EVENT: BODY & SOUL
The festival season kicks up a notch with the return of the popular music and arts bash to Ballinlough Castle. Co. Westmeath from 17th - 19th June, with live appearances from the likes of Roisin Murphy, Mogwai, Sampa the Great, Remi Wolf, Yves Tumor, CMAT, Pillow Queens alongside performances, podcasts and talks from guests like Blindboy Boatclub, Felispeaks, David O’Doherty and Suzanne Ciani, a woodland art gallery featuring audiovisual works from the likes of Aoife Dunne and Maser and rock sitarist/producer Bishi and a unique, immersive listening experience for Jon Hopkins’ transcendent album, Music for Psychedelic Therapy. It's gonna be a trip - find out more here.
THEATRE: TIN SOLDIER
A new piece of theatre from Louis Lovett and Theatre Lovett is always an event, and their unique take on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale sees Andersen himself navigate personal heartbreak as he struggles to make his way as an artist in a Europe ravaged by war. Narrated by Louis Lovett with original music by Conor Linehan and featuring French dancer Kévin Coquelard and Ukrainian singer Olesya Zdorovetska, it's for a 12+ audience, but definitely isn't just for kids - find out more here.
STREAMING: BICYCLE THIEVES: PUMPED UP
Fair City star Roxanna Nic Liam leads a galaxy of Irish comedy talent in Conor O'Toole's charming (and rather timely) lo-fi gem, which screens at the IFI Dublin for one night only on June 21st before making its VOD debut via IFI@Home and IFI International the same day...
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EVENT: THERAPY SESSIONS
The First Fortnight Mental Health Art & Culture Festival returns with its popular Therapy Sessions, at its Dublin home in The Workman's Club on Friday June 24th and at The Duncairn in Belfast on Saturday June 25th, with renowned poet Stephen James Smith MC-ing both nights of spoken word and music; music-wise, the Dublin edition is being curated by Tolü Makay, with a line-up featuring Dublin-based neo-soul contender Tomike, Nigerian-born, Cork based conceptual artist, Salamay, writer & performer Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Scots poet Iona Lee, writer and artist Ciara Ní É and author and spoken word performer Peter (Cursed) Murphy, who also joins singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery and poet Nandi Jola - find out more here (Dublin) and here (Belfast).
Beyond Walls, a new lawn fresco of intertwined hands, which spans the width of Parliament Buildings in Stormont Estate, Belfast, has been unveiled as part of this year's Belfast Photo Festival. The largest human chain in the world links Northern Ireland in the international project by Swiss-based French graffiti artist Saype - Belfast joins some 30 cities across five continents participating in the large-scale art installation - find out more here.