On the evening of the 16th September towns, villages and cities across Ireland will erupt with creativity as Ireland’s annual cultural spectacular, Culture Night returns for another year. From powerful spoken word performances that stop you in your tracks to eye-catching art in motion, Culture Night will once again be an evening that is not easily forgotten no matter what cultural corner you find yourself in.
Museums, galleries, cathedrals, studios, observatories, libraries, parks, government buildings and theatres across Ireland and the West coast, will throw open their doors for FREE visits, tours, workshops, readings, performances and demonstrations for the eleventh Culture Night. Since its inception, Culture Night has continued to grow from 40,000 attendees in 2006 to become Ireland’s most popular cultural evening with 370,000 attendees around the country last year.
Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs said “Culture Night brings culture closer to the people of Ireland by providing access to the immense choice of cultural experiences in some of Ireland’s most striking settings, from iconic and historical venues to small one of a kind locations. The arts are a major part of Irish life and together with our rich heritage, traditions and language they preserve our strong sense of national identity. Culture Night is an invitation for the public to get closer to culture and explore their towns and cities on this special night, unlike no other. As the eleventh Culture Night draws closer I look forward to another wonderful night of community engagement and cultural discovery across the country.”
Highlights from the West of Ireland this year include:
- Ennis Poetry Trail: a 90-minute stroll around Ennis town exploring locations associated with poets such as Mairéad Ní Ghráda, Daniel O’Connell and his grandmother, Eithne Strong, Tomás Ó Míocháin, Seón Lloyd, Stephen Joseph Meany, Peter Kay, Thomas Dermody and Brendan O’Beirne (not to mention Muhammed Ali) with brief readings from their works, and concluding in the Poet’s Corner Bar of the Old Ground Hotel. More info here>
- Pipers, Pipers & Poetry: An evening with Blackie O’Connell and guests and featuring Davy Spillane, our local living links with the travelling piper through time. More info here>
- Hands-On Drop-In Art Room at Regional Cultural Centre. More info here>
- Loose Ends: An Installation by Willie Doherty. More info here>
- Galway City of Film is inviting everyone across the city and county to make a one-minute film, based on the theme ‘Galway: My Home, My Place’. All you need is a camera phone, an iPad or a fancy 35mm camera…anything goes! More info here
- Charlie Byrnes Bookshop: The iconic Galway city centre bookshop hosts the now traditional Culture Night literary gathering which features readings by every Galway author who has had a book published in the last year. More info here>
- Late Opening at Coole: At 5 pm there will be a guided walk “The Story of Coole”, suitable for all ages. The audio visual “Lady Gregory of Coole” will be shown until 6pm and the exhibition “Coole Park through the eyes of ‘Me and Nu’, granddaughters of Lady Gregory” will be available.
- Dance classes at the Ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne. More info here>
- As part of a whole host of events at the Dock Arts Centre, the Irish Film Institute brings Leitrim on Film to Carrick-on-Shannon. More info here>
- Pick up a music instrument at Drumbshambo Irish Music; Five multi-instrumentalists will be on hand to showcase each instrument as well as giving advice on buying an instrument and sourcing a teacher. More info here>
- Clare Island Film Festival will host a special screening of the award winning documentary “Atlantic”. This film follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – which are at turns united and divided by the Atlantic Ocean. More info here>
- As part of Culture Night, the Mayo Wind Ensemble will perform in the foyer of Super Valu in Castlebar at 6pm.
- Artists Dr. Ann O’Mahony and Jane Dunn in collaboration with The Mary Robinson Centre will facilitate a special Culture Night workshop inviting 12 participants to come and celebrate women of courage. More info here>
- To Be Confirmed
- Remembering Leland Bardwell; join writers Brian Leyden and Mary Branley for recollections on Leland’ Bardwell’s life and work. More info here>
- Discover The Masonic Hall on The Mall. More info here.
- Friends of Sligo Gaol are screening the Clint Eastwood’s 1979 classic ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ in the atmospheric and unique setting of Sligo’s old prison. More info here>
No matter where you live, there will be something on near you. Visit culturenight.ie to view the full programme of events, and be sure to book early as the most popular events always sell out.