Welcome to this week’s edition of the weekly roundup, where we bring you the best of what’s happening in the city over the next seven days.

This Saturday 17th May Leinster play against Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-finals. The match kicks off at 7pm at the RDS.

The 16th Dublin Writers Festival begins this Saturday17th May and runs until Sunday 25th May. The festival showcases talent from Ireland and around the world and features lots of events such as workshops, seminars, readings and discussions. More information can be found at www.dublinwritersfestival.com

The Docklands Summer Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday May 17th and 18th. The event is a celebration on Grand Central Dock with a weekend of competitions and entertainment both on and off the water. With everything from open air Djs to Wake Boarding demonstrations and international food markets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival begins at 11am on Saturday and more information can be found at www.docklandssummerfestival.com

This Saturday17th May, the Film Qlub continues their fourth season with a screening of the film Funeral Parade of Roses at the New Theatre, 2.30pm. The Film Qlub is a special interest film club that screens films that are of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Day membership is €8 and more information can be found at www.filmqlub.ie

This Saturday 17th May, it’s Drawing Day at the National Print Museum, from 2pm to 5pm. This event is open to adults and young people and will provide participants with tools to sketch and inspirational sketches to get creative juices flowing. It is a self-guided activity and admission is free. For more information visit www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

On Sunday 18th May, Born to Burn productions present ‘Women Don’t Bite’; six short plays by new Irish writers. Rousing, chilling, hilarious, thought-provoking and delightful, the plays have been inspired by contemporary life and are written by women about women, for anyone who enjoys good theatre. Tickets are €10 and the performance starts at 7.30pm. The event runs until 23rd May and more information cam be found at www.bornroburnproductions.com

There are plenty of movies to catch at the cinema over the next few days. On Friday 16th May A Thousand Times Goodnight, starring Juliet Binoche, opens as does Two Faces of January, starring Kirsten Dunst. Check out your local cinema for screening times.

Following their fantastic 5 star success of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Irish company Wide Open Opera, mark their return to the theatre with ‘Nixon in China’, a production that is guaranteed to be the must-see opera event of the year. The RTE National Symphonic Orchestra will be playing sounds of jazz and cabaret from 60’s and 70’s America. Tickets are priced from €15 and the show is performed at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. More information is available at www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

David Bowie tribute band Rebel Rebel are playing at The Academy this Friday May 16th at 11.30pm. Since their recent sold out gig at Grand Social in January, the Irish band have been touring the country and now, on the back of David Bowie’s latest album release, are announcing a nationwide tour. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theacademydublin.com. Tickets are €15.

Skerries Traditional Music Weekend runs from this Friday 16th May to Sunday 18th May. The event includes quality performers and tutors participating in concerts, workshops, sessions and recitals. More information can be found at www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com  

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