Ditch The Drink – 6 Wholesome Activities To Do This Weekend

Sober needn't be boring


Trying to dodge the sauce this weekend? We know it can seem tough in this city, but we've got you covered as per usual with this selection of alcohol-free alternatives. Here are six wholesome activities you can do this weekend...

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Since we're heading into a bank holiday, we can still count Monday as the weekend, which is when Smock Alley's production of The Importance Of Being Earnest kicks off. One of the greatest works of Oscar Wilde, the play satirises the shallow and superficial social conventions of Victorian London, which remains relevant to our modern society obsessed with social media and celebrity culture. The show begins on Monday at 7.30pm and runs from August 3 until August 22, click here to book your tickets.


GAZE Film Festival

This is the 23rd annual celebration of the GAZE Film Festival and it will take place at The Lighthouse Cinema. Celebrating LGBT culture, GAZE will have a host of Irish premieres as well as some classics, such as such as Eisentstein In Guanajuato, A Sinner In Mecca, Stories Of Our Lives, Before You Know It, and Breakfast On Pluto. SLICE will also be providing food for the festivities. Click here to see the full list of films or here to book your tickets.

Perspectives of Europe

Here's one for you arty types: Stephen McKenna, a former Turner Prize nominee, is exhibiting his 'Perspectives of Europe' at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane at the moment. The exhibition offers visitors a glimpse of our continent from the artist's own morphing perspective, who lived in a nomadic life across Europe over a 30 year period. 'Perspectives of Europe' runs until October 4 and entry is free, so why not drop in?


Pic: Stephen McKenna, Greenwich Park, 1984, oil on canvas © Stephen McKenna

Dublin International Piano Festival

While you're at The Hugh Lane for 'Perspective of Europe,' you might also be able to check out a classy concert for the third annual Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy. The festival presents a host of concerts across the city lead by world-renowned pianists, such as Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart from Indiana University Bloomington, Lance Coburn from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and HJ Lim. The festival ends August 2 and tickets range from €10, you can find the full programme here.


Pic: Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy

Merrion Square Open-Air Art Exhibition

This is Dublin's only free open-air art exhibition and you can find it at Merrion Square. The exhibition has been going on for 30 years at this point, with new artists exhibiting their work here all the time. With the exhibition running from 10am until 6pm, going for a stroll in the park surrounded by art is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.


Colour! At The Ark

Here's one for the all the family, the Colour! exhibition at The Ark is all about teaching kids the secrets behind their favourite colours through exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks where they're encouraged to listen, paint and play. Colour! runs until August 23, click here to see its full programme or to book a ticket for the weekend.


Pic: The Ark, Dublin

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Seán Kenehan

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