Saturday 1 October 2016

'Bus strikes wouldn't stop Culture Night'

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys is joined by bodhran player Ronan O Snodaigh and Louise MacNamara from alt-pop duo Heathers ahead of Culture Night. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys is joined by bodhran player Ronan O Snodaigh and Louise MacNamara from alt-pop duo Heathers ahead of Culture Night. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Be a "tourist in your own town" is the message from Arts Minister Heather Humphreys, who is telling people not to let striking Dublin Bus drivers interfere with their plans for Culture Night.

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As the drivers plan to go ahead with a second round of industrial action this Thursday and Friday, Ms Humphreys told the Irish Independent that people could avoid any transport chaos by taking advantage of local events.

"There are over 3,000 free events taking place (around) Ireland this Friday, so there is something for everyone, wherever they are," Ms Humphreys said.

"I don't think the strikes will impact on Culture Night because aside from people wanting to be involved, the night isn't just about the city centre."

The 11th annual Culture Night will take place across the country on Friday September 16. Last year, some 370,000 people took part in Culture Night.

This year, artist Pauline Bewick, band Heathers and author Colin Barrett have been enlisted as Culture Night Ambassadors.

Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits, will take part in a live RTÉ broadcast from Dublin Castle, and President Michael D Higgins will throw open the doors of Áras an Uachtaráin for special tours.

In Wicklow, playwright Marina Carr will read a selection of her works in the majestic surroundings of Russborough House.

In Cork's Everyman Theatre, facepainters and performers from this year's upcoming panto 'Red Riding Hood' will keep crowds entertained.

Irish Independent

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