All done in the best possible taste
You’ve just a few days left to tell us your favourite cultural bits of 2015, and win some prizes in the process
Who rocked your world last year? Was it Girl Band or Tale Impala? Did Grimes get your goat or did Kendrick move your feet? And when it came to the big screen, who stole the show? Did
Inside Out win your hearts and minds? Is Queen of Ireland the Irish film of the year? And who gave the best performance: Steve Carell or Jordanne Jones?
In last week’s Ticket, our critics, writers and contributors picked their best film and music for 2015. We locked them in a room with only pens and staples to fashion rudimentary weapons from; days later, they emerged, Katniss Everdeen-like, with a list of names that The Ticket can be proud of. That, however, is only half of this tortured Hunger
Games analogy, and it is now up to you, dear readers, to pick the true Mockingjays of 2015.
Go to irishtimes.com/culture/ the-ticket-awards and make your picks for the best music and film of the year. You can choose from our shortlists or make your own entirely fresh suggestions (we’re a benevolent cultural dictatorship around here).
You have until midnight on Sunday to pick the best bits, and we’ll print the results in order of merit in next week’s The Ticket, which is also our final edition of the year. If you give us your brain thoughts, you will be in the draw to win one of our fantastic prizes.
These include: a case of Jean Leon wine; a Cinepass for volta.ie; five pairs of tickets to John Grant at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin; new albums from Coldplay, Blur, Gavin James, courtesy of Warner; dinner for two at OX Belfast; a premium annual digital subscription to irishtimes.com; dinner for two at White Gables in Galway; five pairs of tickets to Wilco at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin; dinner for two at The Treasury in Limerick; a selection of the best albums of 2015, courtesy of Gilded ALM; tickets to the Imagining Home concerts at the National Concert Hall, running in March/April 2016; and tickets to concerts in Whelan’s, Dublin, including shows by David O’Doherty, Ulrich Schnauss and Ryley Walker.
So get over to irishtimes.com/ culture/the-ticket-awards and have your say. Oh come on, it’s nearly Christmas. It’s not like you’ve more important things to do in the office.
AirtKerry school leads artistic way
If your new year’s resolution involves learning more about music, dance or art, a new residential school may be just the trick to get you out the door and on your way.
Based in the heart of the Dingle peninsula in Co Kerry, Airt sets out to provide guidance and direction from musicians, singers, dancers, artists, poets and writers to those who want to finesse their work in a creative and friendly environment along the Wild Atlantic Way.
It’s the brainchild of Cormac Begley, the concertina player, Ré band member and member of that fabled and talented west Kerry traditional music dynasty. Aside from students learning from professional artists, it’s hoped Airt’s various week-long courses will help the local economy by bringing people into the area and putting on more events.
Course tutors for Airt cover all manner of styles and disciplines including singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill (above), film-maker Ben Dowden, dancer Emma O’Sullivan and master fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. The next scheduled course will feature Begley with Ensemble Eriu co-founder and west Clare concertina player Jack Talty in March and other courses will run throughout 2016 subject to demand. See airt.ie for more.