The Dublin Dance Festival is a celebration of performing arts and the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Every May, dancers and choreographers come together to celebrate dance and share their vibrant performances with Irish audiences. The festival’s mission is to present an inspiring and entertaining show on an international scale that shows off the best contemporary choreography while supporting its dancers and developing a passionate audience. The festival takes place across several destinations around Dublin, making it accessible to everyone – a core value of the festival which hopes to create new fans with the stunning displays on show. In addition to the performance, workshops, discussions, symposia and film screens are all on the programme to encourage and educate the audience. For more information the festival and to buy tickets, visit the website here.
One Direction are about to set loose a legion of their fans on Dublin. Yes that’s right Harry, Zayn, Louis, Niall and Liam are coming to Croke Park! The world’s biggest pop band recently announced the first legs of their incredible stadium tour for 2014 including three performances at Dublin’s very own Croke Park on Friday the 23rd May – Sunday 25th May. 1D are the biggest boy band in the world right now, their three album, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets and have generated several hit singles. After the release of their third album, Midnight Memories, One Direction became the first band in US Billboard200 history to have their first three albums debut at number one. Additionally, the album was a global success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart and becoming the fastest and biggest selling album of 2013 in the UK. For more information, visit the website here.
Kicking off its 8th annual Soul Festival, Merrion Square Park comes alive for the Dublin City Soul Festival. This family-friendly festival in the sun is Ireland’s feel-good festival, full of feel-good vibes and sure to appeal to music and festival lovers of all ages. Bring along your own picnic basket and relax on the grass, soaking up your surroundings or visit the Food Village and try the tasty meals on offer, from all over the world. Asian Fusion, slow roasted pulled pork or traditional fish n’chips. Spread out across both the Saturday and Sunday are over 15 acts plus yet-to-be-revealed special guests. The talent on show is made up from local and international acts and are sure to delight. There aren’t many shows across Dublin like this that are free of charge but donations are welcome and help the festival’s ongoing success and to ensure that the Musical Youth Foundation can continue to make a difference to the lives of at-risk children in Ireland. An information tent will be at the festival so everyone is free to find out more and learn how to make a difference. For more information on the festival and to keep up with the line-up announcement, visit the website here.
The Dublin Writers Festival is in its 16th year of being Ireland’s premier literary event which showcases the work of some of the finest writers in the world and the writers themselves who come together for debate, discuss and delight the most thought-provoking topics of the day. Join the festival for one event or all of them; choose from readings, workshops and performances from poets, screenwriters, lyricists and fiction and non-fiction writers. Events include a seminar on the business of being a writer, the lost poetry squad which involves searching for hidden poetry, after dark in St Patrick’s Park and a reimagining of Jane Austen. There’s also something for children including a celebration of the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday, a workshop with Pip Jones with children and their imaginary pets and the Book Clinic to inspire kids to read varied books more often. For more information, to buy tickets and to learn more about all of the events, visit the website here.
Sleepwalkers in an ongoing project where six artists use the National Museum as a place of research in which each artist attempted to show the process by which an exhibition idea is conceived, showing the work and ideas in progress. The artists include: Clodagh Emoe, Jim Ricks, Sean Lynch, Linda Quinlan, Lee Welch and Gavin Murphy. The latter is Dublin-based artist and curator whose recent work includes On Seeing Only Totally New things in collaboration with Atelier David Smith. He is also the recipient of several Arts Council awards and has had residencies at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in Melbourne. For the sleepwalker series, Murphy focuses on the history of The Hugh Lane; its collection, acquisitions, exhibitions and how it has changed. The display is a collection of memories, distant and recent, of the museum’s changing history as a space for Irish artists and art lovers to visit and be inspired. For more information, visit the website here.
Havana Rakatan is a captivating journey through the dance and music of a truly unique country, performed by one of the most talented and versatile groups of dancers to emerge from Cuba in many years. It is one of Sadler’s Wells’ most successful productions and has toured around the world and been enjoyed by audiences of hundreds of thousands. The show incorporates Salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha and rumba all come alive in a dazzling dance display of Cuban passion. The dance group are accompanied by an eight-piece son band, Turquino. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.