Sunday 27 May 2018

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

Start a revolution

Fashion Revolution
Fashion Revolution
Triassic plants
Finghin Collins
Gaia Ark Bamboo
Botanical afternoon tea
Caulfield cake stand

This coming week fashion activists are encouraging people all around the country to change the way they buy clothes. Fashion Revolution Week is the international campaign to highlight the unsafe conditions and poor pay of some of the 75 million people who work in fashion and textiles, 80pc of whom are women.

From April 23-29, Fashion Revolutionaries in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Sligo will be hosting events including upcycling workshops and clothes swaps, and are encouraging shoppers to ask their favourite brands #whomademyclothes. DETAILS: Information and tickets are available at Facebook.com/FashRevIreland

Summer songs

The end of college term is being marked in Maynooth with a special concert with the Maynooth University Chamber Choir at 4pm tomorrow. Taking place in the pretty setting of St Patrick's College Chapel, the choir is accompanied by a string ensemble and includes pieces by Bach and a number of African-American spirituals. DETAILS: Tickets €8-€15, available from eventbrite.ie and on the door.

Planet plant

A free lunchtime lecture called 72 Degrees North takes place this Thursday in the Botany Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. Botanist Jennifer McElwain will share her globetrotting experiences in the search for new species and discuss fossil plants, contrasting what the vegetation was like in Greenland 200 million years ago compared to today. DETAILS: From 1-2pm; see tcd.ie

Arm candy

Rarely has a bag brand created as much buzz in recent years as Cult Gaia. Founded by Jasmin Larian in Los Angeles, Cult Gaia's Arc bag has been wholeheartedly embraced by the fashion crowd who love its architectural shape. Made from bamboo and acrylic, they come in a range of sizes and are now available exclusively in Brown Thomas stores. These are also all-occasion items and will look as good on your arm on a beach holiday, as it would at a wedding. BUY: Arc bamboo small clutch, €164; see brownthomas.com

Draw the line

A new exhibition of Brian O'Doherty's work opens in IMMA, Dublin, this Thursday. O'Doherty adopted the artistic alias of 'Patrick Ireland' in protest against Bloody Sunday and waked and buried that alter ego 10 years ago in celebration of peace in Northern Ireland. This exhibition celebrates the artist's life-long interest in Ogham script, and exploring language and location. DETAILS: Runs until September 16. See imma.ie

Have your cake

Sustainability is at the core of Caulfield Country Boards' creations. Handcrafted from sustainable hardwoods in their studio in Kells, Co Meath, the items are presented in a recycled cardboard box. The company offers a personalisation where you can add an engraving to all their products, which include cutting, bread and serving boards, egg cups, wine racks and, our favourite, this beautiful cake stand. Watch out for their new collection landing in next month.

BUY: Beech and walnut cake stand, from €100; see caulfieldcountryboards.ie

Botanical bliss

Whether it's fashion, interiors or even food, we can't get enough of botanicals right now. Happily, Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, West Cork has introduced a new signature spa treatment and botanical afternoon tea. The 70-minute Botanical Ritual is plant-inspired and designed to regenerate and relax, while the afternoon tea uses botanical ingredients for savoury and sweet delights.

BOOK: From €235pps including overnight stay, treatment, afternoon tea and cocktail. See inchydoneyisland.com

Next weekend...

New Heights

Dubliners looking to get a new view of the city will be interested in the 'Hop-Up' events taking place at the Bernard Shaw next Saturday, April 28. Ticket holders can try whiskey and beer pairings from Jameson and Brewtonic - to mark Jameson's Caskmates IPA Edition - at the new rooftop garden of the landmark pub. Afterwards, swap your ticket for food vouchers which can be spent below at Eatyard, where the current line up of vendors includes Kale + Coco, Vish Shop and food-market favourites Box Burger.

BOOK: Sessions 3pm and 5pm; tickets €10 on sale from Monday, April 23 at the-eatyard.com.

Words and music

Finghin Collins

A unique event takes place on Saturday, April 28 in Galway's Town Hall Theatre. Play it Again: Concert in Conversation features former editor-in-chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger and pianist Finghin Collins (above) for an evening of written word and music. Rusbridger, when approaching middle age and still editing the newspaper, decided to give himself a year to master Chopin's extremely difficult Ballade No. 1 Op. 23, while Collins, amidst travelling the world performing, decided he would record a CD of his favourite Chopin pieces. Expect lively banter and beautiful music. DETAILS: Tickets €20/€18; see musicforgalway.ie


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