Details of the eighth annual Culture Night were unveiled at a colourful launch in Dublin’s city centre earlier this week by Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. On Friday, 20th September 34 regions, towns and cities around Ireland will programme an eclectic mix of cultural and artistic endeavour. The FREE lively late-night national event will include live music, dance, theatre, spoken word, literature, visual art, traditional and Irish contemporary culture, interactive tours, workshops and exhibitions.
As a special element of the programme this year, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform an exclusive one-off performance in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. The crowd-pleasing action packed programme will include the premier performance of a new composition by contemporary Irish composer, Stephen Gardner specially commissioned to Celebrate Culture Night 2013. The performance will be broadcast live from the magical outdoor venue on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1. The Culture Night 2013 composition will also be performed in a variety of forms in some of the other participating locations, demonstrating the diversity of Culture Night and celebrating its nationwide remit.
An incredible fusion of cultural events can be seen around the country this September as museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural institutions throw open their doors for Culture Night 2013. Each and every participating area nationwide will pull out all the stops for the annual night of cultural excitement. People of all ages across the country are encouraged to Explore, Experience and Enjoy an evening of adventure and discovery as cultural organisations and regional authorities produce an incredible evening of FREE cultural experiences for all the family to enjoy. In 2012, a record 300,000 people took to the streets en masse across the cities and towns of Ireland to enjoy the incredible atmosphere and unique experience with even more participants expected in 2013.
Some notable events this year are;
Embark on a Cultural Adventure with Fascinating Family Friendly Trails!
Take your kids on an imaginative journey of discovery and join the special Family Culture Trail, an initiative comprised of 12 seperate organisations, which will present fascinating objects of discovery from The Stokes Tapestry to The Great Auk. Each intriguing object will be surrounded by a range activities and specially staged events on Culture Night. From 5 – 9pm.
Telling Tales of Town Planning in the Art Tunnel, Smithfield
When we hear ‘town planning’ we think of plan drawings, roads and sterile apartment blocks - boring and dry, but it can be the opposite! Town planning decisions effect real people and their life stories. These fascinating stories are now are being told in the Art Tunnel by members of the local community. In between the tales, there will be interludes of music. Corner of Benburb and Queen Street, Dublin 7. From 7 - 9 pm.
Travel back in time with the Mountjoy Square Society
The Mountjoy Square Society will open two of its private houses to the public. Karin O'Flanagan, long-time resident of the square, will lead the walking tour which will start at 5.00pm from her house, no. 54. While over in no. 47, Bernadette Manning will host a traditional Dublin evening of 18th and early 19th century song and craic. Commencing at 7pm and ending at 8.30pm.
Discover the World of Apothecary and Receive an Insightful Chinese Pulse Diagnosis with Melt Massage and Yoga Centre
Melt, a massage and yoga centre based in Temple Bar, will provide a talk on ‘Hedgerow Remedies’, explaining the beneficial properties of herbal remedies that can be created from common plants and showing how tinctures and creams are used for hedgerow herbalism. Visitors will be able to avail of 5-10min slots to receive a Chinese pulse diagnosis. There will also be free taste samples available of herbal teas that are used for different remedies.
Explore the ‘Story of Earth’ and its Wondrous Geological Heritage
The exhibition ‘The Story of the Earth’ highlights our planet’s geological heritage: wonderful minerals and rocks, and fascinating fossils including the Giant Irish Deer. Exhibits are contained in the museum gallery in Trinity College as well as in the hallway of the magnificent Victorian Museum Building where decorative Irish and exotic stones are used.