The summer just keeps on rolling, and our Weekly Roundup has plenty of great suggestions for things to do around the city over the coming week.

Another busy weekend and week ahead of us here 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.

Music in the city

The summer festivals continue with Longitude in Marlay Park this weekend. It is really all about the music at Longitude. Its focus is on current and emerging homegrown and international artists, pleasing a variety of musical tastes. Look out for Massive Attack, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Disclosure amongst many others in a truly stellar line-up.

The National takes to the stage in the Iveagh Gardens for two concerts this Friday 18th, and Saturday, 19th July.  Tickets for the gig cost €42.05 and while Friday has sold out, there are limited tickets for Saturday still available online.

The following night, Sunday 20th July, the Iveagh Gardens welcome songstress Birdy to its surreal yet intimate surroundings. Tickets cost €33 and may still be reserved online.

Irish trad favourites, Altan, will be performing at the National Concert Hall on Saturday, as part of the Summer @ NCH series of concerts. Tickets cost from €30 and may be purchased online.

Theatre in the city

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.

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 cost from €13 and may be purchased online.

The smash hit show Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage continues at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, running until the 26th of the month. The show has been a smash hit in London, breaking box office records. Tickets cost from €35 and are available online.


Enjoy an evening of movie music magic at the National Concert Hall tomorrow night, Friday, 18th July, at 8pm. The concert, entitled ‘Hollywood Greats: A Journey through the Movies‘ features the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost from €15 and may be booked online.

Staying at the National Concert Hall, the Summer Lunchtime Series continues next Tuesday, 22nd July, with ‘Love, Actually’. Featuring mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly and 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.

Exhibitions in the city

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.

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 Terracotta Warriors exhibition continues at the Ambassador. 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.

Eva Rothschild exhibition at the Hugh Lane

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 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is currently running at the Chq Building in the IFSC. The photographic competition is now in its 49th year, attracting entries from professionals and amateur photographers alike – it provides an important perspective on the natural world around us. The exhibition runs until 31st August, and admission costs €6.50

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.

IMMA presents a major retrospective exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980). The exhibition, Propositions, will include a selection of works by Oiticica, including vital examples from throughout his prolific career. The exhibition opens on Saturday, 19th July.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 10th 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, 10th 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 final pop-up cinema in Copper Alley Laneway, featuring some great classics – admission €5.

Happenings are holding another one of their instant pop-up cultural events in Dublin, this time it’s open air cinema in Merrion Square tonight, Thursday, 17th July. The film in question is ‘Dirty Dancing’, gates open 8:30pm, film starts around 10:30pm. Admission is €5 and there is a strict no alcohol policy.

Liberties Festival 2014 in Dublin

The 44th edition of the Liberties Festival is underway in, well, the Liberties, running until this coming Saturday, 19th July. Nighthawks will be returning to the Guinness Storehouse on Saturday 19th as part of the festival, featuring an impressive line-up of musical and spoken word acts. The full programme for the festival is available on the official website.

Summer Rising, the inaugural Irish Museum of Modern Art summer festival, starts tomorrow, Friday, 18th July, in the grounds of IMMA. Highlights of the festival include a very special edition of the THISISPOPBABY performance, art and club extravaganza WERK; GRACELANDS, artist and chef curated food events, including lunch time and evening banquets, family workshops, and much, much more! The festival runs until Saturday 26th July.


The annual Bray Air Show takes place this Sunday, 20th July, from 3pm. This is Ireland’s largest air show and is run with the support of the Irish Aviation Authority. The viewing area is on Bray seafront, and admission is free.

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 Monday Echo, an event that features a mixture of open mic and featured acts, songwriters and storytellers, traditional poets and their slam cousins, takes place each and every Monday in the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Get yourself along there for a great night out!

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!

Lead image © Victor Erixon (edited)




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