5 Things to Do This Week
Top 5 things to Do in Ireland 2-8 August
Sligo, 2 – 21 August
Dedicated to working collaboratively with artists and communities inspired by the landscape, mythology and people of Sligo. Reflective signature events explore our relationship with our environment. Tread Softly takes place 02-21 August 2021.
The many events include: Ancestors – an installation representing ghost-like former island inhabitants; six-artist participation. Walking Keshcorran reflects on the Kesh Caves, Sand Drawings is a mass art participation and Tidelines pursues 5 artists charting the Sligo coastline. Also the launch of The Cormorant’s selected works, Maugherow, beneath the blowing sands, book launch & event.
On Baile’s Strand is performed by Blue Raincoat Theatre Co; The Battle of the Books soundscape; and exhibitions include – Jack Butler Yeats; Assembled Memories at The Model & invited artists’ interpretations of Meditations in Time of Civil War along with Angela Hackett’s Amidst the Flowers I tell the Hours at Hamilton Gallery. To the Waters & the Wild is a walking festival.
Cobh Summer Swing
Cobh, 1 -22 August
Cobh Summer Swing on the promenade has been entertaining both tourist and now staycation tourists for 15 years.
This year will be better than ever with a variety of hot food stalls, hand made jewellery crafts and local handcrafted knitting unique to the area. Also enjoy some of the best musicians and performers in county Cork, starting with John Spillane and Jimmy Crowley for the August Bank Holiday weekend and also Eva Telford, Jamie Stanton (from The Voice), Sabrina Piggott and many more.
Dublin Quays Festival
Dublin, 4 – 29 August
Dublin Quays Festival – a multi venue Music Festival taking place along the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey – are delighted to announce that it takes to the water again with another line up of new, exciting music and top quality established acts. Established in 2017, the Festival has hosted brilliant acts like The Murder Capital and Pillow Queens over its short tenure and thanks to crucial funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media we can now continue to showcase some of the best acts that Ireland has to offer.
The Festival will host 16 shows over 16 nights over the month of August and will take place in four great venues – The Workmans Club, The Sound House, Sin É and The Grand Social – with final line ups and dates to be announced shortly.
Summer Songs in Greystones with Kíla & Glimpse
Wicklow, 7 August
As part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, Wicklow County Arts Office is proud to present a Summer Songs concert with local musicians and bands from 6.30pm to 9pm in Burnaby Park, Greystones on Saturday August 7th.
Kíla are returning to the Wicklow stage with their unique and ever-evolving sound, while rooted in tradition, is inspired by a myriad of musical influences worldwide. Glimpse are a group of young musicians from various locations in and around the Bray area. Formed in Bray Comhaltas, they have known each other and performed together for most of their lives.
West Cork History Festival
West Cork, 6 -8 August
The 2021 West Cork History Festival is digital with a fantastic online programme from 6-8 August.Our Festival themes are the overlapping ones of Ireland in 1921 and Ireland & Empire. Notable speakers include journalist Fergal Keane and historians Roy Foster and Jane Ohlmeyer. We have panel discussions on Partition and on How the Black & Tans are Remembered. Cauvery Madhavan will discuss her book, The Tainted, inspired by the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in India. Cork history is well-represented, including Flor MacCarthy talking about the attack on the Rosscarbery RIC barracks in 1921. There will also be a live-streamed Festival Concert, with specially composed music by Jessie Kennedy, performed by her, Tess Leak & the Vespertine Quintet.
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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