Our top 5 things to do for the weekend ahead...

1. Picture That
The IFI has reunited with Bottlenote Music to uncover the treasures of the IFI Irish Film Archive with an audiovisual treat comprising short silent films accompanied by live improvised scores from five musicians. 

The Sound of Silents is on at 2pm and 8.30pm. 

Tickets cost €12 from IFI 01 679 3477 or www.ifi.ie 

2. Viva Espana

Wines from Spain has organised an inaugural Spanish Wine Week starting on Monday, designed for keen foodies and wine lovers, giving guests the opportunity to feel the passion and learn more about Spanish wines in a series of events — tastings, talks, restaurant and wine shops offers, and competitions. 

The Cliff Townhouse in Dublin and L’Atitude 51, Cork, are just some of the venues taking part. https://winesfromspaininireland.wordpress.com 

3. Galway Sounds

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by the acclaimed Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann will return to Leisureland in Galway on Thursday at 8pm. 

The audience can look forward to a special programme themed ‘Music as poetry’ with Irish soprano Orla Boylan taking centre stage.

The National Concert Hall will also host the event on Friday.

Tickets cost €22.50, booking on 091 705962 or www.musicforgalway.ie 

4. Foodie Fun

The West Waterford Festival of Food returns to Dungarvan for its ninth year on Friday for a weekend of fabulous food and drink, food events and pop-up restaurants. 

This year’s festival will shine a spotlight on the up-and-coming faces in Irish food and also the trends that are set to dominate the culinary world. www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com 

5. It’s Good to Talk

One of the most celebrated literary festivals in Europe, Galway’s Cúirt offers something for everyone: Music, poetry and fiction readings, discussion events, interviews, book signings, and launches, children’s and young people’s events, spoken word, poetry slams, theatre and visual art exhibitions. 

Writers from more than 20 countries have been invited to take in the festival which starts on Friday and runs until April 24. www.cuirt.ie 


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