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Culture Night is coming

Culture Night is coming

Umit Kutluk

Umit Kutluk

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis

Jo Malone

Jo Malone

Orla Berg glitter black clutch

Orla Berg glitter black clutch

The coffee and tea festival is at the RDS

The coffee and tea festival is at the RDS

The work of Orla Kaminska

The work of Orla Kaminska

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Culture Night is coming

Feasting..

on cake (figuratively speaking) at an exhibition of cake celebrating the fantastical worlds created by Roald Dahl also at the Ark. Open today and tomorrow.

theark.ie

Throwing...

shapes at the 'make|shape: collaborations in clay', a beautiful exhibition at the Ark in Temple Bar, Dublin, that celebrates the work of eight ceramic artists. It's part of the Dublin Craft Trail co-ordinated by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Go along and enjoy, among others, the light-filled work Filament 2 by Orla Kaminska (below). theark.ie

Climbing...

on board the Culture Night boat in a fevered attempt to see as many of the cultural gems that are opening their doors this Friday as possible.

In Dublin, there's a drive-in movie at the Complex in Smithfield and the Freemason's Hall on Molesworth Street is always a big draw. Elsewhere, the Night of the Robots in Galway sounds like fun and there are all kinds of wonderful musical events in Cork from rap and early Irish music to the Kinsale Drum Circle, (right).

culturenight.ie

Clutching...

this glittering little black Orla Berg number (€150 at Arnotts) in our hot little paws and dreaming up places to go with it. Party season hasn't quite arrived yet, but there's no reason not to have an autumn glow. For the full online range, see

artnotts.ie

Clearing...

our diaries to watch the bold designs of Merrion Square-based couturier Umit Kutluk (above) rub shoulders with looks from Ruby Rouge along with gorgeous pieces from the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards' Jewellery Designer of the Year Blaithin Ennis at the annual charity Love Fashion Love Wexford next Saturday. The host for the evening is RTE presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and it's all for a great cause, the community counselling service It's Good2talk. Tickets, wwww.wexfordchamber.ie, €20. itsgood2talk.com

Bringing...

the outdoors in with Jo Malone's mesmerising new cologne, Wood Sage and Sea Salt. Think windswept shores, waves breaking white - and fresh, salty sea air. The perfect autumn accessory, it costs €50 for 30 ml at Brown Thomas in Dublin.

brownthomas.com

Making...

a date with classical cellist Kate Ellis, who will perform in candlelight in the deeply evocative surroundings of the Georgian drawing room at the Little Museum of Dublin this Thursday.

She will open the museum's first season of musical performances, the Santa Rita Concerts, which will feature classical performer Michelle O'Rourke, traditional fiddle player Toner Quinn, Baroque violin/double bass duo Maya Homburger & Barry Guy, and the jazz group Snowpoet. This week's performance starts at 7pm. Tickets €15.

littlemuseum.ie

Brewing...

up an incredible buzz at the inaugural coffee and tea festival in the RDS this weekend. Not only will you be able to find out everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite bean but you'll also have the chance to show off your barista skills at the country's first ever Home Barista Competition.

dublincoffee festival.com

Irish Independent