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Culture Night 2016

5 free things to do on your Friday night of culture in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork

Written by Michelle O'Connor and posted in news

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Culture Night takes place on Friday, 16 September this year. It's a night of free events all over Ireland which celebrates the culture of the towns, cities and villages across the island. It's funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs along with local authories. 

I’ve rounded up some of the best events on offer in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork.



National Leprechaun Museum
The National Leprechaun Museum is hosting a Storytelling Experience in its magical space. The storytellers will take you into the world of Ireland’s Folklore and Mythology. After that, you can take part in the Table Quiz. Booking is required for this event, and is not suitable for children.
When: 7pm for storytelling, 9pm for table quiz.


Dublin’s Gay History
To celebrate the history of the gay community in Ireland, the founding editor of Gay Community News  and curator of the Irish Gay Archive, Tonie Walsh, is inviting you on a walking tour of Dublin City’s gay history. Booking is required.
When: 6.00-7.45pm.


Windmill Lane Recording Studios
Most people have heard of Windmill Lane Recording Studio, but very few have been inside. For one night only, the studio are opening their doors and welcoming the public into the hallowed halls once walked by U2, The Rolling Stones, Lady GaGa, Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Ellie Goulding.
When: 6.00-10.00pm


The Women’s Museum of Ireland Tour
In 2012, a group of women founded The Women’s Museum of Ireland to promote the formal recognition of the role women played in Irish history. There are very few memorials to women in Dublin city, and this walking tour will celebrate the role of women in education, politics and culture in the city.
When: 6.00-7.45pm


Tower Records
Tower Records is hosting an evening of live musical performances by Irish musicians across a range of genres.
When: 5.00-8.00pm


Limerick City

Classical Strings - UL Performing Arts @ the Hunt Museum
Violinists Jane Hackett and Andrew Sheeran are performing a concert courtesy of The Irish Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. This event is free but you must get a ticket on the night. So arrive early to avoid disappointment.
When: 8.00-9.00pm


Classic Cars Display
The Classic and Vintage Car Club of Limerick are putting on a display. Share their passion for classic cars in the riverside location.
When: 5-9pm


Limerick Youth Theatre
The Limerick Youth Theatre are opening up their studio space to the public for culture night and are screening some of the short films produced by them, with performances by members. It is a company of young performers, dancers, writers, designers, directors, producers and filmmakers. It runs a two-year training course in theatre and performance arts and you can go along and see what they do.
When: 5.00-10.00pm


Park-up & Picnic!
While taking in all that Culture Night has to offer in Limerick, why don’t you park up and relax opposite The Canteen? This evening marks the unveiling of the new park and picnic pod, designed to support sustainable urban communities in the city of Limerick. The idea of the park and picnic pods is to encourage people to avail of more sustainable modes of travel such as walking and cycling.
When: 5.00-10.00pm


BA in Voice & Dance Performance
Lisa McLoughlin and Catherine Young have choreographed these contemporary dance pieces performed by students of the BA in Voice and Dance at University of Limerick.
When: 7.00-7.30pm


Galway City

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop: Readings and Radio
This bookshop is hosting a literary gathering in which every Galway author who has had a book published in the past year reads a short selection from their book. Galway Bay FM’s ‘Arts Show’ will broadcast live from the bookshop with presenter Vinnie Browne conducting live interviews, news, recitals, performances and sessions.
When: 6.00-10.30pm


Cumann na bhFear: Blacksmithing Demonstration
Cumann na bhFear, of the Galway Men’s Shed movement will be giving a demonstration of blacksmithing outside their shed in the Sandy Rd Industrial Park.
When: 6.00-8.00pm


Galway Community Circus - Circus Wellbeing: Let your inner child out!
Galway Community Circus is hosting an afternoon of workshops in aerial yoga, hula-hooping, balancing and games. All are welcome, and you’ll leave feeling energised!
When: 2.00-5.00pm


Merlin Woods: The Night of the Harvest Moon
This will be a multi-faceted theatre performance taking part in the woods which will have song, dance and interactive community engagement. There will also be fancy dress where people will put on the masks of the gods associated with nature and its elements throughout the world. The evening will end with a feast for the community to share.
When: 5.00-7.00pm


Colours Present: Love Swan
This floating art installation, called The Love Swan is made from plastic pipes and electronic lighting. Presented by Colours Street Theatre Company, it is floating in the canal, just upriver from O’Brien’s Bridge
When: 4.00-10.00pm


Cork City

Cork Printmakers
The Print Workshop is offering 15-min guided tours along with drop-in Screen Printing session workshop for those aged 15 and older. There are a number of exhibitions on, and there will be a talk by the Director, Valerie Byrne. Nothing needs to be booked in advance and you can create your own print to take home with you when you’re finished.
When: 5.00-9.00pm


IndieCork Festival
This is a sneak peek of highlights from the upcoming IndieCork Festival of short films, documentaries and features that focus on independent cinema. It’s a taster of the new, strange and funny new films that will be shown.
When: 7.00-9.45pm


English Market Cork
The English Market is staying open late on Culture Night to allow you to experience the market with the sounds of traditional irish music and the taste of local cuisine.
When: 5.00-9.30pm

Cork City Gaol
Finola Doyle-O’Neill is a historian who has written and directed a one-act play entitled Walking with Ireland into the Sun. This play is an account of the stories of seven women involved in the 1916 Rising. Performed by the UCC Players, the play will begin at 7pm and must be booked in advance.
When: 7.00-8.00pm

Alchemy Coffee & Books
Coffee and culture lovers, assemble! Alchemy Cafe and Bookshop is opening its doors for you to attend a night of music and poetry. At 5pm, Paul Casey and Ian Wild are reading for On the Trail of the Poets, while The Band Anna, The Prairie Jaywalkers and Zelen will all perform music sets.
When: 5.00-10.00pm

For more information about the events taking place around the country for Culture Night, check out the website.

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Published September 8th, 2016
Last updated September 19th, 2016
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