5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

Get your WEEKEND PLANS in place with our pick of the EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS and new openings around the country that are not to be missed …


WHAT: The Dublin International Piano Festival, now in its fifth year, starts this weekend from July 22 – 30, with a line up of events featuring piano maestros from Ireland and around the world. The multi-award winning pianists performing include the festival’s artistic director, American pianist, Dr. Archie Chen, virtuoso Russian giant and Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Boris Berezovsky, plus Sony recording artist, classical and electronic crossover pianist, Francesco Tristano. With the President Michael D Higgins as patron, the performances will be held at various venues across Dublin including The National Concert Hall, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Rathmines’ Dublin Institute of Technology and the Conservatory of Music and Drama. www.pianofestival.ie.


WHERE: Ealaín is a celebration of Irish art and culture taking place this Sunday July 23, from 11.30am – 5pm, at the National Gallery of Ireland. A full day programme of activities is themed around the gallery’s Irish collection, including tours, talks, workshops, and music performances with special guests Lisa Lambe and Hothouse Flowers members, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole. Our top picks include A Walk in Ireland workshop for children and families inspired by the works of Irish artist Jack B Yeats, as well as a talk by Emer O’Donnell (at 12pm) on stained glass windows. One of the delights of the permanent Irish collection is the new stained glass room featuring works by Harry Clarke, Evie Hone and Michael Healy. After lunch visitors can enjoy Michelle Darmody’s biscuit making workshop Edible Collages at 2pm – admission is free but pre-book herewww.nationalgallery.ie.


WHO: West Cork Arts Centre’s new exhibition The Edge of the Landscape is a retrospective of the art of William Crozier (1930-2011). Best-known for the lyrical landscapes he painted close to his home in West Cork from the mid-1980s, this exhibition presents these familiar works against a backdrop of his early work inspired by the Existentialist movement and the anxieties of the post-war period. www.westcorkartscentre.com.

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While we’re in the area, we’re taking time to visit Gracie Collier’s new vintage clothing store, Spice, in Clonakilty, which opens on Friday July 21 with a ten per cent discount for all customers. SPICE, Spillers Lane, Clonakilty.


WHEN: To Galway for the weekend, to enjoy the Galway International Arts Festival, which runs until July 30. The jam-packed programme has something for all tastes and interests and one of the most hotly anticipated is A Powerful Effect – a talk by Colm Toibín and Caitriona Perry who discuss power in the US over the last year on Sunday 23. www.giaf.ie.



Most of the ambience is in the Absolut Big Top which is the venue for performances by the Coronas, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Passenger and Gavin James. We’ll be trying out The Twelve’s gourmet pop-up at the Big Top and tasting their “West Ice Cream in the World” – their Stout 1 flavour uses The Twelve’s own bespoke stout, with hints of coffee and chocolate …  Book a stay at the g Hotel & Spa, where rates start at €121.00 for a one night stay with dinner for two guests, or bed and breakfast from €90.00. www.theghotel.ie.


WHY: From July 20 – 22, the Abbey Theatre will present Jimmy’s Hall, a new stage adaptation of the acclaimed Ken Loach film in Leitrim. This project is the first of its kind as the Abbey premiere a play outside of Dublin, ahead of its run on the Abbey Stage. It tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, who was deported for the crime of building a dance hall. If you haven’t seen the original film we won’t tell the whole story. Suffice to say the production marks director of the Abbey Theatre, Graham McLaren’s directorial debut. He tells THE GLOSS, “Our production is a celebration of Jimmy’s ideals – full of live music, singing and dancing. This is a story about the people of Leitrim, told for the people of Leitrim. As Ireland’s national theatre it is imperative for us, that they are the first to see it.” Jimmy’s Hall opens in Carrick-on-Shannon Community School on July 22 ahead of a three week run on the Abbey Stage. www.abbeytheatre.ie.

Penny McCormick

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