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Culture Night 2014: Ten things to do this Friday

The annual nationwide Culture Night is back this Friday 19th September.

Every year since 2006, galleries, studios, museums and culture centres aim to reignite passion for the arts by organising a multitude of events to take place on one evening.

Those behind Culture Night hope to raise the profile of the country’s creatives and their respective ventures, and also to create a sense of community.

The initiative has grown from a relatively small event in Dublin to an all-island event which saw over 350,000 people get involved last year.

This year, there are more than 900 venues participating, incorporating music, tours of iconic buildings, talks, workshops, exhibitions, and more.

So, what should be top of your agenda?

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Below are our picks of events from across the country:

1. The Freemasons HQ Tour, Dublin (video above)

The historic Freemasons’ administrative headquarters on Dublin’s Molesworth Street open their door once more, welcoming the public into the ornate building that was built in 1866.

The Freemasons tour is one of the biggest draws of Culture Night annually; see below for an exclusive sneak peek video. Doors open at 5pm.

2. Merrion Square, Dublin

Dublin’s Merrion Square will be lit up this Friday- in every sense of the word.

‘Downstairs Dublin’ will see the basements of the Georgian townhouses come to life with light and colour, as the street is transformed with live acts, art installations, drama, fashion, dance and a ‘Dine in the Dark’ blind-food experience. 

3. Pop-up Cabaret, Belfast

Kicking off from 4pm in Belfast’s Strand Arts Centre, revellers will be entertained by swing dancers, singer/songwriters, a harpist, and traditional Irish musicians.                                                            

4. Outdoor Cinemas

Both Dublin’s Smithfield and Cork City’s Fitzgerald Park will host temporary outdoor cinemas for the evening, showing classic films such as The Committments.

5. Mother Jones Flea Market, Cork

Musicians, poets, storytellers and artists will enhance the atmosphere at the Mother Jones Flea Market event on York Street, Cork, from 5pm.

Line-up includes Stevie G, ApocalypsE, Morning Veils, David Tapley of Tandem Felix, Eoghan Murphy and John Hicks.                           

6. The Enormous Crocodile, Clare

Tic Toc Puppets will bring Roald Dahl’s Muggle-Wump, Roly-Poly Bird and Enormous Crocodile to life in a musical story-telling in Cultúrlann Sweeney at 7.30pm.

7. Wonderful World of Circus, Galway

Young members of Galway Community Circus will showcase their talents to the public this Friday alongside their professional counterparts in a fun, innovative and inspiring show which kicks off at 6pm at St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla.

8. Spark Studio, Kilkenny

Art and science fuse at Spark Studio, where exciting exhibitions and activities encourage children and adults to spend time exploring and questioning the world we live in. From 4pm, 2 Friary Street, Kilkenny.

9. Samba Workshop, Wicklow

Music Together present a Brazilian Samba workshop, led by drummer and percussionist Zeca Munhoz. Participants will learn both musical beats and new break dance moves, and people of all ages are welcome. Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones, from 6pm. (Booking advised.)

10. Willow Wonder Workshop, Kildare

This workshop is based on the theme ‘Remembering The Ancestors’. Local artist Beth Murphy is encouraging people of all ages to take along their grandparents and engage with their roots while working with willow and the ancient craft of weaving. From 6.30pm in Kildare Town Heritage Centre (booking essential.)

Note: Dublin Bus have organised special routes going from venue to venue for Culture Night, find out more on dublinbus.ie

For full listings on nationwide events,visit culturenight.ie

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