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Meet the talent

Steve McCarthy - Earth Stage

Steve Mc Carthy is a Dublin based designer, illustrator and bearded gentleman. His style is bold, colourful and inspired by humour and wit. Working with a mix of practical and digital techniques, Steve’s work feels most comfortable somewhere between the yellow submarine and Dumbo’s pink elephants. His first children’s book Sally go round the stars was nominated for the bord gais children’s book of the year and he worked as a background designer for the animated feature film Song of the Sea, which was nominated for an academy award. Steve plans to continue producing children’s picture books and use illustration in all manner of weird and wonderful projects.

Steve McCarthy - Earth Stage

Steve Mc Carthy is a Dublin based designer, illustrator and bearded gentleman. His style is bold, colourful and inspired by humour and wit. Working with a mix of practical and digital techniques, Steve’s work feels most comfortable somewhere between the yellow submarine and Dumbo’s pink elephants. His first children’s book Sally go round the stars was nominated for the bord gais children’s book of the year and he worked as a background designer for the animated feature film Song of the Sea, which was nominated for an academy award. Steve plans to continue producing children’s picture books and use illustration in all manner of weird and wonderful projects.

Chris Haughton – Earth Stage

Chris Haughton is an Irish author/illustrator based in London. He was listed in Time magazine’s ‘DESIGN 100’ for the work he has been doing for fair trade clothing company People Tree. He has written and illustrated four books A BIT LOST, OH NO GEORGE!, SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN and GOODNIGHT EVERYONE. His iOS app, HATMONKEY came out in 2014 and virtual reality experience LITTLE EARTH launches in May 2017 . Chris has also created a social business, madebynode.com to connect design and fair trade and make rugs and toys.

Sinead O’Connor – Positive Energy Stage

Sinead has been teaching yoga in Dublin since 2001.  Since that time she constinously expands her knowledge through continued learning such as; Continued Yoga Teacher Training with over 800 hours to date; Completing a Diploma in Diet and Nutrition & Anatomy and Physiology in 2004; Keeping up to date with development in optimum nutrition;  Sinead also retreats to a 10-day silent meditation course once or twice a year.  She enjoys sharing  insights and knowledge she has gained with others through her work.  She qualified as a Holistic Health Coach in February 2013.”Sinead’s style of yoga is slow paced hath-vinyasa-flow.  There is a strong emphasis on meditation that focuses, grounds and centres body, mind and soul.  She also teaches pranayama techniques.  Her background in dance is reflected in the way she teaches yoga.  She loves to set flowing yoga sequences to soft, relaxing tunes. Sinead has been trained in traditional Hatha yoga, Vinyasa  and Anusara Yoga.  She has been teaching yoga since 2001.”

Sinead O’Connor – Positive Energy Stage

Sinead has been teaching yoga in Dublin since 2001.  Since that time she constinously expands her knowledge through continued learning such as; Continued Yoga Teacher Training with over 800 hours to date; Completing a Diploma in Diet and Nutrition & Anatomy and Physiology in 2004; Keeping up to date with development in optimum nutrition;  Sinead also retreats to a 10-day silent meditation course once or twice a year.  She enjoys sharing  insights and knowledge she has gained with others through her work.  She qualified as a Holistic Health Coach in February 2013.”Sinead’s style of yoga is slow paced hath-vinyasa-flow.  There is a strong emphasis on meditation that focuses, grounds and centres body, mind and soul.  She also teaches pranayama techniques.  Her background in dance is reflected in the way she teaches yoga.  She loves to set flowing yoga sequences to soft, relaxing tunes. Sinead has been trained in traditional Hatha yoga, Vinyasa  and Anusara Yoga.  She has been teaching yoga since 2001.”

Michael Fewer – Positive Energy Stage

Michael Fewer practised architecture, had an academic post in the Dublin School of Architecture for many years, and was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland when he changed direction in the year 2000 to spend more time travelling and writing. He has a wide range of interests that he likes to write about, including history, landscape and travel, and he particularly enjoys exploring on foot.

Since his first book was published in 1988, there have been a further twenty books, and since 1993 he has produced more than 400 illustrated magazine and newspaper articles. He has also illustrated books for other authors, written book reviews and was a consultant contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Ireland. He has contributed to a considerable number of radio and television programmes.

Gillian Henderson - OH MY DAYS – Air Stage

Gillian Henderson is the creative force behind Oh my days – a screen printing service for illustrators, artists, designers and brands who want to push boundaries and create something truly beautiful and memorable. We are all about the collaborative approach with our clients, who includes Irish Fashion Designer Emma Manley, Illustrators Denise Nestor, New York-based photographer Rich Gilligan, and online contemporary print company Hensteeth & Tough Love.

Gillian Henderson - OH MY DAYS – Air Stage

Gillian Henderson is the creative force behind Oh my days – a screen printing service for illustrators, artists, designers and brands who want to push boundaries and create something truly beautiful and memorable. We are all about the collaborative approach with our clients, who includes Irish Fashion Designer Emma Manley, Illustrators Denise Nestor, New York-based photographer Rich Gilligan, and online contemporary print company Hensteeth & Tough Love.

Steve Simpson – Positive Energy Stage

With over 30 years experience, Steve Simpson is renowned for his hand lettered packaging design, whimsical characters and illustrated barcodes. His distinctive style, inspired by the arts & crafts movement, 50s advertising and folk art, has appeared on everything from a 1″ postage stamp to a 200ft screen in Times Square. His work has adorned whiskey bottles and cough bottles, boardgames and board rooms, hot sauces and ceramic saucers:)Since 2008 steve has won over 50 awards for both packaging design and illustration including Gold awards from the Association of Illustrators, Illustrators Guild of Ireland, the IDI and ICAD. He’s been an awards judge for Adobe, 3×3 and the Hong Kong Society of Illustrators and is also a founding member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and OFFSKETCH.

Annie Atkins – Positive Energy Stage

Annie Atkins specialises in graphic design for filmmaking. As well as creating contemporary artwork for movie posters, she also designs and makes any graphic props outlined by a period film script, like prison escape maps, telegrams, and fake love letters. Annie has designed the graphics for three Oscar-nominated films: the animated feature The Boxtrolls, Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel – which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design. Originally from Snowdonia in Wales, Annie has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2007, which she now considers her home.

Annie Atkins – Positive Energy Stage

Annie Atkins specialises in graphic design for filmmaking. As well as creating contemporary artwork for movie posters, she also designs and makes any graphic props outlined by a period film script, like prison escape maps, telegrams, and fake love letters. Annie has designed the graphics for three Oscar-nominated films: the animated feature The Boxtrolls, Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel – which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design. Originally from Snowdonia in Wales, Annie has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2007, which she now considers her home.

Will Fogarty LE CHEILE – Wood Sculpture – Positive Energy Stage

The first sculptures I made were Wood Spirits and this was where my logo came from.  I wanted to emphasis the fact that I was an Irish carver and chose a name to reflect this – “Fear na Coillte” – the man of the woods. My carving has evolved over the years – as have my chainsaws.  I have a number of them with different size bars and different capabilities.  As I am completely self-taught, every carving improves my abilities and my confidence.

While the downturn was a disaster for a lot of people, it has given me the chance to find a passion I never knew existed.  I have loved – and been surprised by – the journey I have been on for the past 5 years.  I wake up every morning knowing that I am earning a living from something I truly enjoy.  I am excited by what the future holds.

Morgan – Air Stage

He works in acrylic, oil, spray-paint, pencil, pen, marker, brush, camera and anything else that works. He was selected as one of thirteen artists to exhibit at Art Dublin, an exhibition celebrating the best of Irish fashion and art which was held in BT2 on Grafton St.  He was chosen again for the second Art Dublin exhibition where he sold all 9 pieces helping raise funds for the Simon Community looking after the Homeless in Ireland. He has DJed for Beyonce. He has donated work for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Haul4Nepal, The SCOOP foundation, Autism Ireland among others.

Morgan – Air Stage

He works in acrylic, oil, spray-paint, pencil, pen, marker, brush, camera and anything else that works. He was selected as one of thirteen artists to exhibit at Art Dublin, an exhibition celebrating the best of Irish fashion and art which was held in BT2 on Grafton St.  He was chosen again for the second Art Dublin exhibition where he sold all 9 pieces helping raise funds for the Simon Community looking after the Homeless in Ireland. He has DJed for Beyonce. He has donated work for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Haul4Nepal, The SCOOP foundation, Autism Ireland among others.

The Hit Machine – Drummers – Positive Energy Stage

The Hit Machine Drummers are a team of Celtic Warriors that play exhilarating songs and rhythms. They kicked their way out of the womb, grabbed some drum sticks and haven’t stopped drumming since.

Regular performers in Irish National Stadiums they have opened up for the GAA Finals in Croke Park, The Irish Rugby team in Aviva, and recently the Final of the Pro 12 Rugby Cup. They have also performed for Prince Albert and Bono at a charity event in Monaco, plus the Paddy’s Day ball in Bahrain.

Rod Morris MUSONiC – Sound Design – Air Stage

Rod is a classically trained pianist, sound designer and composer. He has been working with and making electronic music for 25 years and has released his music with labels Front End Synthetics, Underscan & Neo Ouija as well as working on numerous award winning ads, documentaries and short films. A part time teacher @ BIMM music college, Rod is also a designer and food blogger. He is based in Dublin.

Rod Morris MUSONiC – Sound Design – Air Stage

Rod is a classically trained pianist, sound designer and composer. He has been working with and making electronic music for 25 years and has released his music with labels Front End Synthetics, Underscan & Neo Ouija as well as working on numerous award winning ads, documentaries and short films. A part time teacher @ BIMM music college, Rod is also a designer and food blogger. He is based in Dublin.

Fuschia Macaree – Naturally Creative Presentations – Earth Stage

Fuchsia MacAree is an Irish illustrator living and working in Dublin. She studied Visual Communication in NCAD in Dublin until 2011, followed by a masters in Illustration in Camberwell in London. She’s interested by human interaction, and her work often involves busy scenes of people. She explores bold shapes of solid colour and achieves a sense of movement and energy while keeping shapes simple. Recent clients have included Google, Facebook, Patagonia, and Airbnb. As well as being a freelance illustrator she now teaches Visual Communication and Illustration in NCAD.

Donal Dineen – Reimagined Irish Music – Positive Energy Stage

Donal Dineen is a DJ, writer, visual artist and music programme maker. His most recent documentaries have been the music shows This Ain’t No Disco. He has exhibited in The Model Niland in Sligo and in various group shows around Ireland. He has presented radio programmes for Radio Ireland, Today FM, Newstalk, Lyric and TXFM. He writes a column called Sunken Treasure for The Irish Times. He teaches radio and photography in DKIT. He is currently working on a multi-media project called Home Thoughts From Abroad for St Patrick’s festival 2018.

Donal Dineen – Reimagined Irish Music – Positive Energy Stage

Donal Dineen is a DJ, writer, visual artist and music programme maker. His most recent documentaries have been the music shows This Ain’t No Disco. He has exhibited in The Model Niland in Sligo and in various group shows around Ireland. He has presented radio programmes for Radio Ireland, Today FM, Newstalk, Lyric and TXFM. He writes a column called Sunken Treasure for The Irish Times. He teaches radio and photography in DKIT. He is currently working on a multi-media project called Home Thoughts From Abroad for St Patrick’s festival 2018.

Michael McDermott – Radio Space

Michael McDermott is the current edition of culture magazine Totally Dublin and former publisher of Le Cool Dublin. He is also the creator of international inspiration site Just Six Degrees which has featured the likes of Brian Eno and Maria Popova from Brain Pickings. He has hosted panels and presented work at Body and Soul and the Electric Picnic as well as festivals such as Offset. He has also co-founded the dog festival Doggie Do.

Melissa Doran (Naturama) – Positive Energy Stage

Melissa Doran is passionate about nature and illustrated the best selling wildlife book Naturama, and the companion book My Naturama Nature Journal, both written by Michael Fewer and published by Gill Books. Her 55 metre long street art piece showing Dublin’s wildlife, was commissioned by Dublin City Council, can be seen on Benson street in Dublin’s Docklands. Melissa grew up in Leitrim and studied architecture and digital media technology before becoming an illustrator. She uses a combination of hand drawing and digital collage to create her work.

Melissa Doran (Naturama) – Positive Energy Stage

Melissa Doran is passionate about nature and illustrated the best selling wildlife book Naturama, and the companion book My Naturama Nature Journal, both written by Michael Fewer and published by Gill Books. Her 55 metre long street art piece showing Dublin’s wildlife, was commissioned by Dublin City Council, can be seen on Benson street in Dublin’s Docklands. Melissa grew up in Leitrim and studied architecture and digital media technology before becoming an illustrator. She uses a combination of hand drawing and digital collage to create her work.