Get out and enjoy: What's on offer for Culture Night?

Culture Night takes place today, with a feast of free offerings all over the country. Ellie O’Byrne selects some of the highlights

Get out and enjoy: What's on offer for Culture Night?


A Feast of Film and Animation at LSAD with Screenings and Workshops

Time: 5pm-9pm

Address: Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT Clare Street

Limerick City Council’s €2.25 million acquisition of the city’s Biblical Centre to be repurposed as a film production academy, and Troy Studios’ announcement that a major new American TV series will be shot in their Castletroy facility, are cementing Limerick’s position as Ireland’s latest hub for film.

Join Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, and Fresh Film Festival for film screenings and animation workshops with a focus on emerging talent at this family friendly evening.

Pigtown Comes to the Milk Market

Time: 5pm-8pm

Address: Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, Limerick

O’Mara’s, Matterson’s, Denny’s and Shaw’s, four large bacon factories, formed such an integral role in Limerick’s history that the Shannonside city was nick-named Pigtown. Vegetarians beware! Explore the porcine delights of Limerick’s food culture, with pig talks, pig parade walks, pig pottery making, street food, and cooking demos, in the surroundings of another cornerstone of Limerick’s food heritage: Limerick Milk Market.


Tour of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

Time: 6pm-7pm

Address: Tramore House, Pond Rd, Tramore East, Tramore, Co. Waterford

The eventful life of writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who was born in Greece, abandoned by his parents to be raised by Waterford relatives, and eventually settled in Japan, where he documented oriental mythology, is celebrated in Tramore’s Lafcadio Hearn gardens. The Japanese Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado, stopped by for a visit in July.

Enjoy a tour of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, with a special reading of the late Waterford poet and former Cork Examiner columnist Sean Dunne’s poem ‘A Shrine to Lafcadio Hearn’.

Pauline Bewick Collection

Time: 6pm-7pm

Address: Kerry County Council Offices, Library Place, Killorglin

At 70, renowned artist Pauline Bewick donated 500 works of art to the State. Some 250 of these works are located in Killorglin, close to the Kerry locations that Bewick forged a lifelong connection to, from her unconventional childhood onwards. Bewick will be in attendance on

Culture Night to discuss her life and work.

Poetry in Locomotion

Time: 5pm-6pm

Address: Lartigue Monorail & Museum, John B. Keane Road, Listowel

Climb aboard the Lartigue monorail in the company of a host of poets from Listowel, Ballybunion, and Tralee for a whimsical journey that simultaneously celebrates Listowel’s literary heritage and its curious position as the only place in the world to have run a commercially successful monorail of its type. The Lartigue monorail linked Listowel with Ballybunion from 1888 until 1924.


Gala screening: Maze

Time: 8.30pm

Address: Cork City Hall Concert Hall

Inspired by the true events of the 1983 IRA breakout from the Maze prison and starring Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Maze has proved such a popular Culture Night offering, along with its post-show Q&A with cast and crew, that it is booked out.

However, an exhibition of behind-the-scenes photographs of the film by Cork-based photographer Marcin Lewandowski, who documented the making of Maze, will be on display in the foyer of the Concert Hall from 3.30pm to 10 pm, and other City Hall screenings throughout the day include the beautiful Mongolian documentary The Eagle Huntress and a selection of Irish language shorts.

Cork Light Orchestra

Time: 6pm-7pm

Address: Cork City Gaol, Convent Avenue, Sundays Well, Cork

Cork Light Orchestra are a group of amateur and semi-professional musicians who play music influenced by the jazz and light orchestras of the 1920s and ‘30s.

For Culture Night, they’ll shed a little light on the dark history of Cork City Gaol with an hour-long concert in the atmospheric surrounds of the Sunday’s Well tourist attraction.

The English Market

Time: Regular hours extended until 9pm

Address: The English Market, Grand Parade, Cork

The Rebel County’s bastion of food culture, The English Market, only opens its doors at night once a year, and that’s for Culture Night.

Food tastings, cookery demos, and regular trading are joined by traditional Irish music and a lively atmosphere: the perfect refuelling pitstop for culture vultures on the prowl.

#CorkLovesMusic: Creative Spaces

Time: 5pm-12am

Address: The Roundy, Castle St, Cork.

A series of talk and performance events designed to open up discussion around Cork’s music scene, the latest instalment of Cork Loves Music will feature speakers including Elaine Howley of Cork band The Altered Hours and IndieCork Festival’s music programmer Tony Langlois addressing the current situation surrounding availability of venues and spaces for music in the city, and there’ll be music from singer-songwriter Andy Wilson and anti-folk outfit The Poor Decisions.

The Everyman

Time: 3pm-6pm

Address: McCurtain St, Cork

The Everyman Theatre celebrates its 120th anniversary year by inviting visitors backstage for a 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour of Cork’s original Palace of Varieties.

After the tour, the fun continues with extracts of this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. As well as singing, dancing and storytelling, there will be face painting.

The Kabin Studio

Time: 6pm-9pm

Address: The Kabin Studio, Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny

Music Generation Cork City and GMC Beats Workshops present an evening of performances, workshops, and open mic rap. Visitors can try out beat-making technologies, record in the studio’s vocal booth, or just enjoy the music from some of the North-side’s emerging rap and hip-hop acts.

Bureau of Surrealist Enquiries

Time: 5pm-6.30pm

Address: Greywood Arts, Main St, Killeagh

Explore the history and practice of surrealism at Killeagh’s newly opened Greywood Arts Centre, located in an 18th century former barracks and sawmill in the East Cork village.

An interactive family-friendly evening will explore the work of famous surrealists such as Salvator Dalí and René Magritte, and invite participants to try their hand at automatic drawing, collage-making and the “exquisite corpse” technique for collaborative drawings and poems.

Diary-writing workshops

Time: 5.50pm-8pm

Address: County Hall, Carrigrohane Rd, Cork

Author and diarist Alice Carey invites visitors to explore the art of diary-writing with her. Carey, the author of From Manhattan to West Cork: Alice’s Adventures in Ireland, will talk about some famous diarists as well as dispensing some tips for diary-keeping and even encouraging visitors to read aloud a diary entry of their own.

County Hall will also feature a craft market and a reading by bilingual poet Doireann ní Gríofa.

Rossmore Theatre at Michael Collins House

Time: 7pm-9pm

Address: Michael Collins House, 7 Emmet Square, Clonakilty

Spend an evening with the Big Fella in Michael Collins House, Clonakilty’s new museum dedicated to the Irish patriot, who lived at the Emmet Square house while working in the local post office as a young man.

Rossmore Theatre company will bring the Irish revolutionary’s

history to life with dramatic readings of poetry, speeches and song enacted throughout the museum for the duration of the night.

Joseph Walsh Studio Tour

Time: 6pm-9pm

Address: Joseph Walsh Studio, Fartha, Riverstick

For the first time, furniture designer Joseph Walsh, renowned for his ethereal and at times almost impossibly delicate one-off pieces that grace both private and museum collections worldwide, will open his Riverstick Studio to visitors for Culture Night.

Take a tour of his workshop to view some creations in progress, and view completed pieces in the adjoining gallery.


RTÉ @ Dublin Castle

Time: 5pm-11pm

Address: Various venues, Dublin Castle

For the second year running, RTÉ hosts a Culture Night within a Culture Night at Dublin Castle, featuring music, comedy, poetry, theatre, and live broadcasts of RTÉ shows.

‘Arena with Seán Rocks’ presents a four-hour open-air concert in the upper courtyard: the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be joined by selection of quality musical guests.

In the Chapel Royal, live recordings of RTÉ favourites including Countrywide and Sunday Miscellany will be held, while talks and workshops include an introduction to making radio plays for children.

The Icon Walk & The Icon Factory

Time: 1pm-10pm

Address: 3 Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Muralists Kevin Bohan and El Viz will be adding a new piece of street art to the outside of artist’s co-operative The Icon Factory.

Visitors can view their live creation and can also wander insider for a spot of Electric Picnic nostalgia; the Icon Factory provides a pop-up gallery at the annual Stradbally bash, and artist Aga Szot will be unveiling her latest exhibition, ‘Electric Picnic’, inside the gallery.

Pavilion Theatre

Time: 3pm-11pm

Address: Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The Pavilion Theatre hosts a day-long mix of free events, including evening performances by rising Sierra Leone-Irish soul star Loah and by composer, singer, and orchestrator Julie Feeney.

Afterwards, there’s a staging of Samuel Beckett’s End of Day and a screening of Irish comedy hit The Young Offenders, while the afternoon will see presentations of short films suitable for young audiences.

Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)

Time: 6pm-9pm

Address: Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot St

Some of Ireland’s top UK and Irish music managers will be on hand at IMRO’s head offices, dispensing advice both to artists seeking management and for budding Brian Epsteins.

The evening will also feature live music from Katie Laffan, ZALI ,and I Draw Slow, who will be presented with an IMRO Award for their third album, Turn Your Face To The Sun.


Time: 6pm-11pm

Address: 22 Blackpitts, Dublin 8

Dublin’s peer-learning hackerspace, TOG, where enthusiasts and experts in technology, science and digital art, meet to share ideas and skills, opened its studio in 2009.

It’s entirely run and funded by members and offers free access to equipment, tools and expertise, as well as a welcoming community.

Stop by TOG on Culture Night to try your hand at lock-picking, discuss brewing techniques with craft brewers, and view some tech art projects.

The Abbey Theatre

Time: 4.15pm-8pm

Address: 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1

Dublin’s iconic theatrical landmark opens its doors for a series of 45-minute tours of the interior of the theatre, as well as a 75-minute walking tour of Dublin to discover its theatrical connections.

The Abbey also has a limited number of free tickets available for the evening’s performance of Teresa Deevy’s play Katie Roche, which returns to the theatre 80 years after it first premiered there.

Culture Night 2017 takes place on Friday the 22nd of September in venues nationwide. Full programme of events available at

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