Mary McCarthy Director of the National Sculpture Factory, Cork


MY CULTURE NIGHT: CORK:For my culture night events, I have chosen to focus on buildings and places I pass regularly on my way to work and places that are often out of bounds.

My curiosity will take me into St Lukes Church to see the recent refurbishment. This extraordinary landmark building will soon become home to Tigh Filí Cultural Centre and from there Im going to head to the Lord Mayor and Mayfield Arts youth council at 5pm. It will be great to see young people debate issues. Next, Im going to pass through the plaza party in Anglesea Street, which will be transformed by street acts and music. I’ll go to the English Market for some arty bites and witness the grand bazaar like atmosphere of the Farmgate Café. Its going to be taken over by Indian restaurant Jaipur for the night. For some visual art stimulation and an animated and informed tour Im going to race to the Crawford Gallery where Dr Eimear O’Connor will be giving a tour of the current Seán Keating show. Cork based band Horsemen Pass By are performing in City Hall from 11pm. They will be definitely worth a listen to and I’m sure I will finish my evening in the renewed and refreshed Triskel Arts Centre with some liquid delight in Gulpd cafe.

Vanburgh at Port of Cork

The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet is putting on a special performance in the Port of Cork boardroom. As well as the music, a large collection of maritime paintings will be on display. The Port of Cork is located on Custom House Street and advance booking is essential as places are limited.

Runs from 6.30-7.30pm.

Lewis Glucksman Gallery Comes Alive

The Glucksman Gallery comes alive after hours as the building is turned into a live sketchbook. The idea for the event is based on Dennis Oppenheim’s 1971 film, currently on show in the gallery, in which the artist and his son copied drawings onto each other’s backs. Games aimed at younger visitors will also be programmed as well as art for all the family.

Runs from 5-10pm and admission is free.

Flash Fiction Rapid Fire

The Munster Literature Centre presents readings by festival authors and invited guests tonight in a programme of readings. Five authors from the ‘Flash Fiction Festival’, running since Wednesday, will compete for the Farmgate Café Award.

Runs at Triskel Christchurch from 11pm until midnight. Admission is free.

Movie screenings, City Hall

A programme of family friendly screenings takes place at Cork City Hall on Friday from 3-4pm, with a mix of shorts and feature films, particularly suited to younger viewers. In another part of the building, performance company Sorcaluba will put on an acrobatic circus performance for children at 2pm while a John Minihan exhibition takes place in the morning from 9am-12.

Runs at City Hall, from 3pm

Puppet making

Cork Community Art Link invite the public into their workshop on Shandon St, where you get to experience behind the scenes work of puppet and float making. This is all taking place in advance of the Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade.

Runs from 6pm.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival

For an event outside Cork city, try the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival with featured artists including Steve Cooney and The Church and Windings. The session trail begins at 10.30am with a mystery performance in the farmer’s market, while there’s an acoustic forum in O’Donovan’s Hotel at 7.30pm.

Runs from 10.30am

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