Rethinking Dialogue: International Policy Debate

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I got this in the email account today and could be of interest to UK Readers.

It is our pleasure to announce ‘Rethinking Dialogue’, an international event aimed at reassessing approaches to building cross-cultural relations within the UK and across societies in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Tuesday, 7th December 2010 (Registration from 9.30)

One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London

‘Rethinking Dialogue’ begins with the UK launch of the Anna Lindh Report 2010, a pioneering study based on the very first Gallup Public Opinion Poll on the evolution of perceptions and values between people in Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region.

The panel debate, which will be chaired by the BBC’s Bridget Kendall, will feature leading commentators on international affairs, including André Azoulay, President of the Anna Lindh Foundation and Counselor to the King of Morocco, and Martin Davidson CMG, Chief Executive of the British Council.

Places for the event are limited, so please register as soon as possible by writing to the British Council’s Louise Phillips at: rsvp(dot)events(at)britishcouncil(dot)org

The ‘Rethinking Dialogue’ event is organised by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation, in association with Gallup Europe, the European Commission and the Foreign Press Association in London.

It looks like an interesting event.

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Europe Day – Cork Event

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Just a quick update. I have a meeting later today with the European Movement Ireland about an event in Cork for Europe Day. It will be held on Friday May 7th. There will be other events in other cities across the country.

To give you an idea what is planned this is what the European Movement have on their website:

As part of our Europe Day celebrations this year, EM Ireland staff and members will be canvassing in hubs around the country handing out lollipops, pens and balloons. We will also be distributing Citizens’ Initiative postcards, answering people’s questions, and generally having a chat about Europe. This will take place on Friday 7 May.

On Sunday 9 May, there will be a special screening of the My Vision for Europe videos in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. The programme was coordinated in conjunction with the European Parliament in Dublin and the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. The standard of submissions was extremely high and we are delighted that the finalists’ videos from the schools project will be publicly broadcast on Europe Day itself.

If anyone would like to join in on the canvassing or come along to see the open air broadcast, we would love to see you there. Drop us a line on 01 662 5815 or send Billie an email at billie(at) for more details.

More details later!

Dont forget about My Europe Week which will be celebrating Europe Day online!

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Christmas Lights Turned on Tonight in Cork

Come and celebrate the Switch-on of Cork City’s Christmas lights at the launch of

‘A Christmas Celebration on the Grand Parade’

by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Dara Murphy

On the Grand Parade on Friday 27th November 2009
Speeches at 4:40pm
Switch on of lights at 5pm
Christmas Celebration Launch in Cork

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From Slack Spaces to Creative Cities

I found this Via John

From Slack Spaces to Creative Cities
Presented by The National Sculpture Factory for ArtTrail 09

St John’s College,
Sawmill Street,
Main Lecture Hall.
Friday 20th November
2:00p.m.- 4:00p.m.
Admission Free, no Booking required

Artists and creative practitioners have a rich history of co-opting  ’slack spaces’, vacant, unused commercial units, to realise art projects, create ‘pop-up’ galleries and to establish studio spaces. Now City Councils, landlords, estate agents and universities are also embracing these opportunities in the post-Celtic Tiger recession era to develop new working strategies for the use, reuse and new use of these inner-city spaces.
National Sculpture Factory as part of Art Trail 09 will host a public debate on possible new strategies for the creative development of these empty commercial spaces, from existing working models like Creative Limerick, part of a Limerick City Council strategy, and those used by the Waterford City Council Arts Office among others.

It sounds like an interesting idea and there is a Public Forum afterwords. The use of unused commercial properties is becoming an issue in Cork and allowing artists to use them in the short-term could be a nice way to actually highlight their potential. I may go along to this!

More details on John’s blog

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Lisbon in Light of Legal Guarantees – Cork Event

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Generation Yes are holding an event in Cork this Thursday at 18:30 in the Classic Bar on South Main Street. Legal expert Roderic O’Gorman will be on hand to explain what the Legal Guarantees mean for Ireland and for the Lisbon Treaty.

Hopefully it will be a well attended meeting and will answer a few questions for us all before we make up our minds on what way we will vote in October.

The Pingg event page is here if you want to RSVP there or there is Facebook Event Page if you want to RSVP there.

Do come along if you want to find out more.

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Open Meetings on The Economy

Simon Coveney TD (FG – Cork South Central) is organising open meetings on the Economy. He currently has three organised. They will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

Thursday 26th March. Carrigaline Court. 8pm
Friday 27th March. The Bosun, Monkstown. 8pm
Saturday 28th March. Ballinlough Community Hall. 7pm

He explains why he is holding these meetings

I’m holding a series of public meetings in various locations to talk to people who want to gain a better understanding of our current Economic Crisis. People are understandably fearful for what the future holds: for their jobs, their mortgages, their pensions and their ability to simply pay the bills.

This recession is very real and Cork is being hit hard. Nationally, we are facing a challenge no-one could have dreamt possible even a year ago – massive job losses, broken banks, huge personal debt, pension deficits, national exchequer collapse, an international reputation in tatters – How has it come to this and how can we dig ourselves out?

I am inviting you to come and hear the blunt facts about the state of the economy, and what can be expected in the Emergency Budget on April 7th.

My commitment is simple: straight talking, an honest assessment, answers to as many of your questions as possible – no spin, no blame, no party politics, just the facts as I see them and an outline of the choices we now face to bring hope and confidence back again.

I hope you will take the time to come along to one of the meetings as I think you’ll find the meeting interesting, informative and absolutely non party political.

Not sure if I can make any of the meetings, but Simon is a fantastic speaker on the Economy and has facts that will make you think and realise how bad a state we are in. If you can make it do go along.

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B*Witched Live in Cork

B*Witched, remember them? Well they are playing in Cork next Saturday night, 28th of March, in Instinct on Sullivans Quay. Its €15 in but looks like a great night. I can’t go cause of work and scouts!

From the reading the Wiki article, I think it will only be the twins, Edele and Keavy Lynch (the sisters of Shane in Boyzone) playing in Instinct, but still it should be a good laugh!

UPDATE: I no longer have scouts on that night, but still not sure if I’ll go.

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