October Events Guide

A spooky selection of events to trick and treat

Words by Michelle Hanley
October 11th, 2017

Belfast International Arts Festival

Running since 1962, this international festival combines art, theatre, dance, music at Queen’s University Belfast. Not to be missed is the travelling exhibition Poppies: Weeping Window by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies to commemorate those who fought in the First World War.

Admission: Varies.

Date: 6-28th October.

Location: 109 Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1FF, UK.

Future Proof

Showcasing emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the future fabric of the Irish music scene. This second Future Proof season from Homebeat and Nialler9 includes folk brothers Ye Vagabonds, dark-edged electronic pop from SYLK and the spellbinding talents of Dowry aka Éna Brennan whose improved violin loops and painfully honest lyrics are beyond refreshing.

Admission: From €9.00.

Date and time: Wednesday 11th October, doors 8.00pm.

Location: Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin.

Loving Vincent

The final mysterious days in the life of Vincent van Gogh are the subject of investigation in this formally daring work. Seven years in the making, Loving Vincent marries live-action performance to hand-painted animation in the manner of the artist to create an immersive visual experience.

Admission: From €9.00.

Date: Opens 13th October.

Location: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 

Open House 2017

Ireland’s largest architecture festival invites everyone to explore buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit as they open their doors for the weekend with many new locations added to this year’s line-up. Make sure you book online or add your name to the lottery as many of the smaller properties fill up quickly.

Admission: Free.

Date: 13-15th October.

Location: Varies. 

The House of Peroni Presents: La Sagra

La Sagra will celebrate the Irish food producers creating authentic Italian food here in Ireland, everything from mozzarella cheese to artisan salumi. Entrance to the market is free but you can also book a dining experience with Francesco Mazzei and Former World Young Chef of the Year, Mark Moriarty. Bellissimo!

Admission: Free.

Date: 19-20th October.

Location: Meeting House Square, Eustace Street, Dublin, Ireland 2.

Vera Klute at the RHA

Don’t miss your last chance to see the first major survey of work by the multi-disciplinary artist Vera Klute, titled ‘Plunge’. The highlight of the exhibition is the piece it takes its title from, a new work of suspended conjoined limbs covered in milky wet silicone.

Admission: Free.

Date: Closes 22nd October.

Location: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Pl, Dublin 2.

IFI Horrorthon 2017

It’s that time of year again to indulge in your fear. With over 30 titles confirmed and almost all receiving their Irish premiere, this year promises to have something for every gore lover from small spooks to all-out bloodbaths.

Admission: From €9.00.

Date: 26-30th October.

Location: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Irish Designers Sample Sale Dublin

Dublin’s inner city pop-up location of choice will play host to seven top Irish designers this month including Manley, Ale Walsh, Melissa Curry, Electronic Sheep, Jill De Burca, FAO Millinery and Susannagh Grogan as they part with a stunning selection of clothing, jewellery and accessories. Make sure you pop by and support Irish!

Admission: Free.

Date: 26-30th October.

Location: 5 Dame Lane, Dublin, Ireland.

Bram Stoker Festival

Dublin gets set to summon the supernatural this October Bank Holiday weekend as the Bram Stoker Festival returns with four days of living stories and four nights of deadly adventures including Camp Dracula with Al Porter, a Halloween Parade by Macnas, the World Premiere of Whitby with Colin Dunne and Turning Vampire with Lisa Hannigan.

Admission: Varies.

Date: 26-30th October.

Location: Varies.

Savour Kilkenny

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny, Savour brings you food demonstrations and classes from the likes of Rory O’Connell, Nevin Maguire, Catherine Fulvio and former Olympic sprinter and Celebrity MasterChef champion David Gillick.

Admission: Varies.

Date: 27-30th October.

Location: Varies.

Cork Jazz Festival

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is back for its 40th anniversary with music trails, street acts and headlines such as London based hip-hop artist Soulé and a tribute to the king of modern jazz Miles Davis from renowned double bassist Gary Crosby with his all-star Nu Troop, not to be missed!

Admission: Varies.

Date: 27-30th October.

Location: Varies.

Metropolis Festival 2017

Now in its third year, this indoor winter festival whets the appetites of those unable to wait for festival season to start up again. Despite missing out on TLC you can still enjoy, Richie Hawtin, Leftfield, Jungle, Death in Vegas and Mount Kimbie to name but a few.

Admission: From €69.75.

Date: 28-30th October.

Location: Royal Dublin Society, Anglesea Rd, Dublin 4.