Dublin Event Guide 759: The Weekend is buzzing! – National Drawing Day, Pedalpalooza, Bike Week Family Fun Day, Dublin Comic Arts Festival, May Music Day

May 21st, 2022

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

The Weekend is buzzing!

National Drawing Day, Pedalpalooza, Bike Week Family Fun Day, Dublin Comic Arts Festival, May Music Day

Hi all!

You might remember that I mentioned last week that I was away and that I would be back for the next Dublin Event Guide? Yes, that was the plan!

But the plan got changed when the German Railway company threw three (!!) technical faults my way all on the same day and on my trip to the airport. I caused train cancellations and massive train delays.

The result was that … I missed my flight. Arghhh! And now I am still in Germany. Yay! ;-)

28 degrees, amazing weather, a nephew and a niece who screamed for joy when they heard that I had missed my flight and was coming back, parents that I hadn’t seen for 2.5 years…there were MANY reasons why “being stuck” here is not the worst scenario. Unplanned, but it could be a LOT worse. :-)

Does it affect you? I could pretend that it doesn’t, but it will affect you a little! Because I am still on (extended) holidays, this week’s edition will again be a tiny bit thinner. I will include all the events I can find where I know that they will be popular, but some of the “niche-ier” things I will leave out. I hope that’s ok.

I don’t think I will be able to extend my stay away any longer, so next week I will definitely be back in Dublin! (The train is booked for 2 whole hours earlier than what should normally be enough.) ;-)

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“EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” (www.epicchq.com) are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

+++ Pirate Pop-up – Family Activity Day
Sat 21 May 10:00-17:00 – EPIC, chq Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1 – Adm: Included with ticket entry Avast me hearties and visit EPIC for this day of pirate themed hijinks! Don yer best robes and visit our pirate museum pop-up, where you’ll get hands-on with history by discerning some pirate facts from fiction, and designing yer very own pirate myth. Will ye be able to foretell the weather, just like Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate queen? Or will yer fearsome bloodthirsty plundering be known far and wide, like pirate of the Caribbean Anne Bonny? Finally, design yer own ‘Wanted’ poster and take a picture in our Notorious Irish wall of fame! This pop-up event takes place within our Achieving Infamy gallery from 10:00 to 17:00. Activities are suitable for children 12 years and below. epicchq.com/event/pirate-pop-up-family-activity-day/

+++ Tinier Tots: Mertots – Family Event
Sat 21 May 2022 – 11:00-11:45 – EPIC, chq Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1 – Adm: EUR 15 (1 adult + 1 child)
Join the new monthly Tinier Tots class, suitable for ages 3 and under. This month, meet infamous Irish pirate queen Anne Bonny and adventure across the seven seas in this sensory exploration session. We’ll create sea pictures using tiny hands and feet which you can take away with you to frame; explore the feeling of shells, sea and sand; and sing songs and tell tales about sailors, pirates and mermaids. All materials provided. epicchq.com/event/tinier-tots-mertots/ (Booking required)

+++ Tiny Tots: Anne Bonny’s Pirate Adventure Family Event
Sat 21 May 2022 – 10:00-10:45 – EPIC, chq Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1 – Adm: EUR 15 (1 adult + 1 child)
Join us for our monthly Tiny Tots, where you’ll meet infamous Irish pirate queen Anne Bonny and adventure across the seven seas in this original interactive storytelling session suitable for ages 3 – 6 years old. You and your tot will sing songs, draw pictures and meet a whole host of characters including the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship, victorious Vikings, the nautical navy and a singing submarine. Can you and your tot find the hidden treasure and evade capture by the British Navy? All materials provided. epicchq.com/event/tiny-tots-anne-bonnys-pirate-adventure/ (Booking required)

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 21 May

+++ National Drawing Day www.nationalgallery.ie/explore-and-learn/drawing-day-2022

+ Car Boot Sales Tallaght 06:00-12:00 Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 www.facebook.com/irishcarboot
+ Dublin Open Bike Polo Tournament 2022 – 09:00-18:00 Eamonn Ceantt Park, Crumlin, Dublin 12 bikepolo.ie/
+ Supernatural Food Market – Food & Farmer’s Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thesupernaturalfoodmarket
+ Airfield Estate Farmers’ Market 09:00-14:30 Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14 (lower car park) www.airfield.ie/farmers-market-at-airfield-estate
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ Sketching Tour – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 10:00-10:45 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/sketching-tour
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market 10:00-14:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/Glasnevin-Indoor-Market-107579840635438
+ Bushy Park Market – 30 stalls with hot food, artisan produce, crafters and makers 10:00-16:00 Bushy Park, Rathdown Avenue, Terenure, Dublin 6W www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket
+ The Birds of Merrion Square – Nature Walk & Talk – Biodiversity Week 10:30-12:30 Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.com/e/338087347357
+ ‘Diversity of Africa’ Day – Music, Food, Arts 11:00-14:00 Belvedere Youth Club, 41 Buckingham Street Lower, Dublin 1 africaday.ie/locations/dublin/
+ Harold’s Cross Festival 11:00-17:00 Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W Full schedule on www.haroldscross.org/
+ Artists in Action – Observe artists drawing – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 11:00-15:00 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/artists-action
+ Dublin Comic Arts Festival (21+22 May) 11:00-16:00 Richmond Barracks, St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8 www.dublincomicarts.ie/programme/
+ Life Drawing Session for Adults – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 11:00-12:30 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/life-drawing-session-adults
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
++ May Music Day – SEVEN back to back concerts – dlr Lexicon & Music Network 12:00-19:00 dlr LexIcon, Queen’s Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.musicnetwork.ie/whats-on/may-music-day-a-series-of-free-concerts (Booking required for SOME concerts)
+ Sketching Tour for Families – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 12:00-12:45 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/sketching-tour-families
+ Drawing with Crayons for 6-11 year olds plus guardian – Chester Beatty Museum – National Drawing Day 12:00 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/silk-worm-club-for-families-insects/ (Booking required)
+ National Print Museum National Drawing Day Events 12:00-16:00 National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/national-drawing-day-2
+ Art TV – with Green-Screen Technology – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 12:30-15:30 National Gallery (Millenium Wing Studio), Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/art-tv
+ Dublin Docklands Songwriting Workshops – Community Songwriting Project Telling The Story Of Dublin’s Docklands Through Song – on 07/14/21/28 May (come to one or many) 12:30 Liffey Trust Studios, 117-126 Sheriff Street Upper, Dublin 1 www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-docklands-songwriting-workshops-tickets-328084789437
+ Gallery Tour: National Gallery 12:30-13:15 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

+ Naturally Wild children’s event in Bridgefoot Street Park – Nature Walk – Biodiversity Week 13:00-14:00 Bridgefoot Street Park, 11 Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8 www.eventbrite.com/e/338076264207
+ Drawing from Nature: Outdoor Drawing Session – Workshop – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 13:30-14:30 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/drawing-nature-outdoor-drawing-session
+ Sketching Tour – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 14:00-14:45 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/sketching-tour-0
+ A Gallery of Wonderful Things – International Literature Festival Dublin Family Drawing Session – Workshop – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 14:00-15:30 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/international-literature-festival-dublin-gallery-wonderful-things
+ Children’s Trail of ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ (Age: 5-10) – National Library 14:00 Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entrance via Westmoreland Street), Dublin 2 www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
+ Super Paua Multilingual Workshops for Families (Age: 8-12) – Multilingual Storytelling in English and your own language – Axis Ballymun 14:00-16:00 Axis Ballymun, Main Road, Balllymun, Dublin 9 axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173626411
+ Creative Lab for Teens: Drawing in Motion (Age 12-17) – National Drawing Day 14:00 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/creative-lab-for-teens-drawing-in-motion/ (Booking required)
+ Public Tour – Chester Beatty Museum 14:00 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/free-public-tours/ (Booking required)
+ Gallery Tour: National Gallery 14:30-15:15 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on
+ The Dead Hands of Dublin – Film Screening and Conversation – National Gallery – National Drawing Day 14:30-15:30 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/dead-hands-dublin-film-screening-and-conversation
+ Make Your Own Swift Bird Breeding Box – Parent & Child Workshop – The Rediscovery Centre – Biodiversity Week 14:30-16:00 The Rediscovery Centre, The Boilerhouse, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9 www.eventbrite.ie/e/333465733987 (Booking required)
+ Melanie Whelan’s Comic-Unity Games – Adults’ Comics Workshop – Comic Book Festival – Alliance Française Dublin & Illustrators Ireland 15:00 Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 web.alliance-francaise.ie/bd/ (Booking required)
+ Illustrated Lecture on Ireland’s Bogs, Wetlands & Eskers – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 15:00-16:00 Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin 8 phoenixpark.ie/event/illustrated-lecture-on-irelands-bogs-wetlands-eskers-by-tina-claffey/?instance_id=4192
+ A Taste of Africa – with Music, Singing, Food and Fashion Show – Africa Day event 18:00-21:00 Jobstown Community Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 africaday.ie/locations/south-dublin/
+ International Folk Session at Hartigan’s 18:00-23:00 Hartigan’s, 100 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/InternationalBalladGroup
+ Ledz Presence (Tribute to Led Zeppelin) – Gig 20:00-02:00 Fibber Magees, 80-81 Parnell St, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/974933306771718
+ Ros Stewart Tribute – Wild Duck Dublin 21:30 Wild Duck, 17 Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/wildduckdublin/
+ Soul Power – Soul & Funk Gig 22:30 Tolka House Pub, 9a Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 www.facebook.com/TolkaHousePubOfficial
+ Fish in the Sky – Gig – Whelan’s 23:30 Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2 www.whelanslive.com/event/midnight-hour-w-fish-in-the-sky/ (Adm free before 22:30)

Sunday 22 May

+ Car Boot Sale Ballymun 08:00-13:00 Ballymun Comprehensive School, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9 www.facebook.com/irishcarboot
+ Dublin Open Bike Polo Tournament 2022 – 09:00-18:00 Eamonn Ceantt Park, Crumlin, Dublin 12 bikepolo.ie/
+ parkHIIT Phoenix Park – Resistance Training 10:00-10:30 DASH Container Cafe, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, D07 V663 Dublin 7 www.eventbrite.ie/e/parkhiit-phoenix-park-tickets-341164802107 (Booking required)
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market 10:00-16:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/Glasnevin-Indoor-Market-107579840635438
+ Dublin Comic Arts Festival (21+22 May) 11:00-16:00 Richmond Barracks, St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8 www.dublincomicarts.ie/programme/
+ Kids’ Drop by Activities @ National Botanic Gardens – Gardening activities for kids aged 4 and older 11:00/11:30/15:30/16:00 Natioal Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 botanicgardens.ie/calendar/
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ St. Catherine’s Park Urban Market 11:00-17:00 St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/St.CatherinesParkUrbanMarket
++ Pedalpalooza – family-friendly bike festival – bicycle obstacles course, children’s story telling, e-bike and cargo bike trials, cycle tours, children’s games, bike maintenance and much more – Bike Week 12:00-16:00 Fairview Park, Dublin 3 www.loveclontarf.ie/news/bike-week-2022-pedalpalooza/
++ Bike Week Family Fun Day – Film Screenings, Games, Exercise Classes, Food stalls – Malahide Castle 12:00-17:00 Malahide Castle Front Lawn, Malahide Demesne, Malahide, Co. Dublin www.fingal.ie/activetravel/bikeweek/bike-week-family-fun-day-2022
+ Harold’s Cross Festival 12:00-17:00 Harold’s Cross Park, Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W Full schedule on www.haroldscross.org/
++ Fingal Pride – part of Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride – Music Stage + Family Stage, Market & Food stands 12:00-18:00 Swords Castle, Bridge Street, Swords, Co. Dublin fingalpride.ie/events
+ Adamstown Lucan Africa Day Festival 12:00-17:00 Adamstown Youth and Community Centre, Station Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin africaday.ie/locations/south-dublin/
+ Family Tour – National Gallery 12:30-13:15 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/family-tour

+ Sunday Fun Days – Science Show at the Square Tallaght 13:00-14:00 The Square Tallaght, Belgard Sq, Tallaght, Dublin 24 www.facebook.com/events/1228291761040163
+ Art and Cultural Diplomacy: The Irish in Paris 1922 – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery 13:00-14:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 www.eventbrite.ie/e/239188538357 (Booking required)
+ Traditional Singing Session 13:00-16:00 Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin www.tseac.ie/event/traditional-singing-session-may/ (Booking required)
+ Gallery Tour: National Gallery 13:30-14:15 + 14:30-15:15 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on
+ Public Tour – Chester Beatty Museum 14:00 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/free-public-tours/ (Booking required)
+ Sunday Sketching: “Corot and Constable: Depictions of Light and Shadow” – Family Workshop (Age 6-12) – Hugh Lane Gallery 15:00-16:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/3587-sunday-sketchingg-22-may-2022
+ Traditional Irish Music Slow Session – with Paudie O’Connor 20:00 In-Person and Online – Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin www.tseac.ie/event/traditional-irish-music-slow-session-may-2022/ (Booking required)
+ The Comedy Crunch – Comedy with Colm O’Reegan, Laura Byrne, Aidan Greene & more 21:00-22:45 Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thecomedycrunch
+ Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig – Whelan’s Front Bar 22:30 Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2 www.whelanslive.com/event/dublin-blues-cartel/ (Adm free before 22:30)

And the free events for next week….

Monday 23 May

+ Healthy Workplace Seminar 10:30-13:00 Department of Health, Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Lower Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.ie/e/healthy-workplace-seminar-tickets-328638676127 (Booking required)

Tuesday 24 May

+ Researching your Family History in the North of Ireland by National Archives of Ireland – Dublin City Culture Club 11:00 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873634516 (Booking required)
+ The National Library of Ireland: History & Heritage – Talk 13:00 Online nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173616350 (Booking required)
+ Curiouser and Curiouser: The Great Children’s Book Panel Quiz Show – Trinity Long Room Hub & Arts and Humanities Research Institute 17:30-19:00 Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellow Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.ie/e/321346003547 (Booking required)
+ Ukulele Tuesday – Weekly Ukulele Meetup 20:00 Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday/

Wednesday 25 May

+ Ireland 2030: The Role of the State – Panel Discussion 09:30-13:00 Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 www.ria.ie/ireland-2030 (Booking required)
+ Meet a Geologist in person – Q&A with a Geologist at the National Museum 10:00-17:00 National Museum Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/2022/052022/Meet-a-Geologist-in-person-(7)
+ Guided Tour at Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge 14:30 National War Memorial Gardens, off South Circular Road, Dublin 8 (Meeting point is inside the main gates) phoenixpark.ie/event/irish-national-war-memorial-gardens-islandbridge-free-wednesday-guided-tours/?instance_id=4189
+ Cinemates: The Incredibles – Film Screening – Axis Ballymun 15:30-17:30 Axis Ballymun, Main Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9 axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173626398 (Booking required)
+ Public Tour – Chester Beatty Museum 17:30 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/free-public-tours/ (Booking required)
+ Virtuosity: Muhammad Zaman and Imperial Access – Talk – Chester Beatty Museum 18:00 Online and in-person at the Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/onsite-and-online-talk-virtuosity-muhammad-zaman-and-imperial-access/ (Booking required)
+ Women, Work, and Writing: A conversation with Caitriona Lally – School of English & Trinity Long Room Hub 17:00-18:00 Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellow Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.ie/e/341790864677 (Booking required)
+ Connecting a Nation: a history of telecommunications in Ireland – Talk – Pearse Street Library 18:00-19:30 Pearse Street Library, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.com/e/335443198637 (Booking required)

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 26 May

+ Meet a Geologist in person – Q&A with a Geologist at the National Museum 10:00-17:00 National Museum Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/2022/052022/Meet-a-Geologist-in-person-(8)
+ Good vibrations: Music for all – Workshops on 12+19+26 May – Culture Connects at Richmond Barracks 11:00 Richmond Barracks richmondbarracks.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173624405 (Booking required. You can come to one or all workshops.)
+ Guided Tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery 11:00 Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7 (Meeting point is inside the cemetery gates) phoenixpark.ie/event/arbour-hill-cemetery-free-friday-guided-tours/?instance_id=4188
+ Bealtaine Film Screening: Military Wives – Axis Ballymun 14:00 Axis Ballymun, Main Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9 axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173626220 (Booking required)
+ Art and Critical Ecological Practice – Talk – NCAD & The Digital Hub Turning Ground Talks Series 17:30-19:00 NCAD, 100 Thomas St., Dublin 8 ncadinpublic.ie/public-programmes/ncad-digital-hub-turning-ground
+ Tuberculosis: the persistent global scourge of humanity – Academic Discourse – Royal Irish Academy 18:00 Online www.ria.ie/academy-discourse-tuberculosis-persistent-global-scourge-humanity (Booking required)
+ Conservation Conversation – Discussion about conservation of historical documents – Trinity Long Room Hub 19:00-20:15 Online www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=159758723 (Booking required)
+ Crash & Burn Comedy – Hysteria Comedy Club – Sin E 20:00-22:00 Sin E, 15 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 www.eventbrite.ie/e/269577001067 (Booking required)
+ Ma Thursdays Open Mic – Mother Reilly’s Bar 21:00-23:30 Mother Reilly’s Bar & Restaurant, 26 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 www.facebook.com/mathursdaysopenmi

Friday 27 May

+ Meet a Geologist in person – Q&A with a Geologist at the National Museum 10:00-17:00 National Museum Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/2022/052022/Meet-a-Geologist-in-person-(9)
+ Front Page News – A lighthearted look at the RTE Guide – Talk – National Library 14:30 Online nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173625278 (Booking required)
+ Colmcille: Sacred objects of a Saint – 1500 years of devotion – Bealtaine Festival Tour – National Museum 14:30–15:30 National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 www.eventbrite.ie/e/320595207897 (Booking required)
+ Guided Tour of Arbour Hill Cemetery 14:30 Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 (Meeting point is inside the cemetery gates) phoenixpark.ie/event/arbour-hill-cemetery-free-friday-guided-tours/?instance_id=4188

And there is more…

+++ National Drawing Day
On Saturday 21 May, the National Drawing Day 2022 will happen. It is a day of…you guessed it… DRAWING! And lots of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over Ireland are inviting to events that will encourage you to get drawing. I am predicting that next week’s Dublin Event Guide might arrive a little too late next Saturday morning to allow you a good planning of the day, therefore I suggest that you check the list of participating venues at www.nationalgallery.ie/explore-and-learn/drawing-day-2022 to find the place where maybe a suitable event for you will be run.

+++ AFRICA DAY 2022
Africa Day is celebrated on 25 May ever year and in the past there were great festivals in the Gardens of Dublin Castle in some years and later at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park. Then Africa Day was cancelled for two years and this year there are meager attempts to bring it back. The Irish Africa Day website africaday.ie makes the bold claim that “This year will see Ireland’s largest-ever Africa Day programme…” but either that is totally incorrect or it is just that Dublin City is performing exceptionally poorly.

The Africa Day event in Dublin is in Belvedere Youth Club this Saturday (21 May) from 11:00-14:00. africaday.ie/locations/dublin/ South Dublin is doing better with seven events and you will find them here africaday.ie/locations/south-dublin/

There is also an African Film Festival from 23-26 May and all details are here africaday.ie/africa-day-film-festival-what-you-can-expect/ Four films will be screened. Tickets are free, but booking is required.

+++ LEARN A NEW SKILL WITH ONLINE COURSES – SPECIAL OFFER
Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
Until 25 May, a LOT of courses are available for just EUR 9.99. That is the lowest price ever!! So if zou ever wanted to buy, this weekend is the best time for it! Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

+++ International Literature Festival Dublin
The International Literature Festival Dublin takes place from 19-29 May and for the first time, the main Festival site will be Merrion Square Park. There are also some additional events in other venues (e.g. Oscar Wilde House, National Gallery, Irish Architectural Archive and the Trinity Long Room Hub) all in the neighbourhood of Merrion Square. In Merrion Square, five tents will be the locations for all the events. The organisers tell us that in addition to the non-free events, “We also cater for a limited number of free drop-in events.”, but I wasn’t able to find these free events easily and in the end gave up. Hopefully you have more luck! The full programme can be found here ilfdublin.com/whats-on/festival/

+++ National Biodiversity Week 2022
From 13-22 May, National Diversity Week will take place and ALL events are free! A lot of events take place outside of Dublin, though. If you want to check out all events, follow this link biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/
But if you are only interested in the events in Dublin, then the following link will show you the 10 events in Dublin biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/tag_ids~37/
One of the usually most “in-demand” events is the Bat Walk. It will take place on Fri 20 May at the National Botanic Gardens and is organised by the Irish Wildlife Trust and if you are interested you should book your place quickly at www.eventbrite.ie/e/330647775397

+++ Bealtaine Festival
Every May, the Bealtaine Festival takes place. Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which “celebrates the arts and creativity as we age” and is run by Age & Opportunity. This is a oddly cumbersome description, but it expresses the difficult balance act between what the Bealtaine Festival essentially once was, a festival for old people, and what it wants to be, an inclusive festival for everyone who is older than around 50 without calling them old yet. A difficult balance act. And the saying “if you want to be something for everyone, you will be nothing for anybody” comes to mind. If you asked me, I would describe the Bealtaine Festival as a cultural festival for older people who otherwise don’t get much involved in events and culture and it has a REALLY important function in that role. It makes getting out and meeting others more accessible for many people. It is just a pity that it is limited to one month per year. There is a large number of events and you will find them all at bealtaine.ie/events-2022/ but this year the Bealtaine festival seems to be much smaller than in previous years. If you want to limit your search to events in Dublin City, you can use this link bealtaine.ie/bealtaine-event/?_sft_event_county=dublin-dublin-city and find 52 events. Many of them are free events, so have a look! A few of the free events will be in the listings above over the next 4 weeks, but only a few. ) Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 23 May.

+++ Low Priced Books with free delivery
Book Depository is the place where you can buy low priced books, usually for better prices than on Amazon and Book Depository always delivers for free. And by buying books from Book Depository you will also help the Dublin Event Guide for no additional cost to you. Use this link: shor.by/BookDepository
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And this is it for another week! Have a great weekend and good new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (dublineventguide@gmail.com)