Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup with plenty of great suggestions for things to do around Dublin city over the coming seven days.
Heading into another busy weekend in Dublin’s fair city, and we’ve got all the lowdown on the latest events, gigs, festivals, markets and everything else. And be sure to check out our sister site, Dublin Gigs for your daily dose of What’s On around the capital.
The hills around Marlay Park will be alive with the throb of bass and squeal of sweet guitar again on Friday, 4th July, when the Kings of Leon bring their brand of southern rock to South Dublin suburbia. Support on the night will be provided by special guests, Kodaline.
There will be a free Peace Concert in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar tomorrow, Friday, 4th July from 7:30pm onwards. Featuring the likes of Donal Lunny & Paddy Glackin, the Omagh Community Youth Choir with Daryl Simpson, and Sive & Her Band, amongst many others, the concert is one of the events in the Dublin Peace Festival, which runs until Saturday, 5th July.
Groove, a two-day festival now in its second year, is taking place this weekend at Killruddery Estate just outside Dublin. Paloma Faith is bringing her vintage style vocals to the main stage on the Saturday and homegrown favourite David Gray headlines the festival on Sunday. Other acts include James, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot and the always entertaining Booka Brass Band featuring Jerry Fish. Tickets are still available online and at selected retail outlets around the city.
Brian Friel’s revealing family drama, Aristocrats, directed by Peter Mason, continues at the Abbey Theatre, running until 2nd August, 2014. Performances take place at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday on the main Abbey stage, with matinee performances at 2pm on Saturdays. Tickets are priced between €13 and €45 and may be purchased online.
The Gate Theatre hosts Arthur Miller’s play The Price, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, which is playing this July and August. Tickets are priced at €25 for the performances, and may be reserved online.
The National Concert Hall celebrates Independence Day with an evening of American music, entitled The Spirit of America, tomorrow night, Friday 4th July. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be performing selected works from Gershwin, Copland, Dvořák, and Barber. Tickets cost from €12, and may be purchased online.
The Summer Lunchtime Series continues at the National Concert Hall next Tuesday, 8th July, with ‘Sound the Trumpets!’. Featuring the Trumpet Section of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the concert starts at 1:05pm and tickets cost €10, available for purchase online.
The phenomenon that is Riverdance continues its run in the Gaiety, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Who will ever forget that memorable interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin back in 1994? Tickets from €20.
The 184th RHA annual exhibition continues in Ely Place, bringing together the works of RHA members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission. A little something for everyone on offer, including painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models. Admission is free but donations are also gratefully accepted.
There are two exhibitions on at the Hugh Lane Gallery at the moment, both well worth the visit. Irish artist Eva Rothschild’s exhibition is the first solo museum presentation of her work in Ireland. She is one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the expanded concept of sculpture. The second exhibition is entitled ‘A Modern Panarion: Glimpses of Occultism in Dublin‘, featuring contemporary artists whose works resonate with ideas central to beliefs of The Theosophical Society. Admission to both exhibitions is free.
The Terracotta Warriors arrive at the Ambassador this Friday, 4th July. This exhibition has over 150 perfectly executed replications of The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, along with 70 display cases. Tickets cost €14 and may be reserved online.
The James Joyce Centre hosts an exhibition of Lee Miller photographs of James Joyce’s Dublin in 1946. The exhibition features 60 previously unseen images from the iconoclastic American photographer. In this exhibition we see Miller traverse a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. Admission is €5.
‘The weakened eye of day‘ is a new body of work by Irish artist Isabel Nolan, conceived as a single project for IMMA. The exhibition explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles.
The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 3rd July, running from 11:30am until 2pm, with a wide-ranging selection of foods from around the world. Admission free. Also check out the other Irish Village Markets running throughout the week including Stillorgan on Tuesdays, East Point Business Park on Wednesdays, and Percy Place on Fridays.
The Temple Bar Night Market continues this evening, Thursday, 3rd July, from 6pm. A market that features the best of local crafts people, artisans and artists, what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening that a stroll around a sun-drenched Temple Bar? And look out for the pop-up cinema in Copper Alley Laneway, featuring some great classics – admission €5.
PhotoIreland Festival is Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture, and the only festival dedicated to Photography in the country. It celebrates Ireland’s photographic talents – oftentimes only recognised abroad – as well as bringing international practitioners and artists to Ireland. The festival highlights, promotes and elevates Photography in Ireland – conferring on it the importance it duly deserves. The event runs throughout July in a variety of venues around the city.
The first lady of British TV comedy, Dawn French, is playing two dates at the Olympia Theatre on Wednesday 9th and Thursday, 10th July as part of her first ever solo tour. Tickets available from €39.50 online.
So, that’s the Weekly Roundup for this week. Have a great weekend and week ahead, and do remember to keep checking back with Dublin Buzz for all the latest and local news, and Dublin Gigs for your up-to-the-minute What’s On guide. You can of course stay connected with us on our Facebook and Google+ pages, follow us on Twitter, or even join us on Pinterest!
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