Sunday 19 November 2017

7 days + night: Critics' guide to going out

Temple House Festival, Ballymote, Co Sligo

Go (North) West: Clive Barnes plays the Temple House Festival in Co Sligo
Go (North) West: Clive Barnes plays the Temple House Festival in Co Sligo

Sophie Gorman

This three-day multi-stage boutique arts and music festival, which runs until Sunday, takes place in the rustic grounds of the Temple House estate in an idyllic corner of Co Sligo. Shouldn't they call it North By North-East?!

Recently voted Best New Festival at the 2010 European Festival Awards, Temple House is shaping up to be Connacht's answer to Oxegen and the Electric Picnic. This weekend, over 120 bands perform on four stages including evergreen Irish rock legends Ash, Something Happens, Whipping Boy, The Walls, Kerbdog and Aslan, while the cream of the recent crop -- Clive Barnes, Heathers, The Flaws, Lisa Hannigan, Declan O'Rourke and Ryan Sheridan among others -- also take to the stage. And Smiths fans, take note: Mike Joyce is doing a DJ set.

Casting its cultural net far and wide, there is also poetry, spoken word, art installations, performance art, interactive art and theatre. Heck, there's even belly dancing workshops ...


Ladytron, Tripod, Dublin, 8pm, €20

If the computers do finally take over, the good news is that Ladytron may at last gain the respect they are due. Purveyors of silicon pop with a big gooey centre, their music poses the question: what sort of songs would robots write if they wanted to sound like a shoe-gaze Pet Shop Boys?

For all the undeniable brilliance of their four studio albums, however, the boy/girl quartet have never received much critical love -- a glossing over which may explain why they largely remain a below-the-radar proposition.

Yet, those in on the secret will know that, for breathless pop kicks, you need look no further. Expect to hear new songs from forthcoming LP Gravity the Seducer, slated for September release.


KBC Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, June 12-19

For lovers of classical music and stunning architecture, it's your lucky day. This year's festival features chamber music, sometimes described as "the music of friends", performed in some of the nation's most historic buildings. It all kicks off in the open in the Baroque Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on Sunday with the haunting sounds from the Terezín concentration camp ,where music gave hope and power in a place and time of despair.

On Monday, leading Irish and international musicians -- pianist Lance Coburn, violinist Michael d'Arcy and cellist Hannah Roberts -- collaborate in piano trios by Schubert, Beethoven and Smetana, in the magnificent surroundings of Killruddery House. Then it's off to north of the border on June 14 to Hillsborough Castle where cellist Guy Johnston and pianist Kathryn Stott will perform a series of chamber music classics. The festival continues in various venues into next week.


Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, Gortahork, Co Donegal

The sixth Guth Gafa Film Festival, which runs for five days from today (June 10) until Thursday, offers award-winning international and Irish feature documentaries presented by their filmmakers.

The rural haven of Gortahork in Donegal is the setting for a programme of nearly 30 documentaries from 14 countries. They run the gamut of personal and cultural stories, climate justice, eco-terrorism vs green activism, human rights and a call to action on social issues and societal responsibility.

This year, the festival focuses on North American films dealing with environmental justice, including the initiative Turning The Tide: A Day of Films and Talks Inspiring Change, in partnership with the Centre for Social Action Media (The SAM Centre).

Tuesday, jUNE 16

Kung Fu Panda 2

This handsome 3D sequel to Dreamworks' 2008 summer hit will delight the kids who flocked to see the original and has enough humour to keep their adult minders happy.

Jack Black reprises the role of Po, the food-obsessed panda who has become an unlikely martial arts hero.

In Kung Fu Panda 2, he and his comrades The Furious Five must leave the Valley of Peace to save ancient China from a psychotic peacock called Lord Shen who wants to lay waste to the country.

A strong voice cast includes Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Gary Oldman.


Liberties Festival, Dublin, until June 19

The Liberties Festival currently taking place in the capital's heartland is centred on the specially commissioned Trading Spaces, brought to you by This Is Collective -- which features multi-disciplinary artists Susan Walsh, Áine Kavanagh, Camilla Kane, Deirdre Gavigan and Meadhbh Cooke.

The artists are exploring aspects of trade in the Liberties area, such as methods of attracting customers and the performative nature of selling, in order to find the art in trade. This will result in a series of installations in a temporary 'pop-up shop' where the public will engage in a 'trade of experience'.

Another highlight is Nighthawks at the Guinness Storehouse when six music, poetry and comedy acts will perform in the Gravity Bar next Friday, June 17.

THURSDAY, june 16

Street Performance World Championship, Merrion Square, Dublin, until Sunday, 12pm-8pm

After successful stopovers in Cork and Portlaoise, the Street Performance World Championship comes to the capital in what promises to be a laugh riot for locals and tourists alike.

An attempt to break the Where's Wally World Record takes place in Dublin's Merrion Square on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. Tens of thousands of festival-goers will dress as Wally in an attempt to break the record and become the largest gathering of Wallys ever! Wally costumes are available at the festival sites for €12.

Look out, too, for the European debut of the World's Smallest Strongman, the return of two-time Street Performance World Champion and nine-time world record holder The Space Cowboy, and a visit from Indian snake charmer Jardu.

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