Friday 22nd September is when Ireland throws open its doors to introduce a bit of culture into all our lives. Culture Night is a well established event which sees an array of music, performance, literature, poetry, talks and walks, workshops and demos, exhibitions and screenings and children’s events taking place. Arts and Cultural organisations stay open till late with hundreds of free events to enjoy. A round up of highlights will help you decide where you want to be on Culture Night. Full details of all events for Culture Night all over the country are available on the Culture Night website.
• Cork City Concert Hall will host an evening of film presented on the Big Screen. From 3pm to 11pm with a choice of four movies, including David Puttnam’s classic War of the Buttons filmed in Union Hall, West Cork. Starts at 5.15pm, perfect for kids and adults!
• Cork Public Museum opens from 4pm -7pm. This museum is the oldest local Authority Museum in Ireland and displays a unique archaeological and medieval history of Cork.
• Collin’s Baracks Military Museum opens 5pm-9pm, showcasing the story of the personel who inhabited this barracks for over 200 years.
• The Glucksman Gallery at UCC runs family art workshops from 3pm-8pm. Take part in Sail the Seven Seas and help finish a giant Blue Whale collage or make some tropical fish, seahorses and jellyfish in the Under the Sea workshop.
• English Market has an extended opening from 6pm to 9pm with trad music and a variety of tasty local dishes to browse. Farmgate Café will be open as usual all day and into the evening for light refreshments, teas and coffees and lunch. You’ll also meet stallholders at On the Pig’s Back, Tom Durcan Butcher’s, The Sandwich Stall, Kay O’Connell and Ballycotton Seafoods.
• Check out our Cork members here.
• Free tours of Dublin’s famous sights including Phoenix Park and Museum Quarters, Liberties and Historic Quarter, Temple Bar and Creative Quarter and Trinity and South Georgian Quarter. All departing 5.30pm from various points. Check out the details online.
• Culture Night buses from Dublin Bus provide free transport along various Culture Night routes.
• Aras an Uachtarain opens its doors for the fourth year running between the hours of 7pm-9.30m. The official residence of Presidient Michael D.Higgins, who will welcome guests with his wife Sabina, for an insight into the history of the house followed by a cultural performance. (Tickets by lottery only)
• Irish Museum of Modern Art at Royal Hospital Kilmainham open from 5pm-8pm showing 50 works by Lucian Freud and other solo exhibitions.
• Full programme of events for Dublin Culture Night online. While you’re having a wander around the capital, check out our Dublin members for some tasty fare here.
• Tours of Killarney House on Muckross Road Killarney between 6pm-7pm. An 18th Century Manor House with a reputation for house guests and entertaining back in its day. If you want to have dinner after your tour, try The Garden Room Restaurant in the historic Malton Hotel, booking advised.
• A Night at The Museum in Listowel, home of John B.Keane. This event features poetry, prose, storytelling and song at the Seanchai-Kerry Writer’s Museum, a 19th Century Georgian Building in The Square in Listowel town. 7.30pm-10pm.
• Creative Ireland Kerry Youth Choral Open Session in the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Caherciveen. For ages 8-18, all welcome. Go along, with the kids who can sing if they wish, or enjoy a choral performance and meet the conductors between 7pm-8pm. Call in to QC’s Seafood Restaurant afterwards for a tasty bit of fresh seafood after the vocal endeavours.
• Check out the full list of villages hosting Culture Night events online and check our list of Kerry members for great food along the Wild Atltantic Way.
• Screening of STAID, a micr-budget movie officially selected for the Dublin International Film Festival, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Sydney World Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh among thers. Special showing in the surroundings of the majestic Rock of Cashel 9-11pm.
• Apple Tresures Trail and Exhibition at South Tipperary Arts Centre Clonmel 5pm-8pm. Showing the unique apple heritage of Clonmel and Tipperary via an interactive themed tree trail. You could call into the farm shop at The Apple Farm in Cahir while you’re in Tipp, to buy some fresh new season apples and apple products from the orchards of Cornelius Traas.
• Nenagh Arts Centre is running The Bold Brigid Cleary, a short play about the woman accused of being a changling and burned to death by her husband in 1895. Starting at 7.30pm for 40 minutes followed by Q&A session.
At 9pm Local Films for Local People features three themed short films all shot in Tipperary, presented by the Irish Film Institute. Before you get all cultured, pop in to Country Choice in Nenagh for some great café food and wine or choose a selection from the deli for a picnic.
• Full programme of events for Tipperary online.
• For those who want a little physical activity on Culture Night, a Bike Trail has been organised in Co. Mayo. Culture and craic will be had as the bike trail will journey around Caisleán an Bharraigh taking in the sites and stopping a various places along the way for some nibbles. Good Food Ireland member, Rua are taking part in this activity as one of the stops along the way for the trail. For Culture Night, Rua are going all out as they supply their Mayo Mezze, a delicious mix of the best local foods for you to sample.
• Check out the Culture Night website for a full list of events taking place in Co. Mayo.
There’s so much to see and do for free for Culture Night this year, throughout Ireland. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out and about on Friday 22nd September.