May Events Guide

We’ve rounded up the most unmissable exhibitions, workshops, and festivals to make the most of May

Words by Michelle Hanley
May 2nd, 2017

Cover Image: Brenda Biondo

Photo Ireland Festival

The 15th issue of the limited edition BLOW Photo magazine which takes its inspiration from the century of abstraction (1860-1960) will be launching as part of the 8th annual PhotoIreland festival. Expect video projections and a chance to see work by top international photographers such as Alexander Binder, Jan Rosseel and Brenda Biondo.

Admission: Free. Festival dates: Monday 1 May Wednesday 31 May. Launch night:  Thursday 4 May, The Liquor Rooms at 9pm. The Liquor Rooms, 6 Wellington Quay, Dublin


Sourdough Bread Workshop

Shane Palmer of Scéal bakery spent a year in San Francisco perfecting his sourdough recipe and will be passing on his skills at an introductory workshop that includes take home mother culture, a light dinner, recipes, routine tips and the rewarding pleasures that come from practising this time honoured tradition.

Admission: €90 for a 3 hour workshop. Time & Date: Tuesday 2 May, 5pm to 9pm. Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Be transported to the Old Vic theatre in London for a live performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, a brilliantly funny situation comedy screened in the Lighthouse Cinema.

Admission: from €9. Time & Date: Tuesday 2 May, 12.30 pm. Lighthouse Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7.


Paddy Hanna in Whelan’s

Don’t miss this chance to see one of these shores’ most soulful and witty songwriters perform off the back of his brassy new single “Bad Boys”. Go and we dare you not to have this in your head for the whole month!

Admission: €13. Time & Date: Friday 5 May, doors 8pm. Upstairs in Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin.


Block Printing Workshop

What better way to spend a Saturday than to get acquainted with the traditional art of block printing? Using hand-carved stamps from India, you can tap into your creative side by experimenting with patterns and colour combinations to make your perfect take home textile. All materials will be provided.

Admission: €130 for a 5 hour workshop. Time & Date: Saturday 6 May, 11am to 4pm. Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.



 Homebeat Presents Lambert

This masked musician created a stir at his gigs last year at The Unitarian Church and Another Love Story. Be taken on a journey by the poetic power of the piano with his emotive creations and clever reworkings of artist such as Moderat, Phoenix and Jose Gonzalez.

Admission: from €16. Time & Date: Friday 12 May, doors 8pm. St Stephen’s Church (The Pepper Canister), 2 Mount St Crescent, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2.



Margaret Clarke. An Independent Spirit.

The talented wife of Harry Clarke has faded into almost obscurity but thanks to this new exhibition her talents as a painter and draughtsperson will be on display, presented through a broad range of works including paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs and archival material.

Admission: Free. Date: Monday 13 May – 20 August 2017. National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.


Angel Olsen at Vicar St

Set to be one of the best female profits of the decade, Angel Olsen’s wise and often venerable words can shake you up or sing you to sleep. Don’t miss your chance to see her perform one of the best albums of 2016, My Woman this May.

Admission: €23. Time & Date: Friday 19 May, doors 8pm. Vicar’s Street, Dublin.



First Looks

As part of Dublin Dance Festival 2017, this performance is a platform for young Irish choreographers such as Mónica Muñoz, Sibéal Davitt & Kristyn Fontanella, Liam Scanlon and Liz Roche to showcase their latest work.

Admission: €10. Time & Date: Friday 19, Saturday 20, Friday 36, Saturday 27, 12pm. Dancehouse, Liberty Corner, Foley St, Mountjoy, Dublin 1.


Ballymaloe Litfest

A highlight of the culinary calendar every year, Ballymaloe Litfest is held in the home of Ireland’s most famous cooking school and family. The Allens play host to an array of high profile international chefs, growers and makers; this year’s line-up includes David Prior food writer for British Vogue, the New York Times Style Magazine and Bon Appetit.

Admission: Talks from €16. Dates: Friday 19 May Sunday 21 May. Locations vary.


National Drawing Day at Dublin Castle

To celebrate National Drawing Day, The Chester Beatty will be joining forces with the OPW for a drawing tour of Dublin Castle’s hidden gems and most jaw-dropping views, a great way to see one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings through the eyes of an artist.

Admission: Free. Time & Date: Sunday 21 May, 1pm, Meeting point: Chapel Royal. Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2.


Qi Gong at the Rooftop Garden

This traditional Chinese form of meditation combines slow movements with deep rhythmic breathing set in the beautiful minimalist rooftop garden of the Chester Beatty library, an oasis of zen in the city centre. Suitable for all ages, with no booking required, but places are limited so get down early.

Admission: Free. Time & Date: Monday 29 May, 12pm. Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2.