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Ugh – the weather has been pretty hideous this week, right? Storm Barney upped the ante on the wet, windy and basically miserable weather we’ve been experiencing as of late, but not to fear the weekend is upon us – and there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had.

Whether it’s music, art or theatre you’re into, here’s how to get your culture fix this week – as well as having a day out with the family or a fun night out with your gal pals.

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Van Morrison

The legendary musician is coming to Dublin on Friday and we’re expecting yet another extraordinary performance of his repertoire of hits. Tickets for the show, which takes place in the 3Arena at 6.30pm, cost from €76 and can be purchased here.

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Get up & Dress up

How does getting dressed up and having a laugh with the girls while supporting a good cause sound? Fundraising event Get Up & Dress Up, in Lillie’s Bordello, Dublin, will take place on Saturday night in aid of Suicide or Survive Ltd. Promised to be a “night of girly fun”, the event kicks off at 7pm, although ticket holders are asked to arrive for 6.30pm. There’ll be drinks on arrival, entertainment, celebrity bloggers and makeup demos, as well as raffle prizes and goodie bags – all for just €20! Visit here for more.


An Béal Binn Beog

Are you a fan of the written word? Join authors Kate Kerrigan, Claudia Carroll, Ella Griffin, Martina Devlin and Helen Falconer in Belmullet’s Áras Inis Gluaire on both Friday and Saturday for a weekend of literature, conversation, workshops and fun! For more details, and how to get tickets (a weekend pass costs €20), click here.

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Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival

It’s never too early – is it? Celebrate the joy of the yuletide season in the pictorial seaside town from 21st November to 24th December with lots of family-friendly activities – whether it’s browsing the Christmas market, getting nostalgic with old-world children’s amusements, marvelling at fireworks displays, or watching the enchanting lantern procession. The best news? It’s free!

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Swan Lake

Together with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet company is back by popular demand with their production of Swan Lake. Experience classical dancing to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score as this romantic story, set against wonderful sets with stunning costumes, reflects the enduring confrontation of good and evil.

The performances run from 20 – 22 November in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and tickets are priced between €35 – €99.50. Visit here for more info.

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Bite 2015, RDS

We love a good food festival. This one will feature no less than 150 of the best artisan food and drink producers in the country, including Bear Market Coffee, Cúlcow Artisan Ice Cream, McCormack Family Farms, Roll It Pastry and loads more. There’s fun for kids with an interactive food session (involving chocolate-y crepes) and something for the parents with wine appreciation courses and cocktail making classes. Tickets cost a tenner – kids under 16 go free – and more details are available here.

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Dublin Burlesque Festival

Taking place on Leeson Street, this festival promises to be “Ireland’s premier celebration of cabaret and burlesque!” Expect events such as a vintage fashion show and afternoon tea, or a burlesque workshop with the fabulous headliner Miss Polly Rae. Running until Sunday, all tickets and details are available here.



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