Welcome to this week’s edition of the weekly roundup, full of everything you need to know about what’s happening in Dublin this week.

The Five Lamps Festival which started on March 27th and runs until April 6th supports the local arts scene and brings a variety of exciting new artists to the to this historic part of the city. The festival was established in 2007 and events in this year’s programme include a Community event at the Abbey Theatre on Thursday April 3rd as well as community concerts, dance and film events and much more. For more information, check out www.fivelampsarts.ie

One City One Book, an award winning Dublin City Council initiative led by Dublin City Public Libraries, encourages everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April each year. This year’s book is If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, which includes writing from Seamus Heaney, Dermot Bolger, Yeats and many more. There are lots of talks and events happening around the city throughout the month and to find out more visit www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Desire, a new play based on Tolstoy’s The Devil, is showing at the new theatre until this Saturday April 5th. The Devil, written in 1889, is a short story based on Tolstoy’s affair with a peasant woman through the character of Eugene Irtenev. When events take a turn for the worst, Irtenev begins to blame his mistress. Murder and madness ensue as he tries to solve his problems. Tickets are priced at €12/€15 and the play starts at 7.30pm. For more information visit www.thenewtheatre.com

The National Print Museum is hosting an exhibition of Irish political ephemera covering local an general elections, referendums as well as presidential elections and European elections from the 1970’s onwards. The exhibition shows the various aspects of the political experience, from the ballot paper to the final outcome and how these seemingly insignificant ephemeral materials have a meaning and value. The exhibition accompanied by a lecture is on April 3rd, 10th, 13th and May 1st. For more information visit www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Keith Barry is at the Olympia Theatre with his show ‘Brain Hacker’ from April 1st to April 18th. The show will involve Keith hacking into the audience member’s brains as his discovers guarded secrets such as computer passwords and PIN codes. Tickets are priced at €29.50/ €30.50 and are on sale now via Ticketmaster. The show starts at 8pm and more details can be found at www.olympia.ie

This Friday, why not check out the Fitzwilliam Square Lunchtime market that runs every Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Set in the beautiful 19th century gardens, visitors can browse the market stalls offer a selection of tasty food while being serenaded by jazz by saxophone player Joey. Find out more at www.irishvillagemarkets.ie

Mojo GoGo is playing at The Academy this Saturday April 5th. Following a tremendous show in Whelans at the beginning of the year, the Donegal band are going from strength to strength and their shows have been described by Hot Press as ‘…the stuff of legend.’ Tickets are priced at €11 and can be booked through Ticketmaster. For more information visit www.theacademydublin.com

One of the best kept secrets of Dublin’s arts scene is the Progressive Film Club. Now in its sixth year, this voluntary organisation are dedicated to showing progressive films from all over the world. This Friday April 4th, until Sunday April 6th, the club is hosting a festival of film titled ‘Slices of Life In the Face of Life’ and there are a range of films being screened over the three days. For more information visit www.progressivefilmclub.ie

If you are a lover of food and all things French then why not try a French Food Tour of Dublin with ‘French Foodie in Dublin’ blogger Ketty. Tours run every Saturday and include wine and cheese tasting as well as a chocolate shop tour. Tours are three hours long and cost €55. If you are a film and food lover, then why not go to the monthly Foodie Movie Club at Brook’s Hotel’s private cinema. After the film there is a dinner that is inspired by the movie. For more information on both of these events visit www.frenchfoodieindublin.blogspot.ie

If you are looking for some good music this week then look no further than The International Bar. There’s trad sessions every Sunday 1pm-4pm, The Glór Sessions every Monday at 8pm and jazz every Sunday from 6pm-8pm as well as every Tuesday and Thursday at 9pm. Admission if free and more details can be found at www.internationalbar.com


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