CULTURE NIGHT – AOIFE BARRY
This Friday ‘Culture Night’ is taking place with thousands and thousands of free cultural events on across the island of Ireland.
Aoife Barry, Assistant News Editor with thejournal.ie joins Marian in studio.
- ‘Drop a beat at the Kabin Studio!’
Knocknaheeny will be opening their doors to our young people and offering them a chance to experience rap. Supported by Music Generation Cork City & GMC Beats Workshops, there will be public rap & beats workshop with performances from local artists and open-mic. Visitors on Culture Night will also get the chance to record in the vocal booth, try out some beat-making technology or just sit back and enjoy the tunes.
2) There will be a ‘Cassini Culture at Blackrock Observatory’
This year members of the public are invited for an evening of spectacular science to celebrate the retirement of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft and a flagship-class NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft. A host of experts will look back on 13 years of discovery from data returned from Saturn, the jeweled planet. Meet people who worked on NASA’s Cassini and ESA’s Huygens on video links to Blackrock Castle Observatory.Cork Astronomy Club will guide visitors in weather permitting stargazing at nightfall.
Gort Men’s Shed, Gort, Co. Galway
A Lazy Susan is a turntable traditionally used for sharing food. For Culture Night 2017 Gort Men’s Shed invites you to slowly spin our Lazy Susan and enjoy exploring new flavours prepared by our Irish, Brazilian, Russian, Syrian and Polish friends and neighbours. Music Maestro Pete Lamb will be putting together a special mix of music from these countries to add to the occasion.
Casting light on Ireland’s Bronze age
Bringing the story behind Ireland's archaeological artefacts alive, sculptor Holger Lonze and folklorist/maker Billy Mag Fhloinn will cast replicas of small sculptures and attempt to re-create the 2,500 year-old late bronze age Derrynane Horn. Molten bronze will be poured into clay/dung moulds in a charcoal pit furnace fuelled with hand bellows in an itinerant Bronze Age metal outdoor workshop – a spectacular sight. Come explore this three thousand year old process that connects contemporary art and archaeology. Bring musical instruments and dress according to the weather!
Achill Island: ‘Achill Island Travelling Bus of Culture - Pop-up trad tour performing music and song’
Achill Island has a rich heritage of traditional Irish Music and Scoil Ácla is an integral part of keeping that tradition alive on the Island. As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school that take place annually. But the music doesn’t stop there – the group run weekly classes and has been involved in Culture Night since 2010. For Culture Night 2017, Scoil Acla are again taking to the road and bringing Culture Night to a range of venues across the island where the musicians embark on a traditional music tour around Achill. Keep an eye out for these impromptu sessions and join Scoil Acla on Culture Night for a taste of Achill and great traditional music and song.
There are a lot of tours of big attractions such as: Cathal Brugha Barracks, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Hall, GAA Museum, GPO Witness History, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Gate Theatre
Sing Along Social, Civic Amphitheatre, Dublin City Council Offices
Designed for people who can’t really sing but love to anyway, the event will be held at the Amphitheatre for a Zero-commitment choir. Sing Along Social never fails to impress.
Morning Gloryville, Meeting House Square, Dublin
Morning Gloryville Dublin is an immersive morning dance party that allows people to shed their inhibitions in a conscious clubbing experience free of alcohol and other intoxicants. Bringing high energy dancefloors to 1000’s of Dubliners over the last three years, Morning Gloryville Dublin is excited to bring their first ever Night Gloryville to Culture Night this year to celebrate their 3 year anniversary in Meeting House Square. Expect dancers, performers, hugs, conga lines, face painters, drummers, DJs, MCs, yoga and massage all under one roof... or in this case, umbrellas!
Live street art painting at North Street
Pro Wrestling Ulster live: culturenight.ie/event/pro-wrestling-ulster-live
Carlow: ‘Multicultural Celebration in Tullow’ Forward Steps Family Resource Centre will host a multi cultural celebration including a variety of stalls displaying arts and crafts, food tasting, national costumes and music from local multicultural communities. This event will also include a special launch of a multicultural mosaic created by members of local diverse community which will be unveiled during the evening.
Kerry: ‘Visual Arts Ballinskelligs. All Art Is Storytelling, South & West Kerry’ Meet Irish and International artists on retreat at Cill Rialaig on Bolus Head. Tour of the village conducted by Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp. Intrepid art lovers can meet working artists. Tour is followed by a ‘Famine Supper’ in the Meeting House once lived in by Seanachaí Sean Ó Connaill.
Leitrim: ‘A performance of W.B. Yeats ’The Stolen Child’. We are heading out into the waters and the wild with a special performance of The Stolen Child at the famous and beautiful Glencar waterfall by Rabbits Riot Theatre Company. We will be joined by a bus load of fairies and light up pools scarce big enough to bathe a star as well as the magnificent waterfall.
Monaghan: ‘Wassa Wassa African Drumming workshops’ at Carrickmacross Library. With over 30 African hand carved drums, and participants learning up-beat rhythms and song- a visit from Wassa Wassa is sure to be a day to remember. Join Niall Delahan, who has has studied Percussion in many different countries in West Africa including Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. He has played with world renowned artists such as Famoudou Konate, Siaka Deni Keita, Baboura Bangora, Amara Kante, Abdoulaye Camara and Casoum Dembele.
Limerick: World Recipe Exchange, Limerick
At the World Recipe Exchange we explore international culinary traditions of contemporary Limerick: the ingredients, recipes, stories and memories of tastes and smells that we carry with us through our lives. We invite you to join us for a special public space event to discover new tastes and share delicious recipes.
Kilkenny: Kilkenny International Literary Festival Inaugural event on Culture Night 2017
You are invited to the stunning medieval Rothe House Museum and Garden this Culture Night where Kilkenny’s new International Literary Festival, KIL-Fest, celebrates Culture Night in conjunction with Kilkenny’s Stone House Books by bringing two writers to discuss their work: Karina Tynan, storyteller and blogger and re-teller of Irish myths; and Martine Madden, author of the powerfully haunting Anyush, a love story set against the backdrop of the Armenian Turkish conflict of 1915 and the Great War.
Mayo: Newport Astronomy Club - Women in Astronomy
It will seem quite literally unbelievable in this era of equal opportunity that obstacles were placed in the paths of women who wished to pursue a career in science, but Cambridge would not grant degrees to women until 1948, while in the U.S. Princeton would not accept women as astronomy post-graduate students until 1975.
Despite this, women who did push past the barriers would make fundamental discoveries, particularly in Astronomy, and make contributions to science that far exceeded their numbers. They were not always given the recognition that they had earned.
"Women in Astronomy" tells some of their stories and the ground-breaking research that they were responsible for.
Family: Flotsam and Jetsam Family Art Workshop, Clare
Discover the world of art with artists Marianne Slevin for a fun family workshop, where you will learn how to transform your beach finds into works of art!
Family History & Local History Open Evening, Cork
Walk in genealogy and newspaper archive research. Visit the library during its special extended opening hours for assistance with family and social history research and to conduct assisted searches of computerized newspaper back issues.
Gallery Zozimus, Dublin
Artists Mary Conroy & Kate O’Kelly present a family-friendly workshop. They will use 2D flat-pattern paper nets to construct geometric 3D shapes to create personalised, decorated paper forms that participants can take home. Also, there will be Play With Clay for all the family.
Dublin Deaf Village Ireland will host screenings of short Irish films made by talented deaf and hard of hearing film makers
Dublin Glasnevin Cemetery Museum: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum invites you to explore their award-winning, interactive museum exhibition and to experience an exclusive tour of the crypt of the cemetery’s founder, Daniel O’Connell.
Dublin Smashing Times Theatre Company @ Generator, Smithfield
A collage of film screenings on the work of Smashing Times Theatre and Film company intercut with oral presentations to celebrate and remember women’s stories past and present and to creatively explore the use of theatre and film to promote gender equality, diversity and peace. Features work from Women in an Equal Europe and The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII
To find an event near you, you can visit culturenight.ie