Established in 1992, the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Films Festival was renamed Gaze in 2007. The Festival is an annual event and the largest of its kind in Ireland. The festival is held each bank holiday weekend at the end of July and beginning of August in Dublin and in 2014 will run from 31st July to 4th August at Light House Cinema.
The LGBT film festival this year includes long and short films and documentaries. Awards are given to films which best embody the spirit of the festival.
Gaze: Dublin Lesbian and Gay Films Festival highlights include: Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda, a 2014 documentary from directors Michael Lucas and Scott Stern, detailing Russia’s anti-gay feeling and legislation; Rosie, a 2013 Swiss Film from director Marcel Gisler, telling the story of a gay author suffering from writers block and his mother Rosie who refuses to go into a care home; The Dog, a 2013 documentary portrait of John Wojtowicz, who attempted a bank robbery to pay for his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery and; Gerontophilia, a 2013 romantic comedy from Bruce La Bruce, about a young man who has a fascination with elderly men.
Dublin is a young and energetic city with a wealth of bars, restaurants and boutiques and is fast becoming considered as one of the world’s largest gay cities.
Dublin is a very gay-friendly city and has an openly gay senator who is billed as favourite to become the next president. Same sex couples are often seen holding hands in areas in and around the city.
The gay scene is focused in Temple Bar where there are many gay bars and clubs to choose from. Gay men and women generally socialise in the same bars. The George is a highly popular venue for both gay and straight customers and has been central to Dublin’s gay scene for over 25 years. PantiBar is another fashionable choice and on Saturdays there is free entry to their lively drag show; The Panti Show.
Film Festival Accommodation
The Maldron Hotel Parnell Square is an elegant hotel in a prime central location, offering stylish accommodation, modern conveniences, exceptional service and relaxed dining. The Stir Café & Bar offers a set menu or a la carte for dinner and serves a breakfast daily with the option of a hot and cold buffet and a full Irish breakfast.
Another fantastic choice is The Beacon Boutique Hotel, a stylish hotel offering 4-star outstanding service. Rooms are designed with the comfort of guests in mind and the suite uniquely features a Philippe Starck free-standing bathtub. The Crystal Bar provides a modern, trendy environment where pre and post dinner drinks can be enjoyed. My Thai serves the best in Asian and Pacific cuisine, all prepared in an open kitchen.
Another wonderful alternative is the Intercontinental Dublin with an unbeatable location and unrivalled first-class service, a stay here offers a peaceful retreat amidst traditional Irish architecture. Rooms are stylishly appointed and some feature private terraces where the fabulous views can be enjoyed. Dining options are excellent with a choice of three lounges and two restaurants. Seasons Restaurant serves a classic steak and seafood grill menu and is a popular venue. The ICE lounge is another popular venue in the city and offers tasty tapas and a wide selection of wines.