Wednesday 23 January 2019

Culture vultures set for a feast in Cork City on open night 2018

Maria Herlihy

Anyone who wants to be a culture vulture can do so later this month as there will be everything from dancing,  live music, theatre and film to art exhibitions, crafts and street performance in Cork. 

Cork City Council presents Cork Culture Night 2018, a city-wide event that will take place on Friday 21st September to showcase the vast cultural spectrum that exists in our beautiful city. 

This year culture really is catching, with a programme of events that seeps into every nook and cranny of the city. Physical buildings cannot contain the history and talent which Cork has to offer, and so it has spread to the streets and waters of Ireland's second city. 

Culture vultures can climb aboard one of Naomhóga Chorcaí and Meitheal Mara's Currachs or longboat to experience Eamon de Valera, Micheal Collins and Brian Boru bridges from another angle. The Port of Cork are also offering cultural boat tours down the River Lee aboard the Cailin Oir, while Muster Literature Centre are opting for dry land with their poets embarking on a poetry trail, reciting poems on Douglas Street, Barrack Street and Grand Parade. 

Choral Con Fusion, Cork's LGBT choir, are inviting a community of choirs to join them in 'Bridging the City' with song this Cork Culture Night. Five choirs: Choral Con Fusion, City of Cork Male Voice Choir, High Hopes Choir, Carrigaline Gospel Choir and Voices of Cork, will sing simultaneously from 7pm to 8pm on five bridges across the city.

Making a song and dance this Culture Night are the 18-piece Cork Pops orchestra, conducted by Radio 1 presenter Evelyn Grant, who are inviting the people of Cork to 'Come Dancing' with them in City Hall's Concert Hall, with a host of dance styles to move your feet to.  

Speaking at the official launch of the highly-anticipated event, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Mick Finn, said, "Culture Night is one of the highlights of the Cork City arts and culture calendar and an opportunity for various venues and organisations to showcase their city - which is steeped in rich culture and heritage - to members of the public, all free of charge. 

"This year's programme features a jam-packed and varied series of events. There will be more than 250 free events taking place in over 130 venues across the city, some of which are mobile with thanks to our partner Bus Éireann.  

"We hope to see the Cork Culture Vultures take to the streets in their droves to experience the best of Cork music, art, film, architecture, craft and history. It is one of my favourite days of the year as I see the city come alive and be celebrated." 

The historical Cork City Gaol will be a hive of activity as it plays host to the Cork Light Orchestra performing music from the 1920s and 1930s.  Foodies will delight at the feast for the senses on display at Cork's famous English Market. From a variety of tasty local dishes, which can be sampled on the night; the only night a year the market opens late, to traditional musical performance and that unique ambiance the English Market is renowned for, this is most certainly a must-visit on the Culture Night agenda.

Culture Night in Knocknagree

Culture night will be marked in Knocknagree as people are invited to relive life as it was in the village over 100 years ago.  The life of the shops, pubs and the village fair will be told and there will be plenty of stories, song and recitations. 

There will be music and song in the Community centre and the fun will kick off on Culture Night on Friday, September 21 at 7pm. It will be a walk back in time and organisers are advocating getting into the swing of it by dressing up in the style of the era.