5 Things to Do This Week
17- 23 May – Our top 5 things to do this week
For the first time in a long time we have an in person event for you to enjoy this week. And of course plenty of online ones for those of us who are happy to get our fix of culture without leaving the house. Here’s our pick of what’s on…..
InForm is a two-year long collaborative project between the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History and the Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). It culminates in a vibrant exhibition, which show-cases contemporary Irish ceramics and jewellery by twenty-two emerging makers, next to the Museum objects that inspired them.
InForm displays 42 ceramic objects and 52 pieces of jewellery alongside 23 objects from the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Museum objects on display include Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Persian decorative arts objects (mostly metal and lacquer work), a model screen made by renowned Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray, an ancient Roman glass vessel, as well as Irish Folklife objects and scientific instruments, among them a 19th century pocket globe.
The exhibition also displays sketches, craft tools and videos of the designer-makers, outlining the creative process of making ceramics and jewellery. The exhibition takes place in Collins Barracks and is free of charge.
FESTIVAL: Mother Tongues Festival
The Mother Tongues Festival is the largest festival celebrating linguistic diversity through the arts in Ireland. The festival shows that multilingualism is not a barrier, but a reason to get together and celebrate. This year, the programme will take place from 17th to 22nd May 2021 in conjunction with World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The festival will be presented mostly online, but participation will continue to be at the heart of the programme. They have engaged with more than 40 artists to bring to life a unique and diverse programme of art workshops, school visits, film screenings, and a series of events available in over 20 different languages.
Link: Mother Tongues Festival
FESTIVAL: West Wicklow Festival
The 2021 edition of the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians performing online each Thursday and Monday from May 20 to June 14. Free tickets are available now, for what should be a fantastic celebration of music. This Thursday at 8pm Rachel Kelly (mezzo-soprano) and Fiachra Garvey (piano) will perform a beautifully varied programme of popular songs and arias.
Link: West Wicklow Festival
FESTIVAL: International Literature Festival Dublin
From 20 – 30 May, the International Literature Festival will host some of the world’s leading thinkers for a fantastic online programme. With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix of poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire.
FESTIVAL: Galway Early Music Festival
The 25th Galway Early Music Festival journeys through time & space, featuring cross-cultural music in Renaissance Ireland, music from the Crusades, and a trip to Baroque Italy. Travel throughout Europe with them to a past rich in music & discovery.
Visit Galway virtually for a musical journey through time & space. The festival will feature cross-cultural music in Ireland from the 16th to the 18th centuries, musical time travel to the Crusades, a trip to sunny Baroque Italy & a visit to Bach & his predecessors.
The programme stretches from the 12th century to the 18th. The five concerts feature outstanding performers Siobhán Armstrong & The Irish Consort, Resurgam Chamber Choir, Enea Sorini & Peppe Frana, Aisling Kenny, Yonit Kosovske, and many more. Meet the performers at their Zoom Festival Club. Or join a lute or early Irish harp workshop. You can learn about the pre-historic horns of Ireland. Or perhaps you could take a virtual tour of medieval Galway, & check out the instrument makers exhibition.
Link: Galway Early Music
Finally, all details on our list of things to do are correct at time of publication. Please check with the organiser before finalising your plans. In addition, we ask that you are mindful of the current HSE Covid -19 guidelines at all times.
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