Friday 30 September 2016

Culture vultures to come alive on artistic night

Jane O'Faherty

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Opera singer Aoife Gibney and aerial artists Ria Murphy (top left) and Salla Vartia (top right) from Aerial Cirque launched the programme of events for Culture Night 2015 in Merrion Square Park, Dublin, yesterday with a little help from young conductor Cillian Byrne (6) and Sophie Deegan (7), centre.
Opera singer Aoife Gibney and aerial artists Ria Murphy (top left) and Salla Vartia (top right) from Aerial Cirque launched the programme of events for Culture Night 2015 in Merrion Square Park, Dublin, yesterday with a little help from young conductor Cillian Byrne (6) and Sophie Deegan (7), centre.

Wine tasting via Skype, bus-route recitals and punk rock in Paris are just some of the ways to enjoy this year's Culture Night.

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The annual celebration of all things artistic is in its 10th year, as libraries, galleries, theatres and government buildings throw open their doors for one night only. Up to 350,000 people are expected to visit the 40 locations nationwide that will take part in Culture Night on Friday, September 18 - the highest number of venues to date.

Guided tours of Arás an Uachtárain make a return to the programme, alongside cultural tours on foot, bike or even horse and carriage, while Ireland's first homeless singing ensemble, the High Hopes Choir, will take to the stage in Temple Bar.

Outside of the capital, Cork will present a Skype session with some of the new generation of Irish "wine geese", who now produce vintages across the world.

Luka Bloom will perform at Kilkishen Cultural Centre in Clare, while a concert of traditional lullabies will be held in Sligo. Elsewhere, author Glenn Patterson will preside over Belfast's 'Big Fat Gay Wedding' and administer vows to one happy couple.

And the festivities are not limited to the island of Ireland, as free events are scheduled in New York and Paris.

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