Tuesday 6 December 2016

Culture Night 2016: Some of the best things to see and do around Ireland

Over 3,000 free events taking place in museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses and artists’ studios

Published 12/09/2016 | 18:52

Heather Humphreys TD is joined by Culture Night ambassadors (l to r) Ethio-modern dance performer Ras Mikey Courtney, Louise MacNamara from Heathers, Irish author Colin Barrett, and bodhran percussionist Ronan O'Snodaigh. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Heather Humphreys TD is joined by Culture Night ambassadors (l to r) Ethio-modern dance performer Ras Mikey Courtney, Louise MacNamara from Heathers, Irish author Colin Barrett, and bodhran percussionist Ronan O'Snodaigh. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland
Left to Right: Sean Rocks, Loah (Singer), Gearoid Gtrant (Conductor) Marian Richardson, Sinead Gleeson and Stefana Ivan-Roncea at Dublin Castle . Presented by RTÉ in partnership with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Dublin City Council and The Office of Public Works, Culture Night with RTÉ will see Dublin Castle transformed for one night only, filling its historic rooms and outdoor spaces with live music, theatre and spoken words. Pic: Maxwells

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Culture Night takes place on Friday, September 15 and offers a great opportunity for families to sample aspects of Irish culture that are not always available to them.

Over 3,000 free events are taking place in museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses and artists' studios in over 40 towns, cities and regions across Ireland.

That's a lot to see and do - so where do you begin?

Left to Right: Sean Rocks, Loah (Singer), Gearoid Gtrant (Conductor) Marian Richardson, Sinead Gleeson and Stefana Ivan-Roncea at Dublin Castle . Presented by RTÉ in partnership with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Dublin City Council and The Office of Public Works, Culture Night with RTÉ will see Dublin Castle transformed for one night only, filling its historic rooms and outdoor spaces with live music, theatre and spoken words. Pic: Maxwells
Left to Right: Sean Rocks, Loah (Singer), Gearoid Gtrant (Conductor) Marian Richardson, Sinead Gleeson and Stefana Ivan-Roncea at Dublin Castle . Presented by RTÉ in partnership with the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, Dublin City Council and The Office of Public Works, Culture Night with RTÉ will see Dublin Castle transformed for one night only, filling its historic rooms and outdoor spaces with live music, theatre and spoken words. Pic: Maxwells

In Dublin Culture Night ambassadors Heathers will perform in the Lighthouse Cinema; in Trinity College those who want to try their hand at the world’s fastest field sport can join in with GAA Fun & Run hosted by the GAA and Trinity Sport.

Smithfield Square will play host to family-friendly interactive drop-in activities including drumming, capoeira, salsa and hip-hop dancing, Makeshop Doodlebot workshops for youngsters, Tetrahedron structure build along with a 3D map of Dublin, fencing, an art zone and international food area; and on Molesworth Street visitors can get a glimpse into the mysterious Freemasons Hall.

A special open-air concert will take place in Dublin Castle and between 6 and 10pm, visitors can take part in workshops, talks and readings in the elegant surrounds of the castle.

Highlights from around the country include the international music project Girls & Stations, developed by Rochus Aust founder of the 1 German Electrophonic Orchestra, the performance will start in Heuston before travelling by train to Clara, Co. Offaly.

In Limerick Bits & Pieces invites members of the public to Fab Lab to collect specially designed and digitally fabricated pieces before following a guided path to the Hunt Museum to collaboratively construct an on-site sculpture.

Further north in Donegal, Inishgowen Carnival Group will premier their latest work ‘Elemental / Ghost Dance; and back down south, Blackstack Studio in Kilkenny will be open to give the people of the South-East a direct, hands-on experience of interesting techniques.

While the events are free, some venues require advance bookings due to demmand.

You can view the full list of events here and remember, don't be afraid to try something new.

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