7 amazing queer events happening in Ireland during Pride month

Pride month is always full of exciting events, so we prepared a list of 7 must see cultural things happening in Ireland this June.

A split screen of four of the promotional images from Pride events happening in Ireland. On the far right is a black and white photograph of people cheering outside a bar, middle right is a photograph of a topless black man in blue lighting, middle left is a painting of two crows with a full moon, far left is a colour photograph of two people with androgynous haircuts resting their heads on one another.
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As everyone already knows, Pride month is the best time of the year with a smorgasbord of LGBTQ+ events happening around Ireland. There is so much to do that it is almost impossible to keep track of all the different things happening. So, to help you find some hidden gems that are taking place this month, we created a list of 7 queer cultural events not to be missed.

(Un)Acceptable (exhibition)
June 17-22, The Complex Gallery & Studios, Dublin

 

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(Un)Acceptable is an exhibition of forty-one portraits created by Andrej Getman representing members of the LGBTQ+ community worldwide who have and/or still are being harassed, tortured, and murdered due to the discrimination and intolerance within our society.

Andrej Getman is a Lithuanian gay man who has been living in Ireland for almost two decades and is now an Irish citizen. His current research is focused on gathering stories and visual assets of targeted discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community around the world, translating those resources into portraits of the victims and survivors. Through this exhibition, Andrej wants to celebrate Pride and also remind the audience that everything began as a protest.
The exhibition is between June 17-22, 2022 at The Complex Gallery & Studios in Smithfield, Dublin.

Under the Night Sky (performance)
June 21 and 22, Manorhamilton Castle, Leitrim

Under The Night Sky is a queer love story that explores passion, friendship and healing topics.
According to the director, it is “an emotional roller-coaster of love and laughter, carnage and devastation, fire and ashes, a story of identity, cleansing, memory and loss, wrapped up in the burning walls of Hamiltons Castle as Úna (Rena Bryson) and Lasairíona (Carla Foley) face the challenging reality of their relationship”.

Written by Treasa Nealon and directed by Sonia Norris, Under The Night Sky is a co-production between The Glens Centre and award-winning The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company.
The performance will happen on June 21 and 22, 2022 in the Manorhamilton Castle (Co. Leitrim), and tickets are available here.

Euphoria Pride Party
June 25, The Well, Dublin

Euphoria Dublin has been hosting monthly parties around the city for over 8 years, making them a well-known brand within the European LGBTQ+ community. For their Pride 2022 edition, they have three DJs in the lineup, including the Brazilian DJ Felipe Lira, as their international guest. Felipe is one of the biggest Brazilian DJs, so we can expect a great party with lots of fun, great music, screen visuals, gogo boys and more.
Tickets are on sale now, and you can find them on Eventbrite here.

INTIMATE (exhibition and book launch)
June 29, Hen’s Teeth Studio, Dublin

 

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INTIMATE is a journalistic/photographic photobook curated by Ella Bowler and Aoife McGrath.
Ella, who wrote and managed the photobook, explains that “INTIMATE is a journalistic/photographic exploration of queer intimacy, aiming to deconstruct ‘objective queerness'”.
The book launch and exhibition will happen on June 29, 2022 at Hen’s Teeth Studio with live music from Rudy and Sarah Crean. The book will be available on-site from the launch night and at The Library Project afterwards.

Tonie’s Lavender Walk (tour)
June 20-24, Dublin Castle

Tonie Walsh is back with one of the season’s annual highlights, his LGBTQ+ history tour of Dublin.
In this unmissable wander through the heart of the city, Tonie will take you through the highs and lows of Irish LGBTQ+ history exploring Victorian scandals, the club scene of the 80s and 90s and the foundation of the Irish LGBTQ+ rights movement.
This is always one of the hottest Pride events in Ireland and sells out fast so get booking here!

Party Scene (performance)
June 15-17, Cork Midsummer Festival
June 22 – July 2, Project Arts Centre, Dublin

 

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Written by Phillip McMahon and choreographed by Philip Connaughton, THISISPOPBABY’s highly anticipated new show Party Scene delves into the underbelly of queer culture with an unflinching and provocative exploration of desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction.
This new dance-theatre work celebrates the sweaty high of the session but asks tough questions about drugs, sex, consent and mental health in the queer community. Looking at Chemsex through an objective lens the show aims to spark conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia, family and care within the LGBTQ+ community.
To book tickets click here.

I’m Here, I’m Home, I’m Happy (film)
June 21, Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre, Cork

 

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As part of a month-long series of events, Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre will be hosting a screening of I’m Here, I’m Home, I’m Happy, the fabulous documentary looking at COrk’s rich LGBTQ+ history with some of the amazing activists who paved the way for LGBTQ+ rights in Cork.
Founder of Cork LGBT Archive and director of the film Orla Egan will also speak about the film and the role community plays in supporting LGBTQ+ people.
The event is free to attend and no booking is required. For more details check out Skibbereen CFRC on Instagram.

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