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150,000 flock to city for Culture Night

MORE than 150,000 people will be descending on the capital this evening for Dublin's culture night.

As one of the most highly anticipated events on the cultural calendar, this year is set to be its biggest to date.

And organisers are urging more people than ever to come and support the event, which offers a range of activities for Dubliners of all ages.

This year you'll have the opportunity to try your hand on stage at the Gaiety School of Acting, see Croke Park come to life at night and explore the newly opened Dublin Wax Museum.

A number of lucky sports fans will get to explore the GAA museum at night for a special viewing and floodlit tours of the grounds.

Looking for a treasure hunt? Determined to find the most historic spot in Dublin? All of your questions will be answered as a part of this unique event.


Since being named a UNESCO City of Literature earlier this year, a number of activities are being offered for literary buffs.

Several bridges throughout the city will be transformed into stages, with plays taking place.

James Joyce Bridge will be bringing some of the writer's best-known characters to life, Sean O'Casey Bridge will have excerpts from Shadow Of A Gunman and The Plough And The Stars, and Samuel Beckett Bridge will have a reading of some of Beckett's most famous poetry.

But the fun isn't limited to literature.

A special one-hour tour of the Docklands has been organised to explore maritime history, extraordinary engineering achievements and landmark architecture.

History buffs will get to visit St Mary's Abbey, a 12th-century chapterhouse which James Joyce labelled the most historic spot in Dublin.

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra will be blaring big band music from 6.30pm to 7pm at Central Bank Plaza. And organisers are pushing for more support than ever from the public for the all-free event.

CEO of Temple Bar Cultural Trust Dermot McLaughlin said: "Even before Culture Night takes place we are already seeing a powerful and creative response from people and communities all over Ireland; it's a startling reminder of how important and empowering an asset our culture is.

"It is the powerhouse of our imagination. We all know that this is a really tough year and there are much tougher years to come, but just look at how our schoolchildren, our arts groups, venues, local organisations and individual artists are showing that the value of culture far outweighs the cost of culture."

For a full list of events, visit culturenight.ie.