My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:
Location- Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar
Description- This screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker and participant from the film Venerable Sovath. An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent developments shaping modern-day Cambodia.
Shot by Irish director Chris Kelly over six years, the film charts the gradual politicisation of two young mothers and one Buddhist monk, the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the ‘Cambodian Spring’, and the tragic events that followed. Winner at Toronto Hot Docs for best international feature, the film is about the complexities, both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in.
Location- 25 Wexford Street, Dublin
Description- Join us for the perfect blend of the best, new and emerging talent that make us one of Ireland’s most loved stand-up comedy clubs presented at Dublin’s original live music venue Whelan’s of Wexford Street. As seen at Vodafone Comedy Festival, Longitude Festival, Cork Comedy Festival, RTÉ Republic of Telly.
Time- 20.00 (show starts at 8.45) -23.00
Location- Skinfull Afairs, Exchequer Street
Description- Time for another Pay as you Feel Event at Skinfull Affairs! Enjoy a quick pick-me up Botanical Facial for 20min at Skinfull Affairs.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is recognised as Ireland’s leading animal welfare charity. Their role is to is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to proactively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.
Cost- Pay as you feel. All donations collected on the day will be passed on to ISPCA
Time- 09.00- 18.00
Event- Last Breath Photography Exhibition (more dates)
Location- Pallas Project/ Studios, 115-117 The Coombe
Description- Gerry Balfe Smyth’s first solo exhibition ‘Last Breath’ is a series of photograph’s documenting life in the south inner-city flats complex of St. Teresa’s Garden’s in Dublin’s liberties area. The pictures are inspired by the spirit and resolve of the people in this once massive public housing project built-in the 1950’s, a development that was neglected for generations.
In the mid 1980s in south inner Dublin the heroin epidemic was at it’s height, and the St Theresa’s Gardens flats complex was one of many deprived communities in Dublin that was flooded with heroin. Drug dealers were operating on a level that had not been seen before, the police and government bodies were not equipped to contain the situation. Many young lives were wiped out through addiction, their families torn apart and with little or no support from the state. Over time the residents fought back and the Concerned Parents against Drugs group did a lot to reclaim their community – forced evictions of dealers and nightly patrols by the residents were the only way they could begin to address the problem.
Now with regeneration in its final stages a small number of residents remain. Most of the buildings have been demolished and the occupants moved to different locations around Dublin. These people are now dealing with the reality of transition into new neighbourhoods and establishing a new identity and sense of belonging.
These images – taken over a seven-year period before regeneration had begun, highlight the struggle to stay alive, to be clean, to survive – are another reminder that social integration and inclusion must be accompanied by economic investment for it to have a chance. The pictures are the last breath of a vibrant community before it is finally laid to rest.
Time- Opens at 12.00
Location- Dublin Body Paint, 68 Dame Street
Description- To raise awareness for World Maternal Mental Health Day, we will be painting baby bumps for free! We want to join the conversation about maternal mental health, and we will be doing it the best way we know how – with paint of course!
If you would like to be painted just give us a shout so we can pencil you in, and make sure we have enough tea and cake to go around! You are welcome to come along in the evening after work, and we can stay later if anyone would like us to.
Cost- No money will be changing hands, this is just a fun event to highlight an important topic that isn’t discussed enough.
Event- Death Cafe Dublin
Location- McGrattans Café Bar, 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Baggot Street
Description- Death Cafe allows anyone and everyone to talk openly about death. This is our Death Cafe No.6 with an Irish twist! We hold our Death Cafes in pubs where there is plenty of cake, tea and Guinness. These are lively evenings with plenty of death conversations sprinkled with craic.
Location- Begin at Project Arts Centre
Description- Do you love contemporary art? Or do you just wonder what it’s all about? Art aficionado or absolutely novice, this tour is perfect for you.
Discover some of Temple Bar’s best keep secrets as three city centre galleries – Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and Gallery of Photography – join forces for a guided walking tour through their current exhibitions, and offer an insight into the history of contemporary art in Ireland. Led by a team of friendly staff this is a chance for you to take a glimpse into the world of contemporary art, and ask all the question you always wanted to know the answers to.
Location- The Copper House, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street
Description- With the motto “vibrant, friendly, all-inclusive: a festival for all to enjoy”, we set out to raise awareness on local and international photographers and artists working with Photography, and to underline the work of those organisations and individuals that for years have been promoting an engagement with the medium.
This year we present the works of two photographers working around women’s rights, at a time when Ireland will vote in a referendum about issues concerning access to legal abortion. Join us for the festival launch on the 3rd May, at The Copper House Gallery, where Laia Abril will also launch her comprehensive work ‘On Abortion’, looking at the history and repercussions for women in the absence of safe and legal abortions – the first chapter of an extensive project ‘A History of Misogyny’. On the 5th May, at The Library Project, Irish artist Sarah Cullen presents her work You Shall Have Exactly What You Want, exploring the experiences of pregnant women in Ireland who are faced with crisis pregnancies.
Aside, Irish photographer Jamin Keogh presents for the first time his new project Moyross Study – a sociological exploration of Moyross housing estate in Limerick. The festival residency How to Flatten a Mountain continues into its third year with the outcome of this unique residency, at Cow House Studios, to be exhibited in Rathfarnham Castle. Mariela Sancari brings her internationally acclaimed project Moisés. Junior Press launches the 3rd issue of their exciting magazine and Daragh Soden launches his new photobook Toulon, part of the Portraits de Villes.
Event- May we have this laugh? (weekly event for the month of May)
Location- Stephen’s Green Park
Description- Laughter yoga in the park. All welcome, no previous laughter yoga experience necessary to join. Combining some of life’s beautiful experiences…
~Just laughing with all of the wonderful benefits that brings..
such as feeling great, boost of serotonin levels = better mood!
~Great start to your Friday and your weekend 🙂
~Laughing with others!
~Being outdoors in a green space!
Aoife will be leading the group the with some simple exercises to get us laughing with some gentle stretching,
we may be sitting on the grass so if you prefer to do so please bring a jacket/bag/ mat to sit/lie on
Event- How to Square a Circle (more dates)
Location- Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown
Description- Irish Circus takes to the theatre in Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady’s brand new collaboration ‘How to Square a Circle’.
Freshly returned from international tours with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and THISISPOPBABY, our home-grown artists (Dublin and Roscommon) have come together to produce a stunning creation that seamlessly blends beauty with raw physicality. Accompanied by the music and soundscapes of Alma Kelliher, Aisling and Ronan explore the boundaries of the human body and soul in an evening of entertainment which aims to both awe and inspire.
Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Draíocht and The Dean Crowe Theatre.
Contains Adult Themes: 16+
Cost- €14, €12 with concession
Children’s Event- Grow
Location- The Civic Theatre, Town Centre, Tallaght
Description- Something is happening in Tallaght! A space ship has landed, strange visitors have arrived. A mini ecosystem has taken root on the Stage of Civic, children are becoming architects and the whole community are planting seeds. Come and find out what’s going on!
Grow is a bombastic and life filled show for audiences of all ages which explores the question, ‘where is a good place to grow?’
There will be the roots of ancient stories and dreams of future possibilities. A cargo of cutting edge technology, analogue mechanics, familiar plants and unexpected surprises.
Age Suitability 6-9 years
Presented by Monkeyshine Theatre Company
Cost- €7, €5 with concession
Time- 11.00 & 16.30
Event- Yoga in the Park (weekly event)
Location- Darthmouth Square, Dublin 6
Description- Come along and join our little yoga family, suitable for all ages and abilities. Please bring your own mat we only have a hand full of spares.
See you on the grass
Location- House, Leeson Street
Description- Lad Lane Presents is ecstatic to announce its first event DIRTY DISCO. We will be ‘Turning Brunch on its Head’ in House Leeson Street on May the 5th.
Expect a weird and wonderful daytime party with crazy scenes and a host of Dublin’s primo DJ’s, complimentary welcome drinks and light bites. Random will be the dish of the day, so expect the unexpected. Be the first to join our Band and act fast as tickets are limited.
Location- Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Description- This hugely popular event, fuelled with energy, passion and attitude, will showcase the best of Irish and international street dancers as they battle it out in Meeting House Square.
This celebration of street dance culture will also feature special performances by the high-profile competition judges and guest turntable and beatbox artists, with live painting by Irish graffiti artists adding to the fun and vibrant atmosphere. Contestants in the Street Dance Battle will show off their talents in Breaking, Hip-Hop and Krump, having earned their place at qualifying heats earlier in the day.
This outdoor spectacle promises to be an exhilarating experience for the whole family.
Event- Catfish Blues Orchestra
Location- DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row
Description- Driven by a love for authentic blues music the group draw on influences ranging from the early blues masters of the delta such as Robert Johnson & Sonny Boy Williamson, to the electric Chicago and Texas blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Freddie King, up to British blues invasion guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green all the way up to contemporary influences such as Robben Ford and Derek Trucks.
The Orchestra draw on all of these influences including many others to create there on rich and soulful blend of Rhythm and Blues.
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