Culture Night burns the midnight oil
Tomorrow, Culture Night will take over towns and cities across the country with a huge range of free events, so here’s a small selection. For full listings, see culturenight.ie
Karen Greene dressed as the Earl of Bellamont from a painting by Joshua Reynolds (left) as paintings come to life in advance of tomorrow’s Culture Night at the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson
The Doorway Gallery on South Frederick Street is holding an Outsider Art exhibition, showcasing work from artists who have faced adversity in their lives, with rugby pundit Brent Pope on hand to launch it. There will also be an Edible Art event with bakers and confectioners. The street itself will also feature old, broken mannequins that have been recycled by artist Frank O’Dea.
Cows Lane in Temple Bar will be full of craftmakers demonstrating their work, including woodturning, hand weaving, ceramics, felt making, drawing and jewellery, from 4pm to 10pm.
Irish musicians and poets will gather in Ranelagh to read works from the Poetry Army, a collection of subversive verse from the likes of Heathcote Williams, Shelley, Ginsberg and Billie Holiday. Participants include Mary Coughlan, Phelim Drew, Cait O’Riordan, Eleanor Shanley, John Faulkner, Ronan Sheehan, Kate Horgan and Dmitra Xidous.
A town planning event will see locals in Smithfield discuss how city planning is affecting everyday lives in the Art Tunnel, with historic tales and live music.
Dublin Bus is offering free transport between the different cultural quarters, with three special routes linking our cultural institutions. There will be performances en route, including spoken word, music and theatre performance.
Climb on to the Luas red line on Culture Night and you might be lucky enough to capture members of the Dublin Flamenco School kicking up a storm en route between Smithfield and The Point. There are also a limited number of free Luas tickets available from Temple Bar Cultural Trust.
Windmill Lane Recording Studios, which has worked with the likes of U2, The Cranberries, AC/DC, The Spice Girls and Lady Gaga, will be opening its doors from 5-11pm.
A public art walking tour will take place at 5pm and 7pm, starting at Fusiliers Arch, and examine the work of Irish and International sculptors through their work in Stephen’s Green.
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is holding a night of activities for all ages including exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, drawing stations, t’ai chi, tours, screening and live music.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will be holding a tour of the crypt of the cemetery’s founder, Daniel O’Connell, who lies beneath the iconic O’Connell Tower. Tours start at 5.30pm and booking is essential.
To coincide with its new exhibition of the work of Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, Imma will be hosting a talk on the artist’s work, and the public can take part in creating a large-scale Carrington inspired drawing.
The National Museums are holding an array of events, from a display of the oldest man-made tools at the Archeology Museum, to a tour of nocturnal animals in the Natural History Museum. A Fouga Magister Jet is on display in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, as is the Stokes Tapestry.
On Culture Night, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, with a concert of crowd-pleasing classics and special guest appearances from Lunasa, The Walls and Julie Feeney. The show will also feature Malone Lives, a piece by Stephen Gardener that has been specially commissioned to celebrate Culture Night.
Culture Lab will present Speakers Corner, with scholars, writers, creative entrepreneurs and artists discussing a range of topics in short, 10-minute sessions at the sculpture wall opposite the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar. Among those taking part are Maggie Magee, curator and founder of the Dublin Biennial, Toby Scott from Knowinnovation and Prof Lizbeth Goodman of UCD.
The Mountjoy Square Society will open two private houses to the public. Karin O’Flanagan, a long-time resident of the square, will lead a walking tour at 5pm from her house, no 54. In no 47, Bernadette Manning will host a traditional Dublin evening of 18th and early 19th century song and dance. It starts at 7pm.
The Casino at Marino will be hosting a concert with classical guitarist and composer Pat Coldrick from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
The National Chamber Choir is hosting a workshop on the work of Jennifer Walshe with a huge selection of props at the RHA, Ely Place from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Trailblaze is hosting a popup concert with Nina Hynes and guests at the RIA, Westland Row from 9pm.
The Family Culture Trail is an initiative comprised of 12 separate organisations, which will present a series of objects of discovery from the Stokes Tapestry to the Great Auk. Each object will be surrounded by a range activities and specially staged events on Culture Night. From 5pm to 9pm.
The Chester Beatty Library is offering to take people on a tour of the world. Among its objects are Ancient Egyptian love poems and clay tablets from Babylon, 900 snuff bottles from China, dragon robes worn by Chinese emperors, the longest poem ever written (The Book of Kings), the world’s biggest collection of Qur’ans, the world’s earliest New Testament text including the four gospels from 250AD, Japanese picture scrolls, Old Master Prints including works by Durer and Matisse, and other ancient books.
The Lab at Foley Street is having an extensive range of activities including: mobile-making art workshops; live music and painting with John O’Reilly, Abigail Smith and Lioba Petrie; a DJ workshop with Evan Kenny; drypoint and light picture workshops; and an acting class with David Scott of Company D.
Johnston Central Library is building on its 100 books projects, which picks a selection of great books under various headings based on forms of discrimination, with an evening of talks and public readings with actors and writers. There will also be creative-reading workshops from 3pm.