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Event– Ballroom Beginners
Location- Copper Face Jacks, 29-30 Harcourt Street
Description- Learn the basics of ballroom dancing and slow things down a little with a waltz, foxtrot and american smooth, learn with the stars of dancing with the stars. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in to move, no partner required but you will be partnered with someone. This class aims to teach you the basic of ballroom dancing.
Time- 18.00- 19.00
Event– Ladies Bike Fix Night
Location- Dublin Loves Bikes, 72 York Road, Dun Laoghaire
Description- An evening of Bicycle maintenance tutorials for women at DLB Dycles, 72 York Road, Dun Laoghaire. Presented by Laura our resident Bicycle Mechanic.
A single evening class will cover the following;
Punctures : wheel removal, correct tube size, valve type, how to look for damage and wear on tires, rim tape, how to replace wheel front and back, quick release or solid axle.
Brakes: types, adjusting, tensions, balance and pad wear.
Gears: shifting, cable tension, chain wear, replacement, dropped chain etc.
Essential bike maintenance: tire pressure, lubrication and cleaning.
Bike fit: saddle position and height, bar and stem alignment and height.
Bonus: We will run specials on ‘starter packs’, likes of tubes, tyre levers, multi tools, patches and saddle bag for attendees. Also, we serve coffee and tea, maybe some snacks 😉
Children’s Event– Family tech event- Make your own active volcano! (8-12 year olds)
Location- Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue
Description- Make your own active volcano in this fun-filled workshop. This is a family learning event so parents/carers are encouraged to stay and help out! Suitable for children aged 8-12 years only. Booking starts Monday 25th June at 9:45 am
Location- Phoenix Park, Dublin
Description- Stay fit this summer with our drop in running club for women! You need to be able to run for 30 minutes non-stop to join this club. The club is non-competitive, fun, social club, mainly aimed at people who have recently started running (but more experienced runners are also welcome). NOT suitable for complete beginners (see our beginners’ classes if you want to get started)
The sessions are max 50mins (30min run, warm ups and cool downs)
Every Tuesday at 6.40pm. Come for a free trial – just DM us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost- €5 per month
Location- Ha’penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay
Description- The Battle of the Axe Comedy and Open Mic Club has been hosting events since 1996, making it over 22 years old – although it’s a bit like Peter Pan – it will never grow up.
It has been a launch pad for some of the country’s most iconic masters of mirth and it remains one of the most friendly places for new would-be comedians to cut their teeth and perfect their jokes.
Offer a little support to the newbies sweating behind the ears or lose your sense of public decorum altogether as you roar laughing at a well-known circuit comics trying their new jokes on for size.
Either way, the craic will be mighty – and isn’t that just what Dublin is about?
Cost- Students €7, adults €10
Event– The Bingo with Steve Bennett
Location- Whelan’s Wexford Street
Description- Join Steve and friends for a night of madcap comedy bingo.
It’s a high energy gameshow with crazy prizes, mystery boxes and bloody good craic!
From musical bingo to picture bingo to “normal” bingo that has all the wrong calls to make you laugh but probably frustrate the hell out of your Gran. If you like laughing and winning prizes, then this is the night for you!
Location- The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay
Description- The Who What Why When Where Quiz is basically a general knowledge quiz about famous people, regular things, mundane reasons, historical moments and common places, with some rare peppered in. It won’t be like a normal quiz, but it won’t be so different that you go home feeling like the world has changed and you’ll never feel comfortable ever again.
So pull together your smartest pals (or the ones with the most useless information in their brians), or even just a few friends you’d like to sit with for a few hours of good old-fashioned trivia fun. Teams are maximum of 4 players.
There will be prizes that make your head spin, and the winners will even go home richer than they were before they bought their tickets. Plus, we’ll all grow a little wiser and a little more cynical – isn’t that what we all really want?
Cost- €10 a head, or €35 per table
Children’s Event– Children’s Ukelele classes (for ages 8-11)
Location- Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue
Description- This is a four week course for children aged 8-11 years only who want to learn to play the ukelele. Booking starts Monday 25th June at 9:45 am. If you own a ukelele you are asked to bring it along. There will be some ukelele’s available for use during the class.
Location- Irishtown Gospel Hall, 57 Irishtown Road
Description- Welcome to join us for this summer Sunset chanting of sweet mantras and Heartsongs in the beautiful Irishtown Gospel hall.
Kevin James’ Chanting Circles are a co-creative and empowering experience that can have you singing your heart out, dancing in bliss and diving deep into the profound silence that follows.
The Songs and mantras of Kevin James Carroll are about re-connection. They are a gift to the many hearts remembering the ONE. An expression of the movement of realisation that is spreading across the planet right now.
This is a movement that honors the ancient cultures and religions of the world, embracing their commonality… their Oneness.
Each Heartsong is a modern devotional Hymn, a song of clear intent and purpose: to expand awareness beyond the thinking mind, to enter the bliss of the heart.
Kim will be joining us again this year and bringing his magic and activation to the circle as well as taking us on some of his unique journeys. Kim will again be launching his own circles soon starting in the UK & Ireland.
Location- The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street
Description- Isn’t it ironic when the singer of the album that inspired the Sing Along Social comes to your very own city, and you decide to host a midnight Sing Along Social in her honour? Don’t you think?
Cost- Tickets are €6 (+ booking) and we’ll be donating 20% of our proceeds to The National Women’s Council of Ireland. www.nwci.ie.
Time- Doors will open at 11pm and we’ll be singing at midnight on the dot. Stick around til closing time at 2am for more Alanis and Alanis-related tunes (read Fiona Apple and Meredith Brooks).
Children’s Event–J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: Make a Dragon’s Egg for ages 5-8
Location- Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road
Description-Arts and crafts workshop based on J.K. Rowling’s bestiary. Suitable for ages 5-8.
At Clondalkin Library all of our events are free of charge. If you find you cannot attend an event that you have booked, please let us know so that we can pass your tickets on to the next person. Many thanks.
Event– The Soul Tree Festival
Location- The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street
Description- The Soul Tree is a one-day music festival taking place on Friday, 6th July, presented by Oíche Events and hosted by The Sugar Club at their venue on Lower Leeson Street.
The festival will present a range of Irish and international Soul acts, tapping into a variety of styles including Soul, R&B, Reggae, Afro-Funk, Neo-Soul and more.
Location- Merrion Square
Description- The 13th annual Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular returns this summer to Dublin’s Merrion Square from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th of July and Entry to Ireland’s biggest family friendly festival is entirely FREE of charge.
The festival runs over three days in Dublin, showcasing the best in international street performance, the world’s leading living statue artists, free family activities, delicious street food from around the world as well as a pet area with charity partner the DSPCA (Dublin SPCA).
Laya Healthcare, Ireland’s second largest health insurance provider, has once again committed its support to the FREE family festival and this year announced that it will focus on children’s health and wellbeing and encourage visitors to live life to its fullest with it’s BRAND NEW AREA – ‘It’s Good To Live’.
The festival’s 13th annual international street performance line up includes:
Sara Twister- the woman who can fire a bow and arrow from her feet while balancing upside down.
Mat Ricardo – the first man in history to put the tablecloth back on a set table.
The Piano Juggler – the world’s fastest piano juggler.
Charlie Caper the world renowned and award winning magician from Sweden.
Jonathan Burns the man who can squeeze himself through a toilet seat.
Madame Guillotine (Kate Mior) -brings her unique comedy mime show which culminates into a final execution…don’t lose your heads!
Thelmo Parole – brings laughter and entertainment with ‘the show must go on’.
Fraser Hooper – the award-winning clown who boxes and mimes.
Street comedy -Two highly skilled and funny individuals join together in a highly energised comedy show
Snap Boogie – who’s performances includes multi disciplinary dance, Popping (robot dance), comedy, and crazy physical stunts.
This year’s park will be also be animated with some of the world’s leading living statue artists including LSD Living Statues DJS who come to life to play their music set and Cartoonette (Lady White), who appears to have escaped from a cartoon and came to life. The world’s best living statue JOHNman will perform two of his characters WOODY WOODman, a wooden character carving himself out of tree-trunk and Candy Man the artificial Candyman brought to life, passers by will be in for a treat!
Bringing their 80’s NYC street party vibe to the City Spectacular street is Limerick based art collective, Limerockers Cru. Kids and parents can learn to breakdance, drop some beats and learn how to ‘wildstyle tag’ graffiti which is sure to impress!
IT’S GOOD TO LIVE, LAUGH AND PLAY
Family health and wellness is central to the new festival zone- Laya Healthcare’s It’s Good to Live.
The ‘Its Good to Live’ outdoor stage showcases an array of fun and free classes for families to get active to. Travel back to the 80’s and get into the groove with Retro Sweatro, enjoy high energy trampoline classes from Boogie Bounce, find your rhythm with Afro Summer Dance & Drumming, join in and belt out a few tunes with Sing Along Social and get ready to bust out a few belly laughs and smiles with Laughter Yoga.
Have food chats with our living healthy advocates The Happy Pear and join social media superstar James Patrice as your host of this action-packed stage where kids and parents can challenge him to a dance off and lots more.
Ireland’s first health homework programme, Super Troopers with Laya healthcare will be back in action again this year with a SUPER new activity packed with mindfulness and play for all the family to enjoy.
Another new feature to explore in our ‘it’s good to live’ area is children’s play area ‘LIL LAYA VILLE’. In ‘Lil Laya Ville’ kids transform into mini-chefs and prepare culinary delights in a fabulous food truck, a grocery and even a sushi bar! The food, and all the games are made from wood and allow kids to imagine, create and lose themselves in ‘good ole fashioned’ play.
Laya healthcare will once again bring their ever-popular Kid’s Court to the family-loving festival, but this year it is even messier, meaner and more mischievous than ever! Children can put their parents on trial, who may be sentenced to a custard-pie-in-the-face or a bucket of iced water thrown as punishment.
Laya Healthcare partners Leinster Rugby will also be paying the festival a visit with mascot Leo the Lion. Festival goers will be put through their paces with a sports skills session and some fun activities to keep fit and train like a pro.
Lastly, after a packed day of spectacular activities visitors will be able to kick-back and take a few minutes to relax the mind and rest their feet in laya healthcare’s chill out area and be entertained by the eagerly awaited Living Statues DJS who are definitely not to be missed!
A FEAST OF FLAVOUR, FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT!
Just Eat Street is the international street food festival within Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular. Just Eat Street is a feast of food, fun & entertainment running the length of Merrion Square South.
Families and foodies are invited to tickle their taste-buds with over 35 different cuisines from around the world and enjoy music from international musical acts from Afrobeat Collective Yankari, funk and soul band SuperTonic Soundclub, and R&B pop sensation TADGH.
Chill in the sunshine with friends and family, while the Just Eat Ireland Waiter Service take and deliver food orders to festival-goers, bringing the best of Just Eat’s online ordering service to life at Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular.
CALLING ALL DOG LOVERS TO DSPCA PET-ACULAR
Our official charity partner the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dublin SPCA, are back again with us for their third year to celebrate all things pets. The wonderful DSPCA will be on hand with dog training and dog agility demonstrations. We are encouraging festival goers to bring your 4 legged furry friends along to both Dublin and Cork festivals. And best of all, don’t forget the ever popular doggy Adoption Parade where the DSPCA will bring along some dogs who are looking for forever homes!
Cost- Free to attend
Event– The Italian Brunch
Location- The House of Peroni Residency, 130-133 St Stephen’s Green
Description- Savor the taste of contemporary Italy with The House of Peroni Presents The Italian Brunch. Enjoy a 3-course brunch, with menu curated by The House of Peroni Residency food curators Hugh Higgins, previously Head Chef at Luna, and Grainne O’Keefe, Head Chef at Clanbrassil House.
Tickets cost €25 (not including booking fee). The House of Peroni Presents The Italian Brunch offers a 3-course brunch of contemporary Italian dishes with a choice of cicchetti, secondi and dolci, served with a Peroni Ambra or Piccola on arrival, and a choice of one Peroni Nastro Azzurro drink served with your food.
The Italian Brunch is available weekends at The House of Peroni Residency. Additional drinks may be purchased from the bar. A maximum of four tickets can be purchased online. Over 18s only. Please note doors open 30 minutes prior to masterclass start time and start punctually at time stated. There are 16 Italian Brunch events running from July 7 –15. For times and sessions see ‘Select a Date’.
For entrance to the masterclass please bring your confirmation e-mail with booking reference, or printed ticket.
Location- DSPCA Rescue Centre, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham
Description- The DSPCA have a volunteer Orientation on the first Saturday of every month and the mid Wednesday of each month at the DSPCA Shelter. This meeting is to show potential new volunteers what they should expect from volunteering with the DSPCA and what we expect from them.
Please book your place to help us get an idea about numbers each month and so that we can keep you up to date with events.
Children’s Event– Children’s drawing workshop with illustrator Chris Judge
Location- City Assembly House, 58 William Street South
Description- Award-winning illustrator Chris Judge will lead this children’s drawing workshop in the City Assembly House. Inspired by the paintings in the exhibition, children will draw their own colourful masterpiece, which will be framed for them to take home. Parents are welcome to join in!
Suitable for children aged 3 and up.
Booking required. Duration: 120 minutes (drop in and out).
At these workshops all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Event– Liberties Brewers Cup vol.2
Location- Legit Coffee Co, Meath Street
Description- LIBERTIES BREWERS CUP VOL.2- This is a competition for Baristas and people who love coffee plus a bit of fun. 15 Participants will take part in a Black Coffee brewing battle reviewed by three judges.
The event will take place at LEGIT COFFEE CO. 1 Meath Mart, Meath Street. The Liberties. D8 on Sunday 8th, July 2018. The Coffee Contest is open to public (grab your free pass). The Idea is to engage the local community and the dublin coffee culture. Sandwiches, Canapés, Pastry platters, beers will be provided by our sponsors.
Event– Yoga for Anxiety Workshop
Location- YogaHub, Junction 6, Castleknock
Description- Suitable for all levels. In this workshop, you will learn the physiological response in the body that causes anxiety, and learn ways to manage it through breathing, yoga and meditation techniques. You will walk away feeling calmer, with a toolbelt of inner resources to help you in your daily life.
Anxiety is something that is discussed more and more in daily life, as we are all living in an environment of constant stimulation and immediacy. This is not the environment our bodies and minds were built for, so in order to thrive in this environment, we need to develop strategies and habits that support our inner workings and change our relationship to our stress response.
This workshop will be a safe, fun learning space to explore the reactions of your mind and body to the world around you – I love these techniques and use some of them daily and they have transformed my relationship to anxiety.
Come along so we can explore these techniques together – bring a notebook, a pen and an open mind! If you have any questions about the workshop, reach out to me and I’ll happily chat through them with you.