FREE arts, culture and music events at some of the coolest venues in town.
Show your affection for the capital, and discover reasons to love it even more, at #LoveDublin Day (Monday, December 30th), with FREE arts, culture and music events at some of the coolest venues in town.
NYE and the City music trail (30th and 31st Dec)
This two-day music trail organised by the great people who brought you the innovativeHard Working Class Heroes festival, will showcase some of the best new bands in the country. Over the course of two days there will be 30+ acts taking over the city’s coffee shops, restaurants, book shops and pretty much anywhere they can fit their instruments in to sing the city into the New Year. In a year that’s seen the breakthrough of acts as diversely excellent as Hozier and Little Green Cars, the opportunity to see a showcase of the city’s finest bands in some of its quirkier venues for free will let you get to grips with the sounds and sights of Dublin straight away.
Dublin Genius, a day of ideas
NYE and the City isn’t the only free event to introduce Dublin’s thriving culture to the New Year’s season visitors. Dublin Genius, A Day of Ideas, will celebrate some of Dubliners’ best known talents: literature, comedy, and non-stop talking!
The must visit Little Museum will be hosting a History Ireland Hedge School, which will cover the breadth of Ireland’s literary history. Taking in Joyce, Stoker and Roddy Doyle, some very special guests will be on hand to underline why Dublin has historically been such a city of words. Writers carrying that torch into the 21st century, such as Dermot Bolger, will be reading their works and starting conversations in Smock Alley Theatre(the city’s oldest theatre). Nearby inDublin's Twisted Pepper, the irreverent political cabaret that is Leviathan will be examining the role Ireland’s great writers have played in the political life of the country in its usual enlightening manner, while the Irish poetic tradition gets the slam poetry treatment in a swathe of pubs across the town.
One of the most venerable of those pubs frequented by the literary classes is the International, the long-standing comedy club which in its 30 years of business has seen the genesis of comedians like Dylan Moran and Dara O’Briain. The new school of stand-up will take over the
Full details of the Dublin Genius programme click here
New Year’s Thieves
As night falls on the 30th, ‘New Year’s Thieves’ will see a chill-out party, in excellent city centre venue The Sugar Club, that aims to steal your affections for the often under-appreciated Eve of New Year’s Eve. The evening will start with a screening of the 1960 classic ‘The Apartment’, followed by live music, then DJs Donal Dineen and Sorca Lou until the early hours. There’ll be lots of foodie delights too.
More information and tickets click here