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

Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 12:05

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.


At this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, Bob and Roberta Smith posed a series of questions and a group of young people, together with artist Maser, have come up with their artistic responses. The work will be on display in Kilkenny Castle on Culture Night. There will also be a series of free gigs around the town featuring Halves, Cat Dowling and more.


Artists Tom Meskell and Jean Conroy will conduct a hedge-school workshop on how to make sculptures and temporary-landscape interventions at Sculpture in the Parklands.


The Art Cart is asking people to play with their dinner, from banana brass and sweet potato strings to parsnip percussion sections.


Illuminate will see an exhibition of interactive light projections taking over Galway city.


Twice nominated and one-time winner of the Turner Prize, Mark Wallinger is one of the best-known British artists. In 1999 his Ecce Homo occupied Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth and in 2001 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. His show is now on as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.


The Temporary Gallery will be hosting a night of traditional medieval hat making. Expert designers will be on hand to guide participants through the process.


The Model is hosting the Resound Project, a music co-op featuring Chequerboard, Laura Sheeran, Kate Ellis, Linda Buckley and others.


One of the most ambitious events at this year’s Culture night is FísFeis, a multi-media project taking place in several locations. Four Gaeltacht artists – visual artists Andrew Duggan, Bláithín MacDonnell, dancer Eoin Mac Donncha and singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde – have taken works kept in the collections of the National Gallery, The National Photographic Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery and come up with their own responses to them. These new artworks will then be filmed by Siobhán Dempsey and projected back on to walls inside and outside the national institutions and regional Gaeltacht venues.

The story of Micí Mac Gabhann (1865-1948), author of Rothaí Mór an tSaoil will be recalled at the writer’s Magheraroarty homeplace by Fidelma Mullane and there will be music and song by Éist. An Geallaraí is hosting an exhibition of work inspired by the 19th-century archive photographs of Derryman James Glass, which will be followed by a concert featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, poet Máire Wren, harpist Kayla Reed and Clann Mhic Ruairí.

Ceardlann Spiddal Craft and Design Studios is hosting a series of family events with Hub na nÓg, while puppet company Fíbin is celebrating 10 years in the arts business. Publishing house Futa Fata is hosting a storytelling session in Galway. Further afield, or further off-shore, Inis Oírr is holding an evening of music with Aran Island and Connemara musicians and singers.

An tIonad Cultúrtha in Ballyvourney, Cork is presenting a night of film featuring works by Dónal O’Céilleachair including Scéalta Mhúscraí, Aisling Gheal, and Dreamtime Revisited, a film on the late John Moriarty with music by Peadar O’Riada.

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