MindField at Electric Picnic

MindField @ Electric Picnic: Creativity Illuminated

11 August 2017
4 min read

Creative Ireland partners with Electric Picnic’s thinking space, MindField, to explore creativity as the core of humanity this September.

Delving into what separates man from machine in an automated age - an inquiring, creative mind - this year’s MindField programme partners with Creative Ireland to reflect on and explore the nature of creativity here in Ireland and internationally. MindField is another vibrant stop on Creative Ireland's tour of festivals and events around the country.

Over a myriad of stages in the MindField corner of the Stradbally site, expect tough questions, inspiring answers, heated debate, huge laughs, provocative ideas, heart-breaking poetry, magnificent speeches, mind-blowing science, transcendent theatre, soaring literature and much more.

Taking place 1-3 September, MindField’s eclectic programme will demonstrate and dissect just how the people behind our art and culture help to nourish society itself.

With stages brimming with excitement, discourse, thought and performance, see below for a flavour of what’s on 2017’s engaging programme.

MindField 2017

The ever-popular Leviathan Stage introduces a new format called ILLUMINATE! with the Rubberbandits’ Blindboy Boatclub at the helm. See Ireland’s leading artists give illustrated and unique insights into their creative processes and influences, including the team behind RIOT! the runaway-hit summer cabaret, Lorna Ross of Fjordnet; artist Blaise Smith; designer Annie Atkins; actor Clare Dunne; and chef Kevin Thornton.

Author and lauded BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, hosts another new addition called My Secret Planet. Dubbed as a cross between radio stalwarts Desert Island Discs and On the Psychiatrist’s Couch, it roots out the cultural influences of some of Electric Picnic’s most fascinating artists.  

Soundings returns with its dynamic mix of live podcast and tunes. Hosts Lisa Hannigan and Dylan Haskins chat to Saint Sister among many other special guests. Fresh from his Galway International Film Fleadh, musician and filmmaker Nick Kelly presents a pre-premiere of his award-winning film ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’.

Broadcaster, Miriam O’Callaghan and comedian, Al Porter team up again for Miriam and Al’s Sunday Brunch – a light-hearted review of the Sunday papers with special guests and music. Blindboy Boatclub will be back at the helm for two new hard-hitting FACTION debates on politics and the media with war correspondent, Shona Murray, economist, David McWilliams and others; which aim to burn fake news and explore how good, evidence-based information can help make better decisions.  

Amnesty Hour returns with It’s Time: Repeal the 8th ahead of next year’s expected referendum with panellists Tara Flynn, Róisín Ingle, Anne Ingle, Lynn Ruane and Colm O’Gorman. Hear bold, inspiring women speak, and maybe even sing, about a changing Ireland.

Over a myriad of stages in the MindField corner of the Stradbally site, expect tough questions, inspiring answers, heated debate, huge laughs, provocative ideas, heart-breaking poetry, magnificent speeches, mind-blowing science, transcendent theatre, soaring literature and much more.

There’s a special Irish Research Council discussion on the Science of Online Dating, Paddy Cullivan presents his new political satire show ‘26 + 6 = 1’ about a future United Ireland; Tommy Graham’s History Ireland Hedge School presents two fascinating panels on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Punk – 1977; and Salon du Chat bring us relaxed mornings of gentle informed conversation – just no small talk.

The Word Stage will be jam-packed with slam poetry, the best of Irish and UK grime and hip hop, live bands, theatre and comedy. Expect blistering sets from Mango and Mathman, Mr Hovis, festival favourites Good Man Sheila, Cronin, Ska’s Good Gravy, Movment, rappers Stone and Jezreel, Áine Tyrell and SON (aka Susan O’Neill).

Purveyors of science-meets-the-arts, Science Gallery Dublin hotfoots it to Laois following its record-breaking Sound Check exhibit. Dive into a blitz of short, sharp talks on science, technology and art by experts on everything from artificial intelligence to artists designing solutions to climate change. Coder Dojo will also have daily creative workshops for young people in coding, gaming and music making.

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The Theatre Stage, this year in association with Dublin Theatre Festival, will feature a fresh and fiery mix of theatre, comedy, slam poetry and Irish dancing that gets under the muddy skin of millennial Ireland. The line-up includes anarchic comedian Paul Currie, Bohemians FC’s poet in residence Lewis Kennedy and Nigerian-born, Longford-raised spoken word artist Felispeaks as well as a one-woman show from actress Clare Dunne, The Humours of Bandon by Mags MacAuliffe, George Bush and the Children by Dick Walsh; Brownbread Mix Tape's The Definitive View; and MALAPROP's BlackCatFishMusketeer. By night, the Theatre Stage plays host to an amazing mental health-oriented programme assembled by A Lust for Life – Pieta House, winners of the 2016 Social Entrepreneurs Award, together with the Wall of Sound installation in the heart of the MindField arena.

Celebrating its tenth MindField appearance, An Puball Gaeilge will showcase just how the range and choice of Irish language entertainers has grown. With over 30 bands, the likes of Seo Linn, IMLÉ, Aeons and singers Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde perform at three cabaret style events hosted by Raidió Na Life, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí and online Irish magazine Nós. Trad bands like Polca 4, The Bonny Men, Círéib, Dó Fá Dó and Super Céilí will present their broad take on the ever expanding Irish traditional music landscape.

Irish language comedians Gaeilgáirí will be splitting sides, while the first Irish language Barbershop Choir will take to the stage too. Oireachtas Na Gaeilge will present an hour of traditional music with sean nós dancing and singing followed, of course, by a stomping céilí. Tomás Ó hAodha's Irish language Ted Talks, Imbolc, will liven up Saturday and Sunday morning, and picnickers may even get to refresh their minds with ‘yóga’ and physical exercise classes on the grass.

Setting a theatrical stage will be Fíbín and their walkabout confessional show, while Brian Fleming will perform excerpts from his unforgettable one-man show, 'Gis a Shot of Yer Bongos'. Seán and Niall Mac Donnchadha will also bring their hilarious survival guide to Ireland to the Puball Gaeilge stage.

Ready yourself for a weekend of mind-opening discourse and dynamic sights and sounds, find out more at electricpicnic.ie