Convergence is taking place at Cultivate: Sustainable Living Centre.
15-19 Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, IRELAND

 

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Festival Highlights

Delivering Sustainable Development

Rethinking the City Green Building Conference New Directions for Business
 

Convergence launches Earth Week, in Dublin's Temple Bar.  Lasting ten days, this unique festival celebrates the development of an exciting "New Culture", one that celebrates creativity, offers solutions to economic, social and environmental problems and builds enduring community.

A multi-faceted programme, of over 100 events, makes Convergence the largest and most diverse festival, of its kind, in the world. Mixing content from researchers, policy makers, and business, with that of artists, poets, and designers, Convergence takes a multicultural and inter-disciplinary approach to sustainability. 


All events are at Cultivate if not otherwise stated.

 

On-going exhibits throughout the festival:

 

The Yurt Project 2004

The aim of this project is to provide a nice space to be in. See pictures here.


Green Map Exhibit

Demonstrating the Green Map system through a display of existing maps from around the world. Throughout Convergence you will be able to nominate sites for inclusion in the Dublin Green Map

 

Sustainability Begins At Home

A new exhibit from Enfo and Sustainable Ireland taking a holistic look at our home's relationship with the economy, society and the environment

 

The Sustainability Exhibit

Businesses and organisations promoting sustainability

 

The Village

Building Sustainable Community. An exhibit from Ireland's exciting eco community project

 

Health and Community In Mexico

A photography exhibit by Ninna Gay from her travels in Oaxaca state, Mexico

 

Elements of Nature

DÚLRA Photography's Daragh Muldowney captures the elements as they present themselves naturally, without the use of artificial light.

 

Faces of Diversity

A photography exhibit from PSI the Photographic Society of Ireland

 

Sculpture in Context

Sculpture from artists based in Ireland in the context of Convergence

 

Digital Art

Installations from Welsh based Freya Lawton and Glen Marshall from Northern Ireland

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Thursday 22nd April


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The VOICE Earth Day Celebration

12.00-13.00 Free

Dublin joins the global celebration of Earth Day with its own gathering at Convergence.

 

Vital Viewing - Slow Food Revolution

18:00- 19.00 ?5
A film looking at the international movement known as Slow Food which champions the protection of traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity. Film Australia, 2002

 

Slow Food Banquet                                                                                                          

19:30-22:30 ?70

Slow Food is an educational movement dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production and recognises that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness. A seven course sumptuous feast of wild, local and organic food and wine prepared by international chiefs Enrico Fantasia (Italy) and David Gumbelton (Australia) will take place on April 22nd to mark Earth Day. Also featuring entertainment and celebrity toasts. This event is a fundraiser for Convergence and organised in association with Slow Food Dublin.

 

Theatre: The Little Prince

20.00- 21.00 ?10
No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch This performance cancelled, performances resume Saturday 24th.

20.00- 21.00 ?15 / ?12 Concession
The Performance Corporation, the company behind the multi-award winning Candide present The Butterfly Ranch - A breathtaking new show performed in a spectacular theatre space. The Butterfly Ranch is the tale of a family obsessed with airplanes, butterflies and bloodlust. Jed Senior dreams that his weak-willed son Jed Junior will take over the bizarre family farming business but the sudden arrival of a rival heir to the dynasty provokes nasty and often hilarious consequences. A tragic-comic parable for the modern world's greed, injustice and violence, The Butterfly Ranch takes place on a vertical stage which makes full use of a 40 foot high space in SS Michael and Johns and demands hugely physical performances from a talented cast. Written by Tom Swift, directed by Jo Mangan.

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Lunchtime Music

13.10 - 13.55 Free

Acoustic music from some of Ireland's top performers

 

New Directions for Business: The Natural Step

14:00-16:30 ?100

The Natural Step is a learning, motivating and strategic planning tool applicable to businesses of all types and scales, which re-orients the organisation toward a truly sustainable future. This insightful presentation is led by Mark Cahill, CEO of the Natural Step UK.

 

Vital Viewing: The Revolution Will Not be Televised      

16.30-17.45 Free

As part of the Latin American Solidarity film festival we are screening the award winning Irish documentary following the removal from office of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the first coup of the twenty first century, one which was heavily orchestrated via the media. Power Productions 2003.

 

Vital Viewing - The Global Banquet: The Politics of Food

18.00 -19.00  ?5.00

The Global Banquet demonstrates how people's ability to feed themselves is being destroyed by "free-trade" policies. Old Dog Documentaries, 2001

 

Slow Fashion Show Cancelled, but don't despair, there are plenty of other events.

19.30-21.30

This unique show features natural, reused and recycled materials and includes locally produced, fairly traded and eco-friendly clothes.

 

Theatre: The Little Prince

20.00- 21.00 ?10

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations


Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch This performance cancelled, performances resume Saturday 24
th.

20.00- 21.00  ?15 / ?12 Concession 
A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.
 

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Saturday 24th April


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Re-Think Temple Bar: A Neighbourhood Fair

10:00-18:30 Free

A fun filled day for all the family with stalls featuring Fashion, Design, Art, Books, Food and Eco-Products, Workshops, Children's Activities and Performance in Temple Bar's West End

 

Free Workshops

Measuring Progress Towards Sustainability -10.00

Introduction to Integral Theory - 11.00-12.30

West Papua Update 11.00-12.30

Rethinking Democracy - Enfo Meeting Room 11.00-12.30

Experiment in Decision Making - 13.00-13.45

Conflict Resolution  - 14.00-15.30

Ecological Justice - Enfo Meeting Room 14.00-15.30

Telling It Like It Should Be -14.00-15.30

Evolutionary Leadership -14.30-16.00

A Review of the Belfast Agreement - 16.00-17.00

Herbs for Health with Judith Hoad - The Yurt 16.00 - 17.00

Health and the Environment in Choropampa, Peru - 16.00-17.00

Rethinking the Village - Enfo Meeting Room - 16.00-17.00

The Bet - All day presentation from Gluaiseacht

The Irish Eating Plan - All day nutrition advice 

 

Children's Activities

Naturally Wild - Children's ecology workshop - 11.00-12.00

Yoga for kids- 12.00-13.00

Cooperative games- 13.00-14.00

Puppet Show - Billy Goats Gruff - 15.30-16.30,  ?7

 

Film

Vital Viewing: Go Further - 12.00 at the IFI, Eustace Street, Temple Bar ?8

The film follows actor Woody Harrelson as he takes a small group of friends on a bio-fuelled bus-ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. Irish premiere. Sphinx Productions 2003

 

Performance

Theatre: The Little Earth Show 13.00-13.45

This short play is an adaptation of Feasta's innovative educational radio show. The style of the show is a competitive dialogue between two characters, which owe some part of their genesis to Homer and Lisa Simpson. Their running confrontation is set in a REALITY RADIO Game Show  (like reality TV only on the radio) called 'The Little Earth Show'.  Written by the award winning playwright Donal O'Kelly this informative and hilarious show is a must see.

 

Theatre: The Little Prince 14.00-15.00  ?10

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations

Free Rush Hour, Dance and film 17.30-18.00

Free Rush Hour! looks at the daily commute endured by millions in cities, different types of commuters, car emissions and inherent pollution problems.

Plus a short performance from French Dance Troupe 'Attchoo'
'Take part in the creation of a sneezing space! Come and use a dancer to create movement and experience paint with a splash on unexpected platforms designed by the Attchoo team. You might discover your most creative sneeze!'

 

Slow Down, Go Further

The Schumacher Lecture with Satish Kumar
20:00-22:00 ?12

Indian born Satish is the editor of Resurgence magazine and Programme Director of Schumacher College.

Schumacher Ireland

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00- 21.00 - ?15 / ?12 Concession
A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

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Sunday 25th April


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 Integral Transformative Practice

12.00 - 13.00 Bring Your Own Mat free
A series of Yoga and Tai Chi exercises and a short meditation facilitated by Cultivate's Integral study group

 

Eco-Tourism and Community Mapping Symposium

14.00-18.00, ?15

Exploring the participatory approach to drawing green maps and the benefits of green city maps to eco-tourism.

 

Emergence - Connecting Creativity, Consciousness and Ecology

14.00 - 17.30 ?15

A symposium exploring the connections and synergies between creativity, consciousness and ecology. Featuring Michael Rice on Sacred Geometry, Dolores Whelan on the Universe Story and Nick Wilding and Graham Strouts on Integral Theory.

Vital Viewing - Journey into New Worlds

18:00-19.00  ?5

David Suzuki travels to Arizona, England, Massachusetts and to the Pacific Northwest rainforest in search of a new vision of the Earth and our place on it.
Sacred Balance Productions 2003

 

Music and Sustainability

19:30-21:30 ?10

A surprise acoustic music session

 

Theatre: The Little Prince

20.00- 21.00 ?10

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00- 21.00 ?15 / ?12 Concession

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

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Monday 26th April


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Youth Forum: Strength And Diversity

Representatives from youth organisations will take a proactive look at diversity and social inclusion.

10:00-15:30 ?5

FORGING A GM POLICY FOR IRELAND
A conference exploring the economic, environmental and social benefits of keeping Ireland GM-free.
09.00 - 18.00
To book call
0404 43 885

 

How To Relax in the City

Balance your life with a workshop from Jan Golden of Tai Chi Ireland

13:00-14:00  ?7

 

Vital Viewing: Revolution OS

Revolution OS tells the inside story of the hackers who rebelled against the proprietary software model and Microsoft to create GNU/Linux and the Open source movement. It tracks down the key movers and shakers behind Linux, and finds out how and why Linux became such a potent threat.  Wonderview Productions, 2003

18:00 -19.00 ?5.00

Theatre: The Little Prince

20.00- 21.00 ?10

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00- 21.00 ?15 / ?12 Concession
A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.


Digital Futures: New media and Technology for the Common Good

With Dr. Gary McDarby, Principal Research Scientist, Mind Games Group, Media Lab Europe

20:00 -21:30 ?7.00

Technology needs to be tempered by wisdom, foresight and reflection, if it is to truly be an aid to us individually and collectively. Gary will discuss how we might adopt a higher view of how we use technology. Do we continue to use technology for 'Profits' and economic 'success' at the expense of exploitation of people and our planets resources or should we try to use technology to build a future around 'Prophets', people who are concerned about sustainability in all dimensions of human life.

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Tuesday 27th April


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How To Compost  ?7

With Environmental Consultant Marcus Collier

13:00-14:00

 

Power from The People

Community Investment in Renewable Energy - The Roadblocks and Rewards

Forum focused on community energy solutions with economist Richard Douthwaite of the FEASTA energy Group, Gavin Harte of Sustainable Projects Ireland, Patrick Divine-Wright of the UK Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, Pauline O'Flynn of the Beara Island Community Cooperative and Vicky Heslop coordinating consultant of Freshford 2020.

14:00-17.30  ?15

 

Teatime Music

18.00-18.45
Free

Acoustic music from some of Ireland's top performers

 

Vital Viewing: The Next Industrial Revolution

18:00-19:00  ?5 

A documentary film, illuminating the work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, two leaders in a growing movement to transform the relationship between commerce and nature. Earthome Productions, 2001

 

Theatre: The Little Prince

20.00- 21.30 ?10

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike, than this wise enchanting fable. Mutations

Race Against Waste

Are we off to a good start? A National Debate

Representatives from the government's high profile campaign, local government, industry and community groups discuss the issue of recycling and waste minimisation.

20:00-22:00 ?6

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00- 21.00  ?15 / ?12 Concession
A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

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Wednesday 28th April


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The FEASTA Conference Debt, Climate and Global Justice

A conference on the links between climate change, the debt crisis and global inequity.
09.00-17.30
?20

 

How To Reduce Your Energy Consumption

A workshop on minimising your energy usage in your home or business with Jay Stewart of ECOCO

13:00-14:00  ?7

 

Theatre Matinee: Bleeding the System

Following on the success of last year's "Accidental Death Of An Anarchist", Spacecraft Productions have plumbed the depths to come up with another heady infusion of social satire and radical politics that takes the notion of toilet humour to a new dimension.

15.00-16.30 ?15 / ?12 Concession

 

Teatime Music

18.00-18.45 Free

 

Acoustic music from some of Ireland's top performers

Vital Viewing: The Ad and the Ego 18.00-19.00 Downstairs, ?5 This film makes the critical connections between the rise of consumerism, environmental degradation and our blind commitment to economic growth at any cost. Parallax Pictures, Inc. 1997, Directed by Harold Boihem For more information about the film, please visit www.theadandtheego.com

 

The Ad and the Ego

18:00 - 19:00 - ? 5

This film makes the critical connections between the rise of consumerism, enviromental degradation and our blind commitment to economic growth at any cost.

 

Questions and Answers with John Bowman

John Bowman chairs a panel of experts in sustainability

Including the Go Further Awards

Three special awards recognising the community, business and organisation that have 'gone furthest' towards sustainability in Ireland.

19:30-21:30 Free

 

Situ.Action

20.00- 21.30 ?10

An experimental performance using creative media including digital and acoustic sound, movement and static images.

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20:00-21:00 ?15 / ?12 Concession
A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

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Thursday 29th


 

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Delivering Sustainable Development

An open space conference exploding the myths and exploring the opportunities of sustainable consumption on the Island of Ireland and in Europe

09.30-17:30 
?50 Government & Industry / ?20 Organisations/ Bursaries available for individuals

Facilitated by Sustainable Ireland and Sustainable Northern Ireland

Supported by COMHAR, the National Sustainable Development Partnership

 

How To Eat to Beat the Menopause

A workshop with Liz Dowling exploring how diet and nutrition can greatly ease the journey through the menopause.

13:00-14:00  ?7

 

A Master Class in Documentary Film Making with Ron Mann

Ron Mann is one of Canada's foremost filmmakers; he is director of the award winning documentaries Grass, Comic Book, and Go Further.

13.30-17.30 ?30

 

Going Further with Starhawk

Starhawk is the author of The Spiral Dance, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, and Truth or Dare. In this lecture she brings the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism.

19:30-22:00  ?15

 

Theatre: Bleeding The System

20.00- 21.30

?15 / ?12 Concession

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00-21.00  ?15 / ?12 Concession

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.


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Friday 30th April


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Imram to Tara

Join John Graham, Dolores Whelan and Starhawk on a pilgrimage to the mystical hill of Tara.

10.00 Depart. Return late afternoon

?20

 

Rethinking the City

A conference looking at innovative and creative ways to make cities more sustainable and people friendly. Featuring local and international planners, architects and designers.

9:00-17:30 ?50

 

How To Make Your Home Healthy

A workshop with Wilhelm Bodewitz on making our homes healthy living spaces

13:00-14:00  ?7

 

Be the Media

13.00-15.00  Free
An introduction to Indymedia

 

Vital Viewing: Double Bill 

17.00-19.00 ?5

Medical Marijuana Irish born Martin O'Brien's documentary is a hard-hitting look at medical marijuana in the modern day, particularly relating to the California front lines. It is designed to give people a brief history of marijuana, why and how it was made illegal, and why it stays illegal. Grass Introduction by the director Ron Mann Ron Mann's documentary presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th century. Sphinx Productions, 2002.

 

Medical Marijuana
The US documentary is a hard-hitting look at medical marijuana in the modern day, particularly relating to the California front lines. It is designed to give people a brief history of marijuana, why and how it was made illegal, and why it stays illegal.


Ron Mann's documentary presents a humorous and surprisingly balanced history of recreational marijuana use in the late 20th century. Sphinx Productions, 2002.

 

Teatime Music

18.00-18.45 Free

Acoustic music from some of Ireland's top performers

 

Rethinking the Home - With Duncan Stewart and guests

Duncan Stewart the award-winning architect and well-known TV presenter will host this timely and thought-provoking event. Duncan will lead a public conversation with a selection of leading ecological design and energy experts from Ireland and abroad. Questions will be taken from the audience on a range of topics including building design, materials, planning and energy.

20:00-22:00 MAIN HALL, ?10

Theatre: Bleeding The System

20.00- 21.30 ?15 / ?12 Concession

Spacecraft

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00-21.00  ?15 / ?12 Concession

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

 

Go Further at the Sugar Club
20.00-03.00
, ?15
(tickets valid until 10pm)

A screening of Woody Harrelson's new movie Go Further introduced by the director Ron Mann followed by a late night club.

at the Sugar Club, 2 Lesson St.


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Saturday 1st May


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The new EU constitution

Will it deliver on sustainable development?

Democracy and Public Services in Europe (DAPSE)

11.00-13.00 Free

 

Green Building Conference
Irelands foremost gathering for interested individuals and leaders from the construction industry developing buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. With special focus sessions by international speakers on natural and high performance building.

09.30-17.30 ?40

 

How To Build a Log House

A short workshop on the potential benefits of self-building using sustainable materials.

13:00-14:00  ?7

 

Theatre Matinee: The Butterfly Ranch

Performance Corporation

20.00-21.00 ?15 / ?12 Concession

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.


Teatime Music

18.15-19.00 Free

With a selection of Ireland's leading contemporary and traditional singer songwriters

Vital Viewing: Go Further

17.30-19.00 ?5

 

Theatre: Bleeding The System

20.00- 21.30  ?15 / ?12 Concession

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch
20.00-21.00   ?15 / ?12 Concession  

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.

 

Burning Man on Film

19.30-03.00 ?15 (tickets valid until 10pm)

Take your seats early for a Test Screening of the new Burning Man documentary Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock introduced by Larry Harvey and film makers Mike Wilson and Damon Brown. Followed by an after party.
at the Sugar Club, 2 Leeson Street.

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Sunday 2nd May


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Eco-Tour of Ballymun

Departs Cultivate 10.00 ?5 Concessions available

This tour will visit Ballymun's award winning composting and recycling facilities and highlight the proposed environmental features of the areas regeneration.

 

Theatre Matinee: Bleeding The System 

Spacecraft

16.00-17.30  ?15 / ?12 Concession

 

Deep Ecology

11.00-17.00 ?15

An experiential workshop with Dolores Whelan and Anne Kenny 

Deep Ecology emerges from an understanding of Human Beings consciously knowing themselves as part of the natural world. this workshop will offer a safe space in which to feel and express the pain of our present  disconnected way of life. It will also facilitate each of us to touch the place of inner power enabling us to move past the place of despair to become agents for positive change in our world.

 

Vital Viewing: Dust Devils
Meeting House Square, 20.30, Free

This visually spectacular documentary shares in the experiences of Irish and American participants of Burning Man, the world's most conceptually unique arts gathering.  Featuring music from Kila, Rollers/Sparkers, Burning Love Jumpsuit, The Sticks and more.
In association with Temple Bar Outdoors.

Theatre: Bleeding The System

20.00-21.30 ?15 / ?12 Concession

 

Theatre: The Butterfly Ranch

20.00-21.00 ?15 / ?12 Concession

A ground breaking piece of physical theatre, from the award winning Performance Corporation featuring Ireland's first vertical stage.
 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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