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8 great ways to get some culture in Dublin this week

Whether you’re here year-round or just up for a few days, there’s always something to do.

THIS SUMMER, THERE’S loads to do in Dublin – so much so that it might seem a little overwhelming to choose what to do sometimes.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best ways to get some culture this week, to make life easier for you.

Check out our list of great ways to get some culture this week, and let us know if you’re getting up to anything in the comments below.

1. Riverdance

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Whether you missed it the first time round, or you just fancy refreshing your memory, Riverdance is back to the Gaiety from now until September. The show has toured worldwide in the 22 years since the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and been seen by 25 million people.

The Gaiety, running till 4 September 

2. The Constant Wife

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Somerset Maugham’s play, The Constant Wife, is on at the Gate Theatre this summer and tells the story of Constance Middleton, whose husband is having an affair with her best friend. Preferring to try and maintain her dignity, she denies the affair and tries to turn gossip and a broken heart to her own advantage.

The Gate Theatre, running till 13 August

3. Epic Ireland

Epic Ireland is a new exhibition based in the CHQ Building, which tells the story of some of the 10 million people who have left the island of Ireland. There are 20 galleries with life histories of sacrifice, endurance, adventure and discovery. From Grace Kelly to the pirate Anne Bonny, you’ll hear stories of Irish people you may never have heard before.

CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, ongoing exhibition

4. Wood Quay Summer Sessions

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If you’re free for an hour at lunch time you can pop down to The Wood Quay Summer Sessions. They are free lunchtime music sessions held in the Civic Office Amphitheatre every Thursday in July. This year, they will focus on a wide range of musical genres including Jazz, Trad, and Folk.

Wood Quay, every thursday in July, 1pm

5. Mythology walk

Fancy a stroll around town with a little mythology thrown in? Then the Mythology walk is for you. It’s on during the day from 1-2.30pm, and will tell you all about Ireland’s mystical, mysterious beginnings and folklore.

Fusilier’s Arch, Thursday, 6 July

6. Town is Dead

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Town is Dead is on at the Peacock Theatre underneath the Abbey until 9 July, and is the story of Ellen, an elderly lady forced into upheaval in her final years when her flat is sold out from under her and she has to move into a spare room in her sister’s house.

Written by Philip McMahon and the team behind Alice in Funderland it’s a dark comedy worth catching.

The Peacock Theatre, Abbey Street, until 9 June 

7. Béal Festival

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Béal Festival is a two-day event based around the music of Jennifer Walshe and performed by ensembÉal, a group of  choral singers. There will be a series of performances, called Inappropriate Moments, both in the day and evening, with the pop-up events free and the evening concerts ticketed.

Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, 8-9 July

8. Proclaiming A Republic: The 1916 Rising

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Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising is a new exhibition in Collins Barracks about,  you guessed it, the Rising in 1916.

The exhibition provides of background context to the uprising, including the push for Home Rule, the rise of the Catholic elite and the increasingly nationalistic arts and cultural movement of the time. The exhibition will allow visitors follow rebels as they set up garrisons and stories are told using personal belongings and memorabilia.

Collins Barracks, Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm

Are you doing anything cultural this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

For a great day out, go to town – and get there with Luas Cross City. Come into Dublin city and enjoy everything it has to offer – from shops, bars, markets, restaurants, theatres and cultural sights. There’s something for everyone, no matter your age or interests. To find out more about what’s going on in Dublin, check out DublinTown.ie

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