GIG OF THE WEEK
Imagine the arts festival
from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 24; Waterford; different timetables and prices; imagineartsfestival.com
It’s the festival’s 20th anniversary, and the boys are happy to be back on the streets of Ireland’s oldest town for this hybrid program of music, literature, dance, visual arts, theater and history. Musical attractions include Aoife Nessa Francis, Nealo and Junior Brother, while theatrical attractions include Marbleface, Yasmin Mello’s dark and occult drama about vengeful witches; Spliced, in which Timmy Creed tackles stereotypes of Irish male sportsmen; and The Little Robber Girl, an online children’s audio drama starring sea bandits and buried treasure. Numerous art exhibitions are also planned in the city, by John Shinnors, Mick Mulcahy, Hannah Ní Mhaonaigh, Cassie Kirby and Janet Sibley, among others, not to mention workshops, lectures, bookstores and radio and drama films in line.
from Tuesday October 12 to Friday October 15; Button Factory, Dublin; from € 12; sense-live.com
In anticipation of the full reopening of, well, all Friday October 22, promoters Sense have teamed up with District magazine to put on four intimate concerts featuring a mix of upcoming and already here artists including Shiv, Gemma Dunleavy. , Aby Coulibaly, Malaki, Paddy Mulcahy and R Kitt. The concerts will promote a “more sustainable, conscious and caring cultural landscape”, with the Button Factory transformed into a beautiful green space and a pack of wildflower seeds for everyone in the audience.
Dublin Open House
from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 17; various places; free; openhousedublin.com
Dublin’s biggest architecture festival is back, and it’s no surprise that this year’s theme is salvage. This three-day hybrid event will celebrate the revival of cultural events affected by the pandemic and of the city itself, through its architecture, urban design and, most importantly, the people who help create a built Dublin. Over 100 events are planned, all free; all Covid guidelines will be followed so that everyone can safely immerse themselves in the architecture of the city. There will be tours of iconic buildings such as the US Embassy, Abbey Theater, Heuston Station and the Guinness Storehouse, and ‘architreks’, including a bike tour of the Grand Canal and a visit to walk from the historic parks of Cabinteely.
Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 24; various places; timetables and prices; smashingtimes.fr
In a world where human rights continue to be attacked, the Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival 2021 aims to celebrate the people who have stood up for them around the world and throughout history, and to highlight the role that artists can play in promoting a more just world. company. Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders have partnered with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the National Women’s Council of Ireland and others to unite artists, activists and citizens under the banner of Hope, Courage and resilience: the story Continues. There will be site specific events at Rathfarnham Castle and on the roof of the Chester Beatty Library, visual arts events at the dlr Mill Theater Gallery Space in Dundrum and a protest songwriting workshop held. by Fighting Words. Many events address sensitive topics, so all events are reserved for over 18s unless otherwise noted.
Pipe Organ Festival
Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17, plus Saturday October 23 and Sunday October 24; Dublin; € 12 / € 8; pipeworks.ie
What could be more moving than the sound of a great church organ bellowing a hymn to heaven? This year the festival celebrates the works of Josquin des Prèz, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Marcel Dupré with performances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church in Dún Laoghaire and the Church Saint-Philippe of Milltown. His accomplished players from UK, France and Ireland include Andrew Dewar, Vincent Dubois, Martin Johnson, Anne Marie O’Farrell and the Mornington Singers led by Orla Flanagan. It could get noisy.
Irish Book Week
from Saturday October 16 to Saturday October 23, 2021; facebook.com/Booksellingireland
Bookstores and libraries have become a haven for many of us, grappling with the daily demands of living in a world of Covid. Irish Book Week aims to celebrate the Irish authors and publishers who bring us the stories that keep us engaged through every crisis. This year, authors Liz Nugent, Rónán Hession, and Chris Haughton have been named Irish Book Week Ambassadors, and if they have a diplomatic request, it’s that you shop at your local bookseller, either in person, online or by phone. Buying a book on Amazon isn’t a substitute for visiting your favorite bookstore, picking out a title, then going out for coffee and reading. So grab your reading glasses and attend one of the events, which will be updated on the Bookselling Ireland Facebook page and Twitter feed.