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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

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 […]

Join the students of the Creative Digital Media Programme at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and enjoy a diverse range of creatively crafted interactive, design and motion projects.

Highlights of the collection and temporary exhibitions. Free

During these discussions participants are invited to join Gallery curators and guest speakers in an exploration of the Gallery’s collection and temporary exhibitions, followed by tea or coffee with the speaker to allow for further discussion.

A world leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs! Coolest Projects offers young people from the international CoderDojo, Code Club, Raspberry Jam and wider Raspberry Pi community the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local club. The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders aged up to 18. 2018 sees Coolest Projects become a global celebration for more young makers and tech creators than ever before. Over 1000 young people from 15 countries including Argentina, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Japan will come together in the RDS to demonstrate the apps, websites, games, and hardware projects they have designed and created. As well as hundreds of unique projects, attendees will hear from inspirational speakers and leading educational technology experts and have the opportunity to try out the latest tech innovations and resources available. This family and educator friendly event is free for all young people under 18 to attend. Site

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 Dublin City Council event will provide a jam packed day of exhilarating fun for all the family in North Bull Island, Clontarf on Sunday 10th June 2018. Last year’s Dublin Kite Festival attracted attendees from around the country, brandishing an array of kites ready to take to the skies and beautify the Dublin skyline with a jumble of colour. There was free entertainment all day long ensuring that attendees enjoyed a carefree Sunday afternoon reliving childhood memories of kite flying whilst having fun with friends and family. Whether attendees were brilliant kite fliers, or failing kite triers everyone got off the ground in the end as there were plenty of kiting experts ready to lend a hand. The day also boasted lively music, exciting games, kite making workshops and a kite flying competition! Site

What is Bloomsday? Bloomsday celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Celebrations often include dressing up like characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat. Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and visiting the places and establishments referenced in the book. Joyce started writing Ulysses in March 1914, but put it aside again to finish his play Exiles. On 16 June 1915 he wrote to his brother Stanislaus to say he had finished the first episode of Ulysses. After Ulysses was published in 1922, Joyce’s friends began to mark 16 June as Bloomsday. In 1924, Joyce was in hospital, his eyes bandaged having had one of many operations on them. Friends sent him a bunch of white and blue flowers (white […]

Taste of Dublin will return to the stunning Iveagh Gardens from 14 – 17 June 2018. Over four indulgent days the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants each fashioned together exquisite signature dishes, allowing visitors to create their dream tasting menu at the ultimate foodie festival. This year’s theme, Food Lovers Playground, will bring a playful and vibrant twist to the event in June, brought to life through the vast array of restaurants, producers, bars, and exhibitors. Those in attendance have the chance to mingle with award-winning chefs and like-minded foodies. You will enjoy a host of interactive demos and masterclasses, inspiring culinary talks, beer and wine tasting, or simply relax and take in the live entertainment. All at Taste of Dublin – ‘Where Food Lovers Feast’ Taste of Dublin has an afternoon and an evening session, each lasting between 4-5 hours (depending on the day) giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions. Tickets are sold for each session and are only valid for the time and date indicated on the ticket. Thursday June 14th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 22:30 Friday June 15th 12:00 […]

Inspirefest is a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts. The main two-day conference takes place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. Tickets also include free entry to our legendary Fringe festival, with live music, spoken word, comedy and an unmatched networking experience. Leaders, professionals, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, coders, academics, students, decision-makers and influencers from the following companies and many more have all attended. Site