Events - Irish Music & DanceLord Of The Dance: Dangerous Gameshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/LordOfTheDanceDangerousGamesMichael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games – a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece - has its Irish premiere at the O2 Arena, Dublin on 27th March 2015. With all the visceral precision and thrills of the original, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and choreography and 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley. With new music by composer Gerard Fahy, this latest iteration combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance. “I’m blown away by the remarkable talent and abilities of the great cast we’ve gathered.” says Flatley, adding “I’ve always wanted to dance at home in Ireland one more time and I couldn’t resist joining these future stars on stage for a couple of big numbers, we’re all very excited to take our show home.” With 200 plus dates planned across 15 countries over the next 18 months, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will travel to Belgium, Israel, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK – with additional dates and locations to be announced soon. Temple 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. “In Lonesome Dame”http://www.visitdublin.com/event/InLonesomeDame“In Lonesome Dame” (a spin on Garth Brooks song – In Lonesome Dove!) Venue: Dublin’s Dame Street District Dublin’s Dame Street District will play host to live music stage at the “T” junction of Dame Court- Dame Lane with two free ‘Country/ Americano’ concerts playing each night. Visitors can partake in lots of free festive activities such as Square Dancing Lessons; Piñatas; Egg & Spoon Races; Pin the Tail on the Donkey. The District will be decked out in true hoedown style with colourful gingham bunting and bales of hay with old barn fences so visitors to the area will certainly feel that Dublin has “gone country” Friday 25th •       Square Dancing in the Street – Learn the basics of Square Dancing and put your knowledge to the test with live music setting the pace. Saturday 26th •       Day-long BBQ with free live music covering all music that has influenced Country & Western. Sunday 27th •       Day-long BBQ with free live music About Dame District Dame District is located just behind Dame Street and parallel to George’s street, where the T-junction at Dame Court has become an epicentre for socializing on any given night of the week. Each night of the week, Dame District plays host to live music, comedy, fantastic eateries and a club circuit comparable to NYC in the 90′s. During the day, Dame District offers some of the best, affordable dining options in the city. 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     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