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My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:


Event- The Circle Sessions

Location- The International Bar, Wicklow Street

Description- A night of Spoken Word Poetry, Storytelling, Music and Performance in the International Bar, Exchequer Street, Dublin.

Cost- Free

Time- 20.00

Event- SYML gig

Location- Whelan’s

Description- Translated as “simple” in Welsh, SYML is the creation of Brian Fennell, a Seattle-native and founding member of the band Barcelona. With a keen grasp on textural and emotive songwriting, Fennell combines bare piano, minimalist synth and string-scapes with ethereal vocals to take the listener on a journey through the senses.

Cost- €15

Time- 20.00


Children’s Event- Mid-Term Art Camp for 4+ (more dates)

Location- Millennium Wing Studio of The National Gallery

Description- In this series of five workshops, budding artists will take inspiration from abstract painters Pablo Picasso, Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness and Nano Reid.

Children will gain an insight into the vibrant world of abstract art as artist Louise McGrath guides the group through the gallery’s collection exploring the array of colours, shapes and compositions. Children will create their own abstract artworks by using exciting techniques of drawing, sculpture and collage.

Cost- €40

Time- 12.00-13.00


Event- Light House Sessions – Open Mic Night

Location- The Bowery, Rathmines

Description- Come one, come all. Get on board for a night of universal performances. Each week we will host an array of music, comedy, spoken word and all things in between.

Cost- Free

Time- 20.30

Event- The Comedy Crunch (regular event)

Location- Stag’s Head, Dame Lane

Description- A popular free stand-up comedy night with different performers every week and free ice cream too.

Cost- Free

Time- 21.00


Event- The Approach (more dates)

Location- Project Arts Centre

Description- Three women. Three separate conversations. As the truth of what they share shifts and deviates from each to the next, we are compelled to decipher the game of survival that is being played. A play about the risk of remembering, and the necessity of forgetting.

Cost- €25-35

Time- 19.30

Event- Archive At Lunchtime (regular event)

Location- Irish Film Institute

Description- Join us for free films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect tickets at IFI Box Office.

Cost- Free

Time- 13.10


Event- Homebeat Presents : Maria Kelly

Location- Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane

Description- Kicking off Homebeat 2018, we are delighted to present an intimate evening of spellbinding sounds with the beautifully brilliant Maria Kelly in the Fumbally Stables.

Support on the night will be from the talented Anna Mieke. Growing up in Mayo, Maria has been writing songs since the tender age of ten, and since then has spent many years crafting and developing her sound into a delicate blend of atmospheric alt folk. Taking influence from artists such as Regina Spektor and Lisa Hannigan, she aims to share deeply personal and heartbreaking experiences. With gentle, smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics, her music exudes an honest fragility that captures the listener

Cost- €11.40

Time- 20.00

Event- Speed Dating 

Location- McGowans, Phibsboro

Description- Ticket includes entry and 3 drinks on registration

Cost- €16.47

Time- 22.00


Event- Dumpling Day For Chinese New Year

Location- Asia Market, Drury Street

Description- It’s a tradition in China during Chinese New Year to make dumplings with all the family. From the very young to the very old, everyone gets stuck in. To celebrate this lovely tradition, join the Asia Market team in store for a delicious Dumpling Day. Watch Mama Wong make the traditional savoury dumplings, learn how to wrap and make your own. Best of all, there will be lots of dumplings to try and taste!

Cost- Free, no booking required.

Time- 11:00 – 18:00

Event- Tall Tales (more dates)

Location- Smock Alley Theatre

Description-  For dog lovers young and old (Suitable for 9-99 yr olds​). Sometimes life on the streets can be lonely but Here-Boy has his best friend for company. Tall Tail is a story about being found. A musical adventure with singing, storytelling and stargazing.

Cost- €6 Children, €10 adults

Time- 11.00


Event- Chinese New Year Food Extravaganza (more dates)

Location- Asia Market, Drury Street

Description- This food and drinks tasting extravaganza is free for all the family and a great opportunity to experience the full flavour of an authentic Chinese market. Visitors will be treated to exotic fruits, dumplings, flavoured oils, drinks, sweet treats, snacks and more during this two-day event. Special guests will be invited to tell stories on what Chinese New Year means to them, for everyone to experience

Cost- Free, no booking required

Time- 10.00-17.00

Event- Asian Flavours On A Lazy Bike

Location- The Lazy Bike Tour Company

Description- Curious about Dublin’s surprising connections to China? Intrigued by the history of the city’s so-called Chinatown region? Join us for a fun and informative tour, exploring Chinese influences and flavours in cosmopolitan Dublin.

We promise fascinating nuggets of information at each stop and maybe even a few tasty morsels along the way. Eye-catching electric bikes will be provided by the Lazy Bike Tour Company, known for providing unique guided tours of Dublin City.

Cost- €25

Time- 14:00 – 16:00


Children’s Event- Dog Costume Art Workshop

Location- The Tara Building

Description- All materials included, ages 4 – 12 yrs. Become a gou 狗( dog) at our special dog costume workshop! Make felt paws and floppy ears, then we will paint your face to complete your transformation! Celebrate the year of the dog at The Tara Building for a barking good time!

Cost- €10

Time- 10:00 – 12:00 / 13:00 – 15:00


Event- Let’s Dance, Its Hip To Be Square

Location- Meeting House Square

Description- In the People’s Republic of China, square dancing or plaza dancing is an exercise routine performed regularly by millions of people better known as “dancing grannies”, in squares, plazas or parks of the nation’s cities. Led by dance leaders known as guangchang wu (广场舞) and often set to techno pop or dreamy electro Chinese pop music we invite Dubliners of all ages and abilities to join us at our very own Chinese square dancing event in Meeting House Square. You are never too old or too young! Come along and join the groove!

Cost- Free, no booking required

Time- 14:00 – 16:00

Event- There’s A Strong Wind In Beijing (2000)

Location- Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Description- A unique opportunity to see the debut feature film from one of the most widely recognized directors from China’s “New Generation” of filmmakers, Ju Anqi. Filmed in Spring 1999, a gonzo camera crew roams the streets of China’s capital, asking random passersby, “Is the wind strong in Beijing?” This ambiguous question provokes a startling variety of responses that expose social and cultural anxieties within contemporary China.

Cost- Free, no booking required.

Time- 14.00


Children’s Event- Chinese Art Family Workshop

Location- National Gallery of Ireland

Description- Learn more about the Chinese New Year festivities, and about the year of the dog in this drawing workshop with artist Chun Zhu Wang. Participants may arrive at any time up to 1.10pm. They may be asked to wait before a place is allocated. All materials provided. Suitable for families with children of all ages.

Cost- Free, no booking required (drop-in)

Time- 11:30 – 13:30


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