Friday, December 15, 2017

Culture File: Reaching Craft Beer Nirvana

East London's Nirvana Brewery is possibly the world's first entirely low and non-alcoholic brewery.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Culture File: The Sweet Taste of Norse Mythology

Blood mixed with honey was the base for an ancient Norse recipe for mead. Kinsale Mead tweaks things a bit...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Culture File: Culture File: The Legacy of Hans Keller (part 2)

Was the radiophobe Benjamin Britten the right choice to conduct the first concert of a new broadcast paradigm?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Culture File: The Legacy of Hans Keller

The dream of a Viennese refugee in London to unite Europe's concert halls, celebrates its 50th birthday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Culture File 'Likes': Lian Bell

Theatre artist and activist, Lian Bell, on some of the things that she's be streaming, downloading and savouring this week

The Culture File Weekly 081217 (Maria Edgeworth And Her Town)

This weekly, a special edition leads us to Edgeworthstown and environs, in search of the spaces and stories of pioneering and bestselling Irish novelist, Maria Edgeworth, whose base in the Co Longford town became a 19th century literary hub

Friday, December 8, 2017

Culture File: Bill Fontana's 50 Years of Sound Sculpture

Some rather cryptic words from Marcel Duchamp helped the young Bill Fontana first understand his own work.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Culture File: Ancient Juice

Michele Sartori of Acetaia Giusti leads a tasting of precious black dots of aged balsamic vinegar

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Culture File: #Mariastown

On the trail of Maria Edgeworth, in Tullynally Castle, home of Ms Edgeworth's latest editor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Culture File: Mariastown

Local historian, Matt Farrell, leads us through pioneering Irish novelist, Maria Edgeworth’s Co Longford home

Monday, December 4, 2017

Culture File "Likes": Maureen O'Connor

UCC's Maureen O'Connor shares some of the things she's been clicking like on this week.

The Culture File Weekly 011217 (Lian Bell, Jonathan Swift, Anne Cleary, Dreamgun)

This weekly, we discover a better mental health facility that Bedlam with the help of Dean Swift, watch 13 (or fewer) dots in the form of a conductor with Anne Cleary, join the Millennial sport of blockbuster movie spoofing with Dreamgun, and speculate, with Lian Bell, on the role of theatre design in the industry's current season of reckonings.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Culture File: Dean Swift at 350

Prof Jim Lucey on pamphleteer, priest and, of course, micro-loan pioneer, Jonathan Swift

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Culture File: #LianBell

Activist theatre artist, Lian Bell, on Amplify Women and the struggle to end harassment in the cultural industries

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Culture File: Anne Cleary's Rattle

Cleary | Connolly's Anne Cleary on tracking the movements of Simon Rattle while overcoming the fear of being simple

Culture File: Dreamgun's Box Office Demolitions

Dreamgun’s Heber Hanly on the comedy sketch troupe's live takedowns of film such as Titanic, Terminator & Die Hard

Monday, November 27, 2017

Culture File "Likes": Aoife Concannon

Ban Bam Festival founder, Aoife Concannon, on her favourite podcasts, movies...and compact cassettes.

The Culture File Weekly 24.11.17 (Ban Bam, Maureen O'Hara's Dior coat, Tim Robinson's Ecofeminism and Melissa Ellis' hunts)

This Weekly, we're in Durrow, County Laois, trying on a fur to which we otherwise strongly object, sizing up gender equality in improvised music, checking into Marsh's Library, Dublin, and listening carefully while Maureen O'Connor explains how Ecofeminism helps us understand that we are but assemblages of different kinds of being.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Culture File Xtra: What should we do with old furs?

The story of Maureen O'Hara's Dior Fur coat and Sheppards Auction House, where it currently finds itself, raises some questions for anyone who understands how cruel and unacceptable everything about wearing fur is. And it's not like the problem went unnoticed at Culture File Towers. So, Luke called up our reporter, Eleanor Flegg, to talk about what should happen to old and historic furs. PETA ( has a good answer.

Culture File: Mellissa Odd Stories

From the Dead Zoo to underwater off Dalkey, and the shelves of Marsh's Library, Melissa Ellis hunts inspiration.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Culture File: A New Home for Maureen O'Hara's Fur Coat

In Durrow, County Laois, Philip Sheppard, transitioner of objects, is at work in the family auction house...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Culture File: Tim Robinson's Ecofeminism

We can re-learn to understand the world through Connemara-based artist, Tim Robinson's work, says Maureen O’Connor

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Culture File Weekly 17.11.17 (Veronika Harcsa, Louis Scully, Niamh Barry, Dave Flynn's Memory Orchestra)

This weekly, we're in North Co. Dublin to glimpse the glowing art of sculptor, Niamh Barry, we visit the big studio in Donnybrook with the RTE NSO and the Memory Orchestra, meet nightlife kingpin, Louis Scully, and hear some extended vocal technique from Hungarian jazznik, Veronika Harcsa.

Culture File: #wakingtheimprovisers

A new festival, Ban Bam, highlights female musicians playing jazz, improvised and experimental music.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Culture File "Likes": Veronika Harcsa

Hungarian vocalist, Veronika Harcsa, on some of the things she's (mentally) clicked like on recently.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Culture File: Live From Studio 1 with the Memory Orchestra

Composer, Dave Flynn and fiddler, Niamh Varian-Barry bring a collection of replica bronze age horns to Donnybrook

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Culture File: Discotekken with Louis Scully

DJ, music promoter (and potential Dublin Night Mayor) Louis Scully's musical kingdom

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Culture File: Veronika Harcsa Voices her Concern

Hungarian vocalist, Veronika Harcsa, on using the voice to escape from our digital sound prison

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Culture File: Ancient Lights

Amid the fruit-growing fields of North Co. Dublin, artist Niamh Barry and her team blend ancient and contemporary tech

Friday, November 10, 2017

Culture File: Brandon Labelle's Minor Acoustics

Listening might be an effective way to help us approach our global crisis, speculates sound artist and theorist, Brandon Labelle

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Culture File Weekly 03.11.17 (Tucal 2017, Eva Stotz, Han Bennink & The Instant Composers Pool)

This weekly we fly to the free jazz hothouse of 1960s Holland with the Instant Composer Pool's Han Bennink, time-travel way back to 2010, when German filmmaker, Eva Stotz first started couchsurfing, and beam down to Galway's Tulca 2017 to ask "where have all the hippies gone?"

The Culture File Weekly 03.11.17 (Tucal 2017, Eva Stotz, Han Bennink & The Instant Composers Pool)

This weekly we are transported to the free jazz hothouse of 1960s Amsterdam with the Instant Composer Pool's Han Bennink, time-travel way back to 2010, when German filmmaker, Eva Stotz first started couchsurfing, and beam down to Galway's Tulca 2017 to enquire with curator Matt Packer: "where have all the hippies gone?"

Culture File: James Turrell Lichtinstallation Dorotheenst├Ądtischer Friedhof

Sunset in Berlin sees the coming to life of James Turrell's lightwork in a Mitte cemetery

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Culture File: Lucy Wright and the Digital Folk Project

What does "oral tradition" mean when players are as likely to learn a tune from Youtube as at a pub session?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Culture File: Pavel at the Console

Czech organ virtuoso, Pavel Kohout, make his debut on Christchurch Cathedral's instrument.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Culture File "Likes": Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland and presenter of NPR's Studio 360 on his week of "likes".

Friday, November 3, 2017

Culture File: Remembering Misha

Free jazz percussionist, Han Bennink, on his life in music with Misha Mengelberg and the Instant Composers Pool

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Culture File: The Hippy Dream Reanimated at Galway's Tulca 2017

Searching for the ghosts of lost hippies with Matt Packer, curator of Galway's yearly festival of visual arts

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Culture File: The Endless Voyages of Eva Stotz

Couchsurfing and tap-dancing come together in the career of German filmmaker, Eva Stotz

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Culture File Likes: Jenny Thomas

Jenny M Thomas of Australian new folksters Bush Gothic shares some of the things she's clicked 'like' on lately

The Culture File Weekly 27.10.17 (Kurt Andersen in Fantasyland, Sylvia L'Ecuyer in Wagnerland)

This weekly, American writer, Kurt Andersen reports to us from Fantasyland, his nightmare contemporary USA, in which entertainment and reality have finally merged. And musicologist & opera writer, Sylvia L'Ecuyer, decodes good and evil in updating opera

Friday, October 27, 2017

Culture File: Right and Wrong Ways To Update Opera

Musicologist and Wexford opera regular, Sylvia L'Ecuyer, on the risky art of gussying-up Mozart and Wagner

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Culture File: The End of Reason

US author, Kurt Andersen, completes his takedown of the "nuts and crackpots" of what his latest book calls "Fantasyland"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Culture File: The Birth of Fantasyland

Author, Kurt Andersen, on how the credulity of America's first Europeans led, inevitably, to the Trump presidency

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Culture File: Buffalo Bill, Donald Trump and the birth of Fantasyland

Kurt Andersen's new 500 year history of American explores how reality and entertainment merged in the New World

Monday, October 23, 2017

Culture File Likes: Aisling Kelliher

Our tech correspondent shares some of the stuff she'd be clicking "Like" on, including a guidebook to tyranny

The Culture File Weekly 20.10.17 (Jonathan Meese, Anneleen Boeme, Aisling Kelliher)

This weekly, we're in Berlin with German artist-provocateur, Jonathan Meese; on the new frontiers of jazz with Anneleen Boeme and deep inside the matrix as Aisling Kelliher marks our card for the AI-filled future

Friday, October 20, 2017

Culture File: What exactly is wrong with AI?

Culture File techspert, Aisling Kelliher, on learning to love, cherish and discipline the AI in your life