Monday 22 October 2018

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Wrap party

Forest fern print wool scarf, €90; see kdk.ie
Forest fern print wool scarf, €90; see kdk.ie
Faithlegg House
Helen Turkington
Kylemore Abbey
William Crozier
The Pioneer Music and Dramatic Society

A great winter scarf just keeps on giving: not only providing a snuggle factor equivalent to that of a duvet but also transforming a fairly plain outfit into something a lot more stylish. Irish brand KDK's latest collection has some seriously luxe and lovely scarf options to consider.

Their designs come in cashmere, modal and silk twill, as well as silk/modal and wool/cashmere blends, with evocative names like Cork Walkway Pink and St Stephen's Green Cobbles.

BUY: Forest Fern wool scarf, €90; kdk.ie

Landscape love

The first major retrospective since the 1990s of Irish-Scots still-life and landscape artist William Crozier - best known in Ireland for his West Cork landscapes - has just opened in Dublin's IMMA. The Edge of the Landscape exhibition encompasses 30 of the artist's early works, inspired by the anxieties of the post-war period and the Existentialist movement. DETAILS: Runs until April 8, 2018.

See imma.ie

Pioneering spirit

The Pioneer Musical & Dramatic Society celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Formed in 1917, its first pantomime was Dick Whittington, and its first musical was staged in 1948. It's not unusual for a production to include up to four generations of one family. This year, to mark the big birthday, they'll be staging Hello Dolly! in the Draíocht Theatre, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

DETAILS: Runs from October 17-21; tickets from €17. See draiocht.ie

Changing rooms

Designer Helen Turkington has been a busy woman of late. She's opened her new store on Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, for starters, which stocks an exclusive paint, candle and fabric range, as well as bespoke furniture pieces. The store also has a luscious line in lighting. Prices for fabrics start at €25, while her room accessories, which start from €15, are guaranteed to become a talking point in any room.

BUY: Bird box, €79; helenturkington.com

Big draw for kids

A cool new festival for families and children kicks off in Kilkenny this weekend. Bookville celebrates storytelling, writing and illustration. Take a 'History of Ireland' lesson with father-daughter duo John and Fatti Burke in Kilkenny Castle tomorrow, or check out author Andrew Judge and illustrator Chris Judge's Alien Adventure.

details: See facebook.com/bookvillekilkenny

Natural flair

Kaiko Studio's creations reflect their founders' backgrounds - Linda Legzdina is a recently graduated interior architect while Maciej Grzechowiak is a former construction worker. They describe their designs as minimalist, architectural and geometric, with a Scandi influence. But since moving from Dublin to Bray, they have found inspiration in nature, moving from working with mainly industrial materials to sea glass, local wildflowers and resin. The beautiful beach glass in these pieces (pictured left) was found on Killiney Beach.

BUY: Necklaces, €16.70 each; see kaikostudio.com

Midterm magnificence

Anything that involves hot drinks by the fireside, comfort food and a chance to stroll through autumnal woodlands gets our thumbs-up. Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort, Co Waterford, offers all of the above with an October midterm two-night break, available midweek, including an evening meal on a night of your choice. Prices start from €160 per adult sharing, with children aged 4-12 accommodated on a bed-and-breakfast basis at €30 per child per night.

BOOK: See faithlegg.com

Next weekend...

All aboard for sea week

From kite-making workshops to rockabilly sessions and an Active Age Club lunch, there's something for just about everybody at Conamara Sea Week, which celebrates the area's marine heritage (and the Irish spelling of its name). Highlights include Connemara's biggest book fair and music in the Gothic Church, Kylemore Abbey. Don't miss the 'After the Light' parade on Wednesday, October 25, with drumming, music, sculptural pieces and fires: a spectacle that acknowledges the darker side of history while also embracing the area as an outward-looking, energetic place that's full of possibility.

DETAILS: Runs from October 22-30. See ceecc.org

Drama in Waterford

There's a smorgasbord of events of every imaginable kind to whet your cultural appetite at Waterford's Imagine Arts Festival, from October 19-29. One of the highlights will be Antigone, the Ancient Greek play by Sophocles, performed within the walls of Waterford City. The Writers' Weekend element of the festival will welcome authors such as Sally Rooney, Stefanie Preissner (right) and Paul Howard to town, and it's impossible not to get excited about the 'Battle of the Blaas' - a family-friendly event set in a post-apocalyptic war zone featuring 'blaa-ttlers', flour, eggs and you.

DETAILS: See imagineartsfestival.com


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