Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
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There's no rule that floral prints can only be worn in summer but they just feel especially right for beautiful July days. Irish designer's Heidi Higgins' Nadja dress is made for garden parties and weddings - and any other glam occasion you can think of.
It has a bodycon top and a full, flared skirt in satinée twill and jacquard that swishes when you walk (always a good thing). It's also on sale, reduced from €450 to €225, making it an investment piece that can be teamed with a cashmere jumper to see you into autumn/winter.
BUY: Available at heidihiggins.com
Aerial performances, Finnish theatre and a multicultural evening are just some of the highlights of the annual Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, beginning tomorrow and running until July 15. Well worth catching also are Irish-Persian group Navá.
DETAILS: See cairdefestival.com
An open garden day takes place today at Lisnavagh House, Co Carlow. William and Emily Bunbury are hosting the event in aid of a local charity. Guests can relax on the lawns from midday and enjoy cookery classes and 'walk-in meditation classes' with Sheana Keane in Lisnavagh's newly renovated Brick Barn structure, as well as tours of the house.
DETAILS: Entry is free of charge; see lisnavagh.com
Heather Walsh of Rubyhues is known for her eye-catching, hand-knitted jewellery. Her latest collection is made of sterling silver, also available in gold and rose gold-plated sterling silver, and showcases the tools and accessories used in craftwork, including pieces of knitting, spools of thread and balls of yarn in pendants and earrings. If you have a keen knitter in your life, this is the ideal gift for them.
BUY: Prices from €75-€235; see rubyhues.com
The 29th Galway Film Fleadh comes to town this Tuesday. The Fleadh will host the Irish premiere of Christopher Nolan's thriller Dunkirk, starring Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles. Also hotly anticipated is the first public screening of Stephen's Burke's Maze, with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and Tom Collins' Irish-language period drama Aithrí (Penance), starring Peter Coonan.
What's in store
Design Ireland and Brown Thomas have joined forces for an interior and gifting pop-up, in BT's Grafton Street store. Some 13 makers and designers are featured including John Ryan Ceramics, The Burren Perfumery, copper and glass homewares from Gilded Hound and glass wall art by Black Hen Designs. Each weekend from now until August 6, 'Meet the Maker' events will visitors to the shop can learn more about the designer's creative process. DETAILS: See brownthomas.com.
If you're after a bit of midweek indulgence, Wexford's Ferrycarrig Hotel has an enticing offer. The four-star venue, situated on the banks of the River Slaney, is offering a two-night, midweek stay which includes breakfast each morning, a 25-minute treatment at Riverwood Wellness treatment rooms, as well as afternoon tea on the day of your choosing and dinner at the hotel's award-winning Reeds Restaurant for €179pp.
BOOK: The offer runs until the end of August; see ferrycarrighotel.ie
Books in bantry
An impressive group of literary talents will gather in Bantry, Co Cork, from July 14-21 for the West Cork Literary Festival. Guests include Graham Norton, Eimear McBride, John Boyne, Anne Enright, chef Trish Deseine, poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa (above) and many more. It's packed with readings, workshops, interviews and seminars, as well as a Festival Swim in Bantry Bay. Catch a reading on the LÉ Samuel Beckett Navy vessel or yoga on the lawns of Bantry House. Cork singer-songwriter John Spillane closes the week with an evening of song and story in Ma Murphy's Bar. DETAILS: westcorkliteraryfestival.ie
Get ready for beautiful harmonies with the Irish International A Capella Festival, taking place next weekend. From barbershop to beatboxing, this is instrument-free music at its best. Festival hosts Ardú (pictured) will be performing at St Finian's Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, on Friday July 14. The A Capella Competition in Griffith Conference Centre on Saturday promises to showcase some of Ireland's best ensembles, while Grammy award winners The Swingles bring their brand of vocal harmony to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday night.