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The multiple Tony Award-winning ASSASSINS lays bare the lives of nine people who assassinated (or tried to assassinate) the President of the United States. The nation’s most notorious assassins gather on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream… Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music combine in this bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny musical.

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916. Recently performed during the centenary of the Easter Rising, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes returns with this production of Sean O’Casey’s absorbing play.

Red Raftery is a powerful man and used to getting what he wants. He owns 300 acres of the finest land this side of the Shannon and west of the Pale, where he lives with three generations of his family. But there is something rotten on Raftery’s hill. The fields are full of animal carcasses and there is a stench in the air. Set in a close-knit farming community, Marina Carr’s darkly comic and explosive play pushes a family to the limits.

The man…A hundred faces…In Your Face! Mario Rosenstock is set to embark on a nationwide Irish Tour with his stunning new one-man stage show In Your Face…and what a face!  Most normal people have 43 muscles in their face. With Mario multiply that by 10…and they all move at the same time!  The brand new 2018 show is bigger and bolder than ever and it’s Mario’s most interactive too.  Prepare to be entertained like never before and maybe even become part of the show too.  One minute he’s on stage. One minute he’s In Your Face! To date Mario’s live tours have sold over 200,000 tickets with a record five consecutive sold-out nights at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Mario has spent eighteen years on the legendary Gift Grub on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM. He has starred in three smash-hit TV series of The Mario Rosenstock Show on RTE TV.  Mario has been awarded twelve national radio awards and is a member of Irish Radio IMRO Hall of Fame In Your Face will premiere at the Cork Opera House in April with a string of weekend shows all around the country, culminating at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in […]

PhotoIreland’s international festival is focused around photography and image culture. Explore work of esteemed photographers, as well as that of young and local initiatives in Ireland, presented to you in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Run by PhotoIreland Foundation, this year the festival presents the works of two photographers working around women’s rights, at a time when Ireland will vote in a referendum about issues concerning access to legal abortion. Launching the festival on 3rd May, Laia Abril’s comprehensive work On Abortion, looks at the history and repercussions for women in the absence of safe and legal abortions – the first chapter of an extensive project A History of Misogyny. Irish artist Sarah Cullen presents her work You Shall Have Exactly What You Want exploring the experiences of pregnant women in Ireland who are faced with crisis pregnancies. Website

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra International Concert Series 2017/2018 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Thursday 10 May, 8pm English music from the twentieth century is at the core of the programme of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, making a second visit to the International Concert Series as part of its 125th anniversary tour with their Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guests soloist Simon Trpčeski. Vox Luminis Wednesday 23 May, 8pm Vox Luminis from Belgium is an ensemble that has been garnering exceptional critical acclaim under its music director Lionel Meunier. For their Dublin debut, they will perform a programme entitled Light & Shadow which celebrats the glories of the English renaissance with works from Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins and more. Culwick Celebrates 120 Years Wednesday 2 May The Culwick Choral Society celebrate their 120th anniversary with a performance of two great choral masterpieces: the jubilant Gloria by Francis Poulenc & the sublime German Requiem by Brahms. American College Dublin A Musical Theatre Celebration Thursday 3 May American College Dublin presents Ireland’s premier musical theatre degree students celebrating two of Broadway’s legendary songwriting partnerships – Rodgers and Hammerstein and Kander and Ebb. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wed […]

For its 4th edition, the Alliance Française Dublin’s Comic Book Festival in partnership with Illustrators Ireland and the Comics Lab is proud to welcome the legendary French illustrator, Tomi Unger.From the 1st to 5th May, the Alliance Française will host a series of events on the art of illustration and comics: an interview with Tomi Ungerer followed by a screening of the documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, live reading performances, a round-table about craft and process with a panel of illustrators and authors, an exhibition of students from a French art school, a children’s workshop and a pop-up book fair! Admission free for all events but booking is essential.

Welcome to Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival – Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland’s largest co-operative festival and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age, having inspired a number of international festivals such as Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wales and others. The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May. The festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people. Bealtaine is increasingly recognised as a major innovator in the area of the arts, creativity and older people globally and as a result is also about supporting the arts community to continue to work and to inspire and train other artists to engage in the area of creative ageing and intergenerational work. Website

Agnieszka Polska: Softly Spoken Exhibitions/ 19 Apr – 16 Jun Free Admission Fresh from winning Germany’s National Gallery Prize for Young Artists, video artist Agnieszka Polska returns to Project with her first solo exhibition in Ireland. Dublin Dance Festival 2018 Space Upstairs Dance/ 02 May – 20 May €0 – 22 Ireland’s leading dance event, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. Autumn Royal Cube Theatre/ 08 May – 12 May €18 – €20 A new play by Kevin Barry. May and Timothy are looking after the father – their own lives are curtailed, closed down, and they’re not getting any younger. A dark comedy (b)reaching stillness Space Upstairs Dance/ 11 May – 12 May €22 – €18 Choreographer Lea Moro courageously takes Baroque still life painting as a starting point for this playful dance piece. Part of Dublin Dance Festival. Akram Khan: Can We Live With Robots? Space Upstairs Dance/ 13 May €10 – €8 As robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) become increasingly prevalent, questions arise around their impact on human relationships. This is the topic of Akram Khan’s thought-provoking documentary. Bobbi Jo Hart: Rebels […]

Beyond their own output, Tears For Fears have influenced many artists today including being sampled by Kanye West, The Weeknd, David Guetta, Drake, and more, while also being covered by Lorde, Adam Lambert, Gary Jules, and Disturbed, to name a few. Meanwhile, classic songs figure prominently everywhere from The Wire and Donnie Darko to Straight Outta Compton and Mr. Robot. Everybody Loves A Happy Ending was released after a 15 years hiatus in 2004, which rekindled the creative fire between the duo. Breaking another quiet spell, the boys engaged in a three-year touring whirlwind across North America, Japan, South Korea, Manila, and South America beginning in 2010. 2013 saw them return with their first recorded music in a decade: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” Alison Moyet First coming to prominence as one half of pioneering electronic duo Yazoo, their short-lived alchemic partnership produced two seminal hit albums, before disbanding at the height of their success. Following a furious bidding war, Alison signed to CBS and an extraordinary solo career began. As well as completing acting runs in both Chicago – The Musical and Smaller (with Dawn French) for which she co-wrote the production’s song material, she performed […]

One of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Giselle is the first full-length ballet choreographed by Akram Khan. The iconic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been given a haunting reinterpretation with stunning costumes and set by Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), an ‘ominous, gothic’ (The Observer) adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s original score by composer Vincenzo Lamagna, dramaturgy from Ruth Little and lighting design from Tony Award-winner Mark Henderson. Following its sensational 2016 world premiere and UK tour, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to Dublin in 2018. Co-Produced by:  Manchester International Festival and Sadler’s Wells, London Supported by the Giselle Production Syndicate and Arts Council England

ince DDF’s inception as a bi-annual Festival in 2002 the Festival’s ambitions have been big and bold. The Festival became an annual event in 2008 reflecting the popularity and position it had gained in a relatively short period of time. DDF continues to bring iconic and influential international dance artists to Ireland offering audiences in Ireland one of the only opportunities to see world class international dance. Some of the artists DDF has brought since 2002 include: Merce Cunningham, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Akram Khan, Alain Platel, Jérôme Bel, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Trisha Brown, Raimund Hoghe, Wim Vandekeybus, Israel Galvan, Alonzo King, Crystal Pite, Emanuel Gat. DDF provides an important platform for Irish choreographers. We work with dance artists in Ireland to support the creation of new work and to encourage Irish and international artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. The Festival is going through a period of exciting change as it approaches its 15th edition in 2019. Building on the success of the Festival annually in May, DDF is creating exciting opportunities for dance at other times of the year, working with organisations and venues, nationally and internationally, who share our vision. Working with our […]