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Friday 20 September 2019

Culture Night 2019: 35 highlights taking place across Ireland

Hilary A White takes a look at some of the highlights coming to a venue near you on Friday

Best foot forward: CoisCéim Dance Theatre have a free creative dance workshop in Dublin for Culture Night
Best foot forward: CoisCéim Dance Theatre have a free creative dance workshop in Dublin for Culture Night

Now in its 14th year, Culture Night sits prominently on the clogged autumn arts calendar, with every gallery, museum, church, library, theatre and venue on the island getting in on the act. While the night is often associated with sampling new experiences, it is also a great opportunity to have a peek behind doors usually closed to the public that are part of our architectural heritage. Here is a smattering of highlights in the capital and beyond next Friday:

Axis Ballymun

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7pm-11pm / Ballymun, D9

The theatre is hosting an evening of music (pop, dance, chart hits) and theatre geared towards adults and young adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as their friends, families and carers.

The Windmill Quarter

4pm-9pm / 1WML, Windmill Lane, D2

One of Dublin newest districts invites us in for a look around and to see the Vinyl Walkway of iconic recordings in its Townhall building.

Act the Maggot

6.30pm-9.30pm / 73 Middle Abbey St, D1

This 18+ event is tailored for those looking for a leg-up in public speaking, acting and creativity. Spaces are limited, so booking is required. www.actthemaggot.com

European Culture Trail

Various location around Merrion Sq, D2

Dublin celebrates the diversity of European culture in a trail that takes in Instituto Cervantes, Italian Institute of Culture, the French Embassy in Ireland, Alliance Française, and Goethe-Institut Irland. Boris who?

Bretzel Bakery

5.30pm-9.30pm / 1a Lennox Street, Portobello, D8

Once a cornerstone of Dublin's Jewish community, and now purveyors of mouth-watering fare, the Portobello baking institution will run workshops on sourdough, of all things.

Brown Bag Films

7pm-9pm / Block C, Smithfield Market, D7

Booking is required for this evening of workshops at the animation studio that gave us the zen-like genius of Bing. (Parents know what I'm talking about). www.brownbagfilms.com

Cathal Brugha Barracks

5pm-9pm / Military Rd, Rathmines, D6

Artist-in-residence Margaret Fitzgibbon launches a new installation inspired by the love letters of Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan to accompany a range of talks, tours and tunes.

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

6.30pm-9pm / 14 Sackville Place, D1

Fancy dipping your toe into creative dance? No experience necessary but booking is ­recommended. www.coisceim.com

Dance Theatre of Ireland

6.30pm-9pm / Bloomfields Centre, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

If boogieing is more your thing, bop along to this range of taster classes.

Dr Steevens' Hospital

5.30pm-9.30pm / Steeven's Lane, D8

The historic hospital has a programme of performances tailored for the hearing-impaired, featuring Dublin Theatre of the Deaf, Deaf Folk Dance Ireland and Dublin Deaf Choir.

Dublin Circus Project

7pm-11pm / 76 Bannow Rd, Cabra West, D7

A night of aerial acrobatics, dance, circus high jinks, music and story awaits.

Flying Turtle Productions

5.45pm-10.30pm / 27 Pearse St, D2

Immersive half-hour-long film noir scenes acted out live to small audiences - sign us up. Booking via www.flyingturtleproductions.com

Irish Museum of Modern Art

6pm-8.30pm, Military Road, D8

Singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan and artist Dorothy Cross collaborate for performance, exhibition and discussion at Kilmainham. Online booking required. www.imma.ie


6pm-10pm / Copyright House, Pembroke Row, D2

Lo-fi indie rockers Pillow Queens and Soda Blonde (featuring Little Green Cars alumni) are among the acts playing live.

Booking required: events@imro.ie

Museum of Literature Ireland

5pm-10pm / UCD Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, D2

The wait is finally over to step inside the newest landmark on Dublin's cultural map. We've had a sneak peek, and you're in for a treat.


5pm-9pm / 24/26 Exchequer St, D2

All things arboreal are being celebrated in this important but fun climate action project that will see young people plant one million trees across Ireland.

Slattery's Pub

4pm-midnight / 62 Grand Canal St Upper, D4

The Beggars Bush boozer hosts expert panel discussions and archive match clips to whet appetites ahead of Ireland's opening Rugby

World Cup match. Booking advised. www.slatterysd4.ie

St Finian's Lutheran Church

5pm-11pm / 23 Adelaide Rd, D2

Baroque music finds a home this Culture Night.

Street 66

4pm-11pm/ 33-34 Parliament St, Temple Bar, D2

'Drag + Draw' is a life drawing session with a drag queen model. Any questions?

The Amphitheatre

5pm-9pm / Wood Quay, D2

Sustainability is the theme of this open-air event that will culminate in a lavish ­masquerade ball.

The Central Bank of Ireland

5pm-8pm / New Wapping St, D1

A rare chance to peruse art and artefacts in the bank's archive, some of which have never been displayed before. Pre-registration required. www.centralbank.ie

The O'Brien Press

6pm-10pm / 12 Terenure Rd East, Rathgar, D6

Aspiring children's/YA authors are urged to pop along to this speed-pitching session at the publishing house. Places limited: email


Declan Burke

7.30pm-9pm / Blessington Library, Co Wicklow

The author and crime fiction maestro ­discusses his eagerly anticipated new comic noir, The Lammisters. Expect rich insight. Pre-registration required via Eventbrite.ie.

Dr Ciara Kelly in Conversation with Ruth Fitzmaurice

8pm-9pm / Greystones Library, Co Wicklow

Kelly discusses life, loss and sea-swimming with the author of the bestselling I Found My Tribe. Bookings via www.eventbrite.ie

Dancing With Paint

5pm-7.30pm / Russborough House, ­Blessington, Co Wicklow

If you've ever looked at a Jackson Pollock and grumbled that even a child could do that, you might want to pop along to this energetic and possibly messy workshop for young people.

Crossing the Shannon

8pm-10pm / Leap Castle, Clareen, Co Offaly

Tin-whistle legend Sean Ryan (plus resident ghosts) invites us into Ireland's most haunted location for a blistering trad session in the great hall.

Ardgroom Caha Centre

8pm-10pm / Ardgroom, Co Cork

An evening of storytelling and song relating the local myth and folklore of the Beara Peninsula.

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

6pm-10pm / Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork

Fingers crossed the skies are clear for this open night of live astronomy.

Pitch'd Circus Arts Festival

7pm-10pm / Skiddy's Plaza and Coal Quay, Cornmarket Street, Cork

Cork Street Performance and an "explosive finale" are on the bill, courtesy of the circus company.

Tyndall National Institute

5pm-7.30pm / Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork

Scientists and researchers will be on hand to show the cutting-edge technology being ­developed, while younger visitors can take part in practical fun. Bookings via www.eventbrite.ie.

Declan O'Rourke

8pm-9.30pm / Muckross Schoolhouse, Killarney, Co Kerry

Sick of 'Galileo' yet? Us neither. The great ­troubadour comes to the Killarney Lakes. Booking via 064 6630803.

Richard Hearns

5pm-9pm / Mountscribe, Kinvara, Co Galway

A leading light of Irish contemporary art, Hearns opens his studio doors for an exhibition of recent works. Live music, refreshments, and shuttle bus service are provided.

Baboró - Children for Climate Change

3pm-5pm / Town Hall Theatre Foyer, Courthouse Square, Galway

This family-friendly creative workshop is designed to empower young people frustrated by climate change and environmental issues.

The Model

4pm-8pm / The Mall, Sligo

A climate change theme to music and children's activities, as well as an ever-popular world food spread by Sligo Global Kitchen.

A False Dawn

6.30pm-9pm / Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Culture Night comes to the French ­capital with this exhibition by Ursula Burke of ­porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing, followed by live music at the after-party.

Check out what's on for kids here: Culture Night 2019: The best events for children from fairy workshops to puppet shows

For a list of all events across the country, visit culturenight.ie/events/

Read more: Culture Night 2019: Road closures, transport, events and everything else you need to know

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