Dublin Diary is our pick of the best events on around Dublin each weekend, for those looking for something a little different to the usual night out! Here are this week’s picks:
New music Dublin to return with several new premieres
This weekend sees the return of New Music Dublin after last year’s break, which will feature the Irish premieres of a number of major works across the programme.
Taking place in the National Concert Hall from February 28 to March 3, there will be more than 15 new works by Irish composers introduced over the course of the festival.
These new works include the RTE National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of David Fennessy’s Conquest of the Useless; Jennifer Walshe’s The Site of the Investigation; and new works by Elaine Agnew for the combined young voices of RTE Cor na nOg and RTE Cor Linn with the RTE Contempo Quartet.
Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, the National Concert Hall and RTE, New Music Dublin will also feature the Irish premiere of major works by Kaija Saariaho’s Graal theatre and Louis Andriessen’s Vermeer Pictures, both performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.
For further information, see The National Concert Hall’s website.
DO NOTHING, WATCH FILMS may be a great evening out in town
A new initiative makes its way to the capital this weekend for film buffs, in the form of Do Nothing, Watch Films.
Taking place at Lucky’s on Meath Street on March 3, event organisers say they “celebrate and encourage you to spend the day relaxing watching films; we believe in leisure and those films depicting a leisurely – some might call it slacker – lifestyle”.
Tickets are priced at €5, and are available to buy on the door on the night. For an additional €13, you get a pizza and a pint or a glass of wine, along with your cinema on the side. All films showing on the night are independently produced and have never before screened in Ireland.
Films include Sea to Shining Sea, followed by a Skype Q&A with the filmmakers; Giver Taker Heartbreaker, a lo-fi, surrealist dark comedy; and Ark, a short film about a post-apocalyptic cruise ship.
For further information about Do Nothing, Watch Films, see their Facebook event.
Make vroom for this great big bike show over at the RDS
For anyone who loves motorbikes – this is one for you.
The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show returns to the RDS this weekend, running from March 1 to 3.
Organisers promise that this is more than just a fun event to visit, it’s got the top new 2019 bikes for you to check out, along with a huge selection of clothing, helmets, equipment and lots more to do and see.
As Ireland’s largest motorcycle centre in 2019, the show will be the place to visit to bag what its organisers call “the best ever biking bargains”. Tickets are priced at €20 for adults, €15 for students/OAPs, with free entry for kids under 12.
For further information about the show, as well as to buy tickets, see irishmotorbikeshow.com.