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Bum Notes

10 of the best events happening around Ireland this weekend


by Sarah Gill
16th May 2024

From festivals of beer, dance, and books to entirely improvised musicals, this weekend has a lot in store.

Muldoon’s Picnic

17 May, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin, more info here

Featuring Paul Muldoon with special guests Glen Hansard, Roddy Doyle, Liz Nugent, Anne Enright, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Donal Ryan, Hugh Buckley, Sile Denvir, and many more, Muldoon’s Picnic returns for four dates nationwide throughout May. An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is a cabaret-style evening, by turns witty, exuberant, and sophisticated, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.

Dublin Dance Festival

14-25 May, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, more info here

Dublin Dance Festival’s 2024 edition presents a world of dance, showcasing thrilling, ground-breaking artistic voices that bring diverse identities, beliefs, histories, and perspectives. Asia’s leading contemporary dance company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is returning to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to open the 2024 Dublin Dance Festival with the exquisite and fantastical world of 13 Tongues.

Bum Notes: The Improvised Musical

17 May, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, more info here

This brand new musical appears sans recital, and all the cast need from you is … the title! An entirely improvised musical with a longer runtime and a bigger cast, you don’t want to miss this chance to have your musical suggestion crafted in real time into a fully realised, ridiculous, comical, and maybe even heartfelt production.

Ballymaloe Festival of Food

17-19 May, Ballymaloe, Cork, more info here

Ballymaloe Festival of Food celebrates every aspect of the journey of good food from the soil and sea to the plate, along with 60 years of Ballymaloe. World-class chefs from Ireland and beyond will travel to Cork for the inaugural festival, with cooking demos, pop-up dinners, talks, guided tours, walks, producers, craft exhibitors and activities.

Kilkenny Beer Festival

17-18 May, Sullivan’s Taproom, Kilkenny, more info here

A pure celebration of Irish craft beer, with ten Irish breweries attending, you will be spoilt for choice in who to try first. Set in the beer garden of Sullivan’s Taproom, perfect for large groups and couples, you will be able to browse the offerings at your leisure and speak to the people who make them while being entertained by resident DJs and musicians.

The Mousetrap

Until 18 May, The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, more info here

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, celebrating 70 years and returning by popular demand to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. The genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time, you will absolutely be on the edge of your seat throughout. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst! Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself?

Luke Kelly Festival

18-19 May, Smithfield Square, more info here

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the free family-friendly festival returns to Smithfield Square with a wide array of music, discussion, singalong sessions, sport, arts and crafts and more in celebration of Dublin’s favourite son.

Marian Keyes at International Literature Festival Dublin

18 May, Merrion Square Park, Dublin, more info here

Ireland’s international sensation is at it again with her newest bestseller, My Favourite Mistake. Marian Keyes steps into the spotlight for a laugh-out-loud evening discussing old flames, midlife crises, and falling back in love with yourself as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Fiona Cribben – A Retrospective

From 19 May, Pearse Museum, Dublin, more info here

Fiona Cribben was an artist, making lifewreaths or healing mandalas and art to celebrate life. Cribben graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Fashion and Textiles 1999. She worked as a menswear designer at Calvin Klein New York, freelanced for Victoria’s Secret, and lectured in Fashion Design. When dealing with metastatic breast cancer, she pulled together pieces of her life – from London to New York, to Iceland and back to Ireland – and delved into creating ‘Lifewreaths’, to celebrate being alive. This retrospective exhibition features a large collection of Fiona’s lifewreaths, canvas paintings, and a selection of prints with her own poetry.

Africa Day

19 May, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, more info here

An annual celebration of Ireland’s growing links with Africa, a free flagship event will be held in Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham, with over 50 African musicians, dancers and cultural groups. The cultures of Africa will be celebrated with a main stage, dance stage, cultural village, children’s entertainment area, best dressed competition and much, much more. There will also be many regional events happening across Ireland throughout the following week.

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