5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

A BOOK FESTIVAL, OFFSET DUBLIN and the FASHTECH startup weekend, we’re in for a WEEKEND OF CREATIVITY 

Elizabeth Day

WHERE: You’ll find us at The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire this weekend where two of our favourite authors are participating in the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Elizabeth Day and Gail Honeyman, authors of The Party and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine respectively, will be part of Saturday’s programme. The line-up of authors and journalists is particularly impressive with Ali Smith, Jon McGregor, John Banville, Donal Ryan and Maggie O’Kane among the prestigious participants. In tandem with the masterclasses will be poetry readings, art exhibitions and the Lyric note – celebrating the connection between writers and musicians. www.mountainstosea.ie.

WHAT: At the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin until March 24 is the comedy masterpiece, Art – a translation of a Moliere comedy, produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. Starring in the production is a trio of high profile actors – Nigel Haves (Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey), Denis Lawson (seen in BBC’s Bleakhouse and New Tricks) and Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks). Performances are every evening at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee. Tickets cost from €21.  www.gaietytheatre.ie.

WHO: Chef Martijn Kajuiter is celebrating ten years at the Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford, where he holds a Michelin star in The House Restaurant for his innovative cooking. He and his team have created a new spring menu, filled with seasonal dishes and interesting new ingredients. One of these is tonburi Akita – a Japanese plant, known as “land caviar”, the seeds of which are a crunchy texture giving extra flavour to dishes. Also new is skrei, known as “winter cod”. For a culinary retreat, book the Gourmet Package which includes dinner in The House Restaurant and a one night stay in a sea view room with breakfast the following morning from €365 for two people sharing. Cliff House Hotel, Middle Road, Ardmore, Co Waterford. www.cliffhousehotel.ie.

WHEN: Given the crazy weather we have experienced recently, Martina O’Brien’s exhibition “At Some Distance in the Direction Indicated” at The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, is particularly relevant. It is all about the prediction of storms and weather fronts in the future and combines video footage and CCTV with artwork. A video shows 41 significant storms predicted to affect Ireland between the years 2040 – 2060, while a series of stitched drawings refer to Lady Ada Lovelace’s contribution to computer science. It runs until April 29. www.butlergallery.com.

WHY: We’re off to Offset – the annual design conference at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, now in its 12th Edition, which starts on Friday and runs until Sunday March 25. Packed with presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with over 100 speakers, it’s not only inspiring but a good place to network and find out more about creative industries. www.iloveoffset.com.

AND: Calling all fashtech enthusiasts, the FashTech Startup Weekend in association with TechStars takes place this Friday 23 – Sunday 25, if you have an interest in fashion and technology and have a startup idea that you’d love to make a reality, this event is for you. FashTech aims to explore how fashion is being revolutionised, in the way it is designed, created, marketed and sold. Over the course of the weekend, attendees will work as a team to create what will hopefully become a viable startup centred around solving a current issue within the fashion industry while at the same time exploring the fashion industry through the lens of technology. If you have an idea that you think might work, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to pitch it, gather a team and see if you can turn your idea into a viable startup. To book tickets (from €25) for what’s sure to be an informative and constructive weekend of seminars, discussions and workshops visit www.communities.techstars.com.

Penny McCormick

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