May 2016

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

Monday 2nd May | Sunday 15th May

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival gives a platform to new voices in theatre, explores and challenges discrimination and celebrates the diversity of LGBT experience. We warmly welcome everyone to join us for great theatre!

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city.  With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.

The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the programme are broadly interpreted to include works by gay writers, works that have a gay relevance or theme, or works that include either performance or another artistic contribution by gay people.

Participation and attendance is open to all who wish to witness and acknowledge the immense contribution of gay people to theatre in all its forms.

 

James Connolly Festival

Monday 9th May | Saturday 14th May

James Connolly of course was one of the founders of the Irish trade union movement, so one of the main goals of the festival will be to highlight the ideas of Connolly and the importance of trade unions for workers, especially among our youth. The festival will also promote non sexist culture and politics and will embrace progressive Irish theatre and artists, which will allow for a comfortable space for debate, that promotes the exchange of ideas and cultures.

This festival is an extension of the ‘James Connolly Memorial Weekend’, where esteemed national and international guest speakers such asSister Teresa Forcades and James Petras have given the James Connolly Memorial lecture. This is followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Arbour Hill on the Sunday, to mark the occasion of Connolly’s execution and to pay tribute to him and to the other leaders of the 1916 rising.

 

Galway Early Music

Thursday 12th May | Sunday 15th May

Galway Early Music celebrates its 21st birthday with an exciting international programme, exploring women as composers, musicians, patrons, and inspiration in medieval, renaissance and baroque European Music. Highlights include trobar and trobairitz songs of love, the musical life of musician, patron and powerful political woman, Margaret of Austria, the ‘witches, bitches and britches’ of the Baroque mezzo-soprano world, and a come-back concert by some of the founders of the festival, the Good Ladies of Galway. Festival-goers can get close to the music, instruments and performers in talks, workshops, exhibitions, instrument makers’ showcases, and family events throughout the weekend. Join us for this gem of a festival in the lively medieval city of Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Dublin Dance Festival

Tuesday 17th May | Saturday 28th May

Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.

 

Ballymaloe Litfest of Food and Wine

Friday 20th May | Sunday 22nd May

The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine grew from a suggestion that was made by Geoffrey Dobbs, Founder of Galle Literary Festival… ‘Isn’t it about time Ballymaloe celebrated their literary tradition?’ Myrtle Allen, who turned 90 in 2014, started writing recipes for the Farmers Journal in 1959, producing her first cookbook in 1977. 30 years later, her daughter-in-law, Darina took pen to paper and has since produced 18 cookery books. Following suit, Darina’s daughter-in-law, Rachel began writing cook books in 2002 and has published 11 to date. The latest cookery writer to emerge from Ballymaloe is former Ballymaloe House Head Chef and co-founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, Rory O’Connell. So after three generations of cookery books being published, Geoffrey had a point. It was about time Ballymaloe created a festival that celebrated food and wine writing.

 

Killarney Beerfest

Friday 27th May | Sunday 29th May

Learn the Beer 101 from the best in the business with brewing demonstrations, tastings; meet the brewers, beer & food pairing classes and a whole lot more. And because craft isn’t limited to beer there will be a tantalizing selection of home brewed whiskey, gin and cider to sample! If you are looking to expand your knowledge of brewing look forward to Beer master classes, interactive home brewing sessions with the Cork Homebrews or learn the ancient art of paring beer with cheese.

 

Wexford Food and Wine Festival

Friday 27th May | Sunday 29th May

Wexford Food & Wine Festival 2016

The Wexford Food and Wine Festival is having its 8th Birthday, and following the huge success of the last seven festivals, the festival has established itself as a must attend premier food and drink event here in the South East. The Wexford Food and Wine Festival is organised by a voluntary committee of local people on a non profit making basis. We endeavour to have as many of the events free of charge as possible and some events do have a small cover charge purely to cover costs. Any profits generated are donated to charities and worthy local causes. This year we will have more Exhibitors than before and an ever expanding waiting list of those who would love to come on board. Closing dates for exhibition entries are the end of March.

 

Life Festival

Friday 27th May | Sunday 29th May

With so many festivals adopting a grab-all approach towards their line ups it’s refreshing to see Life Festival sticking to a theme and curating a bill that offers some old favourites like Laurent Garnier, Leftfield, and Ben Klock,  while giving lesser known talents a share of the light. Now in its eleventh year on the stately lakeside grounds of Belvedere House in Westmeath, the electronic music festival has found its niche as the go to outing for dance-heads.

The setting and layout of the stages gives proceedings a laid-back feel which is missing at larger festivals and also means the more ambient and experimental acts that have been flourishing in Ireland over the year such as Toby Kaar and Lumigraph can shine unperturbed by unce-unce-unce . Not a mainstream festival.

 

Burren Slow Food Festival

Saturday 28th May | Sunday 29th May

Slow Food Clare loves food and cares about how it was produced! We help connect local food related businesses with foodies living in or visiting Clare.

 

Dublin City Soul Festival

Saturday 28th May | Sunday 29th May

Ireland’s feel good festival celebrating the very best live music in the heart of Dublin City since 2007. ‘Experience the feeling’!

This unique music festival showcases the very best of live music in the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park in the heart of Dublin City. Although the Soul Festival is free to attend, organisers ask for a minimum €5 donation for their children’s charity, The Musical Youth Foundation, which helps at risk young people in Ireland access free music education.

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