FILM: PARALLEL MOTHERS

The interlocking destinies of two women (Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit) who meet as strangers on a maternity ward in Madrid, and who will give birth to baby daughters at virtually the same moment, are explored in Pedro Almodóvar's 22nd (!) film - it's all too easy to take a true master of cinema for granted. Don't make that mistake. This is Almodóvar at the height of his powers.

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PODCAST: IRELAND'S EDGE

Brought to you by the team behind Other Voices, Ireland's Edge is back with a new series of thought-provoking discussions about the altered state of the world around us after another tumultuous year of pandemic. The new season kicks off with Living Room, which considers the country's chronic housing crisis in the company of three of Ireland’s most prominent voices on the issue: Rory Hearne, Assistant Professor of Social Policy at Maynooth University; Orla Hegarty, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin; and architect Rob Curley consider how our housing system became so broken - and what we can do to fix it - listen here.

MUSIC: MCGUIRE, VARIAN-BARRY & O'BEIRNE

Music Network kicks off the first of its Spring 2022 nationwide tours with a new collaboration between Séamus McGuire, Niamh Varian-Barry and Gerry O'Beirne. Featuring the rich, mellow sound of two violas, the concerts offer a fresh perspective on Irish traditional music from a trio of world-class musicians. Running from 2nd — 18th February - find a date near you here.

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EVENT: THE YEAR OF THE TIGER

Welcome the Year of the Tiger! A Dublin City Council initiative, Dublin Lunar New Year hosts their annual city-wide celebration that includes visual art, talks, tours, performances, workshops, film and many family-friendly events. This year's programme, which runs from 28 January – 6 February, includes events for all ages, from K-Pop dance tutorials and storytelling workshops, to learning Cantonese or Korean in online language classes and tasty menu of foodie events. It all kicks off on 28th January with a performance by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, to be streamed online - find out more here.

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VISUAL ARTS: SATURATION

This new exhibition at Cork's Crawford Gallery explores remarkable bodies of work created by an emerging generation of artists who use photography to explore lives played out in front of them, often creating or conveying a heightened experience through the use of colour. Embracing aspects of social media, street photography, music and fashion photography with elements of the documentary tradition, participants include Dragana Jurišić, Ruth Medjber, Michael Hanna, Eva O'Leary, Pádraig Spillane, Conor Clinch, Hazel Coonagh, Megan Doherty, Cáit Fahey, Audrey Gillespie, Vittoria Colonna, Ayesha Ahmad and Niamh Swanton. It runs at the Crawford from 29th January - 26th June 2022 - find out more here.