CULTURE NIGHT is being held all over the country on Friday, September 19, and people in Cork are being asked to ‘See, hear, make and move’ for their city’s annual extravaganza.
In previous years, the free cultural extravaganza took place primarily in the evenings, but a new departure on Leeside this time around has events also taking place during the day.
The biggest programme to date is offering over 200 events across 100 venues, some of them non-traditional venues, showcasing the best of Cork culture with music, dance, readings, workshops, theatre, film and the visual arts as well as offering culinary experiences.
Project manager of Culture Night is Trish Murphy who previously worked on the inaugural event in 2009 and also in 2010. Back in 2010, just 60 cultural venues were open to the public.
The event has captured the imagination of the public and, Murphy says credit should goes to the cultural organisations in the city who’ve taken Culture Night on board. “They’re the ones who are opening their doors to the public while City Council is coordinating everything into a programme and managing it,” says Murphy.
Themed culture buses are being provided free by Bus Éireann. As well as transporting people to the various venues, there will be entertainment on board highlighting the city’s jazz, choral and folk festivals.
Murphy says that there is more community involvement this year than in previous years. For example, at Music Generation Studio Cabin in Knocknaheeny, GMC (Gary McCarthy) will be running rap workshops for youngsters. There’s also an extensive family programme of activities. Children will enjoy an event at the Crawford Art Gallery where an artist will create silhouettes of visitors to the gallery. At City Hall at 4pm, a choral singing workshop will be held for children of all ages.
Fans of traditional music can go on The Lee Sessions Trad Trail where 11 traditional music sessions will take place in 11 bars throughout the city. Other music events include local DJ Stevie G and singer, Christiana Underwood’s Vinyl Love Music Trail which will see them performing in the city’s new and second-hand music shops.
The Vanbrugh Quarter Concert by Candlelight will be held in City Hall at 10pm. A special secret concert by Lisa Hannigan is also on offer with the audience not finding out about the location until the time of the concert.
The Cork Film Festival will host a diverse night of cinema including ‘festival shorts’ from last year’s festival at Triskel Christchurch. There will also be an open air cinema in Fitzgerald’s Park. The Cork French Film Festival will have a screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Le Parapluies de Cherborg) at the Gate Cinema at 4pm.
A quirky visual art event will see artist Daragh Wilkins spend the week leading into Culture Night installing a new piece of work, made of flour, on the floor of the atrium in City Council’s new civic building. The end result will be seen on Culture Night.
At the Glucksman Gallery, youngsters will transform the space into an ‘artistic zoo’ with drawings, paintings and sculptures of animals created from 5pm.
The Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-20) will welcome the public at readings in Waterstones as well as a night of readings by teen poets in Millennium Hall. Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours will read at the venue.
With such a plentiful and diverse range of free events, there really is little excuse not to get involved.