Romeo and Juliet at the Helix : The Royal Moscow ballet are bringing their production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet to the Helix on Saturday the 10th March.This ballet, which premiered eighty years ago with a beautiful and intense score from Prokofiev, is truly one of the most breathtaking ballets to witness, regardless of whether it is your first time or whether you are a seasoned attendee. The performance will no doubt be outstanding, coming from a reputable Russian dance company. Tickets range from €25-€40.


Spectrum Festival: This festival only had its inaugural year last year, but is back due to its huge success. Spectrum Festival focuses on Jazz, electro and tinged folk, and ways we can combine them to create modern, off the wall music. The festival will take part over the weekend of the 9th-11th of March across three different venues; DBD, the Fumbally stables and the Grand Social. Friday at DBD will feature Snow Poet and Sons of Kemet, Saturday at the Fumbally Stables will present Thunderblender, Catherine Sikora & Brian Chase and on Sunday the Grand Social will have Huun Huur Tu. Early bird tickets are available with day tickets costing no more than €22.

Silk Road International Film Festival : ‘SRIFF’ is a celebration of Film from all over the world held in March every year. Founded in 2012, ‘SRIFF’ has quickly established a name for itself and has become a prominent feature in the arts calendar. The festival has an aim to promote cinema and culture of the world, and takes its title from the Silk Road and ancient trade routes in areas such as Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.’SRIFF’ wants to encourage the creation of a dialogue between different cultures.They aim to educate and encourage the creation of film together, creating an international platform and with its sights set at becoming an international film festival. This event will be held between the 7th and the 11th of March.  

Epic: There will be a discussion by Author Tim Fanning about the many Irish immigrants who travelled to South America and became soldiers in the 18th and 19th centuries. ‘The forgotten Irish who changed the face of Latin America’, will give the opportunity to discuss what impact they had, and their motives for fighting during war between the Spanish and the patriots. This will be of great interest to anyone with a love of history, economics and politics. The talk will take place on Thursday 15th March 6-7 pm. Tickets €5.


Holly Lloyd – Arts & Events Editor