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What’s On in Dublin in January

19th December 2018


Ease into the new year and new term with lots of fun and exciting events happening around the city including the Dublin Bowie Festival, Temple Bar Trad Fest and lots of college events happening on and off campus across Refreshers Week.

First Fortnight: European Mental Health Arts and Cultural Festival

This year Ireland will be hosting the European First Fortnight festival with events taking place nationwide for the month of January. First Fortnight utilises arts and culture to challenge mental health stigma while supporting some of Ireland’s most vulnerable people through creative therapies. More information about First Fortnight can be found on their website. Events happening in Dublin include workshops, performances, film screenings and more. Head over to the website for more details on Dublin events.

Dublin Bowie Festival

The Dublin Bowie Festival returns this year from the 7th to the 13th of January with events in venues across Dublin City from the Grand Social to the National Concert Hall. The festival will comprise of performances of Bowie’s extensive and varied back catalogue, photography and art exhibitions, film screenings, performance art and much more. Visit the Dublin Bowie Festival website for more details and ticket information.

Delicious Dublin Tours

Take a tour around Dublin City and sample some of the best Irish food on offer. The tours take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Lasting approximately 3.5 hours, attendees can also expect an introduction to Irish Food history. Advanced booking is required and tours will recommence on Wednesday the 9th of January. More information and booking options can be found on their website.

BIMM Dublin Refreshers Week

Welcoming students back after a much deserved break, the BIMM Dublin events team have put together a week of events and workshops taking place on campus and in various venues around the city centre. BIMM students should keep a close eye on their emails for more details on the events taking place from the 14th to the 18th of January. Don’t miss out!

LGBTQ Urban Yoga Retreat

Samadhi Yoga Studios will host a one day LGBTQ Urban Yoga Retreat on the 20th of January. Comprising of yoga and meditation, this workshop provides an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after the busy festive period. More details and ticket information can be found here.

Waltons World Music Series presents Tigran Hamasyan & Special Guests

Presented by Walton’s New School of Music, renowned pianist, Tigran Hamasyan brings his live show to the National Concert Hall on the January 22nd. Special guest on the night is singer songwriter and harpist, Brona McVittie. For further information and to buy tickets, visit

Trad Fest

Trad Fest returns this year with performances from Irish musicians across multiple genres. Andy Irvine, Cathy Davey, INNI-K, Paddy Casey and more will perform at this year’s festival between the 23rd and 27th of January. The festival will also incorporate Irish food trails, music industry seminars and workshops. More details can be found here.

Boyzone – Farewell Tour

90s boy band Boyzone embark on their farewell tour in support of their final release, ‘Thank You & Goodnight’ this month. The band bring their live show to the 3 Arena on the 24th of January as part of their final Ireland and UK tour and it’s sure to be a special one for their loyal fans! Get your tickets here.

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie stop by the Olympia Theatre on their autumn tour in support of their latest release, ‘Thank You For Today’. Tickets for the show on the 24th of January are now sold out, but why not check out the new album?

Mindful Meditation & Wellness for Young People

For young people aged between 10 and 23, this one day workshop taking place in Drumcondra on January 24th will deal with building resilience, boosting wellbeing and developing new skills like mindfulness and meditation. The workshop was developed in the interest of creating positive mindsets, health and wellbeing among young people. Further details and ticket information can be found here.

Vinyl & Wine – Highway 61 Revisited

On the 27th of January, the Vinyl & Wine panel return to the Liquor Rooms to discuss Bob Dylan’s, Highway 61 Revisited. For anyone who has yet to attend a Vinyl & Wine listening party, this is how it goes. The album in question will be played from start to finish on high quality vinyl through a top of the range sound system followed by an in depth expert panel discussion. A must attend for Dylan fans! Get your tickets here.

Tears for Fears

Round off the first month of 2019 and catch Tears for Fears at the 3 Arena on the 31st of January. On their second of two Irish dates as part of their ‘Rule the World’ Tour, the band are joined by special guest, Alison Moyet. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.


Sinéad Furlong

Sinéad is the Founder and Editor of MNÁSOME: an online platform created to showcase and empower women in music. She also runs events and an online shop as part of MNÁSOME. Sinéad graduated as a Vocalist from the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin in 2015.