Ideas of March: Free Things to Do and See in your city this month

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Culture doesn’t always have to come at a price. Some of the best things in life come for free, and these events lined up for the month of March are no exception.

Celebrating Successful Women in Engineering

In honour of International Women’s Day and Engineers Week, the Young Engineers Society is hosting this inspiring event where four of Ireland’s leading women in the field of engineering; Dr. Sarah Ingle, Emma McKendrick, Charlotte Murphy and Doireann Barry will discuss their personal career paths to engineering. Admission is free but tickets must be booked here.

Where: DIT Bolton Street – Room 446

When: March 8th

Tea/ Coffee will be served at 5pm with presentations beginning at 6.15pm

Above the Fold: Women in Design

For perhaps the more artistically inclined, Above the Fold is also hosting an event to coincide with International Women’s Day, celebrating Ireland’s established and emerging female designers. The event will present six designers and design professionals from areas of fashion, illustration, product & industrial design, graphic design, visual communication and advertising. Admission is free and you can apply for your ticket here.

Where:  The Liquor Rooms, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin.

When: March 8th at 6pm

Dublin Sketchers

Dublin Sketchers is a loose collection of hobbyists who meet every week at a different location to sketch. Previous locations include the National Print Museum and Dublin Castle. The group meets afterwards for a cup of coffee and a chat where they can discuss each other’s sketches.

Where: Check dublinsketchers.com on Fridays for the venue of the week

When: Every Sunday starting at 2pm and meeting after at 4pm

First Up: Graham McLaren & Neil Murray

First Up is a series of lunchtime talks from the creative minds at the forefront of Irish culture, science and the arts. Graham McLaren and Neil Murray were appointed as joint Directors of the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Both came to the Abbey Theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland, Graham as Associate Director and Neil as Executive Producer. Together, they are responsible for the Abbey’s programming from 2017 onwards.

Where: Science Gallery, Pearse Street

When: 15th March 1pm-2pm

PLASTIK: Festival of Artists’ Moving Image

PLASTIK is a festival for the appreciation of artists’ moving image in Ireland. ​The festival offers a platform for the presentation of artists’ film and video, with screenings in the Irish Film Institute and talks in the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. The screenings are ticketed but the talks and discussions in the Temple Bar Gallery are free of charge. More information can be found on plastikfestival.com

Where: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and The IFI

When: 24th-26th March

Comedy Shed: The Woolshed Baa and Grill

Who doesn’t need a little laughter in their lives? Start off your week in the Woolshed Baa & Grill on Parnell Street. Their Comedy shed is held every Monday night with three headline acts for your entertainment.

Where: The Woolshed Baa & Grill, Parnell Street

When: Every Monday 8.30pm

Free Guided Tours at the Hugh Lane Gallery

If you’re interested in art and love a good guided tour, head along to the Hugh Lane Gallery, where tours are free on a Sunday at 2pm. The exhibition currently on show is Artistic Migration: Frank O’Meara and Irish Artists Abroad. The gallery also boasts Francis Bacon’s studio, relocated with all its contents in their original places, from newspapers to paint splatters. The tour is free but places are limited so it’s best to arrive early.

Where: The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North

When: Every Sunday at 2pm

With any luck, these events and attractions will leave your craving for culture satiated without your pockets kicking up a fuss throughout the month of March.

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