Directly across from the rear entrance to the hotel is The Project Arts Centre, Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary arts in Ireland. With two performance spaces and a Gallery, The Project is a wonderful multi-disciplinary arts venue that programmes visual art, theatre, dance, and music as well as engaging live art events, talks and discussions. It is well worth a visit if you are spending a few days in Dublin and during Summer 2014 there are a wealth of activities to enjoy. From July 18 to mid-September, the Centre will host the challenging multi-faceted work The Centre For Dying on Stage #1 which includes visual art, performance art, sculpture and live art experiences. These events will be a fantastic insight into the contemporary Irish arts scene. Enjoy the spellbinding Human Child by Collapsing Horse Theatre Company which runs on July 24 & 25 and is based on W.B. Yeat’s Stolen Child. With live music, puppetry and a magnificent set, this will be a magical experience for all the family, a treasured memory of time spent in Dublin. On August 7, Tom Swift presents The Dead, a new interpretation of James Joyce’s seminal short story, given an operatic treatment. Four singers accompanied by a string quartet perform this exploration of life, love and mortality. The performances are free and you can book a ticket two weeks in advance. While on East Essex Street be sure to pop into Garage Bar for an authentic sawdust dive-bar experience. Possibly the coolest little bar in Dublin, order a pint of craft on draught and play a few rounds of Street Fighter on their arcade machines or simply soak up the sun on the oil barrels and watch daily Dublin life go by to a soundtrack of surf and Motown.
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 / Tel + 353 1 8819 613 / www.projectartscentre.ie
Garage Bar, Essex Street East, Dublin 2 / Tel + 353 1 679 6543 / www.garagebar.ie