Jazz Festival Nice 2018 – Life@STAYYNA Interviews Jazz Singer & Nice Resident Julie Follis

Here at Life@STAYYNA we’re Jazz hands at the ready for the Nice Jazz Festival, 16th - 21st July 2018.

 

Nice Jazz Festival

The first festival back in 1948, was the first Jazz festival of its kind in the world and it started right here in Nice! The inaugural festival was headlined by Louis Armstrong along with other big names, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt.

 

The Nice jazz Festival continues attracts big names with this year’s line up including Kimberose, Aloe Blacc, Gregory Porter and the Kyle Eastwood Quintet. The festival is held in the Theatre De Verdure in Place Massena where there are two stages. Last year’s festival attracted around 43,000 people over the duration, an all time high.

 

Ahead of the festival Life@STAYYNA interviewed jazz singer and Nice resident, Julie Follis.

Tell us about your musical career? How did it all start?

I came to Nice in my mid twenties working on boats. I started singing with a street band, Contreband and soon after gave up my day job! I then got involved with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. Danny Fitzgerald became my mentor and I spent a long time travelling around the States and Paris with them. It was through Danny that I struck up a relationship with Madeleine Peyroux - she’d joined The Lost Wandering as a run away teenager. I joined Madeleine on her UK tour as her support act.

Julie Follis

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How did you get involved with the Jazz festival

 

While I was singing with Contreband we were invited by the Mayor of Nice to participate in the Jazz Off. The Jazz Off is held in conjunction with The Nice Jazz Festival and aims to showcase the best of local bands.

 

How did it feel to be part of such a historic festival?

 

It was a huge honour to be asked by the Mayor and to be a part of what is an amazing event. It was also absolutely crazy - we did 15 gigs in 9 days!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

On Monday 16th Gregory Porter is performing a tribute to Nat King Cole accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique of the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, which will be amazing. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, who is an incredible Bass player.

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IRONMAN Triathlon, Nice!

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It’s that time of the year again where Nice becomes host to the IRONMAN Triathlon! The athletes begin on the beach with a two loop 3.8km swim in the glorious blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. This is followed by a 180km bike ride through villages and mountains. Finally the athletes set off for a 42.2km marathon supported by the thousands of spectators who line the course.

We spoke with athlete and IRONMAN competitor Robert Desbarbieux ahead of this years competition

I decided to enter the Ironman competition a few years ago. Biking is my former sport, since I was 30 years old. I changed my job and wasn't able to ride my bike as often as I should. So I started running and entered the marathon competition in 2004. Swimming is my last sport, I started it by chance. One, plus one, plus one got me turned into a triathlete. As anyone, I started by short and long distance triathlons. Then, I joined my club Nice Cavigal Triathlon 10 years ago, and with a bunch of friends, we decided to participate to our first Ironman in Nice, as a challenge. We are all from Nice and love our city and the French Riviera area. Nice is such a great place for Ironman ! The bike course is amazing, within a few miles from the seaside you join the beautiful surrounding mountains. The landscape is breathtaking and the route is a real hard challenge.

 

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How long before the event do you start to train and what’s your training routine like?

In fact, I never start training for Ironman. I'm used to train all year long. For Ironman I only increase my training in matter of time and make it harder. In winter my average training time is 08 hours per week and it turns into 15 to 20 hours weekly within 4 months before the race. Nothing specific, my main goal is to be ready for the D day and be able to suffer and enjoy my Ironman competition at the same time.

Which part of the competition do you find the most difficult and why?

The most difficult for me is the marathon. I'm not such a great runner. When the bike is over, it's hard to find the mental and physical strength to run. The Promenade des Anglais is beautiful, but the weather is so hot ! Thankfully all my friends and family will be there to cheer me up ! And I'll hope for a few clouds in the afternoon!

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How many times have you competed in IRONMAN?

This year will my fourth distance Ironman . My second in Nice. The two others were in Vichy France and in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain.

What’s your most memorable memory of IRONMAN?

The most memorable memory is when I became an Ironman for the first time in Nice, my hometown where I'm born and where I live. It was incredible for me. The year before I was in the audience wishing to be one of the athlete and it was my turn ! Amazing !

 

How does it feel when you get to the finish?

Every race is different, but it's always such a relief to be a finisher. And try to enjoy this particular moment . I'm each time overwhelmed by so many feelings, suddenly my brain and my body reconnect. I can feel joy and pain. The very first minutes after the finish line I've no more energy, even for walking!

What do you do straight after the event?

I kiss my wife waiting for me right after the line with my medal. Stay with my friends and family. Join and/or wait for other competitors I know. And when I'm able to walk again, take my bags and bike and go home to rest.

How do you prepare yourself mentally?

I do not prepare me mentally precisely. I'm not stressed before, this is my wife's part. Lucky me! Living in Nice, I try to run and ride the courses as many times as I can. Knowing them perfectly makes me feel more relax and ready mentally.

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We'd like to wish Robert and all of this year's competitors a fantastic race!

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The Fete de la Musique

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The Fete de la Musique is a a free music event which spans the whole of France. Every year on Summer Solstice French towns are transformed into festivals, with bands and singers performing in concerts, town Squares on even on the pavements. The festival is one of France’s favourites and government figures say that 10 million people have been taking to the streets to celebrate in recent years.

In Nice the main event takes place in Place Massena, where there is a huge, free star studded concert. Tickets for this usually sell out very quickly but many people crowd into the surrounding locals parks to hear the music and dance the night away.

The Fete de la Musique is one of the few nights of the year where the government relaxes the licensing laws so the party really can go on until late!

If your music tastes are a little more eclectic, why not head down to Vieux Nice (The Old Town) where you’ll find a huge range of performers singing and dancing in the narrow streets. Vieux Nice does get very busy so if you’d prefer to enjoy the Fete de la Musique in quieter surroundings head out into the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Picnic in Dingle – The Essential Guide

Now that you’ve chosen your perfect Picnic Hotspot it’s time to focus on the food. From the freshest salads, to vegan treats, to a ripe cheeses these fabulous Dingle retailers stock everything you need to create a mouth-watering meal. Plus we're offering you the chance to win a picnic basket filled with goodies when you book one of our Dingle properties*

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Crinkle Stores

Sarah Dolan’s ‘Crinkle Stores' is a small but perfectly formed foodie heaven that stocks artisan products from around the Dingle Peninsula. Visit her deli counter where you’ll find a range of fresh and flavoursome salads or grab one of her freshly ground coffees to go.

Address: Green Street, Dingle.

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Grá Dingle Health Foods

Gra Dingle Health foods, run by Kate, is a small apothecary style shop selling an array nourishing tasty treats & delicious vegan or gluten free nibbles. They also stock a variety of raw chocolate, as well as Irish & artisan foods. All of which can be washed down with something sparkling & refreshing, such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer or kefir & kombucha. On Friday mornings Kate takes delivery of locally baked spelt bread & scones.

Address: Main Street, Grove, Dingle.

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The Little Cheese Shop

Run by by Mark Murphy, who also runs the Dingle Cookery School, The Little Cheese shop sells a wonderful selection of cheeses and accompaniments. Since taking over the shop, Mark has reduced the number of cheeses stocked in order to focus on cheeses with a local connection. Don’t forget the crackers!

Address: Grey's Lane, Dingle

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Win a fabulous picnic to be delivered during your stay in Dingle!

We're offering the chance to win this fantastic prize to anyone who books a stay with us in Dingle before 21st June. After booking all you have to do to be entered into the prize draw is send an email to enquiries@stayyna.com with PICNIC as the subject line.  Entries must be received before 21st June. Picnic valid until October 31st 2018

Here’s the Stay YNA essential guide for planning the perfect picnic!

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Choose your spot - The whole idea behind a picnic is to enjoy the great outdoors so choose your spot wisely. If you need a inspiration you can see the hottest spots in Dingle in our last post. If you’re planning on taking your dog, you may want to consider checking if your chosen spot is pet friendly before you arrive.

Picnic packing - Forgetting the cutlery or a bottle opener can put a real downer on the day. Make a checklist that you can tick off as you pack your basket. We suggest:

Something comfortable to sit on - blankets, quilts, old table cloths or even large bath towels are great options.

Plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, glasses and a chopping board - If you prefer real  crockery over plastic wrap it all up in what you’ll be sitting on to prevent breakages.

Cooler Packs - take plenty of these to ensure your picnic stays fresh until you’re ready to eat it. If space in your basket is is limited you can freeze your drinks so that they double as a cooler pack but don’t forget they’ll need to defrost before you can drink them.

Sunscreen and insect repellent

Board games, magazines and newspapers

Bin bags and baby wipes

And last but definitely not least….

A bottle opener and corkscrew!

 

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Food and Drink

Picnics should be relaxed and leisurely affairs so be sure to pack easy to eat food that you can graze on as you take in the stunning scenery around you. Sandwiches are a natural choice but choose your fillings with care, there are few things worse than a soggy sandwich! It’s best to wrap sandwiches in greaseproof paper rather that plastic as this prevents them from sweating.

Sausage rolls and scotch eggs are also traditional staples of a picnic being portable and easy to eat but why not try something different, Frittata, chicken skewers, falafel, cheese, tarts and quiche all taste extra special when al fresco.

On a hot day there’s nothing quite like a chilled glass of Rose to wash down your picnic but for the non drinkers we suggest something light and refreshing such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer - all of which can be found at Grá Dingle Health Foods!

Book one of our properties in Dingle before 21st of June and be entered into our lucky prize draw to win a luxurious picnic basket to be delivered during your stay!

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Dingle The Picnic Peninsula

Grab your blankets and baskets and join us in Dingle to celebrate National Picnic week 15th-24th June 2018!

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In our forthcoming blog series ‘Dingle - the Picnic Peninsula’ we’ll be showing you some stunning picnic locations, where to buy fabulous picnic food and sharing picnic recipes guaranteed to please friends and family! We’ll also be offering some fantastic discounts on our range of Dingle properties and offering one lucky reader the chance to win a luxurious picnic to enjoy on your stay in Dingle.

 

Dingle is Ireland’s west most peninsula. Its unique landscape is home to over 2,000 beautifully preserved monuments left over from the The Bronze ages, the Dark ages and even Hollywood films! Both its archaeological heritage and scenery are stunning. The main town, also called Dingle, is picturesque and well equipped with everything you need for a magical holiday. As one of Ireland’s largest Gaeltact towns it has a large number of pubs, some of which double as shops in the daytime!

 

Our 48 luxury and boutique homes are managed by Clodagh and Phil Edwards and their team. With their passion for Kerry, and as members of the local community, Clodagh and Phil are a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to things to do, places to eat and, of course, where to find the best ‘craic’!

 

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Picnic Hotspots, Dingle!

With the warm weather fast approaching it’s time to rediscover our passion for dining Al Fresco. In celebration of National Picnic Week, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest picnic spots in Dingle, Ireland.

Glanteenassig Forest Park

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Situated at the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains and covering an area of 450 hectares, the Glanteenassig Forest Park consists of  woodland, mountain, lake peatland and is an outdoor enthusiasts dream to explore. There are three walking trails in Glanteenassig. The River Trail (1.1km, 30 mins, easy),The Lough Slat (0.3km, 5 mins, Access for all) and the Lough Caum Loop (2km, 1 hour, moderate). There are picnic tables around each of the lakes so when you’ve finished your walk you can eat and relax while taking in the breathtaking scenery. There’s fantastic fishing to be had here but you will need a permit, ask at the SPA in Castlegory tourist office by the SPA in Castlegory. Open 08.00 – 22.00 (Summer) 08.00 – 18.00 (Winter)

 

Built in 1896, Brandon Pier used to be heaving with up to 100 canoes all out fishing for Mackerel, which would be salted and then shipped off to North America. The trade has died out now but people still fish for mackerel off the high walls and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. Grab a pint of Guinness from Murphey’s bar and soak up the atmosphere as well as the stunning view of Brandon Bay and the mountains.

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Hussey’s Folly

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Named after the Local land Agent RM Hussey, Hussey’s folly was built during the Great famine in 1845 as a means of providing employment for the poor. On a fine day it’s a wonderful spot to picnic and watch all of the comings and goings of the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of local super star Fungie The Dolphin. There’s a little pebble beach, called the Sláidín which is great for swimming from and a car park just a five minute walk away.

 

Possibly one of the most iconic sites on the peninsular, Coumeenole Beach is on the stunning Slea Head drive. By the road you’ll find picnic tables overlooking the cliffs where you can enjoy your lunch. If you fancy stretching your legs you can stroll down the track to the beach, which was one of the filming locations for Ryan’s Daughter. Please note that the strong currents in the water make the beach unsafe for swimming.

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Great Blasket Island

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During the 1920’s and 1930’s the Blasket Island Authors produced some remarkable books. At the heart of their community lay an ancient tradition of Oral storytelling, but fearing that their way of like was coming to an end some of the Blasket Islanders wrote their stories down in the Irish language. These books are considered to be classics.The Island is uninhabited now but you can take a ferry from Dun Chaoin pier or hire a boat to this unique and beautiful place. Before your picnic you can take a stroll through the historic village or go swimming with the seals, before enjoying lunch on the white sandy beach or the grassy banks above.

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Dingle Welcomes Spring!

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Shake off the old darkness of Winter and welcome the light! It will soon be time to celebrate the official arrival of Summer with the rich and vibrant Feile Na Bealtaine 2018 in Dingle. Let’s take a look ahead to the much-anticipated festivities and banish those Winter blues once and for all!

Feile Na Bealtaine has evolved from a tentative one-day event in the nineties to a full-blown, five-day multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place every May Bank Holiday weekend in Dingle.

Kicking off on Thursday 3rd May this year and running to Monday, 7th May, there is guaranteed to be events for all tastes and age groups. Street theatre, children’s events, music of all types, poetry recitals, art exhibitions, short films, long films, comedy acts, concerts, art exhibitions, storytelling and a poetry trail are just some of the exciting events we have to look forward to.

One of the highlights of Féile Na Bealtaine is the free Oíche Bealtaine event (pagan rave).  Attendees are given a deliberately vague location in the town at which to meet and are only taken to the secret ritual grounds once a crowd has gathered. This year, the meeting place will be outside the church on Green Street at 9pm on the Saturday.

We interviewed Billy Mag Fhiloinn, one of the men behind the mask…

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  1. Tell us a bit about the Feile - what is it, how did it start, what is so special about it. 

Feile na Bealtaine began in Dingle 24 years ago, rather modestly, primarily as a poetry festival. It has grown spectacularly over the years and is now one of the premiere arts festivals in Munster, if not Ireland. Its strength lies in its sense of community and locality, and its very broad appeal. People come from all over the world, and all elements of the arts are prominent in the festival, and this variety is vital to its success.

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2.How did you get involved in the festival? 

I have been attending for a long time, but for several years I ran an event with artists, archaeologists and designers. We used ancient technology to make cast bronze objects. I also had an expert traveller tinsmith who taught us how to make traditional sheet metal vessels. In recent years, I have shifted gears, and have introduced a folklore/music/performance event, which is in effect a large communal ritual involving fire, ceremony and costumes.

  1. The Pagan festival is part of the Feile - How did the Pagan tradition start in Dingle and how does the Pagan rave tie into the Feile festival? 

I was speaking to a friend on the committee, and we were remarking how the féile is named after one of the ancient pre-Christian festivals, but did not reflect this aspect of traditional culture, and how interesting it might be to introduce elements of that into the proceedings. Now it forms a fairly important part of the festival, and seems to draw a lot of performers, participants and spectators together in a great communal celebration.

  1. The costumes are crazy! Can you tell me about the meaning behind them?

Some are fun and frivolous, some are serious and scary, and others are something in between. I spend a lot of time making them, it has taken many years to bring them all together. I have about fifty now, and more on the way. I draw on many things for inspiration, nature, folklore, myths and legends, and aspects of film and pop culture. But all the time I try to make them organic, and a little disturbing to the senses. The material is the most important part, wood, leather, bone, shell, straw and so on. I hope that they come across as elemental, and resonate with people on some deep level of the subconscious. Familiar and strange at once.

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  1. What’s the atmosphere like when you are performing? 

We try to cultivate a feeling of otherworldliness, like one has been transported out of ordinary time and place, and to somewhere else. If we are successful, people should feel like they have stepped out of time, and into the in-between place, where ritual transformation takes place.

  1. Last year pagan rave you burned the Wicker Man, what does this symbolise? 

It’s largely based on the 1970’s film, which has been very influential on the project, but it also refers back to an account by the ancient Greeks and Romans of Celts burning massive effigies containing victims sacrificed to their gods. We are not so bloodthirsty though, we just like the spectacle. Everyone seems to enjoy a good effigy burning too, and there’s something cathartic about the whole process.

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  1. Describe the Pagan rave in 3 words...

Strange, Wild, Liberating

  1. How can a visitor to Dingle get involved in the festival? Is it spectator event or can they partake? 

It’s a bit of both. There’s a straw costume workshop on Friday the 4th in Currans, where people can make their own costumes for the next day’s event. We encourage people to dress appropriately, like otherworld beings from the deep past, and when the music is underway, it is important for us all, everyone present, to dance and shout and surrender to the communal joy.

  1. For you, describe Dingle in 3 words? 

It’s traditional, contemporary, and vibrant.

 

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You can find out more about Billy here -

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Riviera Ready with Annina!

Its nearly that time of the year, The French Riviera rolls out the red carpet once again and welcomes the industry’s hottest celebrities. The annual Cannes Film Festival is set it return May the 9th – May 18th, where show stopping dresses, red bottom shoes and glitzy jewels will take over the carpet.

To get this year’s fashion inside, we Interviewed Annina Kraft, a model and Cannes Boutique dress shop owner of Annika Dress

1.What is the inspiration behind Annika? 

Annika is a clothing boutique that offers fashionable, sexy and luxurious party and evening dresses without the hefty price tag most other fashion stores charge their clients. It offers the opportunity to buy a stunning dress without breaking the bank.

2. What kind of style epitomises Annika? 

 Our dresses are all glam with a hint of sexy...or a lot of sexy

3.Can you describe the kind of woman wears Annika? 

Our clientele are women from all ages and backgrounds, locals and tourists alike, who love to be on trend and enjoy dressing up.

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4. Why did you choose the French Riviera to start Annika Dresses? 

I chose the French Riviera as I have been based here for the past 14 years and I saw a gap in the market for what we offer.

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5. What is the atmosphere like while Cannes Film Festival is here?

The atmosphere is electric. Everything and everyone is just ready to be fab and party away....it’s truly unique and a must on every bodies bucket list.

6. What trends can we expect to see on the Cannes red carpet this year? 

The past years the gowns were "barely there dresses" with ultra-high side splits and see through materials. I think this trend will continue.

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7.What's your best celebrity moment at the Cannes film festival? 

A few years ago, I went to some high-profile parties during the Festival, that was before I was busy with the boutique. I got to party with some A list celebs till the early morning hours. Of course, I cannot mention their names...that would not be professional!

8.Do you have any advice for tourists hoping to spot some celebrities? 

Best celeb spotting points are the exclusive parties that are hosted during the festival such as Elton John’s amfar gala at Eden Rock, the Chopard party or the Vanity Fair party. That said, its pricey to get tickets to those events but not impossible. Everyone who has the necessary cash can go. And I have in the past years helped many of my tourist clients and local clients to get their hands on those rare and exclusive tickets. Apart from that, the red carpet is a great spotting place, or any of the hotel bars and lobbies, and the beach clubs.

9.Where are the best places to hang out during the Cannes film festival? 

The private parties are the best. But it’s also fab just to walk around and enjoy a coffee or a drink anywhere in the centre of Cannes especially alongside the Croisette. People watching is just amazing during this time of the year.

10. Which celebrity do you feel epitomises Annika style and you would love to dress? 

I think J.Lo represents our style well. Always classy yet always sexy but sophisticated.

11.Where is the best place you have spotted someone wearing an Annika dress? 

On the red carpet. I had a Russian model purchase a few of our dresses last year during her stay in Cannes and she posted the most glam Video of her walking down the red carpet in her ANNIKA dress while paparazzi went crazy to get a picture of her.

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Weaving the Way in Dingle!

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Some people might think it would be hard for one craft business to stand out in a place like Dingle which is so vibrantly awash with creative talent, but Fiadh Handwoven Products has a quality that sets it apart from the rest.

Fiadh Durham, the person behind the business, has an extraordinary eye for fabric and tone. Fiadh is a real advocate for carving a successful career out of a natural talent and this is very evident in the beauty of her crafts.

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We caught up with Dingle’s local weaver…

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I think I'm really lucky that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. My inspiration for colour and pattern is just endless. All I have to do is go for a walk or a drive to a beach or up a hill. And it's not necessarily just landscape, there are indigenous colours and textures that are very diverse all year round. I use that all the time to influence my work and as the seasons change naturally so do my collections.

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Why did you choose a Fawn for your logo?

There are a few interesting things about the logo and the label and why I decided to go with the fawn image.

First of all "Fiadh", my name, is the Irish word for "deer" so I wanted to incorporate that into the design somehow. I feel that the simplicity of the fawn image helps people to easily associate it with my woven products. The other interesting thing is that the Irish word for weaver is "Fiodóir" so it's almost like it was meant to be!

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The loom looks difficult to operate, can you talk me through your crating process…

I love to demonstrate how set up my loom and how contrasting textures contribute to bringing out a pattern. Setting up the loom is time consuming, but I enjoy the mathematical element to the preparation. Everything has to be planned out really well beforehand to get the pattern right. Only when this stage is complete can the weaving begin.

I find the work process really satisfying. You start with just a colour combination or pattern that you're interested in and then you bring together the materials. You're starting with individual threads and making it into a finished piece. That alone is really satisfying but then someone wears it and loves it so that's doubling up again. That in itself is a huge driving force for me in the business.

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Where did your creative flair come from?

Both of my parents are musicians and my sister Sorcha is the instrumentalist in the well-known Dingle band Walking on Cars. I graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Textiles in 2007. After graduation I went on and worked at a weaving company in the town for five years before setting up my own business in 2013. Before I came across weaving I didn't really have a huge interest in it and she now want to show people how amazing the craft can be. 

I want to create products that are new, exciting, contemporary with a real focus on design.

 

When you’re not out getting inspired by Dingle’s beauty, where can we find you?

You can find me designing and creating my products in the shop/workshop in Dingle, with Oisín, my much-loved dog who is a hugely popular and playful character in the shop.

It is here that I enjoy engaging with my customers, showing them different ways to wear the products which include scarves, blankets and accessories and informing them about my crafts.

I'm privileged in that I love what I do. There are so many rewarding elements of the work. One is having my own business, so I decide what way I want things to go. It has its challenges as well obviously.

 

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Fiadh's shop is located on lower Main Street, Dingle and her products can be ordered online via her website. 

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Website: www.fiadh.ie

Twitter: @fiadhwovendesign

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fiadhwovendesign

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A Festival with a DIFFerence…

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For the 12th year, March 22nd to March 25th, Dingle welcomes creatives from across the globe to its can’t miss event – The Dingle Film Festival. A unique, unforgettable experience, that showcases Films, animations and short films over 4 days. With the festival being around the corner, we caught up with Maurice Galway, founder and festival director.

1.How and why did the film festival start in Dingle?

I have always loved film and I make film myself. Back in late 2005, following 5 years with a film festival I founded, I took a 6 month break with my wife and our then 3 young children. We travelled mostly through the South Pacific. During the course of those travels I took time to plan my next move. I knew I wanted to continue in a film festival capacity, so when I returned I set up Dingle IFF in the amazing town of Dingle - knowing that this is such an incredible destination to bring filmmakers to.

Maurice Galway - Founder and Festival Director

2.What makes Dingle Film festival unique?

We coined the phrase, the DIFFerence is Dingle and it truly is.  The location is unique; The Phoenix Cinema built in 1937, the 200 year old St. James Church and The Blasket Centre are such unique venues to exhibit film in. On top of that you’ve got award winning hotels, restaurants and bars amongst and all this against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean with the beautiful Conors Pass on one side and the Slea Head Peninsula on the other.  Hemmed in by beauty.

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3.What does it take for a film to be shown at the Dingle film festival? 

Within such a quality environment, we cannot let ourselves down with poor programming or selection.  In dingle we pride ourselves in exhibiting quality film. I watch every film that is submitted. The process is rigorous and takes time, but the end result is a showcasing of exceptional films from around the world presented in intimate settings to our audiences. With features, I have built up a strong relationship with various distributors over the years, and this, together with visits to other festivals, is essential. The net result is a selection of quality films being presented with as many of the filmmakers attending as possible. This selection process is done with expertise drawn from our film friends in Ireland, the UK, France and USA.

4.What films are top of your list to see at this year’s film festival and why? 

Both our opening and closing films are really important films to me and have very strong local connections. The Camino Voyage is a film documenting the epic journey some local musicians and artists made on a Navoage (traditional boat) and Keepers of The Flame is a world premiere by local director Nuala O Connor.

We have Western and Sami Blood, which won The LUX Prize from The EU Parliament this year and with that you can see the films with both English and Irish subtitles, which is really cool and totally unique to us.

Other great Irish titles include; Michael Inside, (winner of The IFTA this year for Best Feature); Kissing Candice; The Silver Branch; and Song of Granite.

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The Keepers of the Flame

5.You support young Irish film artists, what advice would you give to aspiring artists?

We do support emerging talent.  This year our Pow Wow event for them will have a Chinwag and a Banter with actors Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Paul McGann (Whitnail & I); director, Michael Uppendahl (Ray Donovon, Mad Men); and actress Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovon). With the French Embassy we have an opportunity for young filmmakers to work with VR 360. My advice is believe in yourself, your vision and keep working on it, never give up; it might sound cliché but it is about staying with it and believing in your own unique voice – keep looking up and aim high.

6.What’s your favourite film and why? 

Hardest question in the world, I love so much film. Recently I watched Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and I totally loved the film, I love how imaginative it was, like so much of his work. Sally Hawkins was wonderful in the film. I heard Del Toro speak at Annecy International Animation Festival and he is such a creative, right from his first film Cronos, I love his work. Growing up I loved Sergio Leone’s westerns, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and all the others.

7.Who and what films should we watch out for in 2018? 

Black ’47 directed by Lance Daly, is a film you are going to hear so much more about later this year. It is a film set during the famine here in Ireland and is already being talked about as one of the most important Irish films ever made. We have a screening of the film here at Dingle IFF.

Attending Dingle IFF is Barry Keoghan, an actor from Dublin, recently in Dunkirk and The Killing of A Sacred Deer and he is a real rising star.

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Barry Keoghan

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Black '47

8.Can the general public go to see films?

Absolutely! We programme with the general audience in mind. Simply book online or call into our box office in The Phoenix Cinema.

9.What is the atmosphere like during the film festival in Dingle town? 

The town is really buzzing with great fun each night in the festival clubs. You’ll see lots of young filmmakers and animators’ walking around the town with their festival passes on and with so many great celebrities having visited us over the years you never know who you might meet.  It’s an easy town to navigate and you repeatedly see people so it all becomes very comfortable, very familiar, very quickly.  Everyone becomes a part of the overall.

10.What would you recommend a first timer to the Dingle film festival to do during their visit? 

Well they absolutely have to go to see a film in the amazing Phoenix Cinema and another in St. James’ Church, these venues really are a unique place to experience film in.

 

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St. James’ Church

11.Everyone loves Dingle, but what do you love about Dingle? 

I love the scenery and the beaches – I particularly like to swim on Bín Bán beach.  I love to hill walk in the surrounding mountains.  I love visiting Kilmalkedar Church, looking at the view over Clogher Head and then, of course, enjoying a pint in the far too many excellent pubs to mention!

You can find out more information about the Dingle Film Festival and book tickets here –

http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com

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