weekly events: march 13

Posted on March 14, 2006

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Dublin – St. Patrick’s Day Festival
No longer just a day’s worth of celebrations, the patron saint’s festival has now extended into a 5 day carnival!  Predictably the highlight – the Festival Parade – will take place on St. Patrick’s Day itself (17th), with colourful costumes and lively music brightening up the streets of Dublin for three hours.  Not to be missed!  Aside from this, the St. Paddy’s timetable is full of theatre sketches, comedy clubs, traditional markets and fun fairs – all of which will capture the fun-loving spirit of this Irish festival.
Dates: 15-19 March
Complete timetable of events
For the Festival Parade:
Date: 17th March
Time: 12 noon
Venue: Starts in Parnell Square, Dublin.

Paris – Art Paris ’06
For the best in French modern and contemporary art, this festival is worth a look.  Also, this year over 30% of the exhibitors are from abroad.
Dates: 16-20 March
Time: 11am-8pm.  (Friday 17 March: 11am-10pm.)
Venue: Grand Palais / Champs-Elysées, Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris
Cost: 15 euros (full price), 10 euros (artists and students)
More information

Berlin – MaerzMusik
This Festival of Contemporary Music dedicates itself to two main themes – "Interkulturality" and "Japan and the West" – both of which will be demonstrated through a range of orchestral performances, solo recitals, exhibitions and musical theatre.
Date: 16-26 March
Venue: Various across Berlin
For more details see

Madrid – Ballet Nacional de España
Spain’s National Ballet Company is staging two productions, beginning the end of this week.  The first is El Café de Chinitas, which is an authentically Spanish fusion of Federico Garcia Lorca’s music with a Salvador Dalí’-inspired set design.  The second show pays tribute to famous flamenco dancer Antonio el Bailarín, who died 10 years ago.
Date: From 17 March.
Venue: Teatro de la Zarzuela. c/Jovellanos, 4, Madrid (Metro: Banco de España).
Tickets: €11-34

London – The Greyhound Trainers Championship
What do you get if you take the 6 top greyhound trainers in the country and then pit each of their top 8 dogs against eachother?  Probably one of the most exciting dog-racing events ever, that’s for certain!  So why not round up a group of friends and go along, and with the promotions below it’s free entry so you can enjoy a small flutter too…
Date: Tuesday 14th March
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, first race 7.30pm.
Venue: Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium (nearest tube stations are Wimbledon and Tooting Broadway)
Cost:  FREE with the following links: all in london and view london

weekly events is edited by Victoria Noble