Culture Night Preview
by Fran Winston
From humble beginnings in 2006 Culture Night has grown to become an annual institution that sees cultural activities, venues, tours and one off events open to the public totally gratis for one night only. It’s become so popular that Dublin Bus are even running free shuttle services between venues this year to ensure that patrons can soak in as much of the events as possible. However, like everything that is free many of the tickets are snapped up right away. But with so many activities on offer there is still plenty available and many of the events do offer standby tickets if they have no shows so it can be worth showing up as you might get lucky.
Attendees are in for a real treat this year as there are some fabulous and varied performances taking place around the country. Some of our favourites (in various counties) include:
There’s a fabulous event taking place in Civic Offices, Wood Quay from 5pm-8pm. All the activities have an environmentally conscious twist. There’s a music equipment gear swap with MyVolts and you can create an eye catching mask from recycled materials before the big finale: a Masquerade Ball with live music!
In Temple Bar All City Records will host an in-store event that will showcase a surprise line up of live musicans and DJs from the Dublin streets. This starts at 4pm and runs until 10pm.
St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street will host the An Garda Síochána Male Voice Choir plus special guests! The concert starts at 7.30pm but activities will be taking place from 4pm.
In the Centre for Creative Practices @ D-Light Studios on North Great Clarence Street, ten artists will collaborate to show how cultures come together to shape new futures. The event will include performance, video, photography, sound, literature, sculpture, visual arts and runs from 6pm-10pm.
Visit the acclaimed artist Maser’s studio Atelier Maser on Charlemont Street from 4pm-10pm for an exhibition showcasing the work of renowned street artists from around the globe.
For the first time on Culture Night Trinity College Botanic Garden in Palmerstown Park will be offering guided tours at 4.30pm and 6pm allowing people to discover plants from all over the world, collected by generations of Trinity botanists.
Bretzel Bakery on Lennox Street are opening their doors from 5.30pm-9.30pm to explain the development of sourdough culture from earliest times and attendees even get to take away a sample of starter culture to bake their own.
Hawk’s Well Foyer, Sligo play host to Trad@5 which will celebrate the traditional music in the area. A selection of young musicians who are involved in the Creative Counties stream of their Markievicz project will be performing from 5pm-5.45pm.
The Sligo Global Kitchen brings communities together to enjoy a global food experience called The Model in The Mall from 5pm-8pm.
If theatre is more your bag the Mockingbird Theatre Group’s Waiting Tables For Godot in An Grianán is a 35-minute performance inspired by the Beckett classic, Attendees will be served soup, as conjoined twins rehearse serving their best customer: Godot. Booking is essential for this.
Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society are getting in on the Culture Night buzz performing their re-enactment of Grease The Musical from 9pm – 10.30pm in Kilnaleck Hall
Carlow Ukulele Players will be joined on by the High Hopes Choir, all of whose members have been touched by homelessness in one form or another, as they perform a repertoire from the best of Irish Ballads to some classic pop and rock music in VISUAL, Old Dublin Rd from 7pm – 7.45pm.
People’s Museum of Limerick hosts “Weep You No More,” a chamber concert of Renaissance and Baroque music from England and Scotland, featuring Mario Papini (lute), Vlad Smishkewych (voice), and Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord) from 6pm – 7pm.
The Rosie Greys – a singing group formed in 2016 to bring older people together to socialize and sing will perform a selection of songs from the 30s 40s and 50s in Gaol Road, Roscrea from 7.30pm – 10pm.
Scoil Acla musicians will travel from place to place aboard the Travelling Bus of Culture playing music, dancing and singing. The Culture Bus will travel throughout the parish of Achill from 8pm – 11pm and ensure no one has to travel too far to enjoy culture night. Musicians/performers are also invited to join in
Authors Carlo Gébler and Séamas Mac Annaidh read a selection of stories from their upcoming Fermanagh Folktales publication: not children’s fairy stories but grown up folklore from the county, in Enniskillen Castle from 8pm-9pm
The culmination of Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green’s year-long art residency looks at how our coastline might change in Kerry in the years ahead and how we will adapt. This takes place in Tralee Town Park from 6pm-8pm