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My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:


Event- The Trial Visual Art Installation (more dates)

Location-  Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road

Description- The Trial is a compelling visual art installation on healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. On multiple screens, three characters – Tommy, Charlie, Neili – tell the real life stories of those who have been held and worked in Irish penal institutions during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Trial is exhibited in the resonant space that is Kilmainham Gaol Courthouse.

Cost- Free

Time- 09.30

Event- Pilgrim (more dates)

Location- Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower

Description- Thousands of refugees from every culture and creed descend upon the doorsteps of Newfoundland.
Villages like Gambo become the setting for a positive apocalypse.

In this surreal, inverted world, Christopher’s life pulls into focus and his rebirth is both arresting and comic.
With allusions to classical myth, PILGRIM (Fishamble New Writing Award Nomination/ Manchester Theatre Award nomination) is a powerful new comedy/drama about a hard-edged youth coming of age on a pilgrimage home for the birth of his son

Cost- €13

Time- 19.30


Event- The Knack…and How to Get It ! (more dates)

Location- Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Just off Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Description- “Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows…”Aidan Dunne, The Ticket, 15th December 2017

Well, whether you agree or not, the gallerist at 3 Great Denmark Street loves curating art exhibitions, on his own or in collaboration with others…
For the month of April, the Olivier Cornet Gallery will be changing the display of works on a weekly basis in the exhibition room, selecting works from their storage room. This will happen every Thursday from 6 pm onwards.

Cost- Free

Time- 11.00

Event- Modern Ruins and other stories (more dates)

Location- Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar,

Description- This new exhibition of by multi award-winning photographer Kenneth O’Halloran shows him at the peak of his powers. It focuses on his colour work from Ireland, and centres on a large installation of his magisterial series ‘The Handball Alley’. These now silent structures attest to the passing of time and to the changing dynamics of rural communities. Like the dolmens that John Montague offered as a metaphor for the old people of his childhood, these modern ruins are liminal structures, open-air theatres where the ghosts of a lost civilisation linger.

Ruins of another era – the madness of the Celtic Tiger property boom – are explored in a further colour series, ‘Tales from the Promised Land’. With grim humour, O’Halloran observes the excesses fuelled by cheap credit, and the desecration wrought on the landscape as a culture of greed masquerading as entrepreneurship became normalized.

Cost- Free

Time- 11.00


Event- The Curse of the Button Accordion (more dates)

Location- The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Description- Comedian Sharon Mannion pens a hilarious show based on her worries, fears and adventures growing up in a Roscommon village. Will she live up to the expectations of her ex-showband star father and her Midwest FM radio-loving mother?

On receiving a shiny button accordion, Sharon is thrust into the local limelight. But things soon turn sour, when she starts to wonder if Frank the Accordion might have her cursed.

Cost- Standard: €16, Concession: €13 (Student, senior, unwaged, Equity members)

Time- 19.30

Event- Dublin Design Night 2018

Location- Various

Description- Dublin Design Night is back! Photography, street art, illustration, interiors, graphic design, food, fashion, mixology all in some Dublin’s most creative spots.

Get your free ticket to make your way around 20 different venues on April 25th where you are invited to take part in free workshops, artist talks, designer discussions, meet the maker events, with some food and cocktails thrown in to sweeten the deal.

Cost- Free

Time- 18.00-21.00


Event- Poetry Day Ireland

Location- 11 Parnell Square

Description- Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poetry. In 2018 we’ll be celebrating Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 26 April and our theme for 2018 is Poetry Surprises!

This year’s theme: Poetry Surprises

Poetry surprises. It knocks on your door and runs away. It greets you on the street with a face you haven’t seen in years. Look in the mirror and poetry shows you the back of your head. It can rearrange the stars and resurrect the past. When your breath snags and your heart thumps; when something strokes your neck and makes you jump: that’s poetry.

Cost- Most events are free, some are priced €5-8

Time- 08.00 – 00.00

Event- Hip Hop & RnB Karaoke Party (90s/Early 2000s Edition)

Location- The Chelsea Drugstore, George’s Street

Description- Souletiquette is back with the 90s/2000s Hip Hop & RnB music edition of our exciting and fun filled night at The Chelsea Drugstore.

From 100s of Hip Hop and R&B songs to pick from this is your chance to live out your rap and singing fantasies in front of our super lively audience. From the old to the new including The Fugees, Kendrick Lamar, 2pac, Biggie, SWV, Bryson Tiller, Drake, Run DMC, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Aaliyah & many more.

DJs Abi Scorpio & King Leo spinning the best of Hip Hop & RnB Anthems in the 90s/2000s era of music w/ MC & Host Kells Yo Boy.

Cost- Free to attend

Time- 20.00-01.00


Event- Takin the Mic with Sahar Ali

Location- Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square

Description- Our host this month will be poet Sahar Ali, who will be welcoming poets, prose writers, songwriters and musicians, comedians and anyone else who wants to have a go at our monthly open mic night. Sign up to perform over on Eventbrite.

Sahar is a rising star in Dublin’s arts community. She has performed in the Lingo Festival, the Dublin Literature Festival, Body & Soul and the Vodafone Comedy Festival 2017 before a sold out show (Saharcasm) at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2017. Sahacasm was a fresh perspective on modern Ireland. Taking examples from everyday life, it negotiates the subconscious prejudices that underline the interpersonal relationships in the land of ‘céad míle fáilte’. Sahar has featured on the critically acclaimed drama AMC’s Into the Badlands. Sahar is also a prolific blogger and provides regular observations and thoughts on her blog Saharcasm which served as a basis for many performances.

A few things to note:

– Five mins per performer
– Slots are on a first come, first served basis

Cost- Suggested donation €5

Time- 19.00

Event- Garageland Special featuring The Kerbs / Surreal Audio / The Elective / Emily 7 / Zephyr

Location- The Sound House, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Description- Garageland, in association with IMRO, The Arts Council, RTE 2XM, Hot Press Magazine, Sound Training College and MusicMaker, is proud to present this specially commissioned series of The Garage Gigs at The Button Factory.

Cost- €10.00 online (plus €1 booking) / €13.50 at door

Time- 19.00


Event- Flea for Choice: Spring Market

Location- The Workman’s, 10 Wellington Quay

Description- Flea for Choice is back again, this time in aid of Together for Yes, the national civil society campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.

The cost to run a stall is €30, the entirety of which will be donated to Together for Yes. Any income vendors receive is for them to keep – unless they wish to make a further donation.

Apply for a stall:

Cost- Suggested entry donation is €1

Time- 12.00-17.00

Event- Spanish Lunch and Wine Tasting

Location- Suesey Street, 26 Fitzwilliam Place

Description- Suesey Street will host a sparkling wine tasting, led by Corinna Hardgrave wine writer with the Irish Independent, where a selection of fabulous sparkling wines including Cava will be reviewed, followed by lunch in the cosy private dining room of the restaurant and paired with a selection of Spanish wines.

Cost- €35

Time- 12.00-14.30


Event- 2hr Soul Session With Sound Healing and Meditation

Location- Angel’s Love, Darndale Belcamp Village, Dublin 17

Description- 2hr Soul Session with Sound Healing & Meditation For April; These 2hrs are designed to allow you to get cosy and settle into a safe space while soaking up beautiful healing sounds and vibrations. There is nothing expected of you except to lie down!

As I like everyone present to also experience some individual sound healing during the session spaces will be limited so BOOKING is ESSENTIAL.

Cost- €25 (includes refreshments & gratitude voucher towards an individual sound healing session)

Time- 14.00-16.00

Event- April Flea Market

Location- Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Description- A bizarre bazaar of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and what nots. The last Sunday of each month at the Dublin Food Co-op, The Green Door Market.

Cost- Free to attend

Time- 11.00-17.00


Children’s Event- Family foraging day

Location- The Furry Glen, Phoenix Park

Description- A day spent wandering in the woods, nibbling on what nature has to offer & cooking over the fire.
You will learn how to identify & sustainably forage seasonal wild plants with your child. We will play games to deepen connection to nature & awaken our animal senses. Then relax by the fire & taste what the Wild has to offer.

Cost- €30 per child & one adult. €5 per additional adult. Grandparents go free! 10% sibling discount

Time- 11.00-15.00


Children’s Event- NOISE Moves Dance Festival

Location- The Civic Theatre, Town Centre, Tallaght

Description- NOISE Moves Youth Dance Festival is held annually in the Spring and is open to young performers aged 13-25. NOISE Moves offers a professional venue and resources to showcase a wide variety of dance styles.

Part of NOISE Dublin, South Dublin county Council’s youth arts programme. Supported by south Dublin County Council and the Arts Council in partnership with the Civic Theatre and RUA RED.

Cost- €5

Time- 20.00

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