Top 3 events Weekend

1. Smock Allies: Scene + Heard

There was a 17th Century theatre called Smock Alley Theatre. Despite being old and excellently preserved, the team of (not-quite-so-old) troopers within the building decided that the people needed to see new art and that support needed to be given to artists to show their brilliant ideas. And so, Smock Allies : Scene + Heard was born.

A festival of new work across live performance of all genres including music, dance, theatre, comedy and spoken word at Smock Alley Theatre. Provides a chance for artists to test an excerpt of previously unseen work or new ideas / formats in front of a live audience in order to get feedback before mounting and staging full length productions.


In its inaugural year (Feb/March 2016) Scene + Heard saw 85 pieces of new work being showcased to an audience of 4,800 people with audiences giving feedback in a myriad of ways (secret ballot, video booth, Q &A, live twitter feed, candy poll) which was sent directly to the artists.

Armed with this feedback the artists have gone on to further develop their work, so what you will be able to experience will be out of this world. Take a look at the whole programme, there are a lot of possibilities for everyone’s tastes!

Where: Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
When: from 14 Feb to 4 Mar
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2. Gabriel Garzón-Montano

On his debut LP, Jardín, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of the many-layered game that is America today, from the specific doubt and double consciousness of the first-generation hustle, to the universal challenges of love, legacy, and exploring the maze of one’s own mind. A child of immigrant parents – a child of Brooklyn, NY – Garzón-Montano’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage, a pastiche of Bach sonatas, cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes to this day from behind half-rolled tints up and down Nostrand Ave.


Jardín comes on the heels of three intense years of touring, writing and recording. Soon after the 2014 release of his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, Gabriel was invited out on the road by rock legend Lenny Kravitz, as direct support on 23 concerts across Europe. Today, he’s come to let us enjoy his music and vibes live!

Where: The Workmans Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
When: Fri 24, 20:00
Price: €19
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3. Lower Liffey Street Indoor Flea Market

The Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street hosts a weekly Indoor Flea Market every Saturday from 12 noon till 6pm.

The Ha Penny Flea Market has a mishmash of stalls ranging from vintage clothes to vinyl records, retro furniture, contemporary crafts, chic jewelry, books, etc. They welcome local designers and collectors selling their one-off pieces; the Flea Market has numerous vintage stalls who have amazing finds, vintage furs, bags, dresses and lots, lots more..


They also have many local shops in the city centre venturing out and talking stalls to promote their shops! Such as Shotsy Vintage, Golly Gosh Vintage, Flip Vintage Clothing, Wild Child selling Vinyl Records, Sybil Vein Antiques, Magpie’s Nest Antique,Vintage and Modern Jewellery. They are also proud to have such well know artists like Sean Hillen taking a stall from time to time.

No week is the same at the market, as they rotate stall holders, and there will also be DJ’s spinning old vinyl to get the authentic feel and get you in the shopping mood, whist you can have a pint from the bar while browsing the stalls!

Where: 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1
When: Every Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00
Price: Free admission

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