Dublin Event Guide 658: Bloom at Home, Harry Potter Fan Festival, Dublin Dance Festival – Events & suggestions

May 30th, 2020
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

  30 May 2020 – No 658

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Bloom at Home, Harry Potter Fan Festival, Dublin Dance Festival – Events, suggestions and more



Hi all!

The weather is amazing, that either means it is September and the Summer Holidays are over OR we are still semi-locked in due to the Coronavirus. Isn’t it ironic that the weather is often best when we can’t make use of it?

On the other hand, with no commute for many of us and with lunchtimes at home AND with an upcoming bank holiday, many of us have currently MORE opportunities to enjoy the good weather at least on walks or cycles. Just don’t get caught having a picnic in Phoenix Park!! ;-)

This weekend would have been the weekend of the super popular Bloom Festival and the Women’s Mini Marathon and the Dublin Dance Festival and the list goes on. Five months of 2020 are over and I can hardly remember how you spell “events”. But looking at other countries, I am hopeful that the super slow roadmap to lifting restrictions in Ireland will be sped up a bit, so that at least a few aspects of relative “normality” can return soonish.

Some online events seem to be in “wrapping up” mode already, but I did my best to find even better ones for this bank holiday weekend and for the coming week.

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Closer to Freedom Day


An interesting thing is to observe how countries all over the world handle this Covid challenge so differently. Some do it well, others not so much. What do you think? How did the Irish government do? It is easy to be critical afterwards, but I think history will just give them a “so so” mark. They did their best, but was it good enough?

The next time around – if the virus will be back in autumn – there will be less goodwill when judging the performance of governments. So really the planning should start now already and the most important thing is to provide an effective protection of high-risk groups and to keep society and the economy as much operational as possible.

A new big challenge for us and our politicians!



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Here are some free events for you!!


+ Daily Pilates 08:00-08:30 www.facebook.com/quantumflowperformance/
+ Morning Meditation to Kick-Start the Day 09:00-09:20 www.facebook.com/mariamorningmeditation/
+ Rainbow Phil Songs and Stories for kids 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Mindfulness during the Madness – Online Family Event 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/2875922919161461
+ Live Storytime for kids with Wee Bookworms 11:30-12:00 www.facebook.com/events/212447123315441
++ Wizard Con’s Wizards Online Fan Festival – Harry Potter fan festival 12:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/602511643683227/
+ Breathing for Calm – Workshop 12:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/2448685468727807/
+ Graeme Park – Dance Music – 12 Hour Set 12:00-00:00 www.facebook.com/events/882056678961727/
+ Fitness Class by YMCA – Abs & Core 12:00-13:00 www.facebook.com/ymcafitnessdublin
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782
+ Dance Fitness Class with Saor Dance and Fitness 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/852976531887740/
+ Paddy Sherlock’s Mini Concert from Paris 15:00-15:30 www.facebook.com/events/3254402741237652/
+ 1sqm Online Karate Seminar 15:00-16:30 www.facebook.com/events/271311194055717/
+ Enda Reilly – Live 17:00-18:30 www.facebook.com/events/714945502656607/
+ The Trustfall Session – Pittsburgh Irish Festival 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/817654882102415/
+ Dublin Pubs online Virtual tour 19:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/events/3961592403912756/
+ Online Karaoke 19:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/1579618698854522/
+ Jack Lukeman sings 27 Club (Doors, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and more) 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/388058108755426/
+ The Living Room Sessions – Live Acoustic Music with Niall McCarney 20:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/1321072691433394/
+ Guitar Night Live – Ultimate School of Music 20:00-21:00 www.eventbrite.ie/e/106576282530 (Registration required)
+ Ferg Nolan – Live 21:00-23:30 www.facebook.com/events/573319806917791/
+ N.O.C. Band – Live Deckin’ Session 21:30 www.facebook.com/events/2613598292300688/




+ Daily Pilates 08:00-08:30 www.facebook.com/quantumflowperformance/
++ Bloom at Home 11:00-16:00 www.facebook.com/BordBiaBloom/
+ Cinderella live for kids 11:00-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/939905483118383/
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782

+ Songs Of The Summer – Popup Singalong 15:00-15:20 www.facebook.com/events/712400862849964/
+ Paddy Sherlock’s Mini Concert from Paris 15:00-15:30 www.facebook.com/events/3254402741237652/
+ Wizard Con’s Wizards Online Fan Festival – Harry Potter fan festival 16:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/602511643683227/
+ Zar Acoustic Live (80s, 90s, grunge, pop, rock) 18:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/2581933795428438
+ Anchor Within – Reiki Distance Healing & Meditation 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/244431306823415/ (Registration via the ticket link required)
+ Talkatives – Poetry Slam with 5 Rappers and 5 Poets www.thelockinn.io/event-details/talkatives (Registration required)
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass 19:30-20:30 www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/
+ Guto Piazza – Live 20:00 www.facebook.com/events/287720065727860/
+ Disney Fan Quiz 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/events/859877414506145/
+ Tuatha Dea’s Virtual Smoky Mountain Pub Crawl at The Rampant Lion Scottish Pub in Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Live music 00:00-02:00 www.facebook.com/events/3126772417389027/
+ At Home With the Auditorium (Chicago): The People’s Performance 00:00-01:00 www.facebook.com/events/530870674249246/


Next Week

+ Morning Meditation to Kick-Start the Day- Mon-Sat 09:00-09:20 www.facebook.com/mariamorningmeditation/
+ Storytime for kids Mon-Fri 11:00 www.facebook.com/pg/leafhertford/events/
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys – every day 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782/
+ Paddy Sherlock’s Mini Concert from Paris – every day 15:00-15:30 www.facebook.com/events/3254402741237652/
+ Supernature’s Super Fest with talks, classes and fitness sessions every day at www.instagram.com/supernature_snacks (More details see at 2) in the section below.)

+ Monday Morning Mindfulness Mon 01 Jun 08:30-09:00 www.facebook.com/events/729947907543382/
++ Disney Singalong Mon 01 Jun 11:00 www.facebook.com/events/876687706173230/ (postponed from Friday to Monday)
+ Zumba with Thomas Creighton Mon 01 Jun 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/225717865427859/
+ Out Of Your Mind – Morning Meditation Workshop Tue 02 Jun 10:30-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/173370103964935
++ Kids Science: Coronavirus Tue 02 Jun 12:00-12:40 www.tcd.ie/news_events/events/?eventid=144863011 (Registration required)
++ Human Rights and Democracy after COVID-19 – Discussion Tue 02 Jun 13:00-14:15 www.eventbrite.ie/e/106217601706 (Registration required)
+ Ruby Sessions at Home Tue 02 Jun 20:30-23:00 www.facebook.com/events/2411359412411716
+  Digital marketing strategy – Google Webinar Wed 03 Jun 11:00-12:00 learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage-ie/f2f
+ Legal Responses to Covid-19: Personal freedom in a time of emergency – Inspiring Ideas @ Trinity 16:00-17:00 Wed 03 Jun www.tcd.ie/news_events/events/?eventid=144863011
+ Instagram Close Reading Workshop: Heaney and Writing – National Library Wed 03 June 13:00 www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
+ World War I: Exploring the Irish Experience – Online Exhibition Tour Thur 04 June 11:00 www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
+ Facebook Groups to Connect with your Audience – Facebook Webinar Thu 04 Jun 12:00-13:00 www.facebook.com/events/4257613960915721/
+ Full Moon Meditation on Hill of Tara – Online Fri 05 Jun 19:00 www.facebook.com/events/707584180014286/
+ Friday Night with Mikey Smyth – Online Gig for a charity Fri 05 Jun 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37
+ Paul Noonan (Bell X1) Live – National Concert Hall Livestream Fri 05 Jun 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/544062193162870/
+ Let’s talk about ‘Weather’ – Friends of the Earth event Fri 05 Jun 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/632158000705727/ (Registration required)



What can I do while waiting for Freedom Day?

Here are some suggestions for activities while waiting:
1) Virtual Tour of the week
This week I will bring you to the amazing Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, USA. You just have to see it: naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/2) Super Fest by Supernature Snacks
Irish Chocolate Snack company Supernature is celebrating their first birthday with a feel good festival throughout next week on their Instagram channel at www.instagram.com/supernature_snacks
Every day from Monday (01 June) until Sunday (07 June) they will run a free event and the events are
+ Mon 01 June 12:00: Noele McEvoy from Supernature tells the Supernature story, shares 3-ingredient recipes and will do a Q&A.
+ Tue 02 June 09:00: Yoga teacher Molly McKeever teaches how to do a headstand
+ Wed 03 June 09:30: Orla Hopkins will run a live fitness session for the whole family
+ Thu 04 June 12:00: The Queen of Health talks about her #funky5 healthy breakfast formula
+ Fri 05 June 19:00: Daniel Olayoe will run a fitness session before discussing life as a professional footballer and showing some skills.
+ Sat 06 June 15:00: Lauren Alice Knott will show you how to make Supernature’s peanut butter cup brownies
+ Sun 07 June 12:00: Peachy Palate will teach how to take the perfect foodie Instagram pic.
More details will be available on www.facebook.com/supernaturesnacks/
There will also be prizes to be won every day!
The Supernature Snacks are Peanut Buttercups, Raspberry Chocolate Raisins, Hazelnut Clusters and Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts and you can find all details on supernature.com
I was so lucky to get some tasty treats from Supernature and the creation of this Dublin Event Guide was very positively impacted by it. ;-) Super Tasty!!!!

3)  Festivals in Dublin

Abbey Theatre Online Screening: Cyprus Avenue is a play that runs until 31 May in the “virtual” Abbey Theatre. You can watch the performance on the Abbey’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and more information can be found here www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/cyprus-avenue/

The International Literature Festival is this year an online event and you can find all the chats/talks/discussions at soundcloud.com/ilfdublin/tracks

“Keepers of The Port”, the documentary film by Moira Sweeney about people working at Dublin Port will be available online until 05 June. Watch it at gturl.eu/DublinPort

The Dublin Dance Festival will run a Digital Capsule from 29 May – 07 June, a dedicated space to share dance with the artists, audiences, friends and supporters of the Dance Festival. There will be daily free events. Check out www.dublindancefestival.ie/news/article/save-the-date-ddf-digital-capsule-29-may-7-june or www.facebook.com/DublinDanceFestival/4) Online Courses
Udemy courses are still expensive this week, so my recommendation is to only browse, but not to buy. I will let you know when the prices will have dropped again. Check courses and put them on your wishlist here: shor.by/GqCk

Trinity College Dublin is providing the course “An Introduction to Radiation Oncology: From Diagnosis to Survivorship” so that you can learn about how radiation therapy is used to treat cancer including current treatments and exciting innovations on the horizon.
Admission is free and you can join the course from 01 June at www.futurelearn.com/courses/radiation-therapy

5) Books
Check our the app “Story Shots” for all book summaries. The basic version is free.
To buy your eBooks (or paper books) I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free (and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide): www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg

And my book recommendations this week are here
+ The first one is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It is a magical fable that has changed many people’s life. An inspirational book that should definitely be on our reading list. (www.bookdepository.com/book/9780007155668/?a_aid=dubevg)
+ The second book is the first book in my weekly book recommendations that I haven’t read yet, but have on my list to read as soon as possible. It is called “Never Split the Difference : Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It” by Chris Voss. Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator teaches us how to effectively negotiate in ANY situation.  (www.bookdepository.com/book/9781847941497/?a_aid=dubevg)

And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week. Stay sane and safe and smile, laugh and stay in contact with your friends!Take care,



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