Finding love amidst the manic backdrop of Dublin City can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, but this Valentine’s Day, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust is teaming up with dozens of local businesses around the city to help you fall in love with Dublin…and just maybe find love yourself.
On February 14 from noon to midnight, spots around the city will open their doors to romance for the aptly named event, A Date with Dublin. The programme of events will include everything from photography exhibits to speed dating and choral music performances.
If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a partner, the two of you can participate in a truly unique art exhibition curated by the Gallery of Photography. Vintage-style partners’ portraits will be taken from 1-4pm and then displayed on a screen in Meeting House Square later in the evening. Places are limited, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your free spot.
There are also a number of film and theatre screenings going on throughout the evening that couples or friends might want to partake in together. Films to be shown in Meeting House Square the evening of, for example, include Casablanca and Once.
While many of the events are open to all for a celebration of love in all its forms, some are aimed at people looking for romance. Our friends over at the Gutter Bookshop are hosting an event just for awkward culture vultures looking for love: bookworm speed dating! Get to know other literary-minded singles in a fast five minutes each and maybe come away with the new Mr. or Mrs. You (or if not, a great story and perhaps some new friends!). It’s on from 6:30-8pm for free and there’s no need to book in advance.
ETA: The Gutter folks have just informed me that this speed dating event is actually a book match event, so you won’t be meeting people – you’ll be meeting their experts who will match you up with your perfect book!
If you’re currently out of couplehood or looking to give Valentine’s the aul’ two fingers, one option is the truly unique “Love Sucks” at Project Arts Centre. A king of live-action art game created by the artists from Make and Do, two different games will have you meeting new people through smartphone ice breaker activities and silly antics of faux seduction.
For more info and a full programme of events, visit the Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s website.