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Culture Night 2022 in Kerry: your guide to what’s on around the county this Friday

Events filled with music, song, dance, poetry, art and much more take place across the county on Friday for Culture Night 2022


Culture Night 2022 has something for everyone on Friday next, September 23

Culture Night 2022 has something for everyone on Friday next, September 23










Culture Night 2022 has something for everyone on Friday next, September 23


‘There’s something for everyone’ is a phrase bandied ‘round quite a bit in pushing various festivities.

But in the world of the arts it certainly applies to this year’s Culture Night line-up across the Kingdom.

It’s a programme jam-packed with music, song, dance, theatre, fine art, sculpture, poetry and much, much more making Culture Night 2022 surely the greatest explosion of artistic expression on a single day to date.

Friday next, September 23, is the big date for the nationwide event that is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and, in this county, by Kerry County Council.

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And best of all, it’s free, and everyone is invited to the party!

It is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity, and the arts.

Kerry will be host to a programme of events on the night that offers something for everyone.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry, Councillor John Francis Flynn, looks forward to the night:

“I encourage everyone to explore the e-brochure for Culture Night Kerry and see what surprises await them for Friday September 23. It will be a great night for Kerry so be sure to be a part of it.”

In Killarney, try something new with Free Acting Classes in West End House and singing or art workshops in ANAM, Killarney’s Arts and Cultural Centre.

Hear a poem at in the Government Offices on New Road with Eileen Sheehan and John W. Sexton at A Gathering of Poets.

At Saint Mary’s Church, join the journey of music, song, and fusion at Kampala to Killarney.

This year’s programme has a greater focus on late-night events through additional support by the Arts Council. Late night events are scheduled for after 9pm. Street spectacles, fire shows, and gigs are all a part of the programme.





As the evening light fades in Tralee, three of Ireland’s most skilled fire performers will light up the night in the Island of Geese with their performance of Firestorm.

The night-time activity will continue in Tralee Town Square with a programme of outdoor short film screenings for Square Screenings with Kerry International Film Festival. In Parklands, join the celebrations of the autumn equinox with druids, DJs, fire and music as part of Awaken Mabon – Awaken Youth.

Across Kerry there will be celebrations of the talent and traditions we share and opportunities to discover something new.

Celebrate with the Best of Sliabh Luachra Culture in Tureencahill Community Centre. Enjoy performances by Knocknagoshel Spike Players. See the Wren Boys in Listowel Square.

Dance in Centenary Hall in Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School Tralee with CÉILÍ Afro Dabke Ukraine.

It’s one night for all. Plan your night with the e-brochure for Kerry’s Culture Night 2022 on the Arts Office website or by following the link;

All events are free but may require booking.

To see the full Culture Night programme please visit

The following is as comprehensive a guide to the events by location as The Kerryman could glean as of time of print.


— Square Screenings in Tralee: with Kerry Film Festival

Kerry International Film Festival / The Square, Tralee

Kerry International Film Festival presents a programme of short films in an outdoor film screening in the Tralee Town Square. The event will be a celebration of Irish culture and the line-up will include films in both English and Irish along with films from Kerry filmmakers.

8 pm No Booking Required

— Awaken Mabon Awaken Youth – Cónocht an Fhómhair / Autumn Equinox

Shannon Star Entertainments presents as part of Culture Night Late 2022 a free cultural celebration concert of the Autumn Equinox with Druids, DJs, Fire and Music from the top Artists and Bands in Kerry featuring the Dingle Druid, Oracle, The Rising and Aftershock culminating in the Awaken Mabon Fire Spectacle.

Address: The Parklands, Ivy Terrace, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

9 pm

— Paradise Cabaret

Fanzini Productions / Greyhound Bar

A whirlwind journey into a comically absurd, skilfully slick and ridiculously entertaining Cabaret. ‘Savage craic guaranteed’!

Address: The Greyhound Bar, Pembroke Street, Balloonagh, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

8 pm

— 20 Shots of Opera

INO / Siamsa Tíre

Conceived, composed, recorded and filmed in the Gaiety Theatre, 20 Shots of Opera has something to say on a huge range of topics

4 pm No Booking Required

— Tour of the National Folk Theatre exhibition and backstage tour at Siamsa Tíre

Siamsa Tíre will be providing an opportunity for Culture Night visitors to experience the VIP Explore activity offered for the first time to the public this year. The visit includes;

• Guided Tour of Folk Homecoming Exhibition.

• Guided Backstage Tour.

• Opportunity to take some great photos with props and costumes.

Address: Siamsa Tire, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

5 pm Booking required

— Open trad session for beginners at Siamsa Tíre

As part of Mairtín Ó Cathasaigh’s youth programme which he will present for Siamsa Tíre’s Young Curator Scheme 2022, this talented young performer will host two open trad sessions for Culture Night.

Address: Siamsa Tire, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

7.30 pm No Booking Required

— Open trad session at Siamsa Tíre

The second trad session of Mairtín Ó Cathasaigh’s Culture Night programme warmly invites musicians of all ages and levels to Siamsa Tíre’s foyer bar to enjoy music from some special guests and join in with some well-known tunes.

Address: Siamsa Tire, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

9 pm No Booking Required

— Firestorm

Fanzini Productions

Prepare yourself to be blown away! Three of Ireland’s most skilled fire performers present Firestorm. A show that has something for everyone.

Address: Island of Geese, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

8.15 pm

— Céilí Afro Dabke Ukraine

Catherine Young Dance / Millennium Hall, Mercy Mounthawk in an explosion of multi-cultural dance and music this Culture Night with Catherine Young Dance.

Address: Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, R551, Mounthawk, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

7 pm No Booking Required

— A Night at the Museum – Kerry County Museum

Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover engaging exhibitions and interactive displays;

Visit Gowns of Glory – a special exhibition showcasing the Rose of Tralee winner’s dresses at the museum.

Behold Pigs, pubs and pestilence – Welcome to Medieval Tralee!

What’s that smell? You are about to find out! Stroll through the Museum’s Medieval Experience, meet colourful characters from the past and find out what life was like 600 years ago.

Address: Kerry County Museum, Denny Street, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

6 pm No Booking Required

— An Historic Walk Through Collis Sandes House – with Musical Accompaniment

Sempre Music Academy

A guided walk/tour through the history of Collis Sandes House with musical accompaniment from string students of Sempre Music Academy.

Address: Collis Sandes House, Killeen, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

7 pm No Booking Required

— Build, with Me and The Moon

Me and The Moon, Sacred Heart Presentation National School, Castle Street Upper, Tralee

Address: Cloon Beg, Tralee, County Kerry, V92 X093, Ireland

5 pm Booking required

— Origami Harvest Wreath Workshop with Rebecca Lyons at Rahoonane Community Centre, Tralee.

Address: Rahoonane Community Centre, Rahoonane, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

6 pm


— Anam Arts and Cultural Centre:

Join artists from Arthouse for an in person painting workshop in the heart of Killarney at the ANAM Arts & Cultural Centre.

To Book please contact Tracy on 086 214 0728 or email

7 pm. Booking required.

— The Greatest Show: pop vocal workshop for all ages with Lisa and Ger. Come learn how to warm up your voice with fun, modern warm-ups and learn a medley from one of the most popular musical movies of the last decade! All ages are welcome!

Address: Anam Arts and Cultural Centre, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

5.30 pm No Booking Required

— A Gathering of Poets with Eileen Sheehan & John W. Sexton

Government Buildings, New Road

Kerry poets Eileen Sheehan and John W. Sexton are pleased to welcome all who wish to listen to poetry or to read from their own.

7 pm No Booking Required

— The Journey of an Artist: Developing an arts practice.

The Box, Chapel Place, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 XK57

Join artist Anna Dunlea to explore, view and create art in the heart of Killarney. See the artist’s journey: from concept, to sketching and developing a piece.

4 pm

— Guido Fanzini’s Impossible Circus – Fanzini Productions

Fanzini Productions / Killarney House and Gardens

Pogo sticks? Check. Plot to steal thunder from brother? Check. A circus tale of sibling rivalry, brotherly love and pogo sticks.

Address: Killarney House and Gardens, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

6 pm No Booking Required

— Kampala to Killarney | A musical journey of songs and stories from Africa and Ireland

Afro Trad

Kampala to Killarney is a Live Folk Concert with Afro Trad Ireland.

Address: St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Kenmare Place, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

8 pm No Booking Required

— Pipes on the Street

Killorglin and District Pipe Band / Killarney Town Centre

Killorglin and District Pipe Band entertain the crowds at various festivals and events throughout the county. Culture Night will see the band perform some of their musical repertoire in Killarney Town centre.

Address: Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

7.30 pm

— An evening with Cormac Begley and Liam Ó Maonlaí FULLY BOOKED

Muckross Traditional Farms Schoolhouse

Cormac Begley, master concertina player from West Kerry combines with Liam Ó Maonlaí, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist of Hothouse Flowers fame for an evening of Irish culture at its best.

Address: Muckross Traditional Farms, Cloghereen Lower, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

7.15 pm

— Free Screen Acting Classes at West End House

West End House, Killarney

Free Screen Acting Classes for members of the public who would like to try something new for Culture Night.

Address: West End House School of Arts, New Street, Monearmore, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

7 pm


— See the unique attraction that is the Kerry Creamery Experience – the first and only creamery experience in Ireland – and join book your space on this special Culture Night tour.

Address: The Kerry Creamery Experience, Lissavane East, Milltown, County Kerry, Ireland

Locations: Killarney

Booking Email:

5.30 pm.Booking required

Dingle/An Daingean

— Dúchas an Daingin – Múrphictiúir a sheoladh

Bóthar na bPiarsach

Event time: 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Tá múrphictiúir deartha i gcomhair le beirt ealaíontóir áitiúil agus beidh sé á sheoladh le linn an Oíche Chultúir i mbliana.

A mural has been designed by two local artists and will be launched during Culture Night this year. It will be seen on the wall of the Daingean Uí Cuis GAA.

Address: Bóthar na bPiarsach, Emlagh West, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

4 pm

— Dreoilíní Dhaingean Uí Chúis / Sráid Eoin

An exhibition of the making of the straw dresses associated with the Wren will be held with the well-known makers of Daingean Uí Cúis.

6 pm No Booking Required

— Aisteoirí Bhréanainn / Gáirdíní an Dísirt

Dhá ghearr dhráma: Caint sa Pháirc agus An Bacach sa Pháirc (dráma míme).

Two short plays: Caint sa Pháirc and An Bacach sa Pháirc

Address: An Diseart, Green Street, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

5 pm

— Tell it to the Trees/ Abair leis na Crainn é

An Díseart Gardens

Tell it to the Trees is an interactive, immersive experience. We invite people to sit, share their stories, have their own conversations with the tree and surrounding nature in order to feel connected.

An Diseart, Green Street, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

4 pm No Booking Required

— Naked Animals / An Díseart

West Kerry Natives Naked Animals return to Gáirdíní An Diseart for Culture Night! Since their formation in 2018 the 5 piece have played some of Ireland and Europe’s leading festivals, such as Electric Picnic, Wilderness and Other Voices.

Address: An Diseart, Green Street, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

8 pm No Booking Required


— Rambling Session at Kerry Writers’ Museum Café – Ceoltóiri Óige

An evening of traditional Irish music, sean nós dance and amhránaíocht showcasing some of North Kerry’s finest young musicians.

6.30 pm No Booking Required

— Harvest Festival Wren Boys at Listowel Square

St. John’s Theatre, The Square, Listowel

Keeping the Wren Boys tradition alive, four rambling houses will parade down Church St Listowel before taking to the Town Square to display their talents and compete for the All-Ireland Wren Boy title.

Address: The Square Listowel, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland

Locations: Listowel

8.30 pm

— Kerry Writers’ Museum

Join Kathryn Crowley for a workshop and open mic at Kerry Writers’ Museum. Ages 15 and up welcome. Use the session to write for your wellbeing and keep the results private if you wish.

Address: Kerry Writers Museum, The Square, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland

6.30 pm

— Culture Night Miscellany at St John’s Theatre

St. John’s Theatre / Listowel Town Park

St John’s Theatre celebrates Culture Night 2022 with a sparkling evening of theatre, poetry, storytelling and song. We are proud to feature Nicholas Makin, Victoria Kennefick, Larry Beau and Sean Lyons who will entertain, intrigue and amuse from 7pm until midnight.

7 pm


— Mic Oscailte!

Halla Pobail

Oíche mór an Mic oscailte i mBaile an Sceilg/An Gleann le fear an tí agus aoí speisialta an Kerry Cowboy!

For Open Mic night in Baile an Sceilg/ an Gleann we are delighted to welcome host and special guest the Kerry Cowboy!

Address: Dungeagan, County Kerry, V23 DT28, Ireland

Locations: Ballinskelligs

8 pm No Booking Required

Rathkieran, Ballinskelligs

— M’fhocal M’Ealaín

Ionad Pobail an Ghleanna

Ag tosnú amach ag Bá Fhíonáin, beidh deis machnaimh ar na focail a ritheann linn cois farraige.

We take our words and found objects from the shore, to create our own art work in the community hall. A workshop in creativity, language and imagination with Sinéad Silva

Address: Rathkieran, County Kerry, V23 F293, Ireland

6 pm


Éagsúla at the Carnegie

Carnegie Arts Centre

A night of music and songs by artists including Maureen Sullivan, Chris Savage, Mary Donegan, Dave Shapiro, whose influences range from South Africa to Sliabh Luachra and from New York to New England.

8 pm Booking required



Cathair Saidhbhín le Gaeilge

Pop-Up Gaeltacht le Ceol & Amhráin Traidisiúnta Sa Fertha Bar i gCathair Saidhbhín

Address: The Fertha, Main Street, Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland

9 pm


Exhibition – the art and written works of Michael Cavan

Ardfert Historical Society / Adrfert Community Centre

Ardfert Historical Society will exhibit the art and written works of Michael Cavan in the Community Centre on Culture Night. Address: Ardfert Community Centre, Ardfert Community centre, Farranwilliam, Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland

6 pm


— Droichead: Bridging Cultures

Éigse na Brídeoige / An Halla Pobail, Caherdaniel

Droichead: Bridging Cultures – a music, song and poetry event featuring artists from Ukraine as well as poets and traditional musicians from Kerry.

Image: Singer Alyona Basko from Ukraine , based in Fossa

Address: Ballycarnahan, County Kerry, V93 KR70, Ireland

7.30 pm


— Remembering Times Past – Art and History exhibition at the Maine Valley Family Resource Centre

An Art and History exhibition at Maine Valley Family Resource Centre, using old photographs and historical documents.

Address: Gransha Lower, County Kerry, V93 R273, Ireland

7 pm


— Pauline Bewick Seven Ages Collection

Kerry County Council, Library Place

Seven Ages, the Kerry Collection is a permanent display of Pauline Bewick’s work, in Killorglin. It will open late on Culture Night.

Address: Library Place, Iveragh Road, Castleconway, Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland

7 pm

— Drawing in an Art Studio

Art Studio White Canvas

Drop in and try out some drawing still life in an art studio,

Address: Dromavally, County Kerry, V93 ER89, Ireland

5 pm No Booking Required


— Knocknagoshel Culture Night: “The Woman from Purple Mountain”, Trad Music & Set Dancing

Knocknagoshel Spike Players presents a vibrant evening of diverse arts programming at the Knocknagoshel Community Centre, that includes two original works from local playwright Rita Kearney McCarthy: “The Woman of Purple Mountain” a one-act, and “The Bog Man”, a ten-minute recitation.

Address: Knocknagashel East, County Kerry, V92 WV70, Ireland

8 pm No Booking Required


— “Influenced by a Photograph” Handed Down Series Launch

Sliabh Luachra Cultural and Heritage Centre Scartaglin


A special talk on the return of the Handed Down Series which guest speaker Dr Matt Cranitch will outline what to expect this Autumn/Winter and Spring in this popular Sliabh Luachra Talk Series.

Address: Scartaglin, County Kerry, V93 FKV6, Ireland

8.15 pm No Booking Required


— Making Medieval Irish Handbells

Killoluaig, Portmagee, Co. Kerry, V23 H337

Bringing the story behind Ireland’s medieval heritage alive, sculptor Holger Lonze and artist Karen Hendy will cast replicas of 10th C. Irish handbells inspired by the Early Christian heritage of South Kerry.

Address: Killoluaig, County Kerry, V23 H337, Ireland

4 pm No Booking Required


— Best of Sliabh Luachra Culture

Tureencahill Community Centre

Plenty of songs, stories, music and dance in the heart of Sliabh Luachra

Address: Tureencahill Community Centre, Carhoonoe, Gneevgullia, County Kerry, Ireland

7 pm No Booking Required