Posted by: chiarraigrrl | February 13, 2011

Flotsam and jetsam

First, my favourite election campaign ever:

Vote Vader

I checked out the website listed at the bottom of the poster ( and discovered:

UpStart is a non-profit arts collective which aims to put creativity at the centre of public consciousness during the Irish General Election Campaign in 2011. We plan to do this by reinterpreting the spaces commonly used for displaying election campaign posters in Dublin City.

The objectives of UpStart are to encourage a debate on the role of the arts in this state. Our aim is to highlight the importance of creativity and ingenuity when society is in need of direction and solutions, and to emphasize the value of the arts to public life. We believe that the futuredevelopment of the country requires a healthy cultivation of the Arts.

UpStart comprises artists and writers from Ireland and abroad and are non-aligned to any political party.

More of that sort of thing, please. 🙂

And speaking of the arts, it turns out that “cult American hip-hop poet” Sage Francis is doing a gig in Whelan’s on the 17th of April (and, interestingly, his twitter account indicates a second Irish date – will be keeping an eye out!). Once upon a time at the University of Rhode Island there was this really nice, really talented guy Sage who was in a hip-hop group called Art Official Intelligence and ran a poetry night at a little student-run coffeehouse (called 193 Degrees) where I volunteered occasionally. It’s a trip to see him again, and in Whelan’s? Should be a fantastic night. Tickets are available here.


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