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Cultural Activities in Dublin this Autumn & Winter (2017)

Glenn Beg

Glenn Beg

Glenn Beg is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Ireland).
Glenn Beg

With the Dublin’s Theatre festival well underway and running until October 15th, it might be too late for many of you to get to some of the screenings at this fine event.  However it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other cultural highlights if you are visiting Ireland’s capital this Autumn.  So here are some ideas:

Lovers of classical music should head to the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace.  This is Ireland’s premier venue for all things orchestra and it also has a strong focus on traditional Irish music as well.  Events sell out quickly so forward planning is essential.

Highlights this Autumn in 2017, include a showing of Hitchcock’s classic movie, Vertigo accompanied by a full orchestra on October 31stAled Jones on November 29th, as well as several concerts from the Irish Orchestra and a special appearance by the London Sinfonia in November.  December will feature traditional Christmas Carol Concerts, in addition to Handel Messiah.  After Christmas you can also attend the widely popular Annie musical.

The Bord Gais Grand Canal Theatre has Dublin’s largest hall and often hosts the best touring musicals and plays from London’s West End.  This Autumn and Winter some of the guest musicals will include Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard and the classic Sound of Music in December.  The venue will also host concerts by Russel Watson, Robert Plant and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

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Bord Gais Energy Theater on Grand Canal Square. Photo © Claudine Van Massenhove – Shutterstock.com

Moreover, no visit to Dublin for culture lovers is complete without stopping by the famed Abbey Theatre in the city centre.  The history of the Abbey is really the history or Irish acting and theatre.  The main highlight this Autumn has to be James Joyce’s Ulysses.  The theatre also runs fascinating backstage tours most days.

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The Abbey is just one of a number of fine theatres in Dublin’s city centre and if Abbey’s offerings do not appeal to you, then you might find something at The Gate or The Gaiety Theatre.  Starting December there is the pantomime season which takes place in most of the Dublin’s venues.  If you’ve never experienced a panto, then expect some music and songs, comedy and dance, outrageous costumes, as well as audience interaction, all set around a children’s story.  It’s really a must for anyone visiting Dublin with children over the Christmas period, with The Gaiety Panto perhaps leading the way.

Art lovers will want to make a bee line for Ireland National Gallery which is now fully reopened after a splendid rebuilding exercise.  Admission is usually free and it also includes an excellent café inside the building.  In addition, I would also recommend paying a visit to the Chester Beatty Library.  With a strong focus on Oriental and Islamic arts, this museum has been voted the Best Museum in Europe in the past years.  However its focus is not based solely on the Far East – this Autumn for example, it hosts a fascinating exhibition of Goya’s drawing and etchings.

In summary, this is just a snapshot of the fun, cultural events that will take place in Dublin over the next few months.  With some fascinating walking tours as well – you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy.  So enjoy it!

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