Ellie O’Byrne selects a sample of some of the hundreds of free events on offer for Culture Night around the country
Between the main concert hall, the Atrium and the Milennium Hall, there’s a range of performances and workshops. Be aware that the free tickets for The Great Escape performances need to be reserved online.
MacCurtain St, from 4pm
Fun for kids from 4pm-6pm with characters from the Red Riding Hood panto; a performance for of the highly rated play, Scorch (8pm; free tickets must be booked ); and a pop culture singalong in the bar from 9pm.
Former Government Buildings, Sullivan’s Quay, 7pm-9.45pm
IndieCork Film Festival previews some of the highlights of this year’s festival with an hour-long family- friendly selection of animated shorts and two programmes of world short films suitable from 12 years up afterwards from 8pm.
This Is How We Fly
Sirius Arts Centre, The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Doors 7.45pm
A free gig by contemporary folk band This Is How We Fly, featuring the percussive dance of Appalachian hard-shoe dancer Nic Gareiss, fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh of The Gloaming, along with clarinet, drums and electronics, this is folk with a difference and an extraordinary opportunity to see such an outfit in the beautiful surroundings of The Sirius Centre, easily accessible from the city by train. It’s free, like all Culture Night offerings, but ticketed, and worth booking early.
The Corner Bar, Skibbereen, 9.30pm
Skibbereen’s jubilant welcome for the return of the Olympic rowing medallists, the O’Donovan brothers, who honed their athletic excellence on the majestic sweep of the Ilen river, has buoyed up the town, making it one of the best places in the country to go on the session. The celebratory atmosphere is unlikely to have fully cooled off by Culture Night, and renowned troubadour and Cork folk songwriter Jimmy Crowley is the perfect host for a night of song; just remember to take it easy on the Johnny Jump Up.
Wish You Were There, Man
Triskel, Cork, 6.30pm-10.30pm
There aren’t many opportunities to screen four-hour-long movies, and Irish Film Centre at Triskel Christchurch has opted to screen a remastered version of the documentary, Woodstock. Capturing the greatest moments of rock history on film, the documentary features performances from Janis Joplin, The Who, Joan Baez, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix, etc. Under 17s accompanied by an adult.
Cork LGBT Archive
4 South Terrace, 5pm-8pm
Orla Egan has been compiling and digitising an archive of Cork’s LGBT community for the last three years. The result is an intriguing glimpse at what Egan calls a “long and rich history, but a hidden history.” Central to the archive is the Arthur Leahy collection; well-known Cork political activist Leahy had the foresight to begin keeping posters, newspaper cuttings, photos and other archival materials in the 1970s.
Visitors to the archive are also encouraged to bring in memorabilia to add to the collection, either for physical inclusion or to be scanned to form part of the digital archive at www.corklgbtarchive.com
Youghal Choral Society
St Mary’s Church, 7pm-9pm
No better place to celebrate the glories of choral compositions than in the fantastically atmospheric surroundings of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, which claims to be the oldest church in Ireland with continuous worship since the 13th century. Right next to Sir Walter Raleigh’s Tudor residence, the church is steeped in the history of the region, from inscriptions by Viking marauders to its monument to Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork. A two-hour recital conducted by Patricia Whyte.
The Franciscan Well
North Mall, 6pm-9pm
A tour of the brewery where owner Shane Long decided to open his own microbrewery in 1998, long before the current yen for all things craft beer, with free samplings besides.
Cork County Cricket Club, Mardyke, 9pm
Exercise your cúpla focail in a relaxed environment far from the horrors of classroom memories of enforced verb recitations with an evening of storytelling, chat and craic in the lovely surroundings of Cork County Cricket Club. Celebrate Irish as a vibrant, living part of our culture; even if all you can do is ask if you have cead to go to the leithris, you’ll be welcomed for this informal event.
Mick Lynch Theatre Marina Commercial Park, from 5pm
The newly-inaugurated Mick Lynch Theatre is dedicated to former Stump frontman and puppetry theatre deviser and performer Mick Lynch, who sadly passed away last November. Join Cork’s Dowtcha Puppets, the company he helped to form, for family-friendly puppetry building and manipulation workshops and performances of the Lynch-penned show Eachtraí o Oileán Aráin (Bread Island).
Each round lasts one and a half hours and sessions begin at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
Cork City Partnership, Gurranabraher, 5pm-8pm
Celebrate Cork’s cultural diversity through food with the Youth Café Network of Cork, an initiative from Cork City Partnership to support and nurture young people of every background in Cork. Chefs will prepare examples of world cuisine representative of their communities.
There’ll also be free face-painting for children and world music performances.
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1916 Freedom Bus
Dublin Bus is putting on free bus services for the evening to culture night events, but for transport that’s also a cultural event in its own right, the 1916 Freedom tour will ferry people from venue to venue every hour or so, with historians as guides providing some insight along the way.
Guides in costume will interact with the public at random venues to arrange lifts between events.
The bus holds 27 people and will run on a first-come first-served basis and is free to the public.
20 Ringsend Road, 6pm-10pm
The famous Windmill Lane recording studios opens its doors for a glimpse behind the scenes of many great recordings by artists such as U2, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC, and more recently Lady GaGa, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Hozier, and Kodaline.
The public is welcomed inside for one night only for “a special evening of events” and surprise guests.
Dublin Street Art Tour
From Thunder Road Café, 6pm
Join street artist Will St Leger, the self-professed “mindful vandal” and mastermind behind the wry Duty Free State stencil that so accurately reflected centenary Ireland for many, on a tour of some of the colourful, clever and at times subversive works of street art that have popped up in the capital.
Fumbally Lane, 6pm
With a history firmly entrenched in Dublin’s food culture — the building was a meat factory and a bakery before its current incarnation as sister venture to the renowned Fumbally Café — Fumbally Stables will be celebrating food culture with tours and blind tastings with prizes all evening.
A “marriage of food, culture and education where experimentation, fermentation, workshops and events happen.”
Lower Abbey Street, 5pm
Includes a chat with some of the people who work behind the scenes to produce the Abbey’s plays, and a chance to participate in a theatrical workshop facilitated by some leading theatre practitioners.
Galway Arts Centre, 9pm
Galway, the recent winner of the Capital of Culture 2020, will be celebrating Culture Night in fine style with many top-class offerings, but for something with a uniquely Galway flavour and a hint of whimsical, Flann O’Brien-style lunacy about it, fiddler, Gaeilgeoir and Galway wild man Aindrias De Staic, he of The Latchikos and last year’s head-the-ball one-man show, The Man From Moogaga, will team up with veteran street theatre performer and fellow Galway head Jonathan Gunning and actor and clown Danny Guinnane to perform extracts from his 2011 play, The Mackralaytors. Contains fiddle-playing cats, cardboard washing machines, crooked developers and plenty of references to mackerel fishing.
John’s Square, 6pm-9pm
Dance Limerick presents a multi-disciplinary smorgasbord of events in their dedicated building, with Irish dance demonstrations, a free contemporary dance class for adults in their studio, a Limerick Youth Choir performance and screenings of short films, providing a veritable one-stop-shop for Limerick culture.
Frankie Gavin & Dé Dannan
Muckross Schoolhouse, Killarney 8.30pm – 10.30pm
Fiddle player Frankie Gavin hardly needs an introduction. Following his acrimonious split from Dé Danann in 2003 and the subsequent dispute over entitlements to the band’s name, Dé Dannan, the five-piece he formed in 2012, has both a shift of the letter “n” and a shift towards a newer interpretation of Irish traditional music.
Kerry County Council Office, Killorglin, 6pm-7pm
Join Kerry’s Culture Night ambassador, painter Pauline Bewick, left, for an hour-long talk on her work and life in the surroundings of her permanent collection in Killorglin. “As a Culture Night ambassador, it is an honour to promote the power inhumans to create the fun in art and music, as there is too much attention given to violence,” said Bewick.
County Museum, Clonmel, 8pm
This four-piece group have a reputation for mixing classical and traditional genres, and tonight’s performance will feature everything from work by Donal Lunny to 17th century Baroque pieces.
5 George’s Street, 6pm-8pm
Get up close and personal with some of the 40 artists who contributed to this year’s inspired Waterford Walls festival with a visit to the Waterford Walls HQ in George’s Street.
There’ll be an exhibition of other artworks by contributing artists and a chance to meet the team behind the Waterford Walls international street art project, which has been brightening Waterford City with vibrant and beautiful wall art for three years.
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