The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs brings us Culture Night on Friday, 16th September.
Culture Night sees arts and cultural organisations throughout the country open their doors from 5-11pm on Friday, 16th September with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances to suit all tastes and interests.
It is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
The organisers all us that the event:
– Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
– Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
– Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
– Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality
– Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
– Helps create a sense of community and belonging
Some of out highlights for Culture Night 2016 include:
DUBLIN STREET ART TOUR
Join street artist and self-proclaimed ‘mindful vandal’ Will St Leger on a tour of Dublin’s street art. Sometimes political, sometimes playful – there is a lot to see on the walls of Dublin.
6pm Outside Thunder Road Café, Fleet Street, Temple Bar
CULTURE NIGHT BY BIKE
Get your craic on a saddle with Dublin City Bike Tours. Join this entertaining tour starting from Smithfield and going through Phoenix Park, Temple Bar and the Liberties.
6.30pm Dublin City Bike Stand, Smithfield Square
REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE IN DUBLIN
What links Ireland to Napoleon Bonaparte and the story of revolutionary France? Find out on Sylvie Kleinman’s unique tour.
6.30pm Wolfe Tone Statue, St. Stephen’s Green North
Presented by RTÉ in partnership with Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dublin City Council, Ireland 2016 and The Office of Public Works. To celebrate this special centenary year, Dublin Castle will be transformed for Culture Night, filling its historic walls with music, theatre and words.
5pm – 10pm Dublin Castle
Roller derby is a hard- hitting fast-paced sport which is growing rapidly in popularity. On Culture Night you will get a chance to meet the league, put on a pair of skates and try it out.
6pm – 10pm Inchicore Sports and Social Club, Library Square, Inchicore, Dublin 8
Situated in the heart of the Arts & Antiques Quarter of Dublin, Anonymous will offer visitors a night of live DJs, wine & retro nibbles. The store, which boasts an ecclectic mix of mid-century furniture, art, lighting and oddities, will also be offering a 10% discount on all items on the day.
8.30pm – 11pm 72, Francis Street, Dublin 8
The NCAD Gallery will present a two-person exhibition of works by artists Hannah Fitz and Daniel Tuomey.
5pm – 9pm NCAD, Thomas Street, Dublin 8
HERSTORY @ THE LIQUOR ROOMS
Herstory invites you to an enchanting evening of comedy, music, theatre and poetry: to reawaken the lost life stories of extraordinary Irish women.
8pm – 11pm 7, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Culture Night takes place from 5-11pm on Friday, 16th September, in a variety of venues throughout the city and county. Get the most out of Culture Night with the app, available to download from the App Store or Google Play. Complimentary buses, provided by transport partner Dublin Bus, will also be available during Culture Night.
All images courtesy Culture Night except photo of Dublin Castle © DUBLIN BUZZ; lead image © Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland