Summer Rising is the latest summer festival to land in our calendar. The event, billed as “a celebration of food, art, music and performance”  takes place in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from July 18th to 26th. A jam packed line up of music, art, performances and some really exciting food events take place against the backdrop of IMMA and its stunning gardens. Many events in the programme are free, while separate ticketing for each of the major five events in the festival makes for great value. It all starts on Friday July 18th with the opening of Propositions, an exhibition by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica – which is the inspiration behind the whole festival. There’s a lot going on as part of the festival so here’s our simple guide: 

Friday July 18th Thisispopbaby’s WERK // HEAT RASH – 8.30pm

The opening of the Propositions exhibition will be followed by a performance called WERK // HEAT RASH. It’s billed as “a blistering haze of neon and discotheque, live art and performance”. We don’t know have a clue what it is, but it sounds like fun. Tickets are €20 here.

Saturday July 19, Concrete Tiki’s The Hare: 12 noon to 4pm 

The Concrete Tiki refers to a construction by artists Daniel Tuomey and Tom Watt in IMMA’s beautiful gardens. This specially commissioned structure will be the location for a one day revival of The Hare. The Hare was a raw food pop up restaurant that came to Temple Bar last October and had reviewers in a tizzy. Artist Fiona Hallinan and Chef Katie Sanderson will once again be focusing on fresh vegetables and raw food. Tickets €20 here.


Friday 25th –The IMMA Banquet – 7pm   

Guests will given a special private tour of the Propositions Exibition given by Head of Exhibitions at IMMA, Rachael Thomas. This will be followed by a feast by chef Jess Murphy of Galway’s Kai restaurant. Tickets: €50 per person for a multi-course menu.

Saturday 26th – Concrete Tiki’s The Cake Café – 12 noon to 4pm

One of the most eagerly awaited events of the programme, this time it’ll be Michelle Darmody of the Cake Café serving her food from the Concrete Tiki structure. Guests can expect a menu of locally sourced Irish ingredients for a sit-down three course lunch. Michelle has even commissioned Dublin design studio Distinctive Repetition to create bespoke serving platters which guests will take home with them. Tickets are €20.


Saturday 26th – The IMMA Summer Party – 7.30pm

The Festival will end with the IMMA Summer Party. The team from House Café in Cork will create a series of cocktails and eats while  Jennie Moran from Luncheonette in NCAD will offer a specially tailored menu later in the evening. This will be served in parallel with curator Vaari Claffey’s Gracelands; which is described as “a platform for live performances, lectures and screenings”. Music will be from Donal Dineen, David Kitt, Emmet Condon, 11:11 and Gang Colours.

All weekend

Throughout the weekend workshops will be held on topics like seaweed, pickling and preserving vegetables, butter making and even “smoking fish in a biscuit tin”. During the festival there will be many free daytime events, including “The Garden Rising”; a celebration of art, food and performance taking place on Saturdays June 19th and 26th. All the event names can be a bit confusing but the interesting combination of performances and food and what looks like great value for money definitely have us interested.

IMMA Gardens

IMMA’s Stunning Gardens


Hare’s Exciting Take On Raw Food Returns to IMMA This July / Photo: Katie Sanderson

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