Something for the weekend

1. Designing the Future
2. Dancing Queen
3. Animal Attraction
4. Musical Youth
5. Getting Crafty

1. Designing the Future

Innovative Irish work which aims to address societal, environmental and economic challenges will be showcased at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, from Friday and runs until May. 

Events include family day workshops, creating origami creatures, and a chance to meet and talk to the creators. 

Booking at events@nationalcraftgallery.ie or call 056-7796151.

2. Dancing Queen

Set in the heady world of Irish dancing championships, the play The Humours of Bandon is described as coming of age story, full of heart, humour and wisdom for anyone who had a childhood passion that threatened to overwhelm their life. 

It takes place at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm. 

Tickets from €16. 01-2312929; www.paviliontheatre.ie 

3. Animal Attraction

Dublin Zoo will open its doors for 100 couples for an early morning romantic rendezvous on the wild side. 

Next Saturday and Sunday at 8am, Dublin Zoo will exclusively open its doors for two hours to the lucky couples to enjoy a romantic breakfast picnic from Haughton House before experiencing the early morning sights and sounds of the Zoo. 

There will also be keeper talks on breeding, courtship and the romantic rituals of some of the animals. 

Tickets cost €75 per couple on www.dublinzoo.digitickets.co.uk/events/853 

4. Musical Youth

Next Saturday the 22nd Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival takes place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with two separate concerts, at 3pm and 8pm, featuring 400 young musicians from all over Ireland. 

A fun, family event, the audience will hear classical works and other arrangements in a variety of styles. 

Tickets from €10 available from www.nch.ie or 01-4170000; family tickets of €40 available. 

www.iayo.ie 

5. Getting Crafty

A series of crafting workshops are taking place at the Craft Makers, 37 Ashe Street, Tralee, this month. 

From beginners painting courses to sculptural basket weaving with artist Hanna Van Aelst, the courses offer you the chance to explore your creative side. The centre is also running felting woodcarving and portraiture classes. 

Course from €20; www.craftmakers.ie 



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