The country may be on lockdown now due to the BEAST FROM THE EAST, but come Saturday, when the snowy weather has (hopefully) cleared off, we’ll want nothing more than to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Find our pick of the BEST EVENTS taking place around the country this weekend below …
WHAT: The 29th Cork French Film Festival opens this weekend with Xavier Giannoli’s The Apparition, which tells the story of Jacques Mayanno (Vincent Landon) who, on a mission from the Vatican, investigates a woman’s alleged sighting of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in south east France. Curated by Marie-Pierre Richard, the diverse festival programme also includes award-winning French actress, director and screenwriter Sandrine Bonnaire. She will be in Cork with director Gaël Morel for the screening of Catch the Wind, and will participate in a masterclass at UCC following the screening of their film on Monday March 5. This year’s programme also includes French street artist, Daco, who will display his colourful work at Alliance Française de Cork on Mary Street.
WHERE: Taking place on Friday March 2 from 7.45pm onwards, Hennessy Lost Friday, set in the stunning RHA Gallery, headlines with Fehdah who brings her afro soul to the proceedings. Cork native producer, DJ, musician and composer, Bantum, will also be performing with visual artist, Letissier. Other performers on the night include Daithi, Loah and Rusangano Family to name a few. Also featured will be artist Helena Gorey. Arrive early and experience a walking tour of Grayson Perry’s tapestry exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences with RHA Director Patrick T Murphy. Manga-style artist, Shota Kotake will be drawing caricatures of guests and throughout the night mixologists will also create bespoke Hennessy cocktails.
For more information and to purchase tickets costing €20 plus booking fee including two complimentary Hennessy cocktails visit www.eventbrite.ie/rhahennessylostfriday.
HOW: Galway has been anointed the European Region of Gastronomy, and to celebrate the team at The Twelve has created an overnight food adventure. Called “Westronomy at The Twelve”, this is available on the first three Friday nights in March, and begins with a delicious treat from The Twelve Bakery on arrival. From there, “Westronomers” will meet at 5pm at the Champagne Bar in West for an introduction to wine with General Manager and sommelier, Fergus O’Halloran, before enjoying a special tasting menu showcasing the region’s produce follows. Available from €220 per night for two people sharing, on Friday March 2, 9 and 16. The Twelve, Bearna, Co. Galway www.thetwelvehotel.com; www.westrestaurant.ie.
WHO: Fans of James Joyce will want to visit a new art gallery in Dublin opened by David Nowlan, which is dedicated to his colourful portraits of the author. The exhibition “Wilde About Joyce” came about from Nowlan’s research. “I found mostly black and white photos of James Joyce and I felt inspired to bring these faded images of Joyce back to life”. The gallery is located at 24 Baggot Street Upper, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Opening times are 11am to 7pm Friday – Sunday.
WHY: Because a spring clean should extend beyond our houses (and wardrobes) we’re booking into Burgundy Beauty for one of their deep cleansing treatments to help us get glowing. Their signature Skinbooster facials by Juliette Armand are non-invasive, painless and an effective alternative to Botox, reducing and eliminating lines and wrinkles. The Thavma Miracle Therapy, comes highly recommended and is a gentle peel leaving skin fresh and youthful. www.burgundybeauty.com.
AND: We’re booking ahead for a special package at Conrad Dublin which includes a three course pre-concert dinner at the Coburg brasserie and two coveted tickets to The Gloaming’s performance at The National Concert Hall, (they perform next week, see www.nch.ie). Once the show ends, a cosy guestroom at the Conrad awaits with a delicious breakfast the following morning. The Gloaming Package for two costs from €465 per room per night. To book visit www.conradhotels.com.
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