Achtung baby: All dressed up
Bloom in the Phoenix Park clocked up 80,000 visitors this time last year and, with an attractive mix of mulch, marigolds and munchies, it’ll be propagating a similar if not healthier crop this year. This Sunday, Dublin Kite Festival is being thrown into the breeze on North Bull Island and it sounds like a wholesome, fun day out. Don’t panic if you don’t have a kite – they’ll be running workshops to show yourself and the chisellers how to knock one up.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in Ballyshannon which enjoys more lunatics per square inch than an audition line for Britain’s Got Talent. Rockin’ blues in the main marquee and top-notch mayhem on the streets.
Another musical fête, and one more conscious of its cool quotient, is Forbidden Fruit at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Chic bring the groove and Nile Rodgers will be in full flow, fresh from his all-conquering Daft Punk collaboration. Bring the dancing shoes – the man oozes funk exactly like Daniel O’Donnell doesn’t.
If I could master the art of tri-location I’d be hitting Listowel Writers Week (arguably Ireland’s best textual session, Dublin Writers Week putting up a serious challenge this year, though) and stepping out at the Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, but I’m limiting myself to four: Bloom, Forbidden Fruit, Cat Laughs and the re-enactment in Duncannon, purely for the spectacle of free-range Nazis.
Safe travels, don’t die.