PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHAT: The hottest ticket this evening is “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink Live” at the O’Reilly Theatre, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 where Scarlett Curtis, Saoirse Ronan and Sinéad Burke discuss what the “F” word means to them. It’s been a busy week for Sinéad and Saoirse who both attended the Met Gala (dressed in Gucci); they will be interviewed by activist and writer Scarlett Curtis, who is recording their conversation for her award-winning podcast. The evening also includes a set from comedian Grace Campbell. The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets are €25. www.takeyourseatsats.ticketsolve.com.
WHERE: The theme is seaweed for this year’s Burren Slow Food Festival in Lisdoonvarna this weekend, where visitors will have the chance to taste seaweed-based or inspired produce such as Bláth na Mara seaweed pesto, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and Wild Irish Sea Veg from the Talty Family in Co Clare. Pop-up dinners from chefs include Takashi Miyazaki from Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie in Cork, Oonagh Dwyer from Wild Kitchen and chef Brian Donnelly from Belfast’s Bia Rebel. On Friday, the festival begins with a trip to the smallest of the Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, for a seafood buffet in Tigh Ned’s pub prepared by the Ó Conghaile family, the island’s local lobster and crab fishermen. On Saturday evening at 7pm chef Danni Barry cooks a three-course menu in The Storehouse in Lisdoonvarna, showcasing a selection of local Burren produce from land and sea. www.slowfoodclare.com.
WHO: Melissa Hemsley, Angela Scanlon, Joe Wicks and Roz Purcell are some of the participants, while dance cardio, zero-waste cooking, sleep physiology and the ‘Víkingaþrek’ training method, are some of the workshops included in the line-up for WellFest 2019, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on May 11 – 12. This year’s event features 15 stages and over 150 health and fitness experts giving talks, demos and workshops. On Saturday, highlights include rugby player turned yogi Richie Norton giving his signature mobility flow workout from the main stage, while Ella Mills (founder of Deliciously Ella) will be discussing her lessons in food, life and business. A dance-cardio rave hosted by Frame will be the closing act of the festival. For the full programme see www.wellfest.ie.
WHY: There’s still time to register for “Darkness into Light” when over a quarter of a million people are expected to walk from darkness into light, at various places around Ireland on May 11 at 4:15am. Organised by Pieta House and sponsored by Electric Ireland, this global movement is dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who self harm. The symbolic five kilometre walk will raise funds to fight suicide. Do visit the Wall of Hope on Camden Row where people are encouraged to share messages of hope. www.darknessintolight.ie.
HOW: Plein air painting in Dublin parks is on the agenda this weekend, which coincides with the National Gallery of Ireland’s exhibition “Nathaniel Hone: Travels of a Landscape Artist” in the Hugh Lane Room. Under the guidance of artist Michelle Boyle, the gallery is offering four workshops for adults, designed to emulate the work of Nathaniel Hone the Younger, an artist who captured landscapes with beautiful small studies in oil and watercolour. Participants will tour the Hone exhibition before taking to the outdoors to paint. The sessions take place in various Dublin parks on Sunday afternoons from 1-5pm, on May 12, June 9, July 14 and August 11. Tickets cost €50 per session. www.nationalgallery.ie.
AND … Upstairs at No 4, above The Corkscrew Wine Merchants on Chatham Street, Dublin 2, is a chic new venue which is equipped to host private and corporate events. It’s worth having a look at their upcoming events schedule which includes an Austrian wine evening, Sake masterclass and the award-winning Two Cooks, from Sallins, Co Kildare. They will be serving a six course tasting menu on May 15 and 22 at No 4. It costs €75 and should be a great way to sample the restaurant; www.thecorkscrew.ie.
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