The Creactive Breakfast arrives at the Dublin Food Co-Op on Sunday 24th May for another day of fun and food. Aimed at parent and kids Creactive Breakfasts are occasional events that are best understood by deconstructing the name: think creativity + activity and you’re on the right tracks. Dreamt up by a team with a shared love of events planning, good food and creative family fun, the Creactive Breakfast takes inspiration from the notion that we are at our most creative – and hungry! – in the morning, from this noble idea a whole day of creative activities, workshops and classes that will delight kids and their parents alike has emerged. The Sunday 24th Creactive Breakfast takes place at the Dublin Food Co-op starting at 11AM and promises an extravaganza of exciting activities for the kids, including dance classes, alongside a catwalk show from mum and baby shop Taweret and a second hand baby fair.
Dublin’s rich literary history makes it the perfect city to host Ireland’s most prestigious literature festival. Formerly known as the Dublin Writer’s Festival, this year’s event debuts a new name but continues to champion exciting literary developments with a fascinating program that provides a platform for both local emerging talent and esteemed global literary figures. This year the festival presents an especially rich and diverse array of readings, discussions, debates, screenings, workshops and performances courtesy of an exciting cast of poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters. Among this year’s highlights are a talk by the investigative journalist and author of The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson, Irvine Welsh discussing the return of one of his most popular characters: ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson and Alas Awake, an ambitious homage to James Joyce’s abstracts masterpiece Finnegans Wake that utilised choral work, collage, improvisation, live electronics and installation to conjure Joyce’s world.
The annual Dublin Dance Festival returns in May to showcase the talents of some of the leading dance artists and choreographers from around the world. One of the most significant events in Ireland’s cultural calendar, the Dublin Dance Festival is now in its eleventh year and continues to grown in both ambition and scale. This year’s festival is graced by performances from both major international figures like Meg Stuart and her group Damaged Goods and Flemenco superstar Israel Galvan and lesser known emerging choreographers and performers. Meg Stuart’s Built To Last opens the festival and offers Ireland a first chance to encounter her acclaimed group Damaged Goods. Built To Last plays at the Abbey Theatre on the 19th and 20th May and promises a thrilling journey through the history of dance as the performers respond to an ever evolving wave of classical and contemporary music, from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Xenakis and Schönberg. Another highlight comes courtesy of the Liz Roche Company who present Bastard Amber, a major new work inspired by WB Yeats’ seminal poem Sailing to Byzantium and the late paintings of Patrick Scott.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than a fun (and hopefully sun) filled day out in Dublin’s delightful docklands? Organised by Waterways Ireland and the Docklands Business Forum, the Docklands Summer festival is just that. With street performers, music, open air DJs and face painting the festival promises to transform Dublin’s docklands into a weekend-long party with all the ingredients to keep the whole family entertained. Taking full advantage of the docklands location the festival showcases a variety of water-based activities including wake boarding, rafting and kayaking. There’ll be plenty of eye-opening feats for spectators to marvel at as well as opportunities for more adventurous souls to get involved themselves. And if you don’t fancy getting wet there’s plenty to keep you entertained on dry land with a fair in attendance – complete with all your favourite fairground rides – and a well stocked food market boasting a wide variety of exciting cuisines from every corner of the globe.
From classic vampire flicks like Nosferatu to modern twists on the genre like True Blood and Twilight, fangs have been in fashion for as long as most of us can remember, but not everyone knows that it all started in Dublin where Bram Stoker – who was born just across the road from the Castle Dracula site in Clontarf – first dreamed up Dracula. Celebrating one of Ireland’s most revered and famous literary figures, Castle Dracula brings Bram Stoker’s world famous novel to life in chilling fashion with a series of interactive tours that promise to grant you terrifying access to Stoker’s world in the company of his most famous characters – Van Helsing, Lucy, Renfield and Dracula’s bride. You’ll be taken on a thrilling journey through Castle Dracula, taking in the tunnels, spinning bridges, the gargoyle courtyard and the Haunted Library, not to mention the world’s only Graveyard Theatre where those who dare can brave the Incredible Castle Dracula Show. Castle Dracula guarantees an unforgettable night of screams, laughter and, with plenty of insight into the life and times of Bram Stoker, even a bit of education.
Museums At Night throws open the doors to some of the capital’s most important – and mysterious – museums, galleries and heritage sites with a series of very special night-time openings and evening events. The series aims to enliven our humdrum expectations by revealing museums and historic spaces in new and exciting ways. The nationwide series spring into life on Thursday 13th May and features a vast program of special openings across London over the course of the following week. Highlights include an imaginary voyage to Iceland at the William Morris Gallery, a European Literature Night at the British Museum, candle lit architectural tours at Benjamin Franklin House and a gruesome talk about ‘the men who supplied the dissecting rooms of London from the graves of the city’ at the Old Operating Theatre Museum. Museums At Night presents a truly unique program of one-off openings and events that will cast new light on your favourite museums and could very well reveal a hidden gem on your doorstep.