Culture Guide: 20–30 April

Published on: THE DAILY GLOSS

NMI_Decorative-Arts&History_01ART | METHOD & FORM, April 25 In collaboration with the Dublin Decorative and Fine Arts Society, the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks will host an afternoon of talks exploring how past and present come together in contemporary Irish applied arts. The event will take place in the magnificent The Palatine Room and the programme includes an overview of historical decorative arts and techniques in the National Museum’s collections, with particular reference to ceramics and glass, and a talk by Jennifer Goff, Curator of Furniture & the Eileen Gray Collection, on the techniques involved in the work of Eileen Gray, and how she has influenced contemporary furniture and product design. Finally, Susan Zelouf (whom you may know from the pages of our monthly magazine) and Michael Bell of ZELOUF + BELL will talk about the inspiration behind the use of traditional decorative techniques in their handcrafted award-winning furniture. dubdecandfine.ie, museum.ie, zeloufandbell.com 

LITERATURE | The Franco-Irish Literary Festival, April 25–26 Now in its 15th year, the festival has become a Dublin 510263_257061_crimefictioninstitution among the francophone community of Ireland. The theme of the festival is “Usual Suspects” and it features an impressive panel, which includes John Banville, Sinéad Crowley and Brendan McLoughlin. The keynote speaker is a superstar of Gallic crime fiction, Jean-Bernard Pouy, and, this year, the festival includes a special pre-festival event, a free screening of the documentary Balade Irlandaise (2014) directed by François Busnel. francoirishliteraryfestival.com

FILM | Greek Film Festival, April 23–26  Taking in place in Dublin, it will include feature-length features, short films and documentaries along with special events, such as a Greek dance workshop, in various cultural venues across the capital. We’re looking forward to Wild Duck. Tickets are on sale at: greekfilmfestival.ieside by side

DESIGN | SIDE BY SIDE, until April 28 An exhibition curated by Christina Jansen, and part of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2015-2016, it showcase the latest work of best makers in Irish contemporary craft. It runs until April 28 at The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. nationalcraftgallery.ie

MUSIC | MADAMA BUTTERFLY, April 22–26 The Moscow State Opera will be back in Dublin later this month with Ireland’s best-known international soprano, Celine Byrne, and a star soloist from The Bolshoi Opera, Anna Nechaeva. This will be a traditional, production of the century-old opera is sung in Italian and English, with surtitles and is conducted by Alevtina Loffe, Chief Conductor of The Moscow State Music Theatre. Watch opening scenes from the Russian premiere below. bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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