What is it all about?
The "Dublin Event Guide for Free Events" is a weekly service that provides comprehensive information about all free cultural events in the Greater Dublin area. It consists of this website, an e-mail magazine send to tens of thousands of subscribers and a smartphone web app.
This service was started by Joerg Steegmueller in June 2007 as an e-mail to about 10 of his friends to let them know about a small amount of interesting free events in Dublin. They told their friends, more people got interested and now more than 22,000 readers get the e-mail magazine every week.
The service is provided completely free of charge and the cost for it is covered by Joerg Steegmueller, a number of sponsors and through voluntary donations from subscribers. In October 2014, Eventbrite - the online ticketing service that allows event organizers to plan, set up ticket sales and promote events - came on board as a main sponsor.
The focus of the Dublin Event Guide is to inform about all types of free events (e.g. Festivals, Street Performance, Gigs, Concerts, Comedy, Exhibitions, Plays, Readings, Talks & Lectures, etc). It is a service for culture-enthusiasts who appreciate cultural events on one side and event organisers who invest a LOT of time and effort to run free events, but have difficulties getting the word, out on the other side.
Organisers are explicitly invited to send information about their free events to dublineventguide [at] gmail.com. A limited number of non-free events can be included through competitions if the organisers can make a few tickets available to reach the thousands of Dublin Event Guide readers that way.
If you would like to be added to the distribution list of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), just subscribe on the Home Page of this site.
Dublin Event Guide Press Release on reaching 10,000 readers (09 Nov 2011)
Find the Press Release here.
RTE's Culture Programme "Capital D" (30 June 2011)
The Dublin Event Guide was featured on "Capital D" and a number of the events that regularly are included in the weekly e-zine were introduced as well by Anne Cassin. For a short period of time, it can be viewed here.
The Irish Independent, 01 Sept 2011: "Going out is the new staying in: how you and the family can enjoy free fun..." by John Cradden
A full page was dedicated to the "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" and John Cradden wrote:
Irish Times, 17 March 2008: "Have you money to burn?" by Conor Pope
Among many other great suggestions on how to save money, Conor Pope writes:
The Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 03 February 2008: "Clique Here" by Kathy Foley
In an article about social networking in general, and facebook in particular, Kathy Foley wrote about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and how the number of subscribers to the weekly e-zine rose dramatically once I had created a facebook group."
Radio & TV
The Dublin Event Guide was mentioned on RTE1, TodayFM, Phantom 105 and Dublin City Radio and Joerg Steegmueller was interviewed on Phantom 105 and Dublin City Radio.