Here's how to get the most out of Culture Night and its schedule of 3,000 events
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.
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:
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.
Stunning, high-end aerial performance in a high-ceilinged room with brightly coloured silks
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.
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.
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.
A breathtaking architectural spectacle by Aerial Cirque that combines vertical dance by Ria Murphy and visual mapping by Petko Tanchev.
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.
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
Comedy at Cork Opera House featuring Cornelius Patrick O' Sullivan, Dawn McDonough, Roger O' Sullivan and Dakota Mick. 6-7pm
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Storytelling, guided tours of museum and video. 5-9pm
An evening of circus, samba and fun for all ages presented by Streetwise Community Circus.
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.