Top three for free

Feel like the world is constantly asking you for something? We sure do and this is why we’ve put together this new feature of exciting things to do and see in our fair city. A breath of fresh air in the age of commidification of almost everything. Enjoy!

Music
For the musically inclined, All City Records and First Second Label celebrate a new EP from Dublin based electronic outfit, Minos with a party in The Bernard Shaw. Expect scattered rhythms and improvised electronics throughout the evening as a live audio visual performance is in store.

Also on the bill is Irish artist Hubie Davison, known for putting out dreamy, ambient and ethereal house music on labels like Berlin’s Leisure System. Davison will share the music duties with First Second Label’s boss man Daire Carolan in a back to back fashion.

Guaranteed to be an interesting night of music and free of charge as per usual for The Bernard Shaw. Need some fresh air? You can also check out the outdoor area around the back for a more laid-back atmosphere, play a game of pool, or get yourself a handmade pizza on The Big Blue Bus, but that’ll cost you!

Check out their EP out now on First Second Label, streaming via Soundcloud.

Art
This week the free art tip goes to the annual Sculpture in Context exhibition which returns to The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The exhibition is celebrated as the largest and most prestigious outdoor sculpture exhibition in the country.

A great idea for a day trip, with the delicate landscapes of the Botanic Gardens, along with the unusually warm weather that some would call our ‘Indian Summer’, it’s certainly an opportunity to enjoy some of Dublin’s nature before winter has us fully in its grasps.

If you’re there on a good day you may find some of the artists of the selected works meandering around the grounds, who are, from my own experience, friendly, happy to talk and full of extra insight about the discourse of their work.

The exhibition takes place both indoors and outdoors, running from September 3rd until October 16th. The gardens are open to the public on weekdays until 5pm and 6pm on weekends.

Activity and discussion
Want to further your Irish history knowledge? With 2016 marking the 100 year anniversary of The Easter Rising, now may be the time to impress your friends and to brush up on your knowledge by joining historian Fearghall McGarry on the launch of his essay The Abbey Theatre and Easter 1916 and subsequent discussion of the theater’s involvement in the rising of 1916.

The launch and discussion take place in The Abbey Theater on Tuesday October 6th at 1pm.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance, you can do so here.

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