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
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.
OÍCHE CHULTÚIR SA GAELTACHT
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.