Things to do this November 2015 in Dublin
It’s November so apparently we can officially talk about Christmas but I’ll try refrain until next month. Yes it is already a week into the month so the idea of a what’s on post may seem a tad late as I’ve missed telling you about what you could have experienced this week. Things like ‘Bring your own Stories‘ at the Mart in Rathmines that is happening now as I type featuring lots of talent including Stephen James Smith … oh and on that note, you must have seen this by now and if not then sit back and enjoy it … Dublin You Are #Dublin2020
It’s wet, it’s grey, yet there have been some gorgeously picturesque misty mornings and memorable red skied sunsets … but that’s Ireland from you. Drenching you to the bone but warming you from the inside as it melts your heart.
There are lots events and things to do this November, family fun and adult only, whichever suits you best. Here are my top picks but please leave a comment if you know of an event that should be mentioned.
Metropolis ‘Mother City’ Festival
Location: The RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Date: Saturday November 6th and Sunday 7th
Tickets: Weekend Tickets are SOLD OUT but there are still Daily Tickets available for €79.50
“Metropolis Festival is a brand new indoor winter music festival taking place in Dublin’s RDS on 7/8 November. The festival, which features 8 different arenas, will play host to some incredible DJs and live music from some of the world’s leading artists. There will also be Conversations (a series of panels and talks) which will be hosted in The Library and The Concert Hall spaces within the RDS … Metropolis will also have some amazing art installations and creative spaces to explore, including a stage made by Bristol’s finest Arcadia, replete with moving parts and pyrotechnics, and visuals by Algorithym, just back from hosting a stage at Bestival on the Isle Of White. In conjunction with Dublin’s favourite art-house cinema, Light House, Metropolis will be screening 2 films – 24 Hour Party People and its namesake, Metropolis on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The festival runs from 12:00 – 00:00 on Saturday and 12:00 – 23:30 on Sunday.”
For information on who’ll be performing, have a read of my blog post here.
Date: Sunday November 8th
Location: The Dublin Food Co-Op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
“Fusion Sundays is a world culture market hosted at the Dublin Food Co-op. Focusing on the ethnic diversity in Ireland, with stalls from around the world, selling a range of handmade goods, arts and crafts, recycled products, jewellery, clothes and food. We will also run various workshops, have live music, dance and activities for children. The Market takes place every second Sunday of the month, from 11am to 5pm.
“Fusion Sundays aims to provide a space for people from different ethnic backgrounds to share their cultural diversity and integrate into a wider community.”
Henry & Grafton Street Christmas Lights Switch On
Date & Location : Henry Street – Thursday November 12th at 5pm
Grafton Street – Sunday November 15th at 4pm
I Believe Christmas Village
Date: November 26th – December 23rd
Location: Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Well I only said I’d try and refrain from mentioning Christmas … it can’t be helped and the bah humbug in me is practically non existent now that I’m a mother (this will be Smith’s first Christmas).
Christmas Lights: Special Guests will switch the lights on and there will be family entertainment too. Get those wooly jumpers ready!
Christmas Village: “With a focus on supporting Irish businesses, traders, craftspeople, producers and charities, I BELIEVE™ will run for 28 days in the lead-up to Christmas from Thursday, 26th November until Wednesday, 23rd December … I BELIEVE™ has carefully curated a selection of the nation’s leading food, drink, craft and horticulture producers that will trade in a festive village advocating exceptional quality and locally sourced products. National and international visitors can discover or rediscover unforgettable flavours and aromas and find high quality, one-off gifts from individual traders or seasonal pop-up shops, including Bord Bia and Kilkenny Shop.”
View – Temple Bar Art and Politics Weekend
Date: Thursday November 19th – Sunday 22nd
Tickets: From free but booking required
“The Temple Bar Company will run Dublin’s first festival of Arts & Politics Festival from November 19th to 21 marking the 25th anniversary of the redevelopment. Micheál Martin, John Bowman, Frank McDonald, Lucinda Creighton, Mary O’Rourke, Catherine Murphy and Eamon Ryan are among a host of politicians and political thinkers of every stripe who will be participating in the weekend’s events. They will find themselves in unusual company as, artists, film makers and designers will all form part of a unique celebration.
Arts Events include: Temple Bar Galley of Photography – Charles J. Haughey: Power, Politics and Public Image. HALFTONE, Dublin’s Print Fair at The Library Project and Black Church Print Studios. Far Cry Productions – Somebody’s Child – on West Essex Street in full public view and will be inaugurated on the weekend of the Politics/Art event. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios – Dublin Art Book Fair. The Ark – DESIGN IT (tickets are €11). THE ICON WALK TOUR 12pm 20th, 21st, 22nd – guided tour from outside The Icon Factory. Irish Shorts @ IFI presents Borders a programme of films exploring the politics of boundaries.
Ib Jorgensen – A Fashion Retrospective
Date: May 28th 2015 – 2016
Location: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
“From the 1950s to the 1990s, Danish born Ib Jorgensen was one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers, attracting a clientele from amongst the wealthiest and stylish women in the country. A graduate of Dublin’s Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, Ib was only twenty-two years old when he set up his own salon and his name was to become synonymous with elegant, glamorous clothing. He displayed a relentless attention to detail in his work, and the hallmarks of his classic clothing were fine tailoring and perfect finishing.
The exhibition looks back at Ib’s long career, displaying a selection of some forty garments including day, cocktail and evening wear from across three and a half decades, supplemented with original fashion photography and illustrations.”