Events - Irish Music & DanceTemple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Riverdance_20th_Anniversary_TourOf all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America. Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees theLiffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major returntour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China. With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members, with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales of the DVD, video and CD. Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: www.gaietytheatre.ie     Dublin Dance Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Dance_FestivalDublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on Ireland’s cultural calendar. Each year in May, the Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. 2014 will see the 10th Festival. In this short time, the Festival has developed a dedicated audience for dance in Ireland. Since its establishment in 2002 under founding Artistic Director Catherine Nunes, the Festival’s ambitions have been big and brave. The Festival became an annual event in 2008 reflecting the popularity and position it had gained. Laurie Uprichard led the next four Festivals, building audiences in addition to the event’s national and international profile. Enabling audiences to discover inspirational artists lies at the heart of the Dublin Dance Festival mission. The finest international choreographers and dance companies are programmed alongside emerging and established artists from Ireland and abroad in a variety of venues and spaces around the city. Audience members look forward to experiencing celebrated classics and discovering the freshest talents each year through a programme that is resonant and stimulating. Workshops, discussions, symposia, film screenings and other events are built around the programme to create new opportunities for audience members to encounter dance and to explore the art form more deeply. Hugely influential dance makers have been introduced to Irish audiences by the Festival – Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jérôme Bel, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Jonathan Burrows, Lin Hwai-min, Raimund Hoghe and Akram Khan have all presented performances since 2002. The Festival also provides a platform for Irish choreographers to develop their work in an international context. Uncover beautiful dance – from near and far – in Dublin in May! Click Here to check out the Dublin Dance Festival teaser video for 2013 For information on Tickets visit www.dublindancefestival.ie Skerries Traditional Music Weekendhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Skerries_Traditional_Music_Weekend_2014Skerries Traditional Music Weekend is an annual traditional festival with quality tutors and performers participating in concerts, sessions, workshops, impromptu gatherings and recitals. Mary Bergin, Máire O'Keeffe, Mick O'Brien and Paudie O'Connor continue to be pivotal players for the annual weekend and, together with top class performers, they bring a wealth of entertainment, and variety of style to the festival as well as encouraging the local artists to participate.  Skerries seaside town in North Fingal, Co Dublin has a good choice of accommodation available and all venues are within walking distance of the town centre. For a full programme of events, see website Bodhran Experiencehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Bodhran_ExperienceTMBodhrán Experience™ is for you. “A highlight of our trip to Ireland” Trip Advisor, See reviews Take part in a true Irish experience, learn to play the Irish Drum and have great fun at the Bodhrán Experience™ With 30+ years experience we bring our own unique approach for all Groups; corporate activities, family gatherings, individuals and events in Ireland. We have developed the unique concept of easy rhythms. With our guidance, you will be playing the Bodhrán to a hornpipe in minutes. “The Beat of the Irish Drum will raise your spirit and give you great joy"  “Best fun in a long time”, “A great taste of Ireland”, “Everything you could imagine” If you’re visiting Dublin, come along for your 1st Drumming Experience, it’s for everyone, from 2 to 92, every Thursday night at 32 Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Booking is essential E-mail info@bodhranexperience.com to reserve your place. For group rates and bookings on any day, anywhere in Ireland contact us info@bodhranexperience.com 1st Drumming Experience From 6.00pm Price: €15.00 pps Arlington hotel Temple Bar Celtic Nights Contemporary Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Arlington_hotel_Temple Bar_Celtic_Nights_Contemporary_ShowLocated in the heart of Dublin City Centre, The Arlington Temple Bar Hotel Has a lovely warm and modern feel to it, which lends itself to one of Ireland’s Best modern Irish Dance Shows, with musicians and dancers from such shows as Riverdance and Lord of the dance you can’t help feel this experience is truly one of a kind. The Show is based around the modern side of Ireland’s Music & dance with tributes to Riverdance & Lord of the dance, Polka and audience interaction and several other very fast routines. The uniquely choreographed show has a touch of an international influence, whilst still exciting audiences with the ingredients that make “Irish Dance Shows” one of the most sought after worldwide   While soaking up the atmosphere of the Celtic Nights live music and dance experience at the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar, enjoy crafted Irish cuisine steeped in tradition but with modern Dublin influences such as Beer Battered Atlantic Cod fillet & double cooked chips, slow braised shoulder of beef,Guinness Stout Pie & Louis Irish Lamb Stew. All dietary requirements catered for “Join us in the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar for an evening of entertainment, be assured you will always receive a warm welcome and become part of the family” Louis Fitzgerald Price: €33.95 Dinner & Show Booking: www.celticnights.com     Arlington hotel O'connell Bridge Celtic Nights Traditional Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Arlington_hotel_Oconnell_Bridge_Celtic_Nights_Traditional_ShowNow in its 16th Consecutive season, this 2 hour show at the Arlington Hotel next to the famous O’Connell bridge boasts a lively mix of traditional irish dance rhythms , jaw dropping footwork and legendary irish songs. Celtic Nights traditional Shows run 7 Nights a week and offers the very best in Irish cultural entertainment that Dublin has to offer and you are always guaranteed a great night out The show is choreographed for maximum audience interaction and entertainment, it includes world championship Irish Dancers and All Ireland winning musicians showcasing the very best in Irish Dance including the famous brush dance , ‘sean nos’ (old style) and you will even have the chance to share the stage with the irish dancers for a Ceili The Dinner Nowhere else in Dublin City will you find an experience like the celtic nights 3 course feast at the Arlington Hotel featuring traditional home style cooking in a charming Irish atmosphere. Choose from a range of nationally sourced food including Slane valley Lamb, Bandon Vale Beef & the finest seafood landed on our native shores. All dietary requirements catered for. “If you are joining us for the meal and show or simply a few drinks at the bar you will always be in good company and a warm welcome awaits you” Louis Fitzgerald Price: €33.95 Dinner & Show Booking: www.celticnights.com