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May City Events in Dublin

The big draw in Dublin this month is the amazing City Soul Festival which brings a vast variety of soul music to the streets. It’s not all soul music though, the city, as always, is bursting with things to do this month:

1. Dublin City Soul Festival 2013 at Merrion Square Gardens – 23rd – 26th May

Although the main event is the music in Merrion Square Park, there will also be events popping up all over the city. The Soul Picnic is one of the best; snack on some delicious food from local vendors and listen to some truly awesome music in a relaxed atmosphere at the Merrion Park. For more musical treats try the Love the City Music Trail. Many venues in the city will be hosting live gigs and with everything from traditional Irish tunes, to DJ music and hard rock, you are sure to find something to make your toes tap. Often the venues are restaurants or cafes and you can enjoy a free concert over lunch or dinner. We’ll see you there!

2. Analysing Cubism at Irish Museum of Modern Art – until 19th May

This is a chance to see some of the most important Irish art of the last century. Analysing Cubism aims to bring together master works from some of Ireland’s most renowned artists and show their differing viewpoints on the Cubism movement. You can see paintings from Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett, two Irish artists who worked with André Lhote in Paris and subsequently the French artist, Albert Gleizes. These two ladies had a huge influence on Irish abstract painting. Also featured are some seminal works from Picasso, Braque and Gris which should not be missed.

3. Camden Crawl Dublin 2013, city wide – 3rd – 5th May

OK so it sounds like a giant pub crawl, but in fact the Camden Crawl is a music festival. With more than 150 gigs at venues large and small across the city there will be something to suit everyone’s musical taste. Whether it is Echo and the Bunnymen at the Button Factory for a night of huge hair and nostalgic 80’s rock, or some hypnotic electronica from the Sleep Thieves at Sweeney’s, this festival will rock your socks off. If all that music wasn’t enough to keep you occupied there will also be a live comedy showcase, an afternoon fringe programme and a launch event on the eve of the festival. You cannot fail to have fun at Camden Crawl.

4. The Doors Alive at The Academy – 3rd May

The Doors Alive is simply one of the best tribute acts around and they perfectly re-create the sound, look, presence and feel of a real Doors concert. If you are a fan of 60’s hip rock then this gig is for you. You can almost imagine that Jim is up there on stage and the music is not just the “best of…”, but also little known hits are sprinkled in with the classics like “Light My Fire” and “Riders On The Storm”. So get out your tie dyed T shirts and let your hair down for a night of 60’s hedonism.

5. Dublin Dance Festival, city wide – 14th – 26th May

For nearly two weeks in May Dublin is transformed into an amazing dance studio. Internationally known choreographers and performers are mixed in with emerging and local talent which showcases the best in the world of the dance. Highlights from the programme include the Stravinsky Evening at Abbey Theatre, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the infamous first performance of Rite of Spring by the Ballets Russes in Paris in May 1913 (which caused a riot!). Also worth catching is the Re-presenting Ireland series at the DanceHouse which shows the best new talent from Ireland.

6. International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, city wide – 6th – 19th May

Drama, musicals, comedy and much more, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival covers all of life. The programme is huge so we will just say we like the look of “Brown and Out”, six hilarious plays celebrating American Latino LGBTQ . Or search for your feminine side with Egoquantum at the Cobalt Cafe, find out what makes a drag queen tick at “All I Wanted Was The Dream” or for something a bit risqué try “Strip Search”; the story of an actual squaddie who takes his clothes off for a living. The closing Gala Awards Night on Sunday May 19th is an event you don’t want to miss as you will see highlights of the festival and presentation of annual awards.

7. Heineken Cup Rugby Union Final at Aviva Stadium – 18th May

Rugby Union is a big deal in Ireland, and the final of the Heineken Cup will be the culmination of months of grim battle across Europe. This year the four semi finalists include two French teams (Clermont and Toulon), an English team (Saracens) and Munster for the home crowd. Currently, the odds are with Saracens to win but it’s anyone’s game. If you are in Dublin during the match the atmosphere is likely to be electric, especially if Munster get through to the final, so why not join in and cheer on the home side.

8. Hurray For The Riff Raff at Wheelans – 7th May

For those of you who like a bit of relaxed folk music then head to Wheelan’s and Hurray For The Riff Raff. Their unique sound is down to the soulful voice and inspired song writing of Alynda lee Segarra who has been around the block, literally. She travelled around America before settling in New Orleans where she is creating quite a stir. The most recent album “Look Out Mama” is an exploration of classic American music rather than the big corporate drum beat. Go and see the band for a glimpse into the big heart of America.

9. Digging for Fire at the Project Arts Centre – Until 4th May

How about some theatre? This is your last chance to see Digging for Fire by the award winning Irish writer Declan Hughes. Set in recent times seven Irish thirty-something’s get back together after doing their own thing for a few years and the play explores how they have changed, grown up (or not as the case maybe). If you have ever been in this sort of situation then you will quickly recognise the effect that distance and drink has on relationships – it’s like they are playing your life out on the stage.

10. Reginald D Hunter In The Midst of Crackers at Vicar Street – 24th May

We’d like to finish off this month’s round up with a good (if sometimes guilty!) laugh. And that is just what you will get with Reginald D. Hunter. If you haven’t heard of him, where have you been for the last ten years? He is a regular on quiz shows like “Have I Got News For You” and “8 out of 10 Cats” and is now on tour doing stand-up. If you like articulate, intelligent humour with a twist then you have to go and see this guy.

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