V*A*P*I*D Video Art Salon

La Cat Explore invites you to V*A*P*I*D, a special Sunday salon of Video Artistic Photographic Imagery Displays; where the videos are anything but vapid!

We offer:
Visual Animated Panoramic Imaginative Diversity!  
Virtual Alternative Pixellated Innovative Dreams!!

Featuring 3D audiovisual-mapping sculptures and kinetic, interactive video installations from media master Jeff O'Riordan, live VJ video-mixing by Mr. Marco Gutierrez, a full line-up of film and animation from local and international filmmaking talent: Moran Been-noon, Stephanie Golden, Lesley Ann Daley, Kate McElroy, Pierre Jolivet, Angie Duignan, Marqu Pop, John Freeman, Lemeh42, Pierpaolo Vitale, Sean Hanrahan, Ciarna Hackett, Marek Bogacki Staszkiewicz, Brigit McCone, Raoul Simpson and Darragh O'Callaghan.

Roam around and explore our special video niches for a solo viewing experience: our WankBank Media Tank of Audiovisual Assault features intense video works from Lynda Phelan, Naomi Vone, Darragh O'Callaghan and Sarawut Chutiwongpeti. Our Mezzanine of Mysterious Musings, a balcony lounging space, will be screening meditative works from filmmakers Karen Forrester, Catherine Harty & John Thompson and Eva Richardson McCrea.

The event is absolutely free, so drop in after your shopping, tune in and chill out for an alternative Christmas vibe - this Sunday 8th December from 4 - 9p.m. Featuring a fully stocked cafe with feasting, frolics and great raffle prizes.  

La Cat Explore is part of the inhouse-curated programme of the Back Loft venue, 7-11 St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8, and is sponsored by the Arts Council Small Festivals Scheme.


"DREAMING A WAY" Exhibition by Roberta Rizzo

“We are made of the same substance of dream”. (W.S.)

Roberta Rizzo is an Italian artist, based in Dublin. Her South of Italy roots are the main source and inspiration of her artwork. She paints in acrylics; painting is her way to dream, her contact to fantasy, her deep voice of soul.
 “Dreaming a way” is her first solo exhibition in Dublin. Through her paintings she offers her personal vision of particular landscapes and feelings with the aim of sharing them with a wider audience.
"Dreaming a way" is an invite to dream with her, a celebration to the lightness of being and let go of reality for one instant.
Dreaming a way” is made up of three themes: the first one concerns her native environment, in particular Puglia and Sicily which left a deep mark in her soul and experiences; the second one concerns her trip to Iceland and the most enchanting scenarios she had ever seen; the last one represents her personal emotional landscape about human beings and feelings, love and solitude, sadness, passion and life.
Preview: 11th December, 5.30-7.30 pm
Viewing, 12-13th December, 12-7.30 pm or by appointment: ph. 0873954015,

'Mad as Mist and Snow'

 Sunday, 15th December, 7pm
Larry Beau leads a gathering of vagabonds and minstrels for ‘Mad as Mist and Snow’ an unconventional Christmas concert and celebration of all tides Yule at the Back Loft venue. Far from the marketing madness of tinsel-topped shopping sprees, let Beau lead you on a journey of festive feasting and frolics, storytelling songs and lyrical lore, amid live musical marvels and audiovisual awesomeness, mulled wine, royal chai tea and hot incredible edibles!
Larry Beau is a Galway born minstrel, composer and songwriter. He began as resident musician with San Francisco's Omnicircus, before developing his identity as a modern- day Irish Minstrel after twelve months’ story collecting in Dingle in 2002. Since then he has traveled with his show to New York, Hollywood, Edinburgh, Florence and Berlin's traveling vintage tavern -Spiegeltent. Beau has released three critically acclaimed albums to date, including William The Brave and  I Dream of Tiger Rose. He has performed at the Electric Picnic, live on RTE Radio1, Tg4 and Tv3. ‘Mad as Mist and Snow’ will feature special performances of songs from his forthcoming album The Sundance Vagabonds, a celebration of the hope, love and survival of society’s underdogs.
If Kate Bush and John Lennon had a love-child, Larry Beau would be their shy black-clad son. - THE TIMES
Like a stray from the nether regions of Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, Larry Beau inhabits a gothic underworld where decadence, lust and horror vie with one another for his, and our, attentions. ‘I Dream Of Tiger Rose’ is a heady amalgam of high-camp cabaret and doleful balladry - IRISH TIMES
Heartstopping - HOTPRESS

Teada Orchestra

Monday 2nd December, 7.30pm
Artwork by Ena Brennan
Téada (the Irish word for ‘string’) are a group of 22 violin, viola, cello and double 
bass players who came together through their love of string music, and now 
form Dublin’s newest orchestral collective. Coming from such diverse 
musical backgrounds as classical, trad and jazz, they bring you a colourful 
selection for their debut showcase, spanning a century of string repertoire.
The programme includes: 
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings (1880)
Arvo Part - Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (1977)
Arthur Duff - Irish Suite (1949) and a mix of chamber music.
The evening will take place in the beautiful acoustic of the Back Loft, and will be 
accompanied by mince pies and other refreshments.
Tickets E 8, buy at the door or purchase at
Téada Orchestra warmly thank the Back Loft for their generous support.



November 23rd 
5pm - 10.30pm at the Back Loft. 
€11 in - and get a FREE special edition poster when you bring a Mixtape/cd for someone.

Taking some of the most creative people in dublin working in wildly different mediums, and jam them together in a big visual Mixtape. 

The event will feature a live Aerial performance where Emily from PaperDolls will have visuals projection mapped onto her body by Light wizards MIDAspaces, accompanied by music from Ickis Mirolo

We have a 2 live illustration Mixtape walls made up of 72 movable panels, with Kathi Burke, Fuschia Mac Aree, James Kirwan, mr Alan Clarke & Colm Athlaoich providing the drawing skills 

Kev & Robin from Gruel guerilla mixing up the culinary delights.

Complimentary beers provided by Tiger... 
...and will be broadcasting live on site all evening. all for €11!  
& tickets available here -


From the East to the West

"From the East to the West" is a 3 day long mini-festival on traditional music and dance. 
The series of events will highlight commonalities in traditional music and dance practices from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Celtic World. Interesting themes that will be explored are songs, circle dances and immigration. The project will provide three separate master classes introducing tradition to dancers/instructors, visual/audio artists and musicians through a holistic approach, which will offer a forum to compare and exchange experiences, and also to foster creative practices.

PROGRAMME @ the Back Loft:

6th December @7pm  

Folk Dance Workshop with Greek & Irish Musicians
Featuring: Michael Tubridy (flute), Bernie Hanley (accordion), Maureen O' Reilly (concertina), Nick Armagos (clarinet), Panos Gournakis (davul), Eoin Dillon (Uilleann Pipes/low whistle), Anthony Warde (banjo), Des Cahalan (guitar/voice)
7th december at 7pm
Talk: Tradition within the Modern Society, by P. Adrianopoulou
Concert with Los Caminos de Serkeci, feat. Efrén López, M. Encinas, S. Lampropoulou

From the East to the West will also present an off site event at Exchange Dublin at 8.30pm on Thursday 5th December: Audiovisual Workshop - Tradition & New Technologies by E. Kapros


The Pickled Body, launch of 1st issue

Join us at 8 pm on Friday, November 29th, 2013 in the Back Loft, for an evening full of duende and red shoes (wear yours if you have them) with readings from poets featured in Issue 1.1, including: 
Philip Casey
Afric McGlinchey
Kate O’Shea
Maurice Devitt
John Ennis
Ruairi Conneely
Shane Holohan
Kevin Higgins
Billy Ramsell
Your hosts will be Dimitra Xidous and Patrick Chapman, editors of The Pickled Body. It promises to be a gorgeous evening not to be missed. Music will be provided by our featured artist Ria Czerniak. You can buy prints of her work for the issue on the night, as well as limited edition postcards featuring the poems and prints.  Refreshments and snacks will be served. 
About the Pickled Body issue 1.1 The Red Shoes
Our call for submissions for the first issue was inspired by The Red Shoes – all of them. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, the wondrous Powell and Pressburger Film and the Kate Bush album released in November 1993. The sixteen pieces selected for Issue 1.1, complemented by the work of our featured artist Ria Czerniak, are by turns visceral and surreal, vibrant and raw.  



Thursday 21st November
Admission: 10 euro (15 with a cd)
Doors & Back Loft Cafe open at 8pm, concert starts at 8.30 sharp

Drawing on the hypnotic repetition of minimalism and the organic improvisation spirit of jazz, the music of Ensemble Ériu weaves a rich acoustic tapestry around Irish traditional melodies.

Developed by concertina player Jack Talty and double bassist and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen, Ensemble Ériu brings together a chamber ensemble of some of Ireland’s most exciting young musicians from a range of performance backgrounds. The result is a unique soundscape that is creatively progressive yet rooted in tradition

Jack Talty- concertina
Neil O'Loghlen- bass,flute,whistle
Matthew Berrill- clarinet
Jeremy Spencer- fiddle
Maeve O'Hara- marimba
Cormac McCarthy- piano
Paddy Groenland- guitar
Matthew Jacobson- drums


Touching Wood cover art
Stefano Schiavocampo, a contemporary Italian/Dubliner minstrel presents an evening of intimate music in the atmospheric setting of the Back Loft.  Featuring Katherine Humphreys (violin), Zoe Reardon (trumpet) and Hector Castels (visuals)

Wednesday 20th November
Doors and Back Loft Cafe open at 7.30 pm, concert starts at 8.30pm sharp.
E8 admission.

ALIEN-NATION by Kidding Ensemble

Clowns, clowns, clowns, a show not to be missed, Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November, 8pm sharp. 

ALIEN-NATION is a brand new silly show presented by Kidding Ensemble... Angelica Clown and Marie Clown are two friends living together with their perfect clown lives in order, until they decide to become aliens to break free of their routine and experience life with a new eye.

Directed by Ciaran Taylor.
Will also perform in Cork @Circus Square on 22nd & 23rd of November at 8pm.
Ticket €7/concession €5
Booking @ (from Tuesday 5/11) info on 0857710519

Kidding Ensemble's photo.