5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re going to a QI GONG WORKSHOP, celebrating CHINESE NEW YEAR and booking ahead for the BALLYMALOE GOOD LIVING DAY

WHO: Deirdre Souchere, of Inner Light Yoga, is our go-to guru for yoga and Pilates. She is also an experienced practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture, who is hosting a special introduction to Qi Gong on Sunday February 18 in Blackrock from 2pm – 3.30pm. For those who are unfamiliar with the practice, Qi Gong is a traditional form of meditation co-ordinating slow flow movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm state of mind. The benefits are multiple and include improved well being and sleep, a more efficient metabolism and a clearer, more tranquil mind. Sign us up! Places €25 are limited and to book email dsouchere@eircom.net or call 087 253 6801.

WHAT: The Chinese new year starts tomorrow and Kildare Village have a whole programme of festivities lined-up to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Our top picks (apart from the designer bargains at the village) are a special Chinese astrology reading and the Bite of China pop-up which takes inspiration from Shanghai and New York’s Chinatown, offering street food such as  dumplings, bao buns, noodles, Chinese bubble tea and green teas. www.kildarevillage.com.

For children on mid-term break, the Chester Beatty Library has an interesting morning course tomorrow Friday from 10.30am – 1pm. Led by Chinese-Dutch artist Ho Shan Mak, he will create a large scroll featuring 50 dogs. For further events see www.dublinchinesenewyear.com.

WHY: Still feeling the love? Then My Funny Valentine will appeal. This musical evening led by Irish trumpeter Niall O’Sullivan features arrangements of classical and jazz favourites, pop ballads as well as songs from stage and screen. O’Sullivan will be joined by vocalists Shóna and Simon Morgan. The show will take place on February 18 at Henrietta Street, Dublin and on February 23 at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. Tickets are from €18; www.niallosullivan.ie.

WHERE: Contemporary theatre buffs should check out the programme for Smock Alley’s Scene + Heard festival which celebrates over 100 live performances across a number of genres. Dance, music, comedy and theatre are all on the menu. This evening at 8pm is GAA MAAD, written by Aine O’Hara and Vicky Curtis, which explores Irish culture and identity through art and GAA. www.smockalley.com.

AND: We’re booking in for Ballymaloe Good Living Day next Sunday February 25. Simon Coveney will launch the event (currently in its third year) and visitors can expect cookery demos and talks hosted by Rachel Allen, Melissa Hemsley, James Kavanagh & William Murray (from Currabinny Foods) and Lilly Higgins. If fitness is your thing, choose from a class with Fitness World Champion Claire McGrath, yoga with Instagram star Cat Bradley, or the annual 5K fun run. Entry tickets start at €6 with talks and demos priced individually. To book visit www.ballymaloefestivals.ie.

Penny McCormick

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