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by Sarah Gill
04th Jul 2024

From music and arts festivals to exhibitions, installations, and pop-up shops, here's the best of what's happening around Ireland throughout the month of July...

Live at The Iveagh Gardens

Throughout July, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, more info here

A wealth of talent is descending on The Iveagh Gardens this month, kicking off with none other than Van Morrison on 4 July, and continuing with an incredible lineup including Sugababes, Dropkick Murphys, Christy Moore, Pillow Queens, Damien Dempsey, and Paloma Faith, to name but a few.

 

The Birdhill Coffee Festival

6&7 July, The Old Barracks Coffee Roastery, Tipperary, more info here

Taking place across two days, the Birdhill Coffee Festival will feature eight guest speakers, five daily education classes, twelve different coffee origins for you to taste, latte art throwdowns, street food trucks, and much more. Learn how to brew coffee at home, participate in latte masterclasses and various types of roasting, wine and Irish coffee demonstrations.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival

6-13 July, Sligo, more info here

Inspired by the creative energy of Ireland’s Northwest, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is a unique coming together of artists and audiences in celebration of imagination and shared experience. This year’s highlights include exhibitions and events as part of Hereditas, a collaborative art project between artist Seamus Nolan and Sligo Traveller Support Group exploring elements of Traveller culture and social history; The Wandering Gaze, a major exhibition of work by Jack Butler Yeats exploring nomadic groups in partnership with The Model, and much more.

The Yoga Picnic

7 July, Lilliput House, Lough Ennell, Westmeath, more info here

Immerse yourself in an earth-wise, authentic, and intimate wellness experience at The Yoga Picnic. A day of yoga, movement practices, breathwork, meditation, dance and inspiring talks and workshops. You will have the opportunity to indulge in alternative therapies, including sound baths, reiki, and more.

Galway Film Fleadh

9-14 July, Galway, more info here

The Galway Film Fleadh returns for its 36th year with a programme that will most definitely pique your interest. Highlights include the Irish premiere of the Kneecap film, where the trio star alongside Michael Fassbender in their acting debut, a documentation of the making of the world’s largest light installation on an Irish mountain, and a VR ayahuasca experience — to name just a few.

Sult Féile

12&13 July, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, more info here

Set in the heart of the Gaeltacht in Gaoth Dobhair, this two-day outdoor music festival’s lineup includes Example, Bell X1, Welshy, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Alabama 3, and many more. With single day tickets and camping options still available, it’s set to be quite the weekend.

West Cork Literary Festival

12-19 July, West Cork, more info here

This incredible literary festival returns for another year with a stellar lineup of discussions, readings, and workshops in Bantry. Standout appearances include Colm Tóibín, Miriam Margolyes, Anne Enright, Dolly Alderton, and Caleb Azumah Nelson.

Earagail Arts Festival

13-28 July, Donegal, more info here

Returning for its 37th festival of world class performances from around the globe, the Earagail Arts Festival 2024 programme spans everything rom the circus arts of Catalunya and the capoeira of Bahia, to the traditions of Tory to the stories of Arranmore and the blues of Bamako to the blues of Ballybofey.

Galway International Arts Festival

15-28 July, Galway, more info here

Exhibitions, workshops, theatrical displays and live music performances, it’s all present and accounted for at GIAF 2024. A huge annual event on the social calendar, the festival attracts visitors from near and far with its incredible lineup. This year, musical highlights include Kneecap, Annie Mac, KETTAMA, and The Undertones.

Forest Fest Music & Arts Festival 2024

19-21 July, Emo Village, Laois, more info here

An award-winning and unique Irish music festival showcasing the best of Irish trad and folk, Forest Fest’s 2024 headliners include Ash, The Stunning, King Kong Company, Jack Lukeman, The Human League, and more.

Belfast TradFest

21-28 July, Belfast, more info here

Belfast TradFest, the pinnacle of world-class traditional music concerts, fiery pub sessions and Ireland’s fastest growing summer school of traditional music, is set to celebrate its 6th edition across Belfast UNESCO City of Music in acknowledgement and celebration of the cultural diversity of the different traditions in Belfast.

National Gallery of Ireland’s ‘Women Impressionists’ exhibition

All month, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin, more info here

Marking the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition, held in Paris in 1874, Women Impressionists showcases the works of four important artists. Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès, Marie Bracquemond, and Mary Cassatt played vital roles in one of the most revolutionary movements in Western art. The exhibition will explore how each artist navigated complex personal and professional networks to create and exhibit her art.

Pawfect Portraits with Magnus Mudrack

25 July, The Circular & The Other Hand Bar, Dublin, more info here

For one night only, the master of pet portraits—Magnus Mudrack—will guide guests in creating their very own unique postcards, inspired by their furry friends. Perfect for sending to friends and family to share the joy your pet brings you, Mudrack will share his two decades of experience to help you craft an image that will bring a smile to your face every time.

Atelier Now presents: Dublin Block Party

25-28 July, Charlemont Square, Dublin, more info here

Straight from the creative studio of local artist Maser, this engaging self-initiated project returns for its 2nd year of celebrating community. This 4-day weekender uses creativity as a vehicle for community connections through immersive art experiences. There’ll be art exhibitions and live mural painting by Ireland’s leading creatives, the Creative Talk Series, and the Sunflower Sessions wellness offering.

AYALA Champagne Dinner at Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins

25 July, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin, more info here

The next in a series of exclusive wine dinners, Forbes Street invites you to unveil the magic of the Champagne house AYALA. Start your journey on the rooftop at 6.30pm with canapés, followed by a 5-course tasting menu featuring exclusive back vintage releases.

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