What’s on around Ireland this weekend

Galway Oyster Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival and New Ross Piano Festival

 A scene from the Berlin Schaubuhne theatre production of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier which opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A scene from the Berlin Schaubuhne theatre production of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier which opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

 

Fingal Film Festival

This year’s Fingal Film Festival hosts more than 60 films and innovative workshops, running until tomorrow. Events will be held in Movies@Swords at the Swords Pavilions, offering a platform for emerging independent film makers.

Last night’s opening featured the premiere of Palo Alto (2014), the debut feature from Gia Coppola, while workshops over the weekend include an animation workshop led by Robert Cullen and a sound design session with Niall Brady (Frank) and Steve Fanagan (Game of Thrones). See fingalfilmfest.com.

New Ross Piano Festival

The 2014 festival, under artistic director and pianist Finghin Collins, opened on Thursday and will run until tomorrow.

The focus this year is on music for piano and wind instruments, featuring Cassiopeia, from Dublin. Lise de la Salle from France and Joseph Moog from Germany will also make their Irish debuts. For the inaugural fringe, the Ebony and Irony festival, audiences can expect events based loosely on the black and white theme of piano keys.

Season ticket €110; tickets for individual concerts €5-€25. Concessions for senior citizens and students; masterclasses free. See newrosspianofestival.com.

Dublin Theatre Festival

The 2014 festival opened on Thursday night with Berlin’s Schaubühne theatre production of Hamlet at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and runs until October 12th.

This weekend’s productions include Hugo Hamilton’s The Mariner at the Gate Theatre, the stage adaptation of Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, and Teatro de Chile’s Zoo at Smock Alley Theatre.

There are family events, artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes. Tickets online, at 01-6778899, or at the box office on East Essex Street, in Temple Bar. See dublintheatrefestival.com

Macroom Food Festival

This Cork culinary festival runs from Friday to Sunday, aiming to be “bigger and better” than last year’s inaugural event. Events will cater to all ages, from kids’ fancy dress and puppet shows to food tastings and a cake decorating masterclass. Tickets €2-€20. See macroomfoodfestival.com