Culture vultures to come alive on artistic night
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.
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.