Friday 24 February 2017

Spoiled for choice

Selectivity will be the key to a fun Culture Night. Considering there are more than 500 venues all over Ireland throwing open their doors to host an eclectic selection of events and all for free, you could be forgiven for trying to fit in as many as possible and not lingering long enough to fully appreciate them. Arts Editor SOPHIE GORMAN picks her top 10:

Treasure Hunt -- Francis Street, Dublin

Francis Street is renowned for being the city's centre for antiquities. There will be a true community festival feel, with live art being created in galleries, food stalls and a treasure hunt with an impressive prize.

Impromptu Haiku Competition -- Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo

Discover your poetic talents at this poetry jam, where you will be challenged to create the best three-line 17-syllable poem you can in three minutes.

Candlelight tour -- Strokestown House, Roscommon

Get a sneak peak inside one of our finest preserved Georgian mansions. Enjoy the experience by candlelight and see the rooms being brought back to life with re-enactments.

Workhouse Woes -- Donegal County Museum, Donegal

Meet all the inhabitants of the old city workhouse in a re-enactment tour that will take you around the workhouse itself. Prepare to be afraid of the merciless matron and her master, and disturbed by the real life tales of some of the former inhabitants.

Musical Marathon -- St Coman's Church of Ireland, Roscommon

Immerse yourself in choral and instrumental classical music. Among those performing are vocal quartet Acceso, organist Sean Hanily and soprano Katie Maher.

Chaotic Dance -- St John's Church, John's Square, Limerick

Limerick's celebrated Daghdha Dance Company will be throwing open their doors for a night of shape-shifting. Join in their 'Contemporary Chaos', a dance workshop for all the family.

Music Bus -- Various locations, Sligo

One of the most entertaining bus rides you'll ever have. There are four routes -- jazz, traditional, classical or folk music.

Riders to the Sea -- Druid Theatre, Galway

Catch up on a landmark event, the DruidSynge cycle, at this screening of Druid's production of JM Synge's 'Riders to the Sea', starring Marie Mullen and Aaron Monaghan.

In the Frame -- Athy Library, Kildare

Thanks to his ability to capture the essence of the likes of Samuel Beckett, left, Francis Bacon and even Mickey Rourke through his lens, photographer John Minihan has been catapulted into the international spotlight. Minihan is an Athy man and the local library has dedicated a room to his photographs. Tonight he returns to his roots to present an illustrated lecture on his work.

The Opera Factor -- George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow

An open audition for a new opera all about Carlow. Written by composer Brian Irvine, this opera will portray a day in the life of Co Carlow.

Irish Independent

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