James Kavanagh has rounded up the 5 best things to do in the city this weekend!
1) Future in Food, Thursday @ Croke Park
This is a must for anyone working in food, or wanting to start a food business. "Sustainability within the food and drinks processing and manufacturing sector has never been more important! For many years larger organisations have been realising the fact that environmental policies and energy efficiencies within processing is directly related to the bottom line! Reducing energy costs, carbon footprint and waste during the process of food stuffs can have a significant impact on the profitability of a facility. Additionally, as food manufacturers and their clients supply chains becomes more and more entwined they find themselves under increased pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. Future in Food Ireland will bring together delegates from the Irish food and drinks manufacturing sector who are responsible for the energy efficiency, environmental policies and financial performance of their operation within Ireland." More info: http://futureinfood.ie/
2) Dublin Gallery Weekend @ various galleries
"Join us this November for the third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend. This city-wide event is a collaboration between almost 40 art galleries and museums across the city, who have joined together to present a specially programmed series of free public events such as talks, concerts, tours, workshops and more, alongside their exciting exhibitions and projects by a diverse range of artists. Dublin Gallery Weekend invites visitors to come and experience something new, and to discover art in galleries of all types ranging from the biggest modern art museums in the country to the smallest, tucked away experimental art spaces. Participating galleries include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, the Project Arts Centre, Kerlin Gallery, the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, The Lab Gallery, Artbox, The Library Project, The Royal Hibernian Academy and many more." More info: http://www.dublingallerymap.ie/2017-gallery-weekend.html
3) Smithfield Lights, Sunday @ Smithfield
"This is one of the main family Christmas event in Dublin and a must for all families looking for a night of fun, festive entertainment!
Families can enjoy a wide range of children’s festive entertainment including face paints, workshops, a vintage carousel and an outdoor screening of classic Christmas movie The Snowman. There will be market stalls with a range of delicious foods, arts and crafts. The main tree lighting event will take place at 7.10pm, with VIP Santa himself in attendance. The event will be presented by MC Andrea Hayes and features music from the Stanhope Street Girls Choir, Red Empire and headline act The Riptide Movement." More info: https://www.facebook.com/EVENTSDCC/
4) Beauty & The Beast, this Friday - Jan 21st
"TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another Christmas Panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Starring Orla Jennings as Beauty and Chris Corron as The Beast and causing as much trouble as possible; Paul Byrom will be rocking in the role of Gaston. Each year we go bigger and better than the year before – which may be one of the reasons we’re consistently referred to as “The Best Panto in Dublin”. Due to last year’s success we will have a sensory friendly production of the pantomime. Our adapted performance will take place Tuesday December 19th at 7pm which include no sudden noises or bangs, softer and brighter lighting, and music at a suitable level. There will be no flashing merchandise available in the venue during these times."
5) Jonathon Swift Festival, Thursday - Sunday @ various locations
"Join us this November to celebrate the life and work of Ireland’s most popular author. Listen to ballads from 300 years ago, take walking tours around Swift’s Dublin, watch a theatrical performance or sit down to eat a dinner in the beautiful surrounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Immerse yourself in Swift’s life and work, and hear from contemporary writers, musicians, historians and performers taking up Swift’s challenge to “Go, traveller, and imitate if you can this earnest and dedicated champion of liberty.” The Jonathan Swift Festival is run by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. It is supported by both Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council and collaborates with a number of cultural institutions across the city who have a historic or thematic link to Jonathan Swift’s life and work. In 2017 these include; Marsh’s Library, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, The Irish Writers Centre, and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services." More info: https://jonathanswiftfestival.ie/