5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re checking out an ART EXHIBITION, planning a night at the BALLET and going to THE FUTURE at the RDS …


WHY: The aim of the Future, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin on November 3 – 4, is “to start conversations, inspire change and satisfy creative thirst for more.” That’s a tall order but Richard Seabrooke, creative director and curator of the event, has risen to the challenge. Over the two days, more than 72 speakers will present across four stages. The four stages are Future (Concert Hall), Studio (Industries), Vision (Serpentine) and Village (also Industries). All stages will run in parallel from 9.30am to 8.30pm both days, creating an event which will feel like a mix of both creative conference and festival. www.the-Future.is.


WHAT: Following Ballet Ireland’s successful production of Giselle earlier this year, the company’s Romeo and Juliet will be in 24 venues from November 3 – December 23, including performances in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 November. This version is choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple and complements Prokofiev’s stunning music. Shakespeare’s tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern high school and becomes a play within a play. Runacre-Temple says, “I wanted to dive straight into the catastrophic choices two teenagers make in order to be together just 24 hours after their first meeting.” www.balletireland.ie.

Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Friday November 3 – Saturday 4, 8pm; Tickets: €22/€18 concession, €16. (01) 885 2622 / www.draiocht.ie.


WHO: Elizabeth Cope is a highly-regarded artist, who lives in Kilkenny and is known for her use of colour, attention to detail and tendency to take risks. Her first solo show at The Oriel Gallery (17 Clare Street, Dublin 2) opens on Friday, November 3, and features over 30 works ranging from landscapes to portraits and from nudes to still life. In tandem with the exhibition is the launch of her book Seduced By The Smell Of Paint, which will be on sale at the gallery and in bookshops. www.theoriel.com.

We’re also checking out the VUE 2017 National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA Gallery this weekend, where a number of galleries, including ArtBox, Kerlin Gallery and Gormleys Fine Art, will be participating. www.vueartfair.ie.


WHO: Colin Stafford-Johnson is often referred to as “the Irish David Attenborough,” which gives an inkling to his passion and encyclopaedic knowledge of nature and wildlife. This month he will be touring 15 venues presenting ‘Living the Wild Life’ which begins in Limerick, at the Lime Tree Theatre, on Friday November 3. From filming tigers at close range in India, to touring Ireland in his camper van, audiences will be fascinated with his stories which recount the challenges of filming and some weird and wonderful facts. For full tour details visit www.josarsby.com. Adult ticket prices: €18. Concession ticket price: €16.


WHERE: To Dublin Zoo to see Wild Lights, a display of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife. Children will love the awe-inspiring display which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes and much more. Also at the event are Chinese performers, a Chinese craft market and a selection of Chinese foods and warm drinks. Wild Lights opens tomorrow, Friday 3 and tickets must be pre-booked online. www.dublinzoo.ie.

Penny McCormick

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