Trailblaze at Body & Soul

Wonderlust stage at Body & SoulWonderlust is brought to you by pop up productions

A stage of curiosities at Body & Soul, Wonderlust is dedicated to the exchange of wonder and ideas. Expect inspiration, music, talks, discussions, live performance, and other eclectic experiences.. Happenings in the mix include Sonic Revelations, Trailblaze, Come Rhyme with me, Philosophical Musings, Illuminati Salons, Scientific Discovery, Cool Collectives , Chats and Lols, Cups of Tea , Fun and Games, Bingo, Ballroom Dance offs, Bedtime Stories, A bespoke Choir Service and Things That Make You Go Hmmmm. For full line up details see below. bodyandsoul.ie/wonderlust

TRAILBLAZE The Trailblazery will host a two day extravaganza showcasing and promoting creative and socially engaged ideas, people and possibilities from Ireland’s most exciting cultural provocateurs. Experience a platform where pioneers share their personal moments of risk and inspiration. DIY activists, artists, musicians, designers, social architects, entrepreneurs, and educators of all ages and persuasions - blazing trails in their own spectacular or intimate way. Speakers include Darragh Doyle ( Social Media Storyteller ), Grace Dyas ( TheatreClub), Joan Mulvihill (Irish Internet Association), Sheila Gallagher (Green Sod ) Rosie O’Reilly (Re-dress Fashion Initiative), Colm Keegan (poet), Ruth Meehan (Film Director & Writer) and Susan Quirke (Social Activist), Davie Phillips (Cultivate) Mari Kennedy ( the ireland : iceland project ) Ruairí McKiernan (Social Architect) Themes : Sat - Things that make you go Hmmmm? & Sun -Between The Click of the Light and the Start of the Dream

MUSIC Ambient sets at sundown from some of Ireland’s sonic wunderkinds. From the sacred to the secular, with spiritual laments and feisty folk songs a plenty, expect magic and moonlighting from Patrick Kelleher, Daitihí Ó Drónaí, Traz, Rhob Cunningham, Elaine Mai, Hidden Highways, Twin Headed Wolf, Lisa O’Neill and more.

TEA & SYMPATHY Tea for two and two for tea. Bite-size conversations with harmonious pairings of Ireland’s movers and shapers. This series will explore passion, ideas and philosophies on work, play and life. Speakers include Michelle Darmody (Cake Cafe), Aoibheann McNamara (Ard Bia at Nimmos), Grace Dyas (THEATREclub), Philip McMahon (This is Pop Baby), Michael McDermott (Le Cool Dublin), Una Mullally (journalist and broadcaster), Shane Byrne (THEATREclub) and Dylan Haskins ( DIY Activist ) & Neil Watkins ( Actor, Writer, Year of Magical Wanking )

DISCUSSION : IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT We are marking the Summer Solstice 2012 with a discussion on the evolutionary edge we find ourselves at in Ireland, and in the world today. What does it mean to be alive at this point in time, at the end of the world as we know it? Exploring ideas around social activism, culture, politics, science, spirituality and the digital realm, the conversation will be chaired by Mari Kennedy of the ireland : iceland project and features John O’ Donoghue (former broadcaster and youthful octogenarian), Dolores Whelan (shaman and scientist), Ruairi McKiernan (social activist), Peter O’ Brien (cultural creative/Upstarter) and Darragh Doyle (social media storyteller)

COME RHYME WITH ME Verbal highs and down-low oral riffs, Come Rhyme With Me brings you a Thesaurus Rex of slammed-down words. Una and Ragin and their merry word-bandits of Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Raven and guests, will get your tongues wagging. Oh come all ye phonetic freaks and lingual lovers and articulate your tittle-tattle. We will lust up your language, retort, retract, respond and rap your rants around this watercooler we call Body&Soul.

BINGO & RAFFLES Dancing Queen, seventeen! Buckle my shoe, twenty-two! Brush up on your bingo lingo and join us for a bit of old-fashioned fun and frolics with a surprise comedy host with the most. Hosted by the one and only Neil Watkins (Heidi Konnt and Year of Magical Wanking) with the help of his lovely assistant the delectable Brian Quinn ( BQ )

PARLOUR GAMES Expect extreme welly throwing, sackless races and games of physical dexterity with matchboxes and blindfolds. During the Victorian era in Great Britain and in the United States, gentlemen and ladies amused themselves with Parlour Games at small parties. Events are competitive, but cumulative scores are not usually kept. The phrase "parlour game" is used in political dialogue to accuse opponents of using nebulous or confusing language when describing a particular position on an issue. Games mistresses are Lara Campbell and Victoria McCormack. Tea and Marietta biscuits rewards for best teams.

BALLROOM DANCE–OFF A little light relief for the feet with the sensational David McDermott as dance instructor. Don your best tea dresses and pin stripe suits and learn to dance the Foxtrot with a step out of rhythm and a step back in time.

CHOIR SERVICE We’re exercising our vocal chords and asking you to come join us. If you fancy your moment of glory on a stage at Body and Soul festival come to our choir practise and worship with your lungs.