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Here's how to get the most out of Culture Night and its schedule of 3,000 events



Minister Heather Humphreys, singer Katie Laffan, Altan singer and musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and Maria Corcoran of Dublin Circus Project reminding people that Friday is Culture Night. Photo: Sasko Lazarov

Minister Heather Humphreys, singer Katie Laffan, Altan singer and musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and Maria Corcoran of Dublin Circus Project reminding people that Friday is Culture Night. Photo: Sasko Lazarov

Culture Night: Photo by Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Culture Night: Photo by Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square

Culture Night

Culture Night


Minister Heather Humphreys, singer Katie Laffan, Altan singer and musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, and Maria Corcoran of Dublin Circus Project reminding people that Friday is Culture Night. Photo: Sasko Lazarov

With 3,000 free events taking place across the country on Friday September 22, tackling Culture Night can seem a little overwhelming.

Here's a little explainer on what it's all about, what's happening, and how best to navigate that whopper schedule of events!

What is Culture Night?

Now in its 13th year Culture Night is an annual celebration of arts, heritage and culture and this year it boasts is biggest programme to date with free events for all ages and all tastes on offer nationwide.

There are film screenings, walking tours, trad sessions, aerial performances, visual art, architecture, poetry readings, access to museums, free concerts, food tours - whatever you can think of, it's happening.


Where is it on and how to navigate?

Nationwide.  Simply hop on to culturenight.ie and search your county for a full list of what's on, where and when.  You can filter your search by genre, time, family-friendly, wheelchair accessible and Gaeilge.

You can also download the free app from the App Store and Google Play.  use it add venues to your own personal 'trail' and plan your route.  There's also a 'near me' function so you can check out what's happening nearby.  Perfect if you just want to roam and stumble across a few gems.

You can also upload your Culture Night photos on the night and there will be prizes for the best.

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In Dublin the Dublin Bus Culture Bus routes A, B, C and D are complimentary and will depart every 20 minutes to ferry you around so you can hop on and off at various events.  There will be trad sessions on some of the buses too so you won't miss anything while you travel!

They'll run 6-11pm (last bus leaving 10.30pm to be at outermost venue for pick up at 11pm.

Route A: Bachelor's Walk (in front of Arlington Hotel) -> Parnell Square West -> Parnell Square North (Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane) -> Croke Park -> Parnell Square East -> Bachelor's Walk

Route B: Pearse St. (Opposite Garda Station) -> Kildare St. (National Museum) -> Stephen's Green -> Merrion Square North -> Mount St. -> Northumberland Rd. -> RDS -> Merrion Square East -> Westland Row ->Pearse St. (Opposite Garda Station)

Route C: Aston Quay (USIT Office) -> Bridge St. -> Christ Church Cathedral -> St. Patrick's Cathedral -> Thomas St. -> Guinness Storehouse -> Military Rd. -> Collins Barracks -> Smithfield Square -> Arran Quay -> Custom House Quay -> Aston Quay

Route D: Eden Quay (Laughter Lounge) -> Custom House Quay -> Grand Canal Square -> Barrow St. -> Windmill Lane Studio -> Eden Quay (Laughter Lounge)

In Cork, Bus Éireann Culture Night Buses will leave every 20 minutes from the Culture Stops at City Hall. The buses will start at 7pm and the last bus leaves City Hall at 10pm. There are three routes serving the venues - Orange, Pink and Green

Orange Route Bus Stop: City Hall, Eglington St to Blackrock Castle

Route: City Hall > Victoria Rd > Centre Park Road > Blackrock Castle > Centre Park Road > Victoria Rd > City Hall

Pink Route Bus Stop: City Hall, Terence McSweeney Quay to Collins Barracks

Route: City Hall > Lavitts Quay > Shandon > Blackpool > The Glen Avenue > Collins Barracks > Summerhill North > City Hall

Green Route Bus Stop: City Hall, Anglesea St to Wilton Road (for CUH)

Route: City Hall > St. Finbarre’s Cathedral > Western Rd > County Hall > Wilton Road >  County Hall > Lifetime Lab > Sunday’s Well > City Hall

Check out the website for other areas.


What is there to do?

What ISN'T there to do!

Here are a few highlights:


The Worst Tour of Dublin. Ever, from Chez Max restaurant, Palace Street, Dublin 2

Most walking tours of Dublin bring you to the usual spots - Trinners for winners, Molly Malone and her massive... pile of fish. Yawn. This tour explores our brilliant city in quite a different way. Learn almost-facts, help our tour guides and laugh on this very alternative tour of our fair city (Dublin, not the TV show). From 5pm.




Aerial Cirque (from 5pm), 10 Exchequer Street 

Stunning, high-end aerial performance in a high-ceilinged room with brightly coloured silks



Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square


Interactive Playground @ Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

See Smithfield Square come alive with an array of workshops and demos introducing you to the world of yarn making along with drumming, dance, fencing taster classes, fire performers and more.  From 5pm.




CoisCeim Dance Theatre, 14 Sackville Place, Dublin 1

CoisCéim Broadreach | Emily is a series of poetic choreographies summoning the spirit of Emily Dickinson will fill all areas of CoisCéim’s studio for Culture Night. This event is the culmination of a Broadreach dance and poetry project for people aged 50+, led by choreographer Philippa Donnellan and writer/actor Noelle Brown.


Sing Along Social (6.30pm), The Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay

A zero commitment choir hosted by Aoife McElwain for people who can’t really sing but love to. You don't need to practice. You don't even need to know the words. It's about caterwauling along to some gas songs in the company of friends and strangers. Good singers welcome, too.


ARC (8.15pm), Barnardo Square, Dame Street, Dublin 2

A breathtaking architectural spectacle by Aerial Cirque that combines vertical dance by Ria Murphy and visual mapping by Petko Tanchev.


Dublin Castle Open Air Concert (from 7pm), Upper Courtyard, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2

Live broadcast of RTE’s Arena from the Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle and open air concert. Performers include The Strypes, Olivia O’Leary, Jerry Fish, Sonya Kelly, Daithi and Sinead White, Eimear Quinn and Felispeaks.



Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits

Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits

Blindboy Boatclub, of the Rubberbandits


Rubberbandits' Blindboy Boatclub at The Gutter Bookshop (7.30pm), Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Join Culture Night Ambassador Blindboy Boatclub as he reads from his new book ‘The Gospel According to Blindboy’, a surreal and genre-defying collection of short stories and visual art exploring the myths, complacencies and contradictions at the heart of modern Ireland. Covering everything from love and death to sex and politics, it's pitched halfway between the Angelus and Oculus Rift, globalisation and gombeenism



Cork Opera House,  Emmet Place Cork

Comedy at Cork Opera House featuring Cornelius Patrick O' Sullivan, Dawn McDonough, Roger O' Sullivan and Dakota Mick. 6-7pm


Arriving Into View – unveiling of mural in Fitzgerald’s Park, 6pm

Arriving Into View is an art project that invited teenagers living in direct provision centres in Cork City and County to work with the Glucksman and practicing artists over a six week period in Autumn 2017. Teenagers explored the processes and techniques involved in communicating stories and messages to large audiences while working with different mediums and artists. This event marks  culmination of the project - a public display of a large scale mural created by the group in Fitzgerald’s Park.



Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St, Cork, 9pm

Latin night event playing the best in, Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata & Samba.

Free entry and a free salsa class from 9-9.30pm followed by salsa music to practice your moves until midnight.



Bádóirí an Cladaigh in The Claddagh Basin, 5-8pm

The Claddagh Community Boat Club (The Claddagh Boatmen) is dedicated to the restoration and sailing of the traditional Galway work boats – Galway Hookers. On Culture Night Bádóirí an Cladaigh welcome you to the Claddagh Basin to see examples of these beautiful and historic craft, with music and dance on the quay, and some very special Galway guests.



Harry Potter (Ben Stansall/PA)

Harry Potter (Ben Stansall/PA)

Harry Potter (Ben Stansall/PA)


Galway City Library : ‘Calling all Muggles.’ for a Harry Potter Night of Wizardry, Magic and Trivia

A Harry Potter night of wizardry, magic and trivia as Galway City Library celebrates Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turning 20.  A free event for all ages 0 to 100, the night includes Magic Potions shows by the Junior Einsteins (booking essential), fancy dress judged by NUIG Harry Potter Society and Potter Trivia, 6pm - 8.15pm



Ceol & Damhsa ar an Chlochán Liath, 8-10pm, Ionad Teampall Chróine, An Clochán Liath.

A celebration of culture through song and dance with local musicians, singers and dancers. Sit back and enjoy or join in. Everyone welcome to join artists on stage.

The LOFT Youth Project & Health Advice Café in Letterkenny

Renowned fiddler and lead singer of Altan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, will take part in an improv music and jam session with a group of young people.



Angela’s Ashes Experience at the Frank McCourt Museum, Hartstonge Street, Limerick

Storytelling, guided tours of museum and video. 5-9pm




Circus on the Street, The Big Fish, 9 Donegall Square North Belfast, 6-10pm

An evening of circus, samba and fun for all ages presented by Streetwise Community Circus.


Pro Wrestling Ulster Live! St Anne's Square Belfast 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Pro Wrestling Ulster will be bringing high flying, hard hitting action back to the streets.  This is a free event with a fantastic line up of acts. PWU will have matches every half hour from 6pm with the last match at 9pm.

Check out culturenight.ie for more info on events around the country.



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