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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Thu May 17 Thu 17.05.2018 / 8:00PM-11:00PM The Amy Winehouse Experience – Lioness Presented by The Sugar Club from €24.50 (ex. booking) Fri May 18 Fri 18.05.2018 / 11:30PM-2:30AM The Booka Club Presented by The Sugar Club from €10.00 (ex. booking) Fri May 18 Fri 18.05.2018 / 8:00PM-2:30AM Too Many Zooz Presented by ChoiceCuts from €20.00 (ex. booking) SOLD OUT Sat May 19 Sat 19.05.2018 / 8:00PM-2:30AM Too Many Zooz Presented by ChoiceCuts from €20.00 (ex. booking) Sat May 19 Sat 19.05.2018 / 11:30PM-2:30AM The Booka Club Presented by The Sugar Club from €10.00 (ex. booking) Sun May 20 Sun 20.05.2018 / 7:30PM-11:00PM Down In The City – Scullion w/ Saint Sister & Joseph O’Conno Presented by The Sugar Club from €25.00 (ex. booking) Mon May 21 Mon 21.05.2018 / 6:30PM-8:30PM Don Patricio – Patrick O’Connell Presented by The Sugar Club from €12.50 (ex. booking) Tue May 22 Tue 22.05.2018 / 8:00PM-11:00PM Bob Reynolds Band – (Snarky Puppy, John Mayer) Presented by The Sugar Club from €20.00 (ex. booking) Fri May 25 Fri 25.05.2018 / 11:00PM-2:30AM Cut Chemist – Die Cut Album Tour Presented by ChoiceCuts from €20.00 (ex. booking) Fri May 25 Fri 25.05.2018 / 7:30PM-10:30PM The Shacks Presented […]

This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman. The musical includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along, with 80’s classics such as ‘Alone’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, ‘Toy Soldiers’ and ‘Material Girl’ and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.

Following on from the worldwide success of Michael Morpurgo’s bestselling book, film and stage play War Horse, Simon Reade adapts and directs the stage version of Morpurgo’s award-winning book, Private Peaceful, which will run for one week only at the Gaiety Theatre, from 29th May to 2nd June 2018. Tickets from 18.50 euro go on sale now. Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War 1. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Tommo Peaceful. Starring Shane O’Regan as Private Peaceful (who has been nominated for Best Actor in The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), the play highlights the dreadful horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life, both which are clearly bound together in this not-to-missed, magnificent one-man theatre production. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting for sunrise he thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today. In his recollection Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful recounts the fact that he and his elder brother Charlie do everything together. Such as memories from their schooldays together, facing personal problems together, sleep and eat together; they even fell in […]

June Bank Holiday Weekend, 2018 Bloom in the Park is not only one of Ireland’s biggest annual tourist attractions, it is also one of the leading horticulture and food festivals which takes place each year over the June Bank Holiday. Bloom, which is organised by Bord Bia, aims to promote the high standards found within the Irish food and horticultural sectors to both a national and international audience. There will be a whole host of exhibits on show including show gardens, sculptures, botanical art, craft displays as well as open farmyards available to the public. Bloom takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 31 May until Monday 4 June 2017.

The youbloomDublin Music Summit & Festival is a 2-day Summit and 5-day Music Festival designed for musicians and music executives. Join two intense days of industry networking and artist learning from leading experts in panels, masterclasses and keynotes. Get connected to musicians, industry professionals and organizations who work in the music industry and bring your business to the right people! The festival includes 80 to 100 local and international bands playing over 5 days on the Main Music stage at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park and over 3 evenings at indoor and outdoor stages in Dublin’s famed city centre, Dame District! Site  

Michael will be performing in arenas across the UK and Ireland as well as revisiting Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Norway and heading to America, Canada, Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden, Malta and the Netherlands for the first time. In the UK, Michael has performed three arena tours selling over 1.5 million tickets, including a record 28 times at London’s 16,000 capacity O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue along with Prince, Take That and One Direction. Around the world, Michael has previously sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia and Dubai and holds the record for the biggest selling comedy shows in South Africa and Norway. Michael currently presents his own television show Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC1. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and recently received two BAFTA nominations.

June Malediction d’Amour – Gypsy Tango Cabaret Start Date 01-06-2018 13:05 John Field Room National Concert Hall Tour Start Date 01-06-2018 14:30 NCH foyer Taxi Driver – Live Screening in Concert Start Date 01-06-2018 19:30 Main Stage Cinema with the Symphony Microdisney Start Date 02-06-2018 20:00 Main Stage perform The Clock Comes Down The Stairs The RTE Concert Orchestra present Babe LIVE Start Date 03-06-2018 14:00 Main Stage The RTE Concert Orchestra present Babe LIVE – CANCELLED Start Date 03-06-2018 17:00 Main Stage CANCELLED On sale TBD Isabelle Ashe Theatre Arts Presentation Start Date 05-06-2018 19:00 Main Stage Percussion Lab End of Year Concert Start Date 05-06-2018 20:30 The Studio Sold Out! Perspectives: Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly – POSTPONED Start Date 06-06-2018 20:00 Main Stage POSTPONED On sale TBD NCH Sing Out! Choir End of Year Concert Start Date 06-06-2018 20:30 The Studio Sold Out! Therese Fahy and Ireland’s Tombeau to Debussy Start Date 07-06-2018 19:30 Kevin Barry Recital Room Sounds Amazing with Cara O’Sullivan, Noah Stewart and David Brophy Start Date 07-06-2018 20:00 Main Stage Presented by Niall Carroll and Aédin Gormley of Lyric FM Harmony@Large@Lunchtime Start Date 08-06-2018 13:05 John Field Room National Concert Hall Tour Start […]

Hermitage Green – Whelans On Sale Dec 18 Friday 1st Jun MCD.ie presents two nights with HERMITAGE GREEN plus support THUR 31st MAY, FRI 1st & SAT 2nd JUN _ Main Venue _ Tickets €26 inclusive incl booking fee go on sale Monday 18th December 9am from Ticketmaster. Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green have made a large impact in a short period of time. Doors: 7:30pm Tickets: SOLD OUT Friday 1st Jun THE CITIZEN THE CITIZEN [KEN O’DUFFY / SAVILLE] plus support ^ Upstairs ^ Ken O’Duffy, performing under the moniker ‘The Citizen’, plays his first headline solo gig upstairs at Whelans on Friday June 1st, 2018. Ken has played in various bands since the mid-1980s. Upstairs in Whelans Doors: 8pm Tickets: €10 The Midnight Hour 2017 MIDNIGHT HOUR w/ MINUS TEN THOUSAND HOURS MIDNIGHT HOUR in association with O’HARA’S CRAFT BEERS presents MINUS TEN THOUSAND HOURS & EMPATHY Upstairs@Whelan’s from Midnight. Doors: 11:45pm, Sign up for GUEST LIST Whelanslive.com & O’Hara’s Craft Beers are proud to bring you The Midnight Hour. Showcasing the best new talent in Ireland & beyond. Upstairs in Whelans Doors: 11:30pm Tickets: FREE ENTRY* HERMITAGE GREEN EXTRA DATE ADDED DUE TO DEMAND TICKETS ON […]

Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, Frobidden Fruit, is set to return for its sixth instalment on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The spectacular grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. Set across four stages (Original Stage, Undergrowth, Lighthouse, Someplace Else), offering a wide selection of different styles of music, to suit all tastes, you can expect the usual fruity cocktail of great cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food, and festival fun. And we’ll see the return of the ever-popular Bulmer’s Lounge. Following the huge success of the inaugural Forbidden Fruit Night city take over last year, plans are in place for an even bigger offering of festival after-parties in official locations around the city running until 3am over the three nights of the festival and featuring some of Dublin’s best collectives joined by international guests off the festival line up. Headlining this year’s event, Australian rock outfit TAME IMPALA, with their new album “Currents” will be bringing their raucous synth sound to the […]

Your favorite drag stars return with a fierce new show for 2018 in The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour! Dropping by The Olympia Theatre for a fully seated show on Saturday 2nd June 2018 Hosted by celebrity judge Michelle Visage with sickening performances by Detox, Kennedy Davenport, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Sharon Needles, Valentina and Violet Chachki! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1.

The Republic of Ireland round off their international season with a friendly against the United States Men’s National Team.

The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, an annual 10k charity road race, occurs each June bank holiday weekend in Dublin and is the largest Women’s event of its kind in the world. In 1983, the inaugural event had 9,000 women entering and the event reached a record attendance in 2014 with over 41,000 women taking part. The event has grown in popularity as women have taken more interest in their own health and fitness. A staggering 1 million women have entered the event over its 35 years. Hundreds of charities are also big winners. In 2017, it is estimated that €9.3m was raised on the day for charities, bringing the estimated total raised, since the race started, to more than €210m. The women decide themselves which charity they will support and many local causes gain vital funds from the event. It is now the largest one day charity event in the country. Site

Harvest are a superb 8-piece band that perform the songs and music of the legendary Neil Young. Young has been described as a “rock ’n’ roller and hippie narcissist. Rockabilly hepcat and techno-troubadour. Folkie romantic and bluesy bad boy.” Young has created a phenomenal body of work since the sixties – 39 studio albums, 8 live albums and 59 singles. Harvest was formed by Neil Young mega fan Sean O Leary in 2009. Initially a 4 piece, the band is now an 8 piece including pedal steel, electric piano and harmony backing vocals. Harvest have successfully delivered brilliant live sold out shows throughout Ireland and the UK. Harvest mix the energy and dynamics of Neil’s electric numbers with Crazy Horse with the delicacy and beauty of songs from his acoustic periods. At Vicar Street on June 3rd Harvest will perform the classic album “Harvest” in full. Every song from the gentle ‘Out On The Weekend’ to the powerhouse of ‘Words’ performed in original sequence. Fans can also expect to hear Neil’s greatest classic tracks from throughout his career, including powerful versions of ‘Down By the River’, ‘Cinnamon Girl’ and ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ alongside choice acoustic numbers such as […]

The Last Ship comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of its first ever tour of the UK and Ireland Tour. Sting’s personal, political and passionate musical is an epic tale of community, hope and a great act of collective defiance. The Last Ship features an original score with music and lyrics by Sting. Gideon Fletcher, a sailor, returns home from sea to discover the ship-building life he left behind in chaos. The yard is closing and no one knows what will come next. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as foreman Jackie (Jimmy Nail) and his wife Peggy fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. Music and lyrics by Sting. Directed by Lorne Campbell. Northern Stage in association with Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker.