans. The great natural acoustics of the Back Loft are brought alive by a concert of Italian Baroque and Celtic music by renowned classical guitarist John Feeley and soprano Frances Marshall.

Mamuska Dublin and Raw Classico are free events supported by the Arts Council Small Festival's Scheme.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


MAMUSKA DUBLIN, Friday 1st April 2011 @ THE BACK LOFT, 8pm
Preceded by a RAWCLASSICO 'Schola Hyberniae' concert at 7pm sharp

Mamuska Dublin returns for Fool's Day frolics in double treat for fans of the cutting edge! At 7pm, the Back Loft is set ringing with the haunting polyphonic Gregorian chants of 'Schola Hyberniae', followed at 8pm by the mayhem of Mamuska Dublin's experimental short performances, where audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. A packed line-up of film, dance, music and live performance art to challenge and inspire. Featuring a raffle with complimentary drinks.

1. Terence & Darren - Can You Smell it Yet? - PERFORMANCE ART
2. Patrick Groenland 4tet, Katrin Neue - DANCE/MUSIC IMPROV
3. FILM: 'Futureland', dir: David Bickley
4. Seamus Bradley - 'Favourite Things' - INTERACTIVE SPOKEN WORD
5. FILMS: Lemeh42 films & Raoul Simpson's 'TV Words'
6. Aoife Hardiman -'Birds' - MULTIMEDIA TRIBAL DANCE
7. FILMS: Michael Higgins dir. 'Landslide' and Andi McGarry dir. 'Happy Clouds'

Free admission. Mamuska Dublin and RawClassico are supported by the Arts Council.