La Mansarda's Autumnal Vibes: A Cozy Night of Music, Lindy Hop, and Poetry at Third Space Cafe, Smithfield
La Mansarda held their Autumnal event in the very aesthetically pleasing Third Space Cafe, right in the heart of Smithfield, Dublin. It was a very intimate evening with different musical genres, some very impressive Lindy Hop, and spoken word poetry from myself.
This had been my first time performing at a La Mansarda event, although I had attended the first one briefly. The company couldn’t have been more inviting, with warm smiles and greetings from both the performers and ticket holders, and of course from the host, Ligia, who made the space and night so comfortable for everyone. The theme of this event was the concept of home.
First up was the soulful and seductive Miss Satin Beige who weaved us through the independent symphony of her powerful, soulful voice. And of course, she had accompaniment from her trusted soulmate - the Cello. Satin took us on a journey through love, heartache and home with her unique perspective and soaring talent.
Up next was myself, with spoken word poetry. It was such a pleasure to perform for a crowd that resonated with the pieces I prepared. However, I was not alone during this performance for the La Mansarda audience. The wonderfully raw Thunder Perfect Mind blended his Americana folk influenced sound with my poetry, all through his improvisation.
There was a short break where we swapped stories and exchanged hellos, getting to know new people and catching up with old friends before the next part of the show began.
The night surged with energy as the next act was something totally different, Melanie and Gabriel had everyone moving both on their feet and in their seats as they expressed their enthusiastic chemistry through Lindy Hop. Even people passing by on the street couldn’t help but to check out their performance through the Cafes windows.
Dylan Harcourt followed the dancing duo offering his homely experience and bringing the feeling of the Dublin city streets to the event. The voices of the audience came to life and sang in unison with Dylan during his performance, filling both the room, and the hearts that attended.
Closing out the cosy autumn night was Adam O’ Rua with his new single The Garden. Soon after the real star of the show made her grand apperance - the famous and oh so sweet, Tiramisu, made by the host herself (who really spoils all who come to the La Mansarda events).
So, here’s a huge thank you to Ligia and all the crew at La Mansarda. You have created a safe space for the arts in Dublin and here’s to their expansion, growth and evolution in the years to come. If you haven’t made it to one of their events, grab a ticket for the next show which will be held on the 2nd of December in the Cobblestone pub. It really is worth checking out and supporting. All proceeds go to the artists and the events chosen charity - so support your local artists and humanitarian projects - you won’t be disappointed.
The Vagabond Queen
About the author:
The Vagabond Queen is an independent Spoken Word Artist and Noir Writer who haunts the streets of Dublin for a living. Casting her incantations on the city's stages since 2021, The Vagabond has roamed further away from, but never forgetting, the cobblestones of Smithfield Square where she began her journey.
Paving her own path with a passion to heal, connect and smoke cigarettes, The Vagabond Queen leaves her stories of strength and resilience in the hearts and minds of those she encounters along the way.
Leading with only her powerful voice and words to captivate an audience, her performances are brutally honest and truthful, which continues to create an atmosphere of silent contemplation and acceptance of the harsh reality of our inner and outer lives.
Influenced by the strange and unspoken chaos of human nature, she delves deep into the happenings of a world on fire. "Offering a heart upon the pew of many wooden stages."
Her work has been showcased at many events, taking her from The Stoneybatter festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Paris and Electric Picnic in both 2022 and 2023, to name a few.
With a drive and passion to reflect her realness in a world that's built upon a stage, The Vagabond Queen promises to reach the heart with love, kindness and hope, abolishing all deception and illusion that stands in between herself and the audience.
This collection of blog posts is a firsthand account from artists who are an integral part of the La Mansarda community. Whether they took the stage or enjoyed the show from the audience, each post offers a unique perspective on our vibrant community.