Welcome to this week’s weekly roundup, jam packed with all that’s happening this week in Dublin.
One of the world’s greatest cycling events, Giro d’Italia, is coming to Ireland this weekend from Friday 9th May until Sunday 11th May. Starting in Belfast, stage 3 of the ‘Giro Big Start’ will finish on Upper Merrion Street on Sunday 11th. Details of the race schedule can be found at www.girostart2014.com
If you fancy trying your hand at some arts and crafts this weekend then why not check out this Sunday’s Batik workshop at the National Print Museum. The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the process of ‘batik’ involves dying fabric using a resist technique which covers certain areas of cloth. The cost to attend is €65 and more information can be found at www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
Every Sunday Stella Bass, one of Ireland’s top young jazz singers plays in Café En Seine from 2pm to 4pm. Each week, her quartet plays swing and light jazz favourites from the Great American Songbook. Entry is free and more details can be found at www.stellabass.com
‘Imagining Japan’ is an exhibition running at Marsh’s Library, Dublin 8, that examines early European encounters with Japan. Rare early maps of Japan are on display and the exhibition also shows how Japan’s isolation allowed it to become the backdrop for European fiction such as Jonathon Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. More information can be found at www.marshlibrary.ie
The National Museum of Ireland have created a Memory Book Project in the museum for the month of May. Titled ‘Your Stories, Our Histories’ the museum is asking visitors to contribute recollections of days gone by to the memory book. More information about the project can be found at www.ouririshheritage.org
‘Dames and Discs’ is a painted statue and vinyl record exhibition that opened in the White Lady Art Gallery on 3rd May and runs until 29th May. The infamous white lady statues have been painted by twenty artists for this group exhibition as well as vinyl records and canvas ‘album covers’. For further information and exhibition opening hours visit www.whiteladyart.com
This Friday 9th May and Saturday 10th May the hunt is on for the funniest person in Ireland as the Laughter Lounge hosts the ‘Best of Irish Weekend’. The winner will be decided by the audience as the best of Irish stand-up comedians take to the stage. Tickets are priced at €26 and more information can be found at www.laughterlounge.com
Brazilian funk group Basque Soul Band and the Amen Brother DJs are teaming up for a night of soul, funk and good times in Sin É this Thursday May 8th and Friday May 9th. Music starts at 9pm and admission is free.
Empire Circus announce are to headline the Academy this Saturday May 10th. The four piece rock band from Dublin have had great success with their latest album and tickets for the gig are €13, available through Ticketmaster. The gig kicks off at 7pm and more information can be found at www.theacademydublin.com
The Banff Mountain Film festival will be taking its world tour to the Helix this Saturday 10th May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. It is the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival and will include amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports as well as thought provoking pieces shot from all around the world. Tickets are priced at €13.50 and more information on the festival can be found at www.banff-uk.com as well as www.thehelix.ie