From French avant garde cinema to crafting, and electronic music nights to musing on design, these events are bound to inspire …
All roads lead to Cork for Irish Design Week, which runs until November 17. The theme of this year’s event is, Is Folklore the Future? Throughout the week, DCCI will curate and host a series of hybrid events focusing on Ireland’s heritage of storytelling – currently hot topics in international design circles – helping to make design in all its forms, more accessible. To find out more, visit www.dcci.ie.
Beret, check? Black polo neck sweater, check? Then you’re all set for the 2023 IFI French Film Festival which runs until November 26 and features a fantastic selection of French contemporary film and talents. Some of the highlights include Cédric Kahn’s The Goldman Case, All Your Faces with Adèle Exarchopoulos and Philippe Garrel’s The Plough. Festival director and programme curator, Marie-Pierre Richard explains, “We are very honoured to welcome director Leos Carax who will talk with us about three of his films — his first two magnificent features presented in beautifully restored versions, Boy Meets Girl and Mauvais Sang, and his late-career masterpiece, Holy Motors. Throughout his career Leos Carax has offered us a vision of sublime invention and lyricism in the French cinema landscape.” In addition, this year’s festival celebrates the poetry and history of cinema with a selection of rare and striking silent shorts by Germaine Dulac, a pioneering figure in French avant-garde cinema.
For night owls, this weekend will see the debut of Spectrum, on Saturday November 18, a series of late night soirees incorporating art and electronic music presented at the Rua Red Gallery, Tallaght. These events will run until May; the inaugural event featuring work by the talented visual artist Aisling Phelan, who is known for her work in animation, photography, video and virtual reality. Phelan’s work raises awareness about the influence of digital infrastructure on society and mental wellbeing. The event runs from 10pm to 3am and tickets are available via Eventbrite from €10, with post-event transport packages to Dublin city centre available for €14.
If you are in need of some festive decorating and tablescaping tips, then a must-book is an event at The Odeon Dublin on November 18 and 19 from 3pm-5.30pm. Hosted by Tanqueray, it’s the first in a fabulous series of festive masterclasses. Tanqueray’s mixologist Cal Byrne will host a festive cocktail demo, while event designer and stylist Grace Cahill will provide tablescaping tips and Heather Condron from Flowerpop will discuss how to pair florals, scents and botanical accents to wow guests over Christmas. Guests will be treated to a luxury goody bag (worth over €120), complimentary canapes and cocktails, as well as other surprises. Tickets for “Make Christmas Magnificent At Home” are €40 per person are available on Eventbrite. The event will also take place in Limerick on Sunday November 26 at No 1 Pery Square.
Christmas at the National Gallery of Ireland begins on December 7 with the final “Thursday Lates” event of the year. This event will incorporate workshops in crafting Christmas baubles or Kwanzaa pouches, Christmas-themed tours with a dive deeper into the national collection, and Dublin’s LGBT+ choir Glória will perform to a selection of festive favourites. To add to the festive spirit, the Gallery café will offer complimentary mulled cider and mince pies all evening; www.nationalgallery.ie.