Dublin’s inaugural Doggie Do is set to transform Merrion Square into a dog-lover’s delight this September. Celebrating our unique bond with our canine pals and inspired by the annual Halloween Dog Parade in New York City’s East Village, the Doggie Do promises a variety of pooch-friendly activities and events and a grand family day out. Dog owners can gem up on all manner of expert advice including responsible dog ownership guidance, vet Q&As, talks from top groomers & trainers, participatory sideshows involving agility and scent trials, while their four-legged friends will be given the opportunity to indulge in a spot of me time in the ‘Doggie and Soul’ chill out area. A parade of dogs will lead to the day’s grand finale – the crowning of the inaugural ‘Dog of Dublin’. Has your pooch got the pizazz to take the prize? There’s only one way to find out…
Let’s face it, the end of summer can be a drab time of year. Happily the South Bank Centre is doing more than most to banish the back to school blues by lighting up September with another instalment of Africa Utopia. Back for it’s third year, Africa Utopia is an eclectic weekend celebration of African culture and the African diaspora that sets out to showcase the exciting art that’s emerging from one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents. This year’s highlights include celebrated drummer Tony Allen whose rhythms did so much to define Fela Kuti’s legendary afrobeat sound. Allen has been described as ‘perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived’ by no less authority than Brian Eno and his Royal Festival Hall performance will feature an exciting collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning kora player Toumani Diabaté, and Toumani’s son Sidiki Diabaté. The festival also features Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab (also at the Royal Festival Hall) and one of Mali’s greatest singers, Kassé Mady, who will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Time to strut your stuff this September as Dublin brings you a stylish date for your diary. Returning for its 6th year, the Dublin Fashion Festival is set to unite over 250 fashion and beauty retailers, restaurants, bars and hotels in a celebration of all things sartorial. Over the past decade Dublin has become an increasingly stylish city, and now boasts an alluring array of shopping options, from designer and high street to vintage. DFF aims to bring them all together to create a heady mix of live fashion events, on-street catwalk shows, in-store activities and workshops, as well as a slew of special offers designed to get you fashionistas shopping til you drop. At the heart of the action will be the city’s 8 flagships: Brown Thomas & BT2, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Powerscourt Centre, Arnotts, Ilac Shopping Centre (including Debenhams), Jervis Shopping Centre & Penneys, but look out for events taking place at venues all across the city.
Now in its 7th year, the new season of Dublin’s Kaleidoscope Night is ushered in this September with a gala launch at a very special venue. The monthly celebration brings the worlds of classical, contemporary and experimental music together, and for the first time, moves out if its traditional home at the Odessa Club and into various new venues throughout the season. Taking place in the uniquely intimate and spiritual setting of the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green, the gala programme will delight those looking for a taste of Dublin’s finest musical talents. Featuring New Dublin Voices directed by Bernie Sherlock, as well as Francesco Turrisi & the Taquin Experiments, you’ll hear Mozart’s Gran Partita Serenade no. 10 for 13 winds, John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Irish choral works and more. Founded by violinist Cliodhna Ryan and cellist Kate Ellis, and curated by violist Karen Dervan and cellist Lioba Petrie since 2014, Kaleidoscope Nights has become an Irish musical institution. Showcasing the country’s premier performers of all genres, it creates unique evenings of musical discovery.
Get set to experience the renowned German beer festival in the heart of Dublin. The original Oktoberfest comes from Germany to Dublin for 18 days, bringing with it authentic Oktoberfest barmaids, Bavarian beer, entertainment and more. Housed in a marquee just like the famous Oktoberfest marquee in Munich, there’ll be plenty of steins to clink and beers to sample – but it’s not all about the ale. Explore the German market where you can get your hands on delicious grub from over thirty specialist food producers and traders who are travelling to Dublin especially for the event. Sample the finest Bavarian snacks and dishes, including steaks and pretzels, bratwurst and sauerkraut, mountain cheese and schmankerlteller. Alongside the tasty food and drink on offer, there’s an array of truly German entertainment; learn to yodel and dance the polka, challenge your friends at the Bavarian Games, test your strength and see how many steins you can carry – and you’ll be serenaded by traditional Bavarian musicians throughout the festival too.
Ireland’s leading multidisciplinary arts festival returns to Dublin this September with another eclectic programme of treats from every corner of the cultural landscape. As ever the diverse line-up encompasses performance, theatre, music, art, comedy, dance and more besides, but while its remit is broad enough to embrace all manner of artistic endeavour the Dublin Fringe remains steadfastly dedicated to providing a platform for brave, innovative performing art in the Irish capital. This year the Dublin Fringe turns 21 and it will be celebrating with the return of the spectacular Spiegeltent, which takes up residence in Wolf Tone Square. The Spiegeltent will host an exciting programme that includes the sublime electronica of Holly Herndon and Christian Löffler and the heady drama of Scotch and Soda’s stunning circus performance. Elsewhere, Object Piggy bring interactive performance art to the Lir Academy and the Project Arts Centre hosts the Irish premiere of George Brant’s Grounded.