5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From a day at ELECTRIC PICNIC to brunch at HANG DAI, find out what we’re planning this weekend …

WHERE: As the last hurrah of summer, we’re heading to Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, this weekend (August 31 – September 2) where the Throwback Stage is set to be the focal point of the festival. Eurovision winner Johnny Logan joins Irish girl band B*witched and 90’s pop icon Heather Small (the voice of M People). If the weather forecast is right, we’re also packing a swimsuit and taking to the lake, located on the estate, which is a whole new side to the festival. As part of the festival’s Art Trail, the lake will be lined with paintings and a new sculpture entitled “Woman” by artist Clare Hartigan. www.electricpicnic.ie.

WHAT: Hang Dai Chinese is launching its new family-friendly brunch on Saturday in their Camden Street home from 12pm onwards. Karl Whelan, executive chef and co-owner of Hang Dai Chinese has honed the menu after experimenting with south east Asian flavours. “Some dishes are directly influenced by Asian dishes: the Thai tradition of fried rice with an egg on top served with chilli vinegar has inspired our fried rice, tenderstem broccoli, poached eggs and kimchi Hollandaise.” www.hangdaichinese.com.

HOW: The school holidays may be over but there are a couple of options to keep children entertained this weekend. The Irish Film Institute is running a three-day Films for Children programme with international premieres and animation shorts from the opening film Marnie’s World to the Kenyan Supa Modo. www.ifi.ie  There’s also still time to book the hugely popular Wicked! The show runs from today until Saturday at 7.30pm in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. It’s an imagined prequel to The Wizard of Oz and tells the story of two women who meet as sorcery students, one of whom becomes the Wicked Witch of the West in the fairytale. www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

WHO: On Friday August 31 “Inflow” opens at Solomon Fine Art – an exhibition of new paintings by Carol Hodder. A self-taught artist, Hodder investigates light, memory and place in her semi-abstract paintings. She was inspired by her travels to remote places such as Newfoundland, Iceland and northern Co Mayo. “Inflow” runs until Saturday September 22. Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2. www.solomonfineart.ie.

Helen’s Tower, Co Down

WHY: We’re already thinking of our next short break and are tempted by Irish Landmark’s “Fall in Love with Autumn” offers. With 33 properties from lighthouses along the Wild Atlantic Way to gate lodges and mews buildings there is plenty of choice for families, large groups or couples in search of dog-friendly accommodation. The historic properties also offer a digital detox – many have neither television, nor WIFI, so provide the perfect opportunity to curl up with a book or enjoy the views. www.irishlandmark.com.

AND …We’ve had a preview of River Island’s new homeware collection which has three distinct themes – Baby Doll, Electric Opulence and New Nordic. We particularly like the rugs and bedcovers. The largest edit of their new homeware collection will be in the Dundrum, Swords and Blanchardstown stores as well as online. www.riverisland.ie.

Penny McCormick

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