Culture Night: Get out and make the most of it

Culture Night: Get out and make the most of it
Demi Isaac Oviawe from the ‘The Young Offenders’ with Kirsten Dulay, Gabrielle O’Connor, Lilyanna Duggan, Julia O’Connor and Saoirse Cashman from Keniry Cahill Academy of Irish Dance at the Cork launch. Picture: Darragh Kane

There are literally hundreds of free events on offer this evening for kids and adults on Culture Night. Marjorie Brennan selects the best of them, in Cork and beyond


Around the World in 80 Game

City Hall, Cork, 4 pm-10pm

Put away the X-Box and get back to the simple pleasures of old-fashioned pursuits at City Hall. Co-ordinated by ThinkSpeakDo, all ages can enjoy this event which showcases street games, board games and card games. There will be plenty of interactive fun on offer, and an opportunity to sample games from other cultures, including mahjong and Chinese poker. Just remember to collect $200 when you pass go. Dice will be provided on the night.

Benchspace Cork

Unit 015, Old Ford Factory, Centre Park Road, 3pm- 9pm

According to the makers at Benchspace Cork, ‘sawdust is good for the soul’. Find out for yourself as this unique initiative opens its (lovely chipboard) doors to all on Culture Night. The space, situated in the former Ford factory, is the first of its kind in Ireland, and provides woodworking and craft professionals with a space for their own businesses while also offering hobbyists classes in everything from traditional joinery to 3D printing. Anyone with an eye to history will appreciate the opportunity to test their skills in a space synonymous with manufacturing for decades.

Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival

Coal Quay and North Main Street, from 7pm

Perennial favourites Circus Factory Cork are back with their entertaining blend of street performance, circus acts and aerial arts. Events include a Teen Circus Club Disco Workshop on Skiddy Plaza, North Main Street. Expect an explosive finale as the Inferno Fire Show burns up the Coal Quay from 10pm. What could be better than running away and joining the circus, even if it is for just one night?

History of Cork

Callanan’s Bar, 24 George’s Quay, 6.45pm - 8.15pm

Joyce said it would be a good test to try to cross Dublin without passing a pub, but it’s a challenge that would be equally tricky in Cork, with its range of colourful boozers. And what better place to hear about the fascinating history of Cork’s pubs than in one of the city’s most characterful hostelries? Sip on a local craft beer or pint of Murphy’s while historian Tom Spalding gives a talk on the history of Cork’s pubs in the 20th Century, with a particular focus on their design, and on the role of women. Over 18s only.

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Mallow Library, Mallow, Co Cork, 6pm

Danny Buckley and Tadhg Hickey in ‘Crossword’, a play at Mallow library.
Danny Buckley and Tadhg Hickey in ‘Crossword’, a play at Mallow library.

Tadhg Hickey is best known from the shows he’s involved in with the Cccahoots comedy troupe, but in this new play by Katie Holly, he stars as a young arts graduate searching the newspapers in the local library for a job, but ends up making friends over the crossword with an older retiree, played by Danny Buckley.

Turf Lights the Way!

The Lane, Kiskeam village, Co Cork, 10-10.30pm

In ‘Turf Lights the Way!’ Kiskeam Brass band take a trip down memory lane in the north Cork village re-enacting a tradition where the band rehearsed marching through the village with pitchforks and lit sods of turf. It takes place at The Lane.
In ‘Turf Lights the Way!’ Kiskeam Brass band take a trip down memory lane in the north Cork village re-enacting a tradition where the band rehearsed marching through the village with pitchforks and lit sods of turf. It takes place at The Lane.

Culture Night isn’t all about the urban artistic experience. Kiskeam Brass Band has a long and storied history, originating from the first Kiskeam fife and drum band, which was formed in 1880. The current brass band, re-established in 2016 for the 1916 centenary celebrations, will take a trip down memory lane in this north Cork village, re-enacting the tradition where the band would rehearse marching through the village using pitchforks with lit sods of turf to show the way.


Floor 16, Cork County Hall, 5.30pm and 7pm

Culture Night: Get out and make the most of it

The popularity of Ireland’s favourite redhead (sorry Hector) has remained undimmed down the generations. The Paula Lambert Puppet Theatre will give two 35-minute performances of Bosco’s Garden, perfect for younger kids with short attention spans, and their Bosco-loving parents, of course. Mums and dads can expect to be placed under strict orders not to embarrass kids with cries of ‘uafásach’ when prompted by the main man/puppet.

Cork Light

Cork City Gaol, Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, 6pm-7pm

This group of amateur and semi-professional musicians are known for their uplifting performances of music inspired by the salon, jazz and light orchestras of the 1920s and 1930s. This is a unique opportunity to hear them in acoustic-friendly surroundings and not to be missed, even if the prospect of easy listening in a former prison (now a museum) takes a little getting used to. Tickets must be pre-booked at 021-4305022 (max 4 per person).

Viva VHS!

Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St, 7pm-10.30pm

Go back and relive the glory days of the corner-shop video store with a feast of classic and cheesy trailers sourced from hundreds of tapes. Featuring the appetisers for obscure horror movies, dodgy action movies, sex comedies, cult musicals and martial arts exploitation flicks. Over 18s. There will be two screenings, at 7pm and 8.45pm, each lasting 75 minutes. Just remember to be kind and rewind.


15a Lower Oliver Plunkett Street, 7pm-8pm

This shop has become a popular hub for Cork’s resurgent comic book scene, with the blue Tardis door a distinctive and welcoming sight for fans. To celebrate Culture Night, the Vault is providing free comics and comic book giveaways, along with signings from guest artists and a talk about working in the industry, followed by a Q&A.

Is That Right, Boy?

St Luke’s Cross, 7pm-8pm

An imaginative way to bring a city district to life, this event consists of a stroll around the St Lukes, Dillon’s Cross and Glen area, guided by writer Kevin Doyle. The group will meet at the kiosk/hut at St Lukes at 7pm and participants will then proceed on a tour of significant cultural locations and other historical sites which have resonated within Cork and Irish culture down the decades. Bring a sense of curiosity and reliable walking shoes. The walk takes approximately one hour and will finish at Collins Barracks on the Old Youghal Road.


Twilight Tour at Mount Congreve

Kilmeaden, Co Waterford, 6pm-8pm

You don’t have to be a Monty Don wannabe to enjoy the autumnal delights of this magnificent estate garden, home to one of the largest collections of plants in Ireland. Estate manager Ray Sinnott and garden curator Michael White will give a guided tour of the gardens and the history of the 18th century estate, once owned by Irish industrialist Ambrose Congreve, who bequeathed it to the State. Mount Congreve is also just off the Waterford Greenway, so bring your bike if you like.


Storytelling supper

Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, 5pm-7pm

Get a taste of the old Irish custom of bothántaíocht at a special evening at the home of the famous Kerry seanachaí, Seán O’Connaill in Cill Rialaig. O’Conaill (1853-1931) was a farmer renowned for his vast repertoire of folktales, local legends and fairy legends, which were recorded for posterity by James Delargy, former head of the Irish Folklore Commission. A reception at the nearby Cill Rialaig Art Centre opens the evening.

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Rock Art by Night

Caherdaniel, 10.30pm-11.30pm

Join archaeologist Aoibheann Lambe who will lead a tour of these fascinating Neolithic megalithic rock carvings near Caherdaniel. The tour will take place in atmospheric torchlight, which shows them at their best. Lambe discovered more than 100 of these enigmatic decorations only five years ago. For 10 yrs+ To book, contact


Pigtown Pig Parade

Bedford Row, 6.45pm-7.15pm

Limerick pays tribute to its heritage as a leading centre of bacon production with a celebration of all things porcine.

There will be a Pig Parade featuring the city’s butchers and famous brass bands, where participants will be enlisted to help get a not-so-little piggy to the (milk) market. At the city’s famous Milk Market, there will be puppets, street performers, face-painting and you can get up close with real-life piglets.


Body of Water

Doolin Cave, Doolin, 8-9pm

Doolin Cave is home to the longest free-hanging stalactite (23 ft) in Europe. For culture night, it will also play host to a different kind of spectacle, with the performance of a segment of a new electro acoustic opera.

Body of Water, with music by Barry Dillon and book and lyrics by Joan O’Hanrahan and Dermott Petty, is set in Doolin in 1968, when a woman’s body is washed ashore.


Free open air concert

National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks , Benburb Street, Dublin, 7.30pm-10pm

RTÉ’s flagship event features music, dance and spoken word performances from established and emerging Irish artists, including Aslan, the Kilfenora Céilí Band, as well as some surprise guests. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform popular classics from 7.30pm.

The concert will be broadcast live on the RTÉ Player and on RTÉ News Now.

Atelier Maser

Block 3, Ffrench Mullen House, Charlemont St, 4pm-10pm

Maser the artist launches a new exhibition for the night that’s in it at his Dublin studio
Maser the artist launches a new exhibition for the night that’s in it at his Dublin studio

Maser, creator of iconic street art in Ireland and beyond, has set up this working studio and gallery space as a hub for creating original work and nurturing developing talent.

He launches a new exhibition on Culture Night showcasing his own work, as well as a collection from some of the world’s most best-known street artists. Visitors will also get a chance to meet him.

Instagrammers Of Dublin Walking

Front Arch (main entrance), Trinity College Dublin, College Green, 6pm-7.30pm

Depending on your views on social media, this is either a sign of the impending collapse of civilisation or an acknowledgement that Instagram has become an inescapable part of our cultural landscape.

On this walking tour, potential influencers can discover the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Dublin. It is recommended that you bring a camera, but smartphones will probably suffice.

Elevate with Aerial Cirque

Dame Street, 8.45pm-11pm

The soon-to-be-opened Central Plaza on Dame Street, home to the former Central Bank, plays host to a gravity-defying spectacle “where metal meets muscle” performed by Ireland’s Aerial Cirque. Music is by Cork-based composer Peter Power, with visuals by Bulgarian artist Petko Panchev.

District x Culture

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, 9pm-12pm.

Watch some of Ireland’s exciting hip-hop talent in action at this open-air, family-friendly event, courtesy of District magazine. Acts including Celaviedmai, Pat Lagoon and BOYW1DR will perform, along with sets from DJs including Gadget and the Cloud.

The Bretzel

1a Lennox St, Portobello , 5.30pm-9.30pm

Culture and the culinary are perfectly matched at this historic bakery, which has been providing Dubliners with their daily bread (and yummy cakes) since 1870. Originaly servicing the once large Jewish community of Portobello, the Bretzel still make their Challah (Jewish festive sesame bread) to the same recipe in their original brick-lined ovens.

Visitors will hear about the development of sourdough culture from earliest times to the present day and will be able to take away a sample of starter culture to bake their own bread at home.

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