Treat in store for culture vultures -- and it's free
PEOPLE all over Ireland will get the chance to give themselves a post-summer lift by immersing in free local culture on Culture Night 2011, on September 23.
More than 30 regions across the island will host a diverse range of free events, but Dublin remains the hub, with all sorts of goings-on taking place in the capital.
The annual event, which was originally only planned for the Temple Bar area of Dublin, has enjoyed growing numbers in attendance and participation since 2006.
Last year, Dublin alone attracted more than 152,000 people to 156 venues for the one-night event.
Special attractions in the capital include a guided tour of one of its most atmospheric churches, St Audoen's, which was built in 1190.
Then you could stroll to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle at 6pm for some Arab jazz with Sami Moukaddem.
Another stop could be the Irish Film Institute, which presents a selection of films from the O Kalem Collection (1910 to 1915), the earliest surviving non-documentary films shot in Ireland.
Beyond the Pale, treats include theatrical world premieres such as 'Ride On', presented by the Livin Dred Theatre Company at the Ramor Theatre in Virginia, Co Cavan; and '84', a performance reading of a Len Collin screenplay by the Blue Teapot Theatre Company in Galway's Druid Lane Theatre.
For full details, see www.culturenight.ie.