September Event Guide: From pop-up shops to Culture Night, here’s what’s happening this month
From the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival to Dublin Theatre Festival, September is gearing up to be quite the eventful month. It’s time to get planning…
Estella Solomons: Still Moments exhibition
3 September until 8 January
A free exhibition that will be taking place in the National Gallery of Ireland, Estella Solomons: Still Moments marks the end of the Decade of Centenaries. A committed nationalist and member of Cumann na mBan, Solomons painted many portraits of leading revolutionary and cultural figures of the time.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
An annual tradition beloved by many across Ireland, Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is back for a month of music, dancing, and that all-important matchmaking. With endless opportunities to get together and meet people, there’ll be traffic light parties, dances and sessions where singles from all over the world all mixing together from the ages of 18 to 80.
A Taste of West Cork
So much more than a festival that happens to be about food, A Taste of West Cork is a festival that celebrates all that is unique about West Cork – the food, the producers, the landscape and the magic ingredient: the people.
Dublin Fringe Festival
For 16 days and 16 nights, the city of Dublin will be overran with 430 artists that will challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practices over the course of Dublin Fringe Festival. Home to bold ideas, brave performing arts and adventures audiences, this year’s lineup is bigger and better than ever.
Spice Vintage Dublin pop-up
10 & 11 September
If the last Spice Vintage pop-up shop was anything to go by, this month’s instalment is definitely one for the books. A true gem in the Irish vintage shopping scene, this Spicy stock never disappoints. Taking place from 12-5PM in the Mart Studios in Rathmines, Dublin, make sure you get there early!
Taproot Art Auction iii – Fruit
Returning for the first benefit auction in three years, it’s safe to say that this one’s been sitting in the blender for quite some time. A visual banquet made up of leading contemporary artists from Ireland and beyond, this event has been curated and auctioned by Taproot Art founder, Sophie Murphy, with 50% of the proceeds raised going towards Merchants Quay Ireland. Dublin’s very own Decoy, Robyn Carey, Cyan Ryan, and many more incredible artists will be featured.
Blue Teapot Theatre Company’s Touch Tour
Audio describer Mo Harte will be facilitating a special Touch Tour of the forthcoming theatre premiere Into The Dark Woods at Black Box Theatre Galway in an effort to make theatre more accessible by the Blue Teapot. Whether patrons are blind, visually impaired, on the autism spectrum, are non-verbal or have intellectual difficulties, this Touch Tour can be hugely beneficial in enabling theatre lovers to enjoy their experience while contextualising the stage and Charlene Kelly’s debut play, which is visually descriptive in written narrative.
IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards 2022
If you haven’t already heard, BOB is back! Ireland’s biggest, glittery-est, most stylish, adrenaline-charged awards, honouring the very best in Irish hair and beauty, this awards ceremony will be taking place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, and will be hosted by Contributing Editor Melanie Morris and the utterly fabulous Darren Kennedy, plus some surprise special guests! Find out more and take a look at the nominees right HERE.
The 17th edition of Culture Night will be taking place in numerous locations across Ireland on Saturday 23 September, and the options are endless. A national moment that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts while promoting the belief that our rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day, make sure you get involved.
Éalú Le Grá
A music and arts festival in the west of Ireland celebrating art, music, food, creativity, passion and the undulating nature of this wonderful life, Éalú Le Grá are bringing people together through love and wholesome shared experiences. Described as a collective symbiosis in an environment that both stimulates and grounds us in love, unity and dance, self-expression, co-creation and authenticity is order of the day at Éalú La Grá.
Galway International Oyster Festival
The world’s longest running oyster festival, Galway Oyster Festival shines a spotlight on all things seafood across a wonderful weekend in the west. With live music, oyster opening competitions, cookery demos and freshly caught seafood fit for a king, this event has become an eagerly-anticipated date in the Irish foodie calendar.
IMAGE Business Club Live: Invest In You
An evening dedicated to harnessing your full potential, this IMAGE Business Club live event hones in on how to maximise our assets now, and into the future. Hosted by Contributing Editor Melanie Morris, those in attendance at the Westbury Hotel will hear from three of Ireland’s most resourced experts: Personal trainer, nutritional coach and broadcaster Nathalie Lennon; Seonadh Johnson, director, wealth management at Key Capital; and Elizabeth Whelan, health and lifestyle coach with Zestivo. With Malfy & Fever-Tree cocktails and canapés on arrival and ample opportunity to network throughout, click HERE to find out more.
The Curtis Cabaret at The Sugar Club
Fearghal Curtis presents The Curtis Cabaret at The Sugar Club, joined by an incredibly talented line up including podcasters Cassie Delaney and Megan Cassidy, opera singers Ross Scanlon and Shauna Buckingham, musical theatre artist Clare O’Malley and drag performer Wren Dennehy aka Avoca Reaction. Throughout the night, each artist presents a piece they are known for and a piece that they may never get the opportunity to perform, along with ensembles, duets and conversations.
Dublin Theatre Festival
29 September – 16 October
Made up of 18 wonderful days of world-class theatre in the country’s capital, Dublin Theatre Festival support artists in creating outstanding work and providing a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. This year’s programme features a truly spectacular array of performances, so make sure to check it out.