Spring is in the air. It may be officially winter for another month, but February brings Imbolc, the Celtic festival that marks the beginning of spring.
The festival is also linked with St. Brigid and her role as a fertility goddess bringing Ireland from the dark of winter to the light of a new season.
As you might expect, there are plenty of events this weekend celebrating both.
1) Brigit's Garden
Where better to start this week than in Brigit's Garden in Galway. On Friday, Oíche Bhríde, enjoy an evening of Brigit traditions with cross-making, music, ritual and reflection.
On Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm, there is a free cross making workshop. Rushes will be provided and you will be able to make your own traditional cross to take home.
2) Brigid's Day Craft Workshop | IFSC
Discover how the Irish celebrate Spring in this fun and creative craft workshop suitable for children ages 6 – 12 years old. Learn all about Spring traditions from around the world and create a range of colourful craft items to take home, from Brigid’s straw crosses to Japanese cherry blossoms!
3) Imbolc International Music Festival
The 10-day IMBOLC International Arts Festival starts this weekend with a celebration of music, arts and culture set in Derry’s new Cultural Quarter featuring a mix of live music, art trail, dancing, singing, movies, trad workshops and much more.
4) Make a St Brigid's Cross
Drop into the National Museum of Ireland | Country Life on Sunday from 2pm - 4pm and join the members of the Education team to learn more about St Brigid and to make your very own St Brigid's Cross. No booking required.
5) Bundoran Lifeboat Fundraiser
The annual fundraising dance is back as Robert Mizzell returns with support from Kieran McAree. There will also be a massive raffle on the night with all proceeds from the night helping fund the ongoing training of the volunteer crew based at Bundoran Lifeboat Station
6) Saturday Art Club
The Saturday Art Club in the Wexford Arts Centre gives older children the opportunity to learn about the technical aspects of art-making while working with our team of professional artists. This season children will paint, draw and create mixed media pieces.
7) The Lady and the Unicorn
A fun multimedia one-woman show as Carol O’Neill shares her favourite artworks inspired in one way or another by Celtic mythology in the Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday night. WB Yeats gets a mention as does amazing artist Yayoi Kusama, Jim Fitzpatrick and so many more. Learn, laugh and be inspired by this fun Art talk.
8) Cruinniu Lá Fhéile Bríde | An Táin Arts Centre
A celebration of our matron Saint, Brigid of Faughart, with three different events on Saturday 1st February, starting with a Symbols and Customs Workshop at 11am, a talk with Dolores Whelan at 2:30pm and Gathering under Brigid's Mantel with poetry, music, story and song at 5pm
9) Féile Na Tána
Popular traditional music festival returns to Carlingford this weekend with workshops, sessions and performances from Mary Bergin, Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Dónal O'Connor and many more.
10) Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year celebrations continue all weekend with loads of different events including two workshops in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Saturday. Create a decorative lantern or your own colourful dancing Dragon, Rat or Lion puppet.
On Sunday, enjoy a Taste of China food tour and sample at least six different regional cuisines right in the heart of Dublin.
11) Imbolc Festival | Hook Head Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse will celebrate Imbolc with an exclusive ticketed Sunrise Tour and Food Experience on Saturday morning. Over the weekend Baya Salmon Hawk will host talks, visualisation and Imbolc Ceremonies.
Enjoy a local food produce tasting, talks with New Ross GYO group and more plus a Wishing Tree Imbolc Ceremony. Family fun and entertainment and of course Art with Rose.
Three things to do next week:
1) Mysterious Music Installation | The Ark
As part of Spike Cello Festival 2020, visit a new interactive music installation from composer Jonathan Nangle, following on from his The Curious Cello last year.
2) Tradoodle Limerick | Belltable
There are three different shows on Saturday in the Belltable Hub; 'Feet to the Beat', 'Singing Into Spring Song' with Eithne Ní Catháin and a drop-in workshop with Jo May, 'Creative Creatures'.
3) Biddy's Day
Fun for all the family at Killorglin’s famous one-day Celtic Festival, Biddy’s Day on Saturday 8th February.
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