Dublin is coming alive again in that brighter, longer day kind of way. There are posters up for pending festivals, and signs of outdoor ventures. Along the Liffey this weekend, for instance, a varsity rowing regatta, with so many young and eagers making use of the water in such a wonderful way. I love seeing this. (One of my regrets is not taking up rowing while in college. I just couldn’t hack the 5am starts and the dawn run to the river- so I applaud them all).
Also this weekend, Happenings kicked off their season of outdoor pursuits with a screening of ‘Some Like it Hot’ in Fitzwilliam Square. The grass still being a little damp, and the chill in the air still chilling, the crowd came undeterred. It’s my friend Peter O’Brien’s clever venture. Ireland’s notorious weather patterns play havoc with outdoor planning but Peter and co have cleverly pre-agreed event management plans and logistics with the City Council and park services to get events happening within a 36 hour notice period. So, if there is blue sky over the coming months, there can be sure to be some more screenings. Notification of the events will be released via social media channels and their mailing list. So, if in Dublin, be sure to get yourself signed up.
Happenings are also hosting the incredible incredibles of This is How We Fly in the Fumbally Café on 30th April. Only a few tickets left and you have to pop down to the café to collect- but oh so so will be worth it. If you have not heard the band before, here is some of their musical magic. And if you have not been to The Fumbally, well you are in for a treat.
Peter is also the man behind the weekly outdoor yoga sessions in Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh, every Saturday, 11am. It is on a rotating teacher schedule, and always a great community vibe. Updates from their facebook page here. And as the weather warms, it gets even better.
And staying with the outdoor theme, Street Feast’s plans are ramping up a notch in preparation for 23rd June, the big day this year when we hope to have even more feasts across the country. Sam Bishop is holding the Street Feast reins this year (I have stepped back from the core team to focus on developing some new projects and my teaching practice, but I am lending a hand where I can and still really eager to see make it’s way onto more and more streets). It is just a simple idea- the sharing of food, banter, and community. More information on the Street Feast website and blog, and updates in the coming months with some new and exciting developments.
And other adventures…
And while on summer thoughts I am also thinking of the other upcoming events and gatherings I am being enticed to. Strokestown Poetry Festival, directed my friend Martin Dyar, is taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (3-5th May). There will be readings, music and a multitude of poems by a mix of young and old, those on the scene a while and a healthy mix of emerging poets such as Sarah Clancy and Erin Fornoff. So, if you happen to be in Roscommon…
Later in the year we will also have some surprises in store for the Body and Soul Festival over the mid-summer solstice, and I am already looking forward to wild and wonderful shenanigans. It is always a great line-up. Kudos to the talented trailblazer (and friend) Avril Stanley for her vision and passion to make it all happen. I so admire what she is doing.
Then, of course, there will be random hikes, picnics, cycles through the city, walks through the woods and maybe even a sea swim or two. Outdooring it. Yes, please. More, please. I’ll have sunshine with that too, please.
A few more photos below from the outdoor screening. Well done to Peter, Sam, Claire, Emily, Taja, John and all the other crew and volunteers.