The Flux Guide to the Dublin Festival Season

Dublin festival season is well and truly underway. There’s something refreshing about the attitudes prevailing in Dublin at the moment, despite the ever present financial constraints. It seems that there is something for everyone, from arts to architecture, food to music, and a large dollop of theatre.

The season kicked off in early September and will continue right up to the end of October. Winter is coming, but before it does, go out and catch some of the events happening all over the city, there will be plenty of time in November to hibernate and watch episodes of Breaking Bad all night.

Music festivals aren’t just for summer. Hard Working Class Heroes will be held inside (hurrah) and promises 100 bands, over three days, across six venues. Starting tomorrow, the 4th, til the 6th, with weekend passes a steal at €45.00, cheaper than almost all concerts, and a chance to see loads of who could be the next big things. Go. The Fringe Festival has been and gone, this year celebrating its 18th birthday yet another year of fulfilling its aim of “impacting, moving and invigorating” their audiences. “Elevator” by Thisispopbaby was a particular favourite. Thankfully, Dublin Theatre Festival fills the void. Running from September 27th up until the 14th of October, there are almost too many options but “Pineapple” is a must. Set in Ballymun, it’s a witty insight into the lives and loves of a group of young Dublin women. Running in the Lir from today until Saturday the 6th, it’s just one of so many worth a watch. Check out dublintheatrefestival.com for more.

The original Oktoberfest has transported itself from Germany to Dublin, with German food, entertainment and fun happening on Georges Dock up until this Sunday, the 7th. Arthur’s Day is over for another year, so make sure to catch this before they move on. First Thursdays Dublin is a Temple Bar Cultural Trust initiative. Working to bring together cultural and creative spaces on the first Thursday of each month by extending opening hours from 6 to 8pm, it is another of those delightful Dublin gems. Every month, First Thursdays focus on a different area and take you on a tour of at least three galleries and creative spaces. Better still it’s absolutely FREE.

This month the tour takes in Merrion Square. Beginning at the National Art Gallery at 6pm, moving on to the Goethe Institut to meet Barbara Ebert who will shed some light on “Out of the Blue”, an exhibition by Jens Komossa, the tour will conclude at the Centre of Creative Practices for the opening of REMINISCENCE, an exhibition by Trunde Toth. If this month isn’t your cup of tea, just keep an eye on First Thursdays Dublin on Facebook for November’s offering.

The phrase “I’m bored” baffles me. There is always, always, something to do. Have you left yet?

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