Top Things To Do This Weekend (23 – 25 April)

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There are a number things on the horizon to keep our spirits up in the coming weeks, (mainly looking at the dates for the revised restrictions here!) and as usual we have put together a list of fantastic things to do over the final few days of this month. Although we are looking forward to the country reopening soon, we can’t help but be grateful for the huge amount of arts and entertainment that has been made available online for audiences. There are some wonderful events taking place so make sure to tune in, kick back and enjoy.


1) Take Part in the EYE On The Edge online festival.

EYE on the Edge is an exciting free online festival taking place this weekend created by a group of young people, aged 16 to 30, in collaboration with the European Parliament and Galway 2020. The festival fuses politics, arts and culture to create dialogue, share ideas and respond to contemporary European and global challenges. Registration is now open for all events including workshops, debates and live performances via


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2) Explore the Online Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2021 invites audiences to log on and be part of the intriguing conversations taking place between 21- 25 April. Irish based authors will broadcast events in a mix of live stream and pre-recorded events, with some much-anticipated international names, like Alexander Chee and Carmen Maria Machado, joining in on the events from home. This Saturday at 8pm one of Ireland’s best-loved writers, Marian Keyes, comes to Cúirt for the very first time, taking a moment to celebrate everything she has achieved in her career so far and look ahead to what’s next. To join in on this event and more visit


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3) Watch The Mighty Ocean premiere on TG4

As well as exploring the themes of climate change, environment and landscape, this half-hour film marks a decades-long musical dialogue between Galway Music Residency and its permanent ensemble in residence ConTempo Quartet. For over 15 years, these partners have pushed the boundaries of musical and cultural fusion to present unique listening experiences to the people of Galway and beyond. Composed by Máirtín O’Connor, The Mighty Ocean sees the culmination of this creative friendship in a spectacular celebration of music and the sea. The film, commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, and produced by Galway Music Residency for TG4 as part of Galway 2020’s Capital of Culture Programme, will have its World Premiere on Sun 25 at 9:30pm.


4) Stream Tolü Makay’s Virtual Performance

This showcase is presented by the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin for the C / O Pop Festival, the digital festival with concerts, pop culture workshops, special interviews and live streamed performances from artists like Tolü Makay. After a series of impressive singles such as “Let Me In” and “Don’t Let Go”, Tolü released their highly anticipated debut EP “Being” on the Berlin label Welcome To The New World in 2020, and the rest was history. The hit making artist’s performance will be available to stream live on the 22nd and 23rd of April at


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5) Watch the ‘Echoes of Calling – Encounter’ Dance Performance

Acclaimed Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura has used online workshops and rehearsals to collaborate with three West of Ireland dancers to create a new and unique dance performance. ‘Echoes of Calling – Encounter’ is the result of a partnership between Áras Éanna Inis Oírr, Galway 2020 and EU Japan Fest, bringing the most westerly arts centre in Europe together with dancers from Galway Dance Project, sean-nós singers from Co Donegal, and one of the most acclaimed contemporary dance choreographers in the greater metropolis of Tokyo. The project will be launched in Japan and Ireland at 1pm Irish time on Fri 23. To view the event, please check out the Aras Eanna Ionad Ealaine page on Facebook:


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