March 2014

Festival Franco Irish Literary Festival

A celebration of literature that was born to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. A Franco-Irish committee of some of the most important people in the literary, academic and publishing world, chooses the authors to speak and each year, the authors speak to a new theme. 2014’s theme is Changing Lives with each author being posed the question ‘Can lives be changed?’ over a three day period. The authors get together in a semi-informal setting to discuss, debate and explore new ideas around politics, romance, and the metaphysical that relate to the theme. This year’s invited writer’s include: Laura Alcoba, Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam, and Paul Lynch. To find out more information about this and other events. Visit the website here.

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Festival Clontarf Viking Festival

For one weekend in April, Dublin will be home to the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment to ever be produced in Ireland. An interactive display of Viking life will be on show and will include a showcase of Viking weapons, stories, leather making, archery and silversmiths to name just a few. St. Anne’s Park will host the event and is, in itself, a beautiful Dublin attraction. Once owned by the famous Guinness family, St. Anne’s is one of Dublin’s largest parks. After the Viking festival, explore the parks many features including the duck pond, a walled garden and a grand avenue – all created by the Guinness family. More information can be found here.

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Festival Royal Horticultural Society Great London Plant Fair

A self-described “up-market plant fair”, the RHS plant fair is a vibrant start to Spring with gorgeous flowers available for sale and a wonderful space for traders to show off their abundant collections of flowers and plants. In addition to this, the programme is full of talks on spring flowers, weather and pollinators from some of the best growers and a competition for the best daffodil – a real celebration of spring. Visitors can learn what makes a perfect daffodil and can even enter themselves. The green roof garden will be open for visitors to learn about this new phenomenon and how they can positively impact the environment. The Beekeepers Association will be present to educate the crowd on bee keeping and how you can plant for bees – another important consideration in today’s climatic environment. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.

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Exhibition Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright at the V&A

2014 marks the 450th anniversary since Shakespeare’s birth. The installation at the V&A remembers the world’s greatest playwright with objects from the museum’s collection as well as interviews with key practitioners, the exhibition gives a great deal of insight into the man believed by many to be the greatest playwright in history. His plays have been read, acted out and re-imagined across the globe and he is, of course, as relevant as ever – to this day giving writers from all walks of life the springboard to exploring their own creative freedom. The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s leading, and largest, museum of art and design and promotes the practice of design, educating visitors on the design world. The museum holds a permanent collection of over 4.5million objects and is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website here. Featured photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Fashion The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

Over 140 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments from Jean Paul Gaultier’s are on their way to London’s Barbican Art Gallery. Gaultier’s boundary- pushing designs include costumes from films and musical performances  including pieces from Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, garments designed for Kylie Minogue and costumes from film The Fifth Element. In addition to the costumes on show, photographs from world-renowned artists such as Miles Aldridge, Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol will also be on show. There will also be footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, and Gaultier’s television show Eurotrash. Gaultier himself has always felt an affection for London and found that the English were among the first to come to, and appreciate, his shows. He considers it an honour for this exhibition to be held at the Barbican “because it’s a wonderful gallery and a wonderful place with extraordinary architecture.” For more information on the exhibition and to buy tickets, visit the website here.

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Music Roseanne Cash live at Vicar St

Eldest daughter of Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash shows all of his talent and has from the earliest days of her career. With famous fans including Elton John who called it the most beautiful album of 2014, Roseanne Cash is sure to set the stage alight at Vicar St in April. Her recent album, The River & The Thread is her 15th album and her first in over four years. It features songs written by her and husband John Leventhal and is a homage to America; particularly the South which is evident in the sound of the album. She says of the album “If I never make an album I will be content because I made this one.” Vicar St. has a seated capacity of 1050 and a standing capacity of 1500. The sizeable venue feels intimate and welcoming and is the perfect location for the Roseanne Cash concert.

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