MUSIC Record Store Day | Friday April 18 Celebrate the 7th World Record Store Day 2015 in Ireland in your local independent store around the country. Commandeered by David Grohl, #RSD15 has prepared an impressive celebratory list of old new and old releases. We look forward to heading down to Dublin’s Tower Records Massive Record Store Day Party in their sparkling new venue on Dawson Street (have you seen the line-up on the night?!). Music Town | April 10-19 A sparkling new addition to Dublin’s music festival scene. Pitched as a “A Capital Celebration of a Symphony of Sounds”, this annual showcase of Dublin music hosted by the City Council will host an eclectic programme of musical events for all ages and tastes. And they really mean it: there’s Handel’s Messiah and Bell X1, and everythingin between.
THEATRE Hedda Gabler, Abbey Theatre | April 10 – May 16 Hedda Gabler visits Dublin again, this time at the Abbey Theatre and starring Catherine Walker in the title role. They call Hedda “a wife, a muse, a coward, a heretic”, but she “something to everyone”, so find out who she is for you.
BOOKS JK Rowling’s Very Good Lives goes on sale on April 14 The book is a candid account of the author hitting rock bottombefore the Harry Potter phenomenon. In particular, she writes about how failures have shaped her vocation and, ultimately, her destiny: “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than I was and began diverting all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”
FILM Charlie’s Country, The Pavilion | April 20 Co-written and starring David Gulpilil, whom you may remember as King George in Baz Luhrmann’s atmospheric Australia, this film follows an Aboriginal elder as he struggles with his cultural ties in a world dominated by white law. In this film, David does what he does best, he goes walkabout … and wins some awards in the process.
ART Ocular Mantra at The Molesworth Gallery | from April 16 Niall McCormack’s work is evocative of a sense of disquiet and isolation based on the artist’s “personal experience of spending much of his childhood and teen years in residential institutions for deaf children run by the Roman Catholic Church”.
Vincent van Gogh – A new way of seeing is an on-screen exhibition shown in various cinemas across Ireland from April 14. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the painter’s death, and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh’s Museum has commissioned this arresting HD presentation to showcase their unique and unequalled collection, with commentary by world-renowned curators and art historians.
PHOTOGRAPHY Photo Walk, Powerscourt Waterfall | April 11 One for snap-happy nature lovers who wish to enjoy their two greatest hobbies at the same time. Walk the grounds of Powerscourt all the way to the Waterfall and chat about aperture, composition and all other things photography under the guidance of an experienced landscape photographer.
A CULTURAL MIX Spring Awakening, Culture Dublin 1 | April 16 This one-day festival of free cultural events taking in place in Dublin’s most venerated buildings and across several locations in the city centre includes tango lessons, architectural talks and a seminar on how to write your first novel.
ONLINE We still haven’t have enough of the Japanese cherry blossom images in our social media feed, so we’re keen to take it to the next level and enjoy the Floating Flower Garden interactive exhibition videos from Tokyo’s Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. It seems that scientists, not Dutch gardeners, do flowers best: visitors can immerse themselves among 2,300 suspended flowers blooming in a vast white space inside the exhibition. Play this after your evening yoga session.
Also happening this weekend: Ballet Ireland’s National Tour.