It’s going to be busy!
Get going at WellFest
This weekend WellFest gets underway, from May 7 – 8, on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainhaim, Dublin 8; if you haven’t got tickets, there’s still time to participate. This year’s event features more than 150 health and fitness experts, leading talks, workshops, cookery demonstrations and workouts. On Saturday, Joe Wicks, aka “The Body Coach”, will be leading guests through his “Lean in 15 HIIT” workout and reading from his new children’s book The Burpee Bears. For those who prefer party-style workouts incorporating vogueing and yoga, book a session with House of Voga. Instructors Maeve Madden, Niamh Cullen and Faisal Abdalla have created a routine set to an 1980s soundtrack, which sounds fun. Platinum Pilates will also have with a full schedule of different styles of classes in the WellPilates area, and McSport will host indoor cycling classes. As for other events, Clodagh McKenna, will lead a live cooking demo in the WellFood area and Angela Scanlon will participate in a one-to-one conversation about gratitude, with Kathryn Thomas in the WellTalk area. Weekend tickets for the festival are on sale for €80 plus booking fee and day tickets are available for €55 plus booking fee. Anyone who retained their tickets for the 2020 event will automatically have their bookings transferred. The full WellFest timetable can be accessed on the newly-launched free WellFest app or online at www.wellfest.ie/timetable-2022.
Take part in IMMA Nights
Exciting news for art lovers: IMMA has just launched IMMA Outdoors 2022, an artistic programme that turns the museum inside out and activates the 48 acres of the museum’s site at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, through artist commissions, performances, music, talks, workshops, and tours. IMMA Nights will run every Thursday and Friday evening from May to September. This Friday, May 6, there’s a free music programme in the Courtyard, where DJ Nigel Wood will play from his contemporary World Music collection (note: there will be dancing!). Also, this month there’s a sound bath mediation with Liam Oragh and guitarist Redmond O’Toole will play his innovative “Brahms guitar”. Other highlights include a new immersive sonic installation by Cameroonian artist Em’kal Eyongakpa in the Formal Gardens this month, and a painted mural installation by British artist Navine G Khan-Dossos in the Courtyard from July. The outdoor summer programme will culminate in an eco event “Earth Rising”, a weekend celebration of people, place and planet in September. By the way, The Flying Dog cafe, located in the Courtyard, is open until 8pm during the IMMA Nights programme. For full details visit www.imma.ie.
Try this new summer menu
In just four short years Sole Seafood and Grill, on South William Street, Dublin 2, has established itself as one of the top restaurants in Dublin and has been awarded “Europe’s Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant” at the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards for the last three years. It’s the quality Irish seafood- themed menu, classic dishes, together with a great world-class cocktail and wine lists that has impressed guests. Now the restaurant is opening seven days a week from 5pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm. There’s also a new menu created by head chef Oscar Chen which includes starters such as mackerel grilled miso fillet, miso slaw, coriander hummus, snow peas and broad bean (€12.50), and a salmon main served with warm heritage potato Niçoise, olive tapenade and quail eggs (€29.50). The restaurant also has a new beverage manager Iulian Voicu who has augmented the cocktail list – try a Dr Sour (made with DWD Irish whiskey, Honey, Apple, Tarragon, Sage, Citrus, Bitters). I love the seafood towers and Provencal-style décor;www.sole.ie.
Book this Irish premiere at The Gate Theatre
Constellations by Nick Payne, starring Brian Gleeson and Sarah Morris, is opening on May 11 and there are some preview tickets still available before that date. The play has won acclaim with productions on the West End and Broadway (where it starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, and won outstanding reviews).
The Guardian summarises its appeal: “Constellations is a drama about time and memory, about death and grief, playful and profound, comic and mournful. It asks big questions about existence, purpose and free will, but also feels weightless and fun.” It sounds like the perfect entertainment for summer and is directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull. The creative team includes set and costume designer Molly O’Cathain, lighting designer Paul Keogan and composer and sound designer Kevin Gleeson. Tickets are from €15; www.gatetheatre.ie.
Enjoy this Music Festival
MusicTown 2022 celebrates the theme of being “Together Again” with an eclectic two-week musical celebration, from May 6 – 15. Its aim? “To unify the city, making its music relatable and accessible, instilling a sense of pride in Dublin’s musical heritage, while welcoming newcomers and visiting artists.” The programme is a mix of musical styles and experiences including a series of pop-up performances exploring Irish traditional song curated by Macdara Yeates; a live performance by the band Music Together; a preview of tracks from Kormac’s upcoming album and work over the past three years; Jazzabelles the all-female lead Jazz Sextet performing the best music of the swing era and a live urban music event with its roots in Carnival Street Party. The full programme and booking details can be found at musictown.ie.
Join Pieta and Electric Ireland at this year’s “Darkness Into Light” sunrise walk on Saturday, May 7. This year marks the return of in-person events to stand in solidarity with people impacted by suicide and self-harm. You can get involved in three ways: Sign up for one of the walks across Ireland (by clicking register on the homepage) or take part in your own way and share a sunrise moment with family, friends or colleagues. Alternately you can take part in the “Darkness Into Light” challenge and create your own activity – if you select this option the sign-up fee is waived for those who pledge to fundraise €200. For further information visit www.darknessintolight.ie.
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