FRIDAY'S EVENTS

14 June 2019

New Cold War: The Era of Democratic Despots?

Friday 14th June | Seafront Marquee

The US is now in an escalating trade and tech war with China and is threatening Iran. Strong men are in power all over the world, from Moscow to Istanbul, from Tehran to Washington. In Asia, India and Pakistan are squaring off in Kashmir, while North Korea is rekindling its alliance with Russia. In Syria and Yemen, a vicious proxy war is being fought between Iran, backed by Russia and China, and Saudi Arabia, backed by America. Meanwhile in Africa, China is out-spending the USA to gain future influence. In Latin America, the crisis in Venezuela sees the old cold war enemies lining up against each other. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, lines are drawn again, East v West once more. What is the next move, and what happens when the new cold war heats up? Could it boil over? With Ece Temelkuran, Pinchas Landau, Thomas Friedman, Robert Shrimsley & Conor O’Clery.
This event is proudly supported by The Financial Times Weekend.
Price: €15

How to Lose A Country: a few short steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

Friday 14th June | Seafront Marquee

Ece Temelkuran’s new book “How to Lose a Country” has become an international phenomenon. Written from a Turkish perspective but applicable everywhere, it reveals how good countries go bad. At first it happens slowly, and then very quickly. Join her and the FT’s political editor Robert Shrimsley who has seen the UK go from relative calm and prosperity to the chaos of “no deal” Brexit in three short, but turbulent, years and the brilliant American writer of the award-winning German series Deutschland 83 and 86, Anna Winger on this global tour of how countries can unravel in this world of renewed nationalism, fake news and public anger fuelled by the incessant churn of social media. Don’t be fooled, it could happen anywhere. This will be one of the most urgent discussions in this year’s festival. Chaired by David McWilliams.
This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin.
Price: €15

Dystopia in Paradise: The Dark Side of the Caribbean

Friday 14th June | Secret Garden

White sands, turquoise beaches, pina coladas, herb, reggae and chill, this is the image of the Caribbean that marketers have perfected, but the reality of the Caribbean is far from that ideal. The legacy of slavery, grinding poverty and colonial oppression have framed the Caribbean. Today those same beautiful islands are home to violent gangs, rampant misogyny, mental health issues and widespread homophobia. Claire Adam’s Trinidad reveals the true story of the Caribbean, the dark side, the uncut side, yet the side that produces great art, great writing and great music. Out of pain great beauty can come, and in this session we will explore both the pain and the beauty. Claire Adam with Rick O’Shea.
Price: €15

China Unwrapped

Friday 14th June | St. Patrick’s Church

“China will not back down.” This was the direct message to Donald Trump from the Politburo. China is assertive and confident. Thirty years almost to the day that troops opened fire on students in Tiananmen Square, China is the world’s coming power, economically, politically and possibly militarily. Tiananmen defined China and set it off on this path of state-controlled capitalism. As we face into the third decade of the 21st century, Chinese power seems unstoppable. In this session we unwrap China, tease out what it stands for and speculate what will happen when China overtakes America. Will it be peaceful, what can you expect and what will the world look like when China rules the place? With Lenora Chu, Karoline Kan, Francesco Grillo, Pinchas Landau, & Michael Vatikiotis.
Price: €20

New Silk Roads: Peter Frankopan

Friday 14th June | Seafront Marquee

Peter Frankopan’s first book The Silk Roads is a masterpiece combining history, politics, economics and the finest storytelling, to create a magic evocation of the ancient silk roads from Istanbul to Shanghai. Now with the unveiling of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing aims to recreate the Silk Roads with the world’s biggest infrastructure plan to link China with Europe, India and Russia via rail and road networks. This plan will tilt the world’s economic axis back to the ancient Silk Roads with profound ramifications for all of us. Peter Frankopan is one of the most sought-after thinkers in the world and we are delighted that he has chosen to come to Dalkey to share his insights. This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin. Peter Frankopan in conversation with David McWilliams.
Price: €15

Who’s Afraid of a United Ireland?

Friday 14th June | St. Patrick’s Church

The most significant long-term ramification of Brexit will be a United Ireland. Demographics point to a catholic/nationalist majority in the next decade, while the majority in the North want to stay in Europe. Middle ground Unionism, seeing the writing on the wall, may now vouch to remain in Europe, via a New Ireland. The vast majority of citizens of the Republic want it to happen, but at what cost? Would loyalism fight, can we afford it and who wants to risk peace and prosperity in the Republic for the fourth green field? This may be the most important session in the festival because there is so much at stake and yet so little specific discussion on this existential topic. So, who’s afraid of it? With Diarmaid Ferriter, Martina Devlin, Eoin McNamee and Andrea Catherwood.
Price: €20

Movies and Books

Friday 14th June | Seafront Marquee

Listen to an Oscar-winning director, an Oscar-winning producer, the writer of the most watched foreign language series on TV and a Man Booker Prize-winning author, discussing how to turn great stories into unmissable films and must see television and how Netflix, Amazon and pay-per-view are changing our world quicker than any of us realise. This is a must for film buffs, TV aficionados and book lovers. Join Oscar winners David Puttnam and Ed Guiney and International Emmy Award winner Anna Winger, chaired by novelist Lana Citron.
Proudly supported by The Doyle Collection
Price: €20

Why History Matters

Friday 14th June | Secret Garden

This year it was announced that history would be removed from our school Junior Cert curriculum as a compulsory subject. For many this is a travesty, for others it is the march of progress and part of an essential shift towards science, maths and technology. But what about the expression “those who don’t know their history are condemned to repeat it”? Two of the finest historians of their generation, Diarmaid Ferriter and Peter Frankopan jump to the defence of history and explain why history matters. Peter Frankopan and Diarmaid Ferriter with Theo Dorgan.
Price: €15

Northern Noir

Friday 14th June | The Heritage Centre

F**k Brexit! There is something far more compelling going on up the road. The success of Anna Burns’ Milkman has again, and not before time, focussed attention of the burgeoning brilliance of new Northern Irish literature. What’s going on up around Belfast, where is all the talent coming from and what else will be achieved by Northern writers in the years ahead? With Jan Carson, Eoin McNamee and Wendy Erskine.
Price: €15

The Surprising Power of Ideas that Don’t Make Sense: Rory Sutherland

Friday 14th June | St. Patrick’s Church

Why is Red Bull so popular- even with the taste? Why do we prefer stripy toothpaste? How did a fast food outlet double its sales by putting up prices? Discover the answers with the legendary advertising guru Rory Sutherland who returns to Dalkey with his first book Alchemy:the surprising power of ideas that don’t make sense. This TED talk superstar (over 6.5million views) had the audience in stitches when he was here three years ago. Sutherland blends cutting edge behavioural science with stand up performance to explain how humans are innately illogical and how we can tap into our irrational selves to drive brands, products and businesses to global success. Tickets were like hen’s teeth last time Rory came to the festival. Pick up yours early to avoid disappointment!
Price: €20

Young, Woke & Socialist? Are Young People Lurching to the Left?

Friday 14th June | Secret Garden

100 years after Lenin predicted the World Revolution at the 1919 inaugural meeting of the Communist International, could his prophesy become true, albeit a century late? All over the world, the young are swinging to the Left. In the US, the home of tooth and claw capitalism, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is leading the charge, and dragging the Democratic Party towards a more traditionally socialist agenda. In Berlin, German youth are protesting on the streets over higher rents while over in the UK, if the last election had only the under 25’s vote been considered, no Conservative candidate would have won a seat. Are we on the cusp of something huge? With Emma Dabiri, Molly Parsons, Emmett Kirwan and Carlo Pizzati.
Price: €15

Ninety years of Faber & Faber

Friday 14th June | The Vico

As the grandson of Faber’s founder, Toby Faber grew up steeped in the company’s books and its stories. Hear the author read from unpublished archive material, including diaries, letters and memos, in an intimate and entertaining history of one of the world’s greatest leading houses. This is a rare insight into the lives and minds of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, as Faber’s most infamous rejection and acquisition stories are explored, and we celebrate the lasting impact of literary superstars from Sylvia Plath to William Golding. Uncover the secrets behind Faber’s history and learn how a tiny firm survived war and financial crashes to remain independent to this day. Join us for a tour of Faber’s rich cultural heritage – from the origins of the company and the arrival of T. S. Eliot to the discovery of Lord of the Flies and on to the present day.
Price: €15

Countess Markievicz: Flamboyant aristocrat or committed revolutionary?

Friday 14th June | The Heritage Centre

This most complicated and unusual revolutionary has captured the imagination of Irish historians for decades. But who actually was she? How did the girl presented to Queen Victoria as a debutante, become one of the leading players in the 1916 rising? She was the first Irish female minister, Minister for Labour in the first Sinn Fein government in 1919. As we look back at the War of Independence let’s take time to explore this extraordinary woman, Countess Markievicz. With Martina Devlin and Andrea Catherwood.
Price: €10

Artificial Intelligence

Friday 14th June | St. Patrick’s Church

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? We are in the process of building superhuman machines, terrifyingly intelligent robots. If we just keep going, we will continue to improve these intelligent machines, and we will eventually build general intelligence into our machines. We will build machines that are much, much smarter than us. How do we control them? Or maybe more crucially at this stage does anybody have any idea what the relationship between humans and robots is going to be in the very near future? With Luke O’Neil, Pilita Clark, Carlo Pizzati and Robert Shrimsley.
This event is proudly supported by The Financial Times Weekend.
Price: €20

Paul Howard: Never Mind the Bullochs!

Friday 14th June | Seafront Marquee

Paul Howard is best known as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of seventeen novels, which have sold more than one million copies in Ireland alone. He has been described by The Irish Times as Ireland’s “pre-eminent satirist” and by the Irish Independent as “one of the world’s funniest writers”.
This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin.
Price: €20

My Magnetic North: Gary Coyle

Friday 14th June | The Vico

Gary Coyle is an Irish artist whose work embraces various media including drawing, photography and spoken word performance. “My Magnetic North”, is the final part of a spoken word trilogy with images which explores his hometown of Dun Laoghaire. This show recently sold out 5 nights in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre so if you missed it, here is a chance to catch it in Dalkey. And if you were lucky enough to get a ticket to his show at The Project, you’ll most likely want to see it again.
Price: €15

Joanne McNally: Gleebag

Friday 14th June | Secret Garden

Fresh from a sold out Vicar Street gig, we are delighted to have local hero (well, Killiney actually) and Ireland’s (self-titled) comedy sweetheart, Joanne McNally in Dalkey. Joanne is feeling powerful and she hopes Vogue Williams & Amy Huberman are sh*tting themselves because she’s coming for their emerald crowns and if she can’t take them fairly, she will joust them right off their immaculately groomed heads.
Price: €15

Edible Pleasures: Lana Citron

Friday 14th June | The Vico

Calling all “discerning gourmands”, “connoisseurs of seduction” and “gastronomes of love”, author Lana Citron will be talking desire, passion and the pursuit of oral gratification to celebrate her latest publication Edible Pleasures, a textbook of aphrodisiacs. Lana looks at the culture and history of aphrodisiacs in a talk which will be informative, entertaining, stomach-churning (the more gross examples) and, hopefully, palate-whetting.
Price: €15