Jim Carroll

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The last Banters of the season: Sonar, the end of pop culture and general election 2011

It’s been a busy couple of months in the Banter department, with everything from stage invasions to Fade Street featuring in the mix. However, I think last week’s session, An Evening With the Climate Wise Women, was my favourite of …

Mon, Apr 18, 2011, 14:18

   

It’s been a busy couple of months in the Banter department, with everything from stage invasions to Fade Street featuring in the mix. However, I think last week’s session, An Evening With the Climate Wise Women, was my favourite of the current run so far.

Constance Okollet and Ursula Rakova had some incredible stories to tell about how climate change has impacted on their communities and what they’re doing to solve those problems. Hearing Ursula talk about what’s involved in evacuating an island and moving its entire 1,700 population to another island – and why the evacuation is necessary – was quite inspiring and humbling. Huge thanks also to Gavin Harte, who provided some Irish insights, and to Tracy Mann, for bringing the CWW tour to Ireland and asking Banter to get involved.

Before we take a break for the summer, we have three more Banters for you.

The Sonar Story will see Enric Palau (Sonar co-director) and Georgia Taglietti (Sonar Head Of Press) talking about the past, present and future of what is now the world’s leading electronic music festival, where music-makers and music fans go to hear, see and experience cutting-edge sounds and art. A must for anyone who has ever headed to Barcelona in June to get some of the Sonar buzz and any electronic music makers looking for inspiration. The Sonar Story takes place at the Twisted Pepper, Dublin on Saturday April 30 as part of the Beatyard festival. Full information here. This is part of the Beatyard weekender, which also features Modeselektor, Joy Orbison, LTJ Bukem, Beardyman, Kormac, Star Slinger and many more.

The following day (Sunday, May 1), it’s The End Of Pop Culture, a Banter Uptown session in association with Mindfield, the festival which takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Merrion Square, Dublin. The End Of Pop Culture is going to be an all-guns-blazing obituary for pop culture with Nathan Rabin (The A.V. Club, The Onion), Todd Zuniga (Literary Death Match, Opium magazine), freelance journalist Una Mullally and and myself as the mourners. Full information here.

The last Banter in the current series is War Stories: Reporting General Election 2011. It is what it says on the tin: a look at how the general election was reported online, offline, on radio, on TV and everywhere else. Full line-up to be announced and the place and date for your diary is the Twisted Pepper on Thursday May 19.

What the hell is Banter?: Banter is a series of panel discussions on all manner of stuff which kicked off in July 2009. Events are chaired by me and Banter is presented by Bodytonic Music. Full information on past Banters here.

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