Sunday 21 December 2014

Access all areas - Culture Night is back

Published 15/08/2014 | 02:30

From tours of the Aras to drive-in movies, impromptu concerts and pop-up art installations - there's a plethora of shindigs, sessions, performances and parties taking place around the country as part of Culture Night.

Trying to figure out where to go and what to see on September 19 can be something of a head melt - there are over 1,000 events being held in 900 venues with more than 350,000 culture vultures predicted to attend.

"Pick three events you really want to see," Culture Night co-ordinator Aimee Van Wylick recommended. "Don't try and cram everything in or you'll be rushing about and stressing out."

Culture Night was founded by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust in 2006 and is designed to smash cultural elitism.

It's fitting then that creeping around old private houses and buildings remains one of the most popular activities on Culture Night.

King House in Boyle, Co Roscommon, Russborough House in west Wicklow, the Irish Freemason's Hall on Molesworth Street in Dublin and Aras an Uachtarain are all opening their doors.

Twins Nicole and Diana Mare (10) from the Gaiety School of Acting help launch Culture Night 2014 in St Patricks Park. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Twins Nicole and Diana Mare (10) from the Gaiety School of Acting help launch Culture Night 2014 in St Patricks Park. Photo: Steve Humphreys

There is something particularly appealing about wandering about Michael D's digs at dusk and organisers predict spaces will fill up fast.

An Cosan Glas' night-time illuminated shell vshaped sculpture are truly breath taking and will be on display in Letterkenny Town Park while dormant shop fronts in Limerick will be transformed into animated art installations as part of The Hospital Shop Window Festival.

Irish Independent

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