Things to Do in Dublin – 20th – 26th May 2013


The Dublin Writers Festival starts today! We did a preview a while back, which will give you our thoughts on what not to miss! It’s a week where the IQ of Dublin collectively shoots through the roof, with lots of smart talking folks in town, but Dan Brown probably does enough to drag it down to about normal!

The dance frenzy continues on the streets of Dublin, with all the details you could possibly hope for here.


I knOw yoU–  IMMA Earlsfort Terrace – 19 April – 1st Sept 2013 – “I knOw yoU is a dynamic exhibition by a new generation of young European artists” or so says the blurb on the new exhibition in IMMA @ NCH (Earlsfort Terrace). It features the work of over 50 artists, so should be something for everyone! Quite looking forward to this one, Tino Sehgal also continues in the same venue.

Ben River ‘Ah Liberty’ Simone Kappeler in Gallery 2 –  Douglas Hyde until May 22nd (Last few days!).

Sean Scully exhibition Doric a is at the Hugh Lane  until 9th June. Jonathan Cummins: When I Leave These Landings continues until 2nd June.

The sketchbooks of Jack B Yeats are at the National Gallery until June.

Chester Beatty – The Paintings is at the Chester Beatty (until Aug 31st)

Private Galleries:


Force 12 is at the Peppercanister Gallery until May 31st (Peter Burns Image above).

Aleana Egan’s ‘The Sensitive Plant’ is at the Kerlin until 1st June.

Patrick O’Reilly  is at the Oliver Sears until June 6th.

The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery  has Stehen Loughman’s ‘Interiors’ exhibition finishes May 25th – Last Week.

Material Fact (Group show including Silvia Bächli, Gerard Byrne, Paul Doran, Dennis McNulty until May 25th – Last Week) is at the Green on Red Gallery.

Talks/ Lectures


There’s a good few already mentioned in the writers festival, but if I had to choose just two, I’d go for Tracy Thorn and Jon Ronson! Full preview is here.

Tracy Thorn

– One half of ‘Everything but the Girl’ Tracy has led an interesting and varied life! She will be talking to Tony Clayton-Lea on her life, career and music today!

– Friday 24th May – Tickets €12/10 – Smock Alley

Jon Ronson

– The guy behind books such as ‘Men who stare at Goats’ and ‘Them’ is back in Ireland, and will be talking about Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, a book in which he explores his fascination with madness, strange behaviour and the human mind!

Tuesday May 21st @ 8 pm – Liberty Hall – €14/ 12

Electing the Popes – Talk by Dr. Miriam Moffitt, Dept. of History, N.U.I. Maynooth;

Tuesday 21st May from 7 pm to 8 pm; in County Library, Tallaght

Café Scientifique with Alliance Française Dublin: Life-long Learning?  – Science Gallery Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 18:45 to 20:30

SFI Speaker Series: John Coates, author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Science Gallery, Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 18:00 to 19:15

Banter 50: Anyone buying or selling a ticket? – Twisted Pepper – Monday 20/05/13 – 8 PM

Neil Jordan Public Interview: details are here IFI on May 25th @ 14.00



The Dublin Dance Festival will take place all around Dublin continues this week. There’s also a new play in the Gate, which looks interesting!

An Enemy of the People previews start at the Gate (From Thursday 23rd May)

Kilmeen Drama Group – The Playboy of the Western World is at the Abbey Theatre (May 23-25th)

Overtime is  at the New Theatre until June 1st.

Dublin Dance Festival is at the Project Arts Centre with Hurry, Egg Charade, Dual/ Skeleton and The Light Garden. 

Bridsong is at the Gaiety Theatre (from May 28th – Next Week!)

Goodnight Alice and Evita are at the Civic Theatre (May 9th – 12th)

Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes and Broken are at the Pavillion


Kelly Lebrock

The Lighthouse has a John Hughes season, with Weird Science on Wednesday the 22nd at 15.30 and 20.30

Cinema Book Club: The Great Gatsby – is tonight at 7.00 (Here’s a hint of what to say, the book was better!)

Neil Jordan Retrospective is in full swing, details are here There’s also a public interview on May 25th @ 14.00

There’s also open air cinema in Fitzwilliam Square from ‘happenings‘, full details are here!  You only get 36 hours notice, and it’s a fiver in.



Dublin Soul Festival runs from the 23rd – 26th of May with free events in Merrion Square and a weekend of events in the Sugar Club also.

Lana Del Rey is in town, with her own brand of lazy, dreamy pop! There’s also a couple of appearances of John Smith (one for free in tower records!). NoMeansNo, Widowspeak and Enemies album release are other high lights!

Monday 20 May

Zucchero – The Olympia Theatre

Pierce The Veil – The Academy

Tuesday 21 May

John Smith – Tower Records in store @ 5pm

John Smith – Ruby sessions, Dublin @ 8.30

Wednesday 22 May

Alicia Keys – The O2

Luke Sital Singh – The Little Museum Dublin

Lucky Bones – Whelans

Thursday 23 May

NoMeansNo – Whelans

Stian Westerhus : PROGRESSIONS solo guitar series – Twiste Pepper

Laura Elizabeth Hughes – Whelan’s

Official Jeff Buckley Tribute Night Ireland – Grand Social

Friday 24 May

Kite Surfing and Music – Dollymount Strand

Dublin Soul Festival 2013 – Sugar Club

The Riptide Movement – Olympia Theatre

Paddy Casey – Whelans

A$AP Rocky – The Academy

Moscow Metro – The Workman’s Club

China Crisis – Buck Whaleys

Runaway GO – Whelans

Sat 25 May

Kite Surfing and Music – Dollymount Strand

The Riptide Movement – Olympia Theatre

Widowspeak – The Workman’s Club

Todd Terje – Button Factory @ 11

Enemies – Button Factory @ 7.30

Tony Allen – The Sugar Club (Dublin Soul Festival 2013)

Haim – Whelans

Big September – Whelans

Sun 26 May

Kite Surfing and Music – Dollymount Strand

Lana Del Rey – Vicar Street

Dublin Soul Festival Wrap up Party – Sugar Club

Rackhouse Pilfer – Whelans

The Lucid Dream – Fibber Magees

Listen at Liliput – Liliput Press

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