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Sunday 11 December 2016

Anna & Co give Yeats' poetry new lease of life

Published 14/09/2015 | 02:30

Fresh twist: Mercury prize winner Anna Calvi stars in Blood and Moon at the NCH. Photo: Maisie Cousins
Fresh twist: Mercury prize winner Anna Calvi stars in Blood and Moon at the NCH. Photo: Maisie Cousins
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Tonight and tomorrow, at the National Concert Hall, a dynamic series of new interpretations of W B Yeats' poetry is likely to keep audiences enthralled.

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As part of the Perspectives 2015 programme, Pultizer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and Thomas Bartlett of The Gloaming have come together to create a brand new show, Blood & The Moon, filled with remarkable international talent, based on the work of W B Yeats.

With new versions of some of his best-loved work, including The Wild Swans At Coole, Down By The Salley Gardens and The Lake Isle of Innisfree by folk icon Sam Amidon, as well as songs based on the Crazy Jane poems by Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens; and Cathal Coughlan (founder of The Fatima Mansions and Microdisney) and Thomas Bartlett's new version of Easter 1916, among others, this is a vivid re-imagining of old favourites. The work is performed by a variety of artists, including Pat McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy, and Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi, championed by Nick Cave and Brian Eno. Blood & The Moon is subtitled 'A Provocation On Yeats,' but actually seems to be more of a celebration.

www.nch.ie

Cutting a fine figure in contemporary sculpture

Figurative sculpture was once a rather staid and traditional discipline. Not so any more, as A Fine Figure: Contemporary Figurative Sculpture, at Solomon Fine Art until September 26, amply demonstrates. This three-person exhibition unites the work of Michael Flynn, Lucy Meagher and Ann Marie Robinson, and produces figures that are bold, fantastical, even mythical, but always entirely unconventional. Curated by Mike Robinson, former Head of Applied Arts at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, the exhibition challenges notions that this kind of sculpture needs to be realistic, descriptive or even narrative. Instead, these artists show the full range of their imagination, producing work of beauty that also manages to deliver a subtle commentary on society and contemporary life. Gorgeous, intriguing, layered with reference, this is a show full of interest.

www.solomonfineart.ie

Enjoy all the fun of the farm, at tasty Airfield food festival

When Airfield Estate was reopened to the public nearly two years ago, there was loud cheering across the city. This urban farm and food experience is a brilliant introduction to the principles of food production and animal husbandry for kids, as well as a delightful day out, and now, thanks to the new Overends restaurant, an impressive dining spot as well. To celebrate all these strands, Airfield Estate's first Food Festival was launched. The festival ends today, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy a wonderful array of Irish artisan food and drink producers, along with speakers, demonstrations, free workshops and tastings, not to mention scarecrow building and a kids' zone. A host of local artisan food producers will set up in the Fairy Field. The Hive will be home to a Tea Room where visitors can relax and enjoy tea and tarts, while The Green Barn will be transformed into a chill-out zone, with a pop-up bookshop, raw juice bar and hay bale furniture. Now there's an enticing day out.

www.airfield.ie

Having a cuppa for a good cause

The Irish Hospice Foundation works right across Ireland with the dying and the bereaved, in the belief that no one should face these things without care and support. Dedicated to ensuring dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing the end of life, as well as help for those they leave behind, this is a wonderful and worthwhile mission, and one that clearly needs support. One of the charity's major fundraisers is the annual event known as Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, recently launched by Claire Byrne, and taking place this year on Thursday September 17. Supported by Bewley's, Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning is now in its 23rd year, and in that time, 16 million cups of Bewley's coffee have been enjoyed and an estimated €32m raised for hospice care nationwide. It works off a very simple premise: host a coffee morning, serve delicious, fresh Bewley's coffee, provided free of charge, and collect €2 for every cup consumed. Furthermore, everything you do goes to benefit your community; what is raised locally, stays locally.

www.ibcm.ie

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