Why The Stars Choose Ibiza

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For decades celebrities have been flocking to the The White Isle, and it’s not difficult to see why. The island is host to pristine beaches, high end restaurants and legendary nightlife.

 

Back in the 1950’s Ibiza was the playground of Hollywood’s finest, Errol Flynn would moor his yacht on the waterfront and head into The Old Town, where he was a regular. In the 1960’s Elizabeth Taylor and Ursula Andress used to grace the sunkissed beaches, and Terry Thomas, Denholm Elliot and Leslie Phillips held infamous parties in the hills of Santa Eulalia. In the 1970’s The Bee gees bought Casa Isabella, a beautiful property in San Antonio. Today, Ibiza is as much a celebrity haunt as it’s ever been with A-listers such as Kate Moss, P-Diddy and Christiano Ronaldo sailing in for a summer break.

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The reasons for such an influx of the rich and famous are the same now as they were in the 1950’s; the stunning scenery, secluded cloves with their white sandy beaches, the exclusive nightlife and the ability to escape the paparazzi.

So if you fancy a little star spotting this summer, why not take a look at the incredible properties we have available, including the aforementioned Casa Isabella, former home of the Bee Gees.

 

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Dime On Festival, Nice 2018.

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Now in it's fourth year, Dime on Fest was started in 2015 by Producer and Co founder of Dime On Records, Medi. 

DIME ON FEST is a unique musical experience.

During a non-stop show, the singers join each other on stage, one after the other, and are all backed up by the one and only house band.

Here's a round up of this year's headliners!

Charlie Winston

Charlie Winston (born September 14, 1978) is an English indie and folk singer, songwriter and musician.

Charlie Winston played bass guitar for his brother Tom Baxter, appearing on Baxter’s Feather and Stone album. As well as touring with Tom, much of Charlie’s early career saw him composing music for, and performing in, London-based contemporary theatre productions. Charlie then moved to France where he had come to the attention of record label Atmosphériques who introduced him to Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Louise Attaque) with whom Charlie recorded his second album ‘Hobo’.

The first single from Charlie's upcoming fifth album was released on 8 June 2018. It's called The Weekend. The album, entitled Square 1, is set for release on 28 September 2018.

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Madame Monsieur

Madame Monsieur, husband-and-wife vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas, were selected to represent France in Euorvision 2018 following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”.
In April 2018 their released their debut studio album ”Vu d’ici” a French pop album that borders on urban music. The album features 14 tracks, including the full version of their Eurovision song “Mercy”. Madame Monsieur are currently touring France.

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Joyce Jonathan

Singer Songwriter, Joyce Jonathan, was one of France's first major internet successes. In 2007, at the age of just 16 she began posting her songs on MySpace. After being launched on the website, My Major Company, Joyce Jonathan was able to fund her first album, "Sur mes gardes". Less than a year after, the album was certified platinum. On 23 January 2011 she received the NRJ Music Awards of the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year. On 4 May 2018, Joyce Jonathan released her single On, which will be a track of an album set to be released soon in 2018.

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Dime On Fest is held on Aug 04th in the exceptional setting of the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice. If you're thinking of joining the party take a look at the properties we have available.

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Jazz Festival Nice 2018 – STAYYNA Interview Singer Julie Follis

Here at [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

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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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If you're thinking of heading to Nice Jazz festival, check out the fantastic properties we have available to rent!

Marjolaine

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Monroe

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Adriana

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Eve

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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*

*Terms and conditions apply. See below for competition details.

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 [email protected] 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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We’re offering a fantastic €100 off when you book 5 nights or more in Dingle June 2018!

Take a look at our available properties and fill the gaps for our super hot offer!

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Captain’s Rest

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Daisy

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Dingle Sands

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Doras Dearg

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Gilly May’s Loft

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Killarney Haven

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Little Liss Cottage

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Mountain View

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Pebble Cottage

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Salone House

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The Break

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The Lookout

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Wild Atlantic Rest

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Wine Strand House

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Woodland Lodge

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Poppy Lane

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Dingle Welcomes Spring!

Book your May or September Dingle stay! 

We are offering €100 off your May and September Dingle booking! 

Don't miss out on Dingle's best weather! BOOK NOW! 

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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.

 

You can find out more information on the Feile here -

http://feilenabealtaine.ie/home/category/2018/6-may/

You can find out more about Billy here -

https://tradition.ie

Don't forget to book your Dingle stays!

We're offering €100 off your May and September 2018 booking! 

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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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You can purchase Annina's beautiful red carpet ready dresses here -

www.myannika.com

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