Irish Festival Guide – International Literature Festival Dublin

Lit Festival

The International Literature Festival Dublin kicks off tomorrow, with lots of events around the city for you to check out. Here are some of the highlights, but it’s worth having a good wander through their programme to see what you can find for yourself. You can find it here…

Highlights –

  • Lionel Shriver – Lionel Shriver, author of We Need To Talk About Kevin and known for her wit, style and intelligence, discusses her new novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, which charts the disintegration of one affluent family as financial crisis engulfs an America of the near future –  Sat 21 May // 8pm – Smock Alley Theatre – Price: €12 / €10
  • Chris Kraus – Chris Kraus takes to the stage to talk about her genre-defying book I Love Dick, a startlingly original take on femininity, desire and the epistolary novel that has become a feminist cult classic. – Sat 21 May // 6pm – Smock Alley Theatre – Price: €12 / €10
  • Rafeef Ziadah –  Acclaimed Palestinian refugee poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah showcases her album of poetry and songs We Teach Life. – Sun 22 May // 8pm –  The Peacock, Abbey Theatre –  Price: €12 / €10
  • Cathy Rentzenbrink & Decca Aitkenhead – UK writer Cathy Rentzenrbrink and international journalist and broadcaster Decca Aitkenhead come together on the same stage to discuss the theme of death and losing a loved one. Sun 22 May // 2pm –  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €10 / €8
  • The Big Debate: The Spectre of Global Jihad – Jean Pierre Filiu and Shiraz Maher explore the rise of jihadism across the Middle East. – Mon 23 May // 8pm-  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €12 / €10
  • Bressie – Bressie discusses his advocacy for mental health and why men find it so hard to ask for help, sporting legend Packie Bonnerdiscusses his autobiography The Last Line.Mon 23 May // 6pm –  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €10 / €8
  • Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell – Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell reflect on the renaissance in Irish fiction. Tue 24 May // 6pm –  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €10 / €8
  • Yanis Varoufakis  Yanis Varoufakis discusses his vision for a new Europe. Fri 27 May // 6pm Liberty Hall Theatre-  Price: €12 / €10
  • Margaretta D’Arcy – Margaretta D’Arcy, the Guantanamo Granny, discusses her extraordinary life as an activist.Sat 28 May // 8pm –  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €12 / €10
  • AL Kennedy – Novelist, dramatist, short story writer and occasional stand-up comedian, AL Kennedy hosts a workshop for writers beginning to work in prose in the Irish Writers Centre and discusses her award-winning works with Niall MacMonagle again at Smock Alley Theatre. Sun 29 May // 2.30pm –  Smock Alley Theatre –  Price: €12 / €10


Festival Guide –


Bealtaine – All through May

Dublin Dance Festival – May 17th-28th –

International Literature Festival, Dublin – May 21st-29th – Lionel Shriver, Bressie, AL Kennedy and more…

Life – May 27th-29th – Belvedere House and Gardens, in Mullingar – Paul Kalkbrenner. 2ManyDjs. Jamie Jones. Laurent Garnier. Jeff Mills. Hot Since 82. Mano le Tough. Ben Klock. John Talabot


Listowel Writers’ Week – June 1st-5th

Vantastival – Fri 3rd – Sat 4th June – Beaulieu House, Drogheda – Badly Drawn Boy, The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk, Jinx Lennon, Elephant, Sample Answer…

Forbidden Fruit 2016 – Fri 3rd – Sun 5th June – The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham – Tame Impala, Young Fathers, Steve Mason, Mmoths, The Field (Live), Underworld, Flume, Jungle, Kiasmos Live, Battles, Groove Armada and many more…

Cork Midsummer – June 7th-19th, 21st, 24th-26th

Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas – June 10th-12th- Borris House, Carlow – Martin Amis, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Tempest, Michael Chabon, Joseph O’Neill, Lenny Abrahamson, Stephen Frears, Simon Callow, Martin Hayes…

Carlow Arts Festival – June 10th-19th

Bloomsday – June 15th-19th- Dublin

Dublin Pride – June 15th-25th

Body and Soul – 17th – 19th June  – The Gloaming , Santigold, St Germain, Hudson Mohawke, Floating Points (live), Mercury Rev, Neon Indian, BadBadNotGood, Wolf Parade, Sun Kil Moon, Santigold, St. Germain, Mercury Rev, Sun Kil Moon, Wolf Parade

Hay Festival Kells – June 19th-26th – Kells, Meath

Sea Sessions – 24th – 26th June – Bundoran in Donegal – Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Ham Sandwich, Bad Manners, Pleasure Beach, Raglans…

Interlude – RHA Gallery & Ely Place – 24 – 26 June 2016 – Lisa Hannigan, Dimitri from Paris, The Sugarhill Gang, Crazy P Soundsystem, Booka Brass Band, Alison Limerick, Billy Scurry, Donal Dineen, David Kitt, exmagician, Ships, Sample Answer

Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Sun 26/06/16 – Sigur Ros with support James Vincent McMorrow
Tue 28/06/16 – Disclosure with support Vince Staples
Thu 30/06/16 – Stereophonics, The Vaccines


Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Sat 2/07/16 – Faithless, Le Galaxie

Dublin City Block Party – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July – Dusky, Matthew Herbert, Todd Terje (Full Band), Kelis

Groove – Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd July – Killruddery House, Bray, Co Wicklow – The Academic,  The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene, The Blades, Aslan and Jupe…

Castlepalooza – Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July – Charleville Castle, Tullamore – Caribou, Jurassic 5, Villagers, Cat Power, Romare, Tiger & Woods and many more…

Live at Iveagh Gardens – Through July
Jul 8 Fri – Bell X1
Jul 9 Sat – John Grant
Jul 10 Sun Wilco
Jul 14 Thu – Pixies
Jul 16 Sat – Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Jul 22 Fri – Richard Hawley
Jul 23 Sat – Little Green Cars

Laya City Spectacular – July 8th-10th and 16th-17th – Merrion Square, Dublin, before moving to Fitzgerald Park in Cork

Longitude – Fri 15th – Sun 17th July – Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, The National, Róisín Murphy, Father John Misty, Jamie xx, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson, Courtney Barnett, CHVRCHES, Mo, ASAP Ferg and more! ‪

Happy Days – July 21st-August 1st – Enniskillen lakelands – Samuel Beckett

Knockanstockan – July 22nd-24th – Blessington Lakes –

Indie Pendence – 29th – 31st July – Deer Farm, Cork – Editors, Bell X1, The Kooks, Ash, The Strypes, Hudson Taylor, The Blizzards, Idlewild…

the Beatyard – 30-31 July – Dun Laoghaire Harbour – George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Roy Ayers, Lee Scratch Perry, Tensnake


Kilkenny Arts Festival – August 5th-14th


Electric Picnic – Fri 2nd – Sun 4th Sept – LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, New Order, HAIM, Super Furry Animals, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Wolf Alice, Animal Collective, Wild Beasts, Broken Social Scene, Phosphorescent, Ezra Furman, Girls Names – Sold Out

Tiger Dublin Fringe – September 5th-18th

Culture Night – September 16th

Dublin Theatre Festival – September 29th-October 16th- Don Giovanni


Bram Stoker – October 28th-31st

Cork Guinness Jazz Festival – Oct 28th-31st


Other Voices – Dec 2nd-4th

NYF Dublin – Dec 30th-January 1st


Offset – April

MusicTown – April

Bray Jazz Festival – April

The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival – April



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