This week’s guest blogger takes us through some of the best cultural activities that Dublin has to offer.
Source: FlikrDublin has a vibrant pub culture that’s like no place else in the world and is on full display every day of the week. There are traditional spots that pour the perfect pint of Guinness and quirky locales that brew their own beers. But if you need a break from the beer and traditional music, check out these five cultural activities on offer in the Irish capital.
With its pubs and clubs, the downtown area of Dublin is known as a hotspot for tourists, but it’s also home to plenty of small cultural venues. They all join forces on the first Thursday of the month and stay open late. About 50 different spaces take part, so you can walk door-to-door checking out all the great art on display and creative activities taking place. Each month there is also an organised tour that stops at a handful of venues where curators and artists share the stories of the exhibited works and the spaces that house them.
Milk and Cookie Stories
In Dublin, milk and cookies are more than just a snack for kids; a collective of the same name organises a monthly story time open-mic event. You can drop in to the Tuesday night sessions whether you have a story to share or simply want to listen to others’ tales and munch on the treats. Given the gift of the gab that most Irish people have (and the country’s great history of storytelling), it’s sure to be an entertaining way to spend your evening.
Jazz and wine
More and more Dubliners are trading their pints for pinot – at least once in a while. Downtown wine bars seem to be increasingly busier and new ones are popping up every so often, too. While you’ll frequently find a guitar-wielding musician at a traditional pub, the wine bars regularly host jazz bands to entertain the crowds.
International films and more
At a number of places around town, you can brush up on a foreign language by indulging in its cinema. The regional film institute hosts a number of festivals and special events throughout the year, often with a focus on different languages and cultures. If you like to go to the movies in grand old style, keep an eye on the schedule for the local orchestra, which occasionally plays music – sometimes as a live score for a screening – from old film favorites.
Dublin Flea Market
If you prefer the culture of yesteryear to that of today, then head to Dublin’s monthly flea market, where you can troll the stalls for vintage goodies. Taking place just west of the city center at Newmarket on the last Sunday of every month, Dublin Flea always has a fantastic mix of items, both old and new. There’s also food and drink to keep you going as you browse the stock of more than 60 vendors. Whether you go home with a retro bag or a new limited edition print – or nothing at all – the flea is a fun way to spend a Sunday, rain or shine.
About the author
Briana Palma is an American writer and editor based in Dublin. For more information on her work, visit www.brianapalma.com or follow her on Twitter @brianapalma.