Performing Poetry Project

The Performing Poetry Project returns to the Back Loft with a fantastic lineup of poets and musicians! 

Admission is FREE!

Once again there will be food, drink and feel free to bring your own! 

Sunday, October 6th, 3.00pm

The Back Loft Gallery, St Augustine St, Dublin 8



Kimberly Campanello

Nerys Williams

Maurice Scully

New music by J.C. Creasy & the Wayside Singers



La Cat Explore, the home of oddity and the offbeat, announces theStory-smelling Salon on Tuesday 12 November, at 7pm. We are seeking writers and storytellers to provide the tales - from poetry to prose, from modern life to the mythical and marvellous. While the storytellers read or recite, the blind-folded audience will experience the touch, whispers and smell sensations within the story, as brought to life by a cast of volunteers. Recreating the magic of a late-night storytelling session for your adult selves, the event is not to be missed!

Send your most sensation-packed, smell-filled, touchable tales by email to if you would like to be involved, or, if you'd prefer to act as part of the volunteer crew on the night, please drop us an email.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 21st October.

Dublin Live Art Festival (DLAF13)

Dublin Live Art Festival 2013 recognises and celebrates the huge surge in interest and production of live art in Ireland today. Expect to be surprised, stimulated, inspired, moved, stirred and shaken up by DLAF13’s dynamic programme of Irish live art alongside some very special guest artists from overseas. With a variety of events happening throughout the week, there’ll be something for everyone. Be Excited! 
More info:

Dublin Live Art Festival 2013 programme at a glance:

Date: Wednesday 25th September
~Time: 19.30-22.30
Event: Launch of Dublin Live Art Festival 2013

Date: Thursday 26th September
~Time: 10.00-16.00
Event: Performance Art Masterclass with Nigel Rolfe
~Time: 19.30-22.30
Event: LIVESTOCK Blender at the Back Loft

Date: Friday 27th September
~Time: 14.00-17.00
Event: Liz Aggiss Workshop
~Time: 19.30-22.30
Event: Weeks and Whitford

Date: Saturday 28th September
~Time: 10.00-13.00
Event: Seminar: Sustaining Performance Art Practices
~Time: 13.00- 16.30
Event: Unit 1 Off-Site
~Time: 16.00-17.00
Event: Curators Panel How do we build our live art community?
~Time: 19.30-22.30
Event: Áine Phillips presents I give you Utopias

Date: Sunday 29th September
~Time: 12.00-13.00
Event: Artists Panel How do we build our live art community?
~Time: 13.00-15.00
Event: Potluck Picnic
~Time: 15.00- 16.30
Event: Meabh Redmond and Cathal Sherlock presents an Interactive Presentation
~Time: 19.30- 20.30
Event: Liz Aggiss- Survival Tactics
~Time: 20.30-22.30
Event: Dublin Live Art Festival Closing Party


DEEP at The back Loft for the Fringe Festival

by Raymond Scannell

Dublin Fringe Festival Week 2
17th - 22nd September
The Back Loft, La Catedral Studios
7 - 11 St Augustine Street

Sir Henry’s in the ‘90’s… Were you there?

Its the Summer of 1988 and Cork's emigration generation are following the beat... in perfect time for a new night starting at Sir Henry’s nightclub: SWEAT. Ten years ago the spiritual home of Cork’s first generation of House music fanatics closed forever. Following its sell-out premiere at the Cork Midsummer Festival, this new show from Raymond Scannell, exploring the social backdrop of the time, marks the occasion.

DEEP follows the life of Larry Lehane, chasing the footsteps of his brother Danny, at the cusp of a new era for music. Turning the tables on two decades, from the rise of Acid House to the Euro changeover, we see, through Larry’s smiley-face, the evolution of Cork’s underground, of the city, as the beats rise and fall.
Featuring documentary interviews of the club’s main figures and footage of nights at the club, this is the story of an era; the rants and raves of a Vinyl Junkie who, at 35, has lived through the peaks and troughs of the last twenty years, and is still keeping time, 4 to the floor.

Raymond’s previous solo performance Mimic premiered at the 2007 Cork Midsummer Festival and has toured the world. Most recently, he composed the music for thisispopbaby’s musical Alice in Funderland at the Abbey Theatre. Raymond is part of Six in the Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute resource sharing initiative. DEEP is supported by the Arts Council / Chomhairle Ealíon.

Writer and Performer Ray Scannell
Director Tom Creed
Original Direction Louise Lowe
Design Ciaran O’Melia
Sound Design Carl Kennedy
Sound Consultant Peter Power
Video Design Craig Cox

Produced by Maura O’Keeffe & Irene O’Mara

Culture Night, 20th September

La Catedral Studios will throw its doors open to the general public on the occasion of Culture Night, Friday 20th of September! From 5 to 11 pm the artists of the studios will welcome visitors to stroll around and nose into their studios... This is a unique opportunity to view work in progress and also buy artwork directly from the artists. Bodypainting demonstration and caricature sketching will be amongst the attractions of the night! Also the play DEEP will be on show at the Back Loft as part of the Fringe Festival. Be there or be square! 

A preview of the artists work is available on this link.

CALL FOR WORK: Mamuska Dublin, 8th November

  *MAMUSKA DUBLIN  returns Friday 8th November 2013 @ THE BACK LOFT, 7.30pm*

 La Cat Salons calls local, national and international artists to participate in the upcoming Mamuska Dublin! This is a regular platform for presenting, viewing and discussing evolving works,  raw ideas, unrehearsed visions, trials and errors, short masterpieces,  playful nonsense, first steps... all in the context of an informal  environment where like-minded artists meet, mingle and receive  feedback from the audience. Be a part of it!

A maximum of ten artists will present their work, with lively musical breaks.

Submission criteria:

 * open to works in the fields of dance, live performance, live installation, sound and video art
 * all works must be under 10 minutes long
 * all works must have very simple technical set up and requirements
 * send title, duration and brief description of work submitted
 * include a brief bio of the artists involved
 * inclusion of supporting material is recommended

 *Closing Date For Submissions: Monday 21st October*

 Email all submissions to La Cat Salons curator Brigit McCone at Mamuska Dublin is supported by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme and is an inhouse production of La Catedral Studios. Pictured artists:
Erika Capello and Monica Insinga.