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Banter’s April agenda: An evening with the Climate Wise Women and The Sonar Story

Last week’s very lively Young Guns Go For It Banter on new Irish businesses produced our very first stage invasion when Joe Macken from Jo’Burger and Crackbird joined the proceedings to tell us about how his pop-up fried chicken joint …

Tue, Mar 15, 2011, 09:24

   

Last week’s very lively Young Guns Go For It Banter on new Irish businesses produced our very first stage invasion when Joe Macken from Jo’Burger and Crackbird joined the proceedings to tell us about how his pop-up fried chicken joint on Crane Lane came about. There were also plenty of brilliant insights on the night about sustainability over scalability, keeping it local, not working for The Man and other topics from our guests Anne Bedos (Rothar.ie), Colin Harmon (Third Floor Espresso Coffee & Café) and Al Coleman (Onlineadvertising.ie).

Our first Banter for April is An Evening with the Climate Wise Women on April 11. Climate Wise Women is a global initiative to promote women’s leadership on climate change and to give a human face and voice to this issue. It features women leaders from regions and communities directly affected by climate change putting their narratives on public view in a traveling speaking tour. While the world continues to debate whether climate change actually exists, communities are counting on Climate Wise Women to find bold solutions and provide leadership.

In 2010, Climate Wise Women spoke at 16 different events in North America and in April 2011, they will visit Dublin, London and Hamburg. The Climate Wise Women visiting Dublin are Constance Okollet, chairperson of the Osukuru United Women’s Network from Tororo in Eastern Uganda, and Ursula Rakova, executive director of Tulele Peisa, an organization seeking to voluntarily relocate 1,700 Carteret Islanders whose islands and food supply are rapidly eroding to mainland Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

At Banter, Constance and Ursula will be joined by Gavin Harte and the panel will be hosted by myself. Doors open at 7.30pm and the discussion will get underway at 8pm, followed by questions from the audience.

The following day, the Climate Wise Women will participate with Mary Robinson in a panel discussion on “Women Leaders on Climate Justice – a Grassroots Perspective” at the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. This event is co-sponsored by the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and Oxfam Ireland.

The second Banter for next month is The Sonar Story on April 30.

Since it was founded in Barcelona in 1994, Sonar has established itself as the world’s leading electronic music festival, where music-makers and music fans go to hear, see and experience cutting-edge sounds and art. As well as the Barcelona event, Sonar has also begun to hold a simultaneous festival in A Coruña in Galicia and has hosted events in London, New York, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Frankfurt, Chicago and Tokyo.

Come along to hear the inside story of Sonar past, present and future from festival directors Enric Palau Pujols and Georgia Taglietti.

What the hell is Banter? Banter is a series of informal discussions on pop culture stuff which kicked off in July 2009. Events are chaired by Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll and Banter is presented by Bodytonic Music in association with Barry’s Tea. Full information on past Banters here.

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