WHERE: There’s been a buzz about the Instagrammable high-tech, new hotel The Marlin, which has just opened after a €55 million development. The ethos of the hotel is “Don’t Just Stay – Live” translated by interior designers O’Donnell O’Neill into a fun, engaging space with plenty of quirky details. A horsebox, a full-size wooden tree, an indoor garden, pops of neon and a music zone (stocked with vinyls and headphones) all create an urban sanctuary vibe – perfect for private meetings. As for food, the menu is concise and curated with classic dishes and tasty bites. There are nine floors and 300 bedrooms – ranging from cosy king rooms to suites. The hotel has a special opening offer of rooms from €169, bookable before Sunday September 15; www.marlinhotel.ie. 11 Bow Lane East, Dublin 2.
WHY: One last festival before school? It’s Electric Picnic this weekend, from August 30 – September 1, which takes place at Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois. Headline acts include N-Trance (their electronic rave anthems were the soundtrack of the 1990s), and they will be performing on the Throwback Stage alongside other legends. Queen of the power ballad Bonnie Tyler, fitness fanatic and lycra-loving, Mr Motivator, and acrobatic dance duo Lords of Strut are some of the performers. For a full programme visit www.electricpicnic.ie.
WHAT: It seems appropriate on Iris Apfel’s 98th birthday today to be showing this homage by Irish designers Jill & Gill who have constantly used the American style icon as inspiration for their work. They are participating in “Scéal: A Story of Irish Design” at Kilkenny’s Nassau Street store from September 2 – 29, in collaboration with Design Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. Scéal celebrates Kilkenny’s ethos of nurturing and growing emerging Irish design talent and will showcase special capsule collections of Reuben Avenue’s sustainable clothing, Pearl Reddington’s contemporary knitwear, Dublin milliner Jennifer Kelly’s Beaded Gem headbands as well as Sookyoung Song’s vivid collection will be in store during this time. I had a preview last night and it’s very inspiring. www.kilkennyshop.com
WHO: Prepare to hear a whole lot more about “Taste the Island” over the next few months – a campaign celebrating local food producers. An example is “Meet the Maker – An Artisan Food Market”, on Saturday, September 28, from 12-6pm in the treelined street garden of Café en Seine, 39-40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Customers can pop in and meet some of the restaurant’s local suppliers – Dooncastle oysters, John Stone butchers or sourdough baker Michael Roth and his team. Other producers participating include Wild About, Boutique Wines and Corleggy cheese.
WHAT: Showing in cinemas around the country from this weekend is the stylish, semi-fictional film The Souvenir based on director Joanna Hogg’s experience while at film school. It stars the on and off-screen mother-daughter combo of Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda Swinton. Byrne plays a film student from a wealthy background who develops a relationship with an older man played by Tom Burke. The title refers to the painting of the same name by Jean-Honoré Fragonard which is also featured in the film.
AND … “Lovesong” is on at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on August 28 – 29 at 8pm – a debut production by the Red ‘n Blue Theatre Company run by a thespian couple Dylan Kennedy and Jenny Fennessy. This poignant production, written by the BAFTA winner Abi Morgan, is the story of one couple and their marriage – moving backwards in time so the past and present collides. www.thecivictheatre.ie.
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