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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This annual festival celebrates the contributions of gay people to the theatre, past and present. With an emphasis on new or recent works, and a broadly gay theme, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival creates new opportunities for emerging gay artists and theatrical works. In its 15th year, the festival will celebrate in style with a packed programme. The material is rich; masculinity, feminism and politics all get covered in an imaginative way at this irrepressible and headstrong festival – it truly is a rebellious 15-year-old at heart. Join in the fun and creative brilliance at this festival which celebrates and embraces diversity in Dublin today. Times and Ticket Details Here

Minding Frankie is a family love story by one of Ireland’s most popular writers. Full of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour, the hugely popular novel has been adapted for the stage. Directed by Peter Sheridan and starring Steve Blount and Clare Barrett, Minding Frankie will return to the Gaiety Theatre for one week only from 8th – 12th May 2018. Noel is struggling to be the best mother he can. Noel Lynch is struggling with an alcohol addiction, when he gets a call from Stella, a girlfriend with whom he shared a drunken weekend. Stella is having Noel’s child; she is also dying from cancer. Noel must raise their daughter, Frankie. Social worker, Moira Tierney, has other ideas, and is prepared to do battle for custody of the child. In order to prevail, Noel must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes, and become the best mother than he can be. Along the way, he discovers that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street. Maeve Binchy is one of those rare writers – like Dickens, Wilde, Shaw, Behan – whose work springs from their larger-than-life personalities. More […]

Gary Barlow comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of a solo tour which will see him play intimate venues across the UK and Ireland, including some never played in before. The last time Gary played a string of venues this size, demand was so high he could have sold certain venues out six times over! ‘I had such a lot of fun back in 2013 when I played those smaller venues because you’re so much closer to the fans’ says Gary of his forthcoming tour. ‘The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there.’ Gary last toured as a solo artist in 2014 to acclaim from fans and critics alike, playing some of the biggest venues he had ever played as a solo artist including The O2 London, Birmingham LG Arena, Glasgow The SSE Hydro and Manchester Arena. Gary Barlow is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who found worldwide fame as a member of British pop group Take That. Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight […]

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor Finbar Furey has announced a brand new Irish tour, that will see the iconic musician visit Belfast, Dublin, Wexford, Galway, Killarney, Limerick, Castlebar and Cork, with tickets going on sale on Friday 24th November at 9am. The Irish folk legend, who has left his mark on the music of Ireland for more than four decades as the lead singer and uilleann pipes player for the Fureys, has always been at the forefront of musical change. His long career has also included film & TV appearances, including a singing role in the 2002 Martin Scorsese film ‘Gangs of New York’ as well as the award-winning 2016 film ‘The Wild Goose Lodge’, for which he wrote and played the music. After thirty years touring the world with his brothers, introducing new audiences to the band’s music, Finbar embarked on a solo career to pursue a new life as a singer, writer and producer. To coincide with his tour, Finbar’s latest album ‘Paddy Dear‘, which topped the Irish Charts in 2017, will be re-released in Ireland and the UK with new songs, and a bonus Live DVD of Finbar performing at Vicar Street Dublin. This new CD/DVD release newly […]

Parents with small children are advised to book tiered seating WWE Live returns to Dublin & Belfast in May 2018!! See your favorite WWE Superstars live in action including: Roman Reigns Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Braun Strowman Cesaro & Sheamus Finn Balor Alexa Bliss Sasha Banks Asuka The Miz Samoa Joe and more! Line-up subject to change Tickets: 25+

The festival features guests from the world of film and television including Award Winning Actress and Cinemagic Patron Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn, Atonement); the new wave of Irish filmmakers is represented with Aoife McArdle (Kissing Candice) and Frank Berry (Michael Inside) and animation will be under the microscope with exciting events and screenings with award-winning studios Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) and Aardman Animations (Early Man, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep). To launch the festival this week a number of exciting film previews for schools and young film fans have been programmed that include animated adventure The Oddsockeaters; Todd Haynes family mystery drama Wonderstruck and Anders Walter’s astonishing feature debut I Kill Giants. TALKING PICTURES: A series of film screenings and talks with filmmakers and film professionals offering advice and top tips for young people with an interest in a career in film or about to enter the film industry. Screenings include Irish comedy/horror Grabbers plus Q&A with Producer David Collins, gritty revenge drama Bad Day for the Cut plus Q&A with writer/producer Brendan Mullin; Academy award nominated animation Loving Vincent plus Q&A with artists Séamus O’Labhradha and Sandra Hickey; coming […]

Ghost-Haunted Land with Dr Declan Long. This talk will discuss post-Troubles contemporary art highlighting artists who have reflected on the ongoing anxieties of aftermath.

The keenly anticipated follow-up to the platinum-selling, Chasing Yesterday (2015), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ third album Who Built The Moon? receives a prompt live treatment following its release on Friday 24 November 2017 on Sour Mash. While flowing from the same, molten core of melody, songwriting craft and towering self-belief, the album is poised between experimental and a jukebox of ageless influence following a bracing, two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Who Built The Moon? 2018 Tour Dates are announced as follows with details, links to purchase tickets and tour updates available at www.noelgallagher.com

Thursday 10th May FREYA RIDINGS MCD.ie presents FREYA RIDINGS plus support ^ Upstairs ^ Tickets €12.00 inc booking fee, Pre-sale via Freya Riding’s Spotify Monday 5th February 9am – General on sale Thursday 8th February 9am from Ticketmaster Ireland Upstairs in Whelans Doors: 8pm Tickets: SOLD OUT Thursday 10th May BIMM DUBLIN MIDNIGHT HOUR BIMM DUBLIN MIDNIGHT HOUR in association with O’HARA’S CRAFT BEERS presents TBC plus support Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight. Doors: 11:45pm, FREE ENTRY The Manuscript & O’Hara’s Craft Beers are proud to bring you The BIMM Dublin Midnight Hour. Showcasing the best new talent in Ireland & beyond. Upstairs in Whelans Doors: 11:30pm Tickets: FREE ENTRY Friday 11th May M. WARD ON SALE WED 28th MAR, 9AM MCD.ie presents M. WARD plus support _ Main Venue _ M. Ward is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose music seems to occupy a place that is uniquely “out of time,” a place that bridges the gaps between the roots of various American musical traditions of folk, country, blues, and rock. Doors: 7:30pm Tickets: €23.90 Friday 11th May THE HOP HOUSE ft. SHIPS (Live) VIA EVENTBRITE.IE Hop House 13 presents THE HOP HOUSE featuring SHIPS (LIVE) + LUMO DJs & Telephones ^ The […]

Parents with small children are advised to book tiered seating WWE Live returns to Dublin & Belfast in May 2018!! See your favorite WWE Superstars live in action including: Roman Reigns Dean Ambrose Seth Rollins Braun Strowman Cesaro & Sheamus Finn Balor Alexa Bliss Sasha Banks Asuka The Miz Samoa Joe and more! Line-up subject to change Tickets: €76.00 / €59.15 / €35.50 €206 Family Ticket (4 tickets with maximum 2 adults) (limited availability) Tickets available from all Ticketmaster outlets Nationwide

Hop House 13 lager is bringing together some of Ireland’s finest DJ’s, street artists and local food vendors under one roof to host ‘The Hop House’. An interactive experience, with plenty of flavours, sights and sounds to be explored, The Hop House will take residency in some of Dublin’s most characteristic venues this April and May. The Hop House will feature plenty of thrills, from floor filling beats curated by DJ collective Telephones, interactive art stations by Signs of Power, local street food from Hang Dai, The Big Blue Bus and the Brazilian Kitchen at Wigwam, plus lots more! Friday, 13th April at The Bernard Shaw; Thursday, 26th April at Wigwam and Friday 11th May at Whelan’s, Wexford Street. The first event will kick off in The Bernard Shaw, Richmond Street South, followed by Wigwam on Middle Abbey Street and Whelan’s on Wexford Street.

Following sell out shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street, Cork Opera House, Belfast’s Market Square and Galway’s Black Box Theatre; Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience return with a brand new show “Wish You Were Here”, a 2 hour + Pink Floyd Experience featuring the very best of Pink Floyd. This explosive new show will also feature a full LIVE rendition of the band’s 1975 classic album “Wish You Were Here” Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience cover Pink Floyd’s entire back catalogue, playing songs from 1967’s “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” right up and including 1994’s “The Division Bell”, including; Arnold Layne, One of these Days, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Hey You, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall pt2, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Time, Learning to Fly, High Hopes, Sheep, Pigs on the Wing, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Comfortably Numb, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Run Like Hell and many more. Including the iconic 15ft circular “Pink Floyd” screen, an incredible light display and unique Floydian style visuals, a Breathe – The Pink Floyd Experience show is a real Pink Floyd Experience, a psychedelic rock trip not […]