5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

No plans for the last WEEKEND of January? From CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS to an evening of evocative FRENCH CLASSICS and UPLIFTING spa treatments, we’ve found the glossiest things for you to do …

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WHO…. Edith Piaf’s life was immortalised in one of our favourite films La Vie en Rose. As one of France’s greatest international stars, her songs were mainly autobiographical reflecting on love, life and sorrow. An evocative and moving tribute to ‘the little Sparrow” by chanteuse Derby Browne takes place at the National Concert Hall tomorrow. With David Wray on piano together with a French ensemble, we’re looking forward to the classics such as Under The Bridges of Paris, Autumn Leaves and No Regrets….Pigalle. Life and Music of Edith Piaf (1.05pm) www.nch.ie

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WHAT…This weekend sees the start of Chinese New Year, that traditionally celebrates the start of spring and the beginning of the auspicious Year of the Fire Rooster. We’ll be heading to Só Collective at Kildare Village where a Zoë Carol Pop Up is in situ until Sunday, 5th of February. Founded in 2012 by Hong Kong born and Galway raised, Zoë Carol Wong designs are contemporary and collectible and she’ll be in store on Saturday chatting about her design work. As a nod to the Chinese new year Só Collective will  also serve a range of whole leaf organic teas from Galway based Solaris Tea as well as sell a number of limited edition notebooks from Dublin bindery Duffy Bookbinders. These hand bound, embossed notebooks are also available as a gift with purchase when €100 is spent in store. www.KildareVillage.com 

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WHEN…. On Sunday we’ll be popping down to the Cooks Academy for a full – day Cookery Masterclass with Lauréat of Le Grand Prix de Cuisine de L’Academie, Chef Kwanghi Chan, and award-winning American-Chinese food writer Mei Chin. A former editor at Vogue, Mei has also written for Gourmet, Mirabella and the New York Times. Both will share secrets of authentic Chinese cooking. This is a hands-on day with four traditional dishes prepared. (Tickets €140, 10am – 4pm). www.dublinchinesenewyear.com

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WHAT… For a more cerebral Chinese experience, head to the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin Castle, Dublin 2) and catch the last visit of Hong Ling: A Retrospective before the start of their beautiful edit of surimono prints opens as part of The Art of Friendship exhibition. “Surimono” means printed things, usually gifts exchanged at new year that formed part of a literary culture in eighteenth century Japan. These lavish prints – often with poetry appealed to Sir Alfred Chester Betty and his impressive collection is one of the largest in the world.

Photo ©Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin 

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WHY… As an extra impetus to our diet and exercise routine,  Castlemartyr Resort’s special offer spa menu appeals. Their ESPA Lift & Firm Hip and Thigh Treatment focusses on that troublesome trio – cellulite, fluid retention and uneven skin tone. After addressing them with vigorous brushing and scrubbing a full body lymphatic drainage massage ensures you leave feeling uplifted and svelte. The one hour 50 minute treatment is priced at €160, with guests having complimentary use of jet pool, aromatherapy sauna and steam room as well as the Spa Café, relaxation rooms and vitality lounges.

Castlemartyr Resort, Castlemartyr, 021 421 9000, www.castlemartyrresort.ie

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