Young audience prepare to grill minister

THE Minister for Foreign Affairs has agreed to face what could be his toughest ever Questions and Answers session.

Children will be allowed to fire questions at Minister Micheál Martin about his job, and his love of music, as part of Cork city’s Culture Night celebrations later this month.

The questions will come after the minister hosts a tea and animation party for the children in the city’s Civic House Trust.

It is just one of more than 200 free events which were announced at the launch of Culture Night last night.

Some 60 arts and culture venues throw open their doors after dark on September 24 to celebrate the event.

The RTÉ Vanburgh Orchestra will perform in the rarely viewed Masonic Hall in Tuckey Street.

An interactive astronomy exhibit, Cosmos at the Castle and Music of the Stars performance will take place at the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

New events this year include O Bhéal – a poetry open-mic night upstairs in the Long Valley – and an Origami workshop with Japanese artist Chika Ueda at the Triskel Arts Centre’s ESB Substation Building off site location on Caroline Street.

Some of the cinema highlights will include a screening of My Beamish Boy and The Burning of Cork, in Concert Hall in City Hall.

There will also be a behind-the-scenes tour of Camden Palace – the city’s newest cultural venue which is home to emerging new artist collaborations and collectives.

Well-known puppeteer Miriam Lambert, daughter of Eugene Lambert of Wanderly Wagon fame, will also perform her acclaimed puppet show “The Gingerbread Man” in Cork’s Millennium Hall.

Collins Barracks will showcase a rare collection of War of Independence memorabilia, and Barbara Hubert, Ireland’s most famous bookbinder, will deliver a workshop on her art.

And students and graduates of the UCC School of Music and Theatre will give a rare performance of Javanese Gamelan Music.

Valerie O’Sullivan, Cork City Council’s director of service in the Recreation, Amenity and Culture directorate, said: “The response from venues across the City wanting to get involved this year was fantastic, and just goes to show that Cork’s art and cultural life is as vibrant and diverse as ever.”

City manager, Tim Lucey, said because most events take place after 6pm, more people will have an the opportunity to engage with the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Bus Éireann will also provide a “hop-on, hop-off” orbital bus service to the various venues.

* www.corkcity.ie/culturenight

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