June 2014

Music Piano Festival & Summer Academy

Dublin’s second International Piano Festival & Summer Academy promises to be a feast for the ears and an opportunity for advanced piano students to learn from some of classical music’s leading lights. The programme provides 16 lucky piano students with a week to hone their skills under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed pianists Artur Pizarro, Indiana University Bloomington’s Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Lance Coburn and John O’Conor. The week of learning will be interspersed with public performances from these world-renowned piano virtuosos as well as the Summer Academy participants in a variety of settings including an outreach concert for the residents at Harold’s Cross Hospice and a final gala concert at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. So, whether you are an experienced pianist looking to hone your ivory-tinkling skills, or simply a fan of great piano playing, you’re sure to find it a hugely rewarding experience. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Theatre A Midsummer Night’s Dream

With the legendary Bard coming up for his 450th birthday, Dublin Castle is set to pay tribute to the life and works of William Shakespeare with a glam-rock retelling of one of his best-loved plays. This outdoor adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream casts the four young Athenian lovers in the glittering garb of the early 1970s pop scene, with a soundtrack that’s guaranteed to have you clapping your hands and stomping your ‘tiger feet’! The production will run every evening between July 23rd and August 3rd at 7.30pm, with the exception of Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th July. The producers are intent on staging it outside, even if there is a spot of light rainfall, and guarantee that there will be no performances cancelled as a result of inclement weather. However, if there is particularly heavy wind and rain, then they have the option of moving the production to the indoor venue at the Castle. For more information on local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Festival Longitude Festival

After the massive success of its Marlay Park debut last summer Longitude Festival is set to return to Dublin this July with an even more impressive lineup. Featuring headline acts Ben Howard, Disclosure and Massive Attack, Longitude looks set to build on its first outing – for which it won Best New Festival and Best Medium Festival at the Irish Festival Awards – with another diverse and star-studded programme. Spread over three days, Longitude offers visitors a chance to pick up a one-day ticket or a pass for the full weekend. With such a strong lineup, the latter option will undoubtedly be popular. The eclectic lineup features a vibrant mix of acts, from cutting edge dance acts like Julio Bashmore and Rudimental to emerging rock heroes Bastille and Haim and establishes Longitude as one of Ireland’s must-see summer festivals. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Festival PhotoIreland Festival 2014

Now in its fifth year, Photoireland Festival 2014 is the only festival dedicated to the art of Photography in Ireland. This annual festival brings together the cream of Ireland’s photographic talents together with top photographers and enthusiasts from all over the world. Highlights of this year’s festival include “Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies”, a collaborative project themed involving 27 photographers and 2 artists/curators collectives with a storytelling theme, “slow journalism” practitioners Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen’s “The Sochi Project”, which is about the controversial Winter Olympics in Russia, and landscape photographer Yvette Monahan’s “The Time of Dreaming The World Awake”. The festival takes place between the 1st and the 31st of July across over 40 locations in Dublin including established photographic spaces such as the Gallery of Photography and the National Photographic archive, emerging community art spaces such as Exchange Dublin and The Complex, as well as spectacular and unconventional settings such as the National Botanic Gardens and Dún Laoghaire Pier. With so much to see and do, it can pay to make some plans beforehand, and the festival catalogue and website provide comprehensive information about all the various exhibitions around the capital. There are also free guided tours available during the festival, which need to be booked in advance. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Theatre The Price by Arthur Miller

The Price, Arthur Miller’s rarely staged 1960s piece is playing at Dublin’s The Gate Theatre throughout July and August this summer. The four-character play takes place in the attic room of a soon to be demolished house in New York and sets up a compelling exploration of family dynamics. Following the death of their parents two estranged brothers, Victor Franz (played by Denis Conway) and Walter Franz (Barry McGovern) meet to organise the disposal of their parents’ depression-era furniture. Victor, a policeman, gave up on his scientific ambitions to look after his ruined father while Walter has become a successful surgeon having abandoned the family to pursue his medical career. Over the course of their tense reunion festering resentment and bitterness emerges as Miller explores the brothers’ disparate paths and the emotional fall-out of their long delayed meeting. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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Comedy FunnyFest

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, and this summer, there’ll be plenty of that going on at FunnyFest, a family-oriented programme of comedy workshops and performances at the Ark cultural centre in Dublin. The festival, which runs between the 5th July and the 24th August, is peppered with family-friendly stand-up comedy performances featuring the likes of Marcus Olaoire, Bec Hill, Kevin Gildea, Reuben, Andrew Stanley, Al Porter, and comedy troupes Foil, Arms & Hog and Totally Wired. These will be accompanied by a series of workshops, including stand-up comedy workshops which run for almost the entire length of the festival, and more specialist workshops on topics such as comedy animation, comedy writing, comedy drawing, and slapstick. There will also be several events aimed at younger children, such as Queen Fionnuala’s Funny Bone, an interactive workshop for toddlers, and comedy play A Boy and His Box, about a boy, his cardboard box, and a vivid imagination. So, whether you’re a parent looking to encourage your children’s natural comedic talents, or you just want to have a right old laugh, Funnyfest promises to be a rib-tickling feast of laughter and learning for all the family. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.

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