Saturday 24 February 2018

MusicTown festival kicks off in Dublin today - here's what's on

Imelda May
Imelda May
Glen Hansard in John Carney's Once
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The very first MusicTown festival kicks off today across Dublin with over 50 events taking place over the next nine days.

Everything from Handel’s Messiah to Public Enemy’s Hank Shocklee and all the genres in between will feature during the festival which aims to highlight the country's diverse musical landscape.

Some events are free whilst others have a nominal charge and include concerts, talks, workshops and walks.

Wide Open Opera will kick of the festival today April 10 at 6pm by bringing contemporary opera to the streets with Things We Throw Away, a series of lively and animated pop-up operas inspired by life on the streets of Dublin ranging from a woman who sells bananas on the street to a group of workers out on their daily smoke break.

Later this evening Opera Theatre Company will perform a very special performance of Handel’s seminal work ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ at 8pm in Christchurch Cathedral.

Both tonight and Saturday afternoon Bottlenote and the Irish Film Institute present ‘Sound of Silents’ a ground-breaking programme of six short, silent Dublin films with live improvised scores from five leading contemporary musicians who will breathe new life into these films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive.

Barrytown Meets MusicTown, taking place in Vicar Street on Sunday, will be a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle's 'The Barrytown Trilogy' curated by the Man Booker Prize winning author and Aoife Woodlock, Other Voices Music Producer. The evening will feature names from the world of music, theatre and film including Glen Hansard, Richard Hawley, Imelda May, Colm Meaney, Aidan Gillen, and Ger Ryan among others

‘Messiah in the Street’ next Monday at lunchtime will see Fishamble Street come to life for the annual outdoor performance of choruses from Handel’s Messiah by Our Lady's Choral Society and soloist with the Dublin Handelian Orchestra, conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn and held to celebrate the first ever global performance of Handel’s Messiah on the site of the former Neal’s Musick Hall, Temple Bar on April 13th 1742.

There's also a MusicFutures Talk at Smock Alley on April 17 featuring speakers from within the Irish music and arts scene and people are invited to contribute to the discussion on 'What Does It Mean to be a Music Town?'

Family fun for talented tots includes Rock on Baby Workshops in the Ark, Temple Bar.

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