Friday 24 November 2017

Survival guide to a weekend of sport: Acrobatics, wine and doggies bring life to a wet weekend

The Tiger Fringe turns 21 this year and is celebrating with a loud and lavish schedule filled with wrestlers, Eurovision fanatics, schizophrenics and Rose of Tralee contenders
The Tiger Fringe turns 21 this year and is celebrating with a loud and lavish schedule filled with wrestlers, Eurovision fanatics, schizophrenics and Rose of Tralee contenders
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

What madness is this? A weekend in September relatively free of sports coverage? Surely not.

If the lack of international matches or major GAA fixtures has left you at a loose end, here are some events to keep you going until the Rugby World Cup kicks off.

Award-winning Australian acrobatic troupe Company 2 have brought their boisterous show Scotch & Soda to Tiger Fringe's Spiegeltent in Dublin's Wolf Tone Square.

The hypermobile ensemble will trapeze and tease about the big top, while curiously named musical outfit the Crusty Suitcase Band will play a few tunes.

The Tiger Fringe turns 21 this year and is celebrating with a loud and lavish schedule filled with wrestlers, Eurovision fanatics, schizophrenics and Rose of Tralee contenders, so you'll find something to tickle your fancy.

Waterford city will relive it's glory days as the 'Medieval Wine Capital of Ireland' as part of the Waterford Harvest Festival.

If listening to sommeliers lament the lost art of mead manufacturing isn't up your street, fear not. The festival offers a range of other events such as The Picnic and Play in the Park gathering taking place in the People's Park this afternoon from 1pm.

The weather is due to be wet, but the Longines Champions Weekend kicks off today and sees two of Ireland's premier racecourses, Leopardstown and the Curragh, join forces.

Designers Louise Kennedy and Louis Copeland will be on hand to select the best-dressed ladies this afternoon.

The Dublin Doggie Do takes place in Merrion Square today. Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, will judge the canine fancy-dress competition, which promises to be nauseatingly adorable. A screening of Disney classic 'Lady and the Tramp' will be shown later in the evening.

Back in Waterford, guitarist with The National Bryce Dessner launched Canadian artist Marcel Dzama's latest exhibition Une Danse Des Bouffons in Lismore's St Carthage Hall this week. The exhibition is worth checking out.

Irish Independent

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