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 Thursday 14th July – Saturday 16th July @ 1pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 / 01 670 3361

Written by Lucy Caldwell, directed by Davey Kelleher, performed by Rob Malone

The Luthier by Lucy Caldwell is a monologue inspired by a story in the New York Times in June 2009.

The play centres around a young apprentice luthier – a violin repairman – in Ramallah. His name is Dawood Al-Suleiman, and his story reveals, as he repairs a violin, a memory from ten years previously, when he was aged nine.

“White phosphorus ignites in the air and when it comes in contact with the skin it burns to the bone and beyond. It burns at 816˚ Celsius or 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit until the oxygen supply is cut off or there is nothing left to burn. You can stand on the other side of the street and watch your mother and your sister and your baby brothers melt and turn to smoke before your eyes and there is nothing you can do, nothing”.

The Luthier was first comimagemissioned by Origin Theatre Company New York (Artistic Director George C. Heslin) for First Irish Festival and opened at 59E59 Theatre in October 2009.

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, a short story collection, several stage plays and radio dramas. Multitudes, her collection of short stories, was published in May. Her novel All the Beggars Riding was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book in 2013. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2012, the Dylan Thomas Award, the George Devine Award, the Imison Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Palestinian Cookery Classes with the Silk Road Kitchen

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July @ 5pm

Silk Road Kitchen

Unit 12, K.C.R Industrial Estate, Kimmage, Dublin 12

Places limited to 15. Book early to avoid disappointment!

To book your place at this PalFest event, please email Katie at

Tickets €40 for two hour class (payable on the day)

10982462_839636072764907_7471377205262912038_nAbraham Phelan, the head chef behiFalafel smaller pic(1)nd the famous Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty Library, will be hosting a Palestinian cookery lesson on Saturday 11th July in the Silk Road Kitchen, Kimmage as part of PalFest Ireland. Abraham has more than 40 years of experience in cooking Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food and he has had several restaurants in Greece and Ireland. Places at the cookery lesson are restricted to 15, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The lesson will explore the flavours and textures of Palestinian cookery which is such a vital and vibrant part of the culture and way of life of Palestine. The class will include traditional Palestinian brunch recipes such as hummus, falafel, baba ganoush and shakshoka.


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Thursday 14th July, 6pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 on the door

Come join a special guest Dublin Singer/Songwriter for an hour of music and talk and discussion on boycott, with Cathryn O’Reilly of the Dunnes Stores Strikers and Muhanad Al Qaisy from the Olive Tree Campaign in Bethlehem.


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Monday 11th – Saturday 16th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

The New Theatre

43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €12.50 / 01 670 3361

Written and performed by Katie O’Kelly, directed by Davey Kelleher

From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine.
In the blink of an eye.
What the fuck just happened?

A rainy day in Dublin. A jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil. And the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…The Olive Tree low res

A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.

“Remarkably funny…lyrical and intelligent language makes the political personal” – The Reviews Hub

“O’Kelly performs all the roles with a clean, clear and sharp wit” – No More Workhorse

“A story told with magic and emotional realness” – Pure M Magazine



Thursday 14th July 2016, doors 8:30pm (music 9pm)

JJ Smyths Pub

12 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Tickets: €10 on the doorjj1

Join PalFest Ireland in the home of Jazz in Dublin, JJ Smyths, for an unmissable evening of  Palfest Jazz on July 14th!

With a fantastic line up of artists this promises to be one of the great events for the festival.

Featuring Johnny Taylor (piano), Dave Fleming (bass) and Myles Drennan (drums).

Honor-29-v2-770x430-300x168Guests Carmel McCreagh and Fiachra Trench.

Ciaran Wilde.

Hugh Buckley.

Trevor Knight and Honor Heffernan.

And you never know who might appear on the night!