Here's a quick list of some of my personal highlights for June.
Wednesday 1st June:
Dublintellectual are holding another of their Conversations on Culture evenings in Shebeen Chic at 8 pm. It's a free event.
The Dublin Shakespeare Festival (left) in Trinity College starts, running until 11th June. It looks promising.
Also starting right at the start of the month is the High Anxiety film festival in IFI in Temple Bar. It continues until 26th June.
Thursday 2nd June:
A Midsummer Night's Dream? opens in Project Arts Centre: "Forget the romantic fairytale, Loose Canon is ripping A Midsummer Night’s Dream to shreds, exposing a sordid nightmare of lust, rejection, manipulation and self-denial - a darkly comic re-imaging of Shakespeare’s classic tale for the 21st Century."
Bloom in the Park begins - "Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family event, takes place in the Phoenix Park Dublin during the June bank holiday weekend". It continues until 6th June.
And of course First Thursdays Dublin continues! This has been working very well so far - the idea is that art galleries and the like stay open late on the first Thursday of each month. Yes, that sounds a little like Culture Night and yes, it's managing to get a touch of that same wonderful excitement and buzz to it. This Thursday, Temple Bar is the place to be - and if you're thinking of seeing A Midsummer Night's Dream? in Project Arts Centre that'll be just fine, because the Centre is part of First Thursdays.
Monday 6th June:
Bloodknot opens in Project Arts Centre. This play set in apartheid-era South Africa was written decades ago, during that era, and received considerable attention over the years.
Wednesday 8th June:
Ignite Dublin returns, once again with its simple and effective format: a diverse range of speakers, each having only five minutes to discuss their chosen topic. I really enjoyed Ignite the last time I went along.
Thursday 9th June:
Taste of Dublin runs from 9th to 12th June in Iveagh Gardens.
Saturday 11th June:
Flamenca in the Culture Box in Temple Bar - a free event with Peña Flamenca El Indalo. Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Monday 20th June:
Classic Stage Ireland return to Project Arts Centre with Iphigenia In Aulis. CSI's Oedipus the King was excellent and I've been looking forward to seeing their next production. I can't say for sure until I see it but I'm expecting this to be good.
Brian Friel's Translations begins in the Abbey Theatre. The current plays - Pygmalion and Perve - run until 11th June and 28th June respectively, with Translations continuing until 13th August.
Tuesday 28th June:
Riverdance returns to Ireland for another tour.