Top 5 events for 30 January 2020

The weekend is fast approaching, but why wait till Friday for a good time? From tasty vegan fare to comedy that will have you doubled over in mirth, Babylon Radio’s top 5 events in Dublin tonight are sure to make this a thunderous Thursday! Check them out below!

Vegan Foodie Festival 

You love food. You love the planet. You even love animals. So why not combine your passions and check out Dublin’s Vegan Foodie Festival! Dublin’s finest vegan and vegan-friendly business across the city are joining forces to prove to you that a vegan diet is tasty, affordable, and fun! Eateries such as DiFontaines Authentic New York Pizzeria, Sova Food Vegan Butcher, The Bombay Pantry and more will be showcasing scrumptious vegan snacks and sustenance and with your Vegan Foodie Festival ticket these establishments are offering from 10% – 50% off vegan menu items! To see which of Dublin’s favourite food shops are participating, checkout the festival website here. Bonus: there’s new menu items, entertainment, and special offers in participating businesses. If you’re looking to start 2020 off with some vegan friendly antics, book your tickets here

When: Jan 30th-Feb 2nd, from 10:30AM

Where: Multiple businesses across Dublin 

Cost: €2.50

Opening of exhibitions by Gabriel Kuri and Kirsten Pieroth

Thursday evening is the perfect moment for reflection and contemplation before the weekend begins. What’s more, an art exhibition featuring sculpture, collage, installations and more is the perfect setting to let your intellectual mind wander. If this sounds like the ideal Thursday night activity for you, consider paying a visit to The Douglas Hyde Gallery and experience the beauty and complexity of the exhibitions by Gabriel Kuri and Kirsten Pieroth. For his first exhibition in Ireland, Kuri will be featuring works influenced by his fascination with the logic of everyday objects. His work centres around how we place value, circulate, and assign function to these objects through the use of repurposed materials. Pieroth on the other hand will use her debut exhibition in Ireland to showcase a series of works on paper as well as sculptural work which ‘show her ongoing interest in the complicated dynamics of the human condition.’ She shows this through displacing everyday objects from their usual function that questions our familiar and internalised assumption of functionality. For more information on these exhibitions, click here. 

When: 6PM – 8:30PM

Where: The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 

Cost: Free



Monthly Rebel Dharma: Meditation Made Simple (with cookies)

It’s Thursday night. The stress of the week has been stacking higher and higher and higher. So why not use this evening as an opportunity to wind down in preparation for the weekend? IF you need a taste of serenity (and a cookie) you should head on down to Monthly Rebel Dharma’s Meditation Made Simple workshop. They’re a super friendly, non-religious Buddhist group looking to help you on your meditative journey whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner. The evening will include meditation for about 30 minutes, followed by a Dharma talk recording and discussion accompanied by tea and cookies. So if you’re curious about meditation, or you just want a relaxing evening with a lovely bunch of folks, you’re curious about how to implement Buddhist teachings into your everyday life, then this is the event for you! For more information on this event, click here

When: 7:30PM

Where: 183 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

Cost: By donation, recommended donation: €5 – €7

Daughter of Swords at The Grand Social

Music is the perfect antidote to all of life’s woes. Especially in January, when it’s cold and bleak, all you need is a couple tune to inspire you. That’s why you should head down to The Grand Social and see Daughter of Swords tonight. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig’s newest album Dawnbreaker highlights the struggle of leaving what you know and things you love in order to chase new horizons and opportunities around the bend. The tunes on display for tonight’s show feature some country twang and ‘sparkling pop warmth’ set to inspire you in the new year.  If you’re looking for a night of music and inspiration, then this gig is for you. For more information, click here, and for tickets click here

When: 8PM

Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Cost: €12.50 – €14.40



The Battle of the Axe Comedy & Open Mic Club

Let off some Thursday steam through uproarious laughter courtesy of The Battle of the Axe Comedy. For over 23 years, The Battle of the Axe has been hosting events and tickling patron’s funny bones. They’ve been a launch pad for some of Ireland’s ‘masters of mirth’ and they’re coming at you tonight with some experienced giggle-givers trying out some new jokes as well as more novice chuckle-heads that are sure to have you bursting at the seams with hoots and hollers galore. If you’re looking for a laugh to ease you into the weekend, then The Battle Axe Comedy & Open Mic Night is for you! For tickets, click here.

When: 9:30PM – 11:30PM

Where: Ha’penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Cost: €7 – €10

Know of any other cool events on tonight?? Put them in the comments below!

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Emma Grove
Emma is a Californian-native, a food lover, and a Journalist for Babylon Radio. With a MA(Hons) from the University of Glasgow, Emma is interested in everything musical and cultural going on in Ireland!

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