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RTÉ at Dublin Castle for Culture Night 2017 open-air concert

RTÉ at Dublin Castle for Culture Night 2017 open-air concert

11 September 2017: RTÉ returns to Dublin Castle for free open-air concert at Culture Night 2017

RTÉ Concert Orchestra I The Strypes I Áine Cahill I Mongoose I Dáithí & Sinead White I Stephen James Smith I San Patricio Mariachi I Felispeaks I Liam O’Connor

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Following the success of last year’s centenary special, Culture Night with RTÉ returns to Dublin Castle with a free three-hour open-air concert which will be broadcast live on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 from 7-10pm on Friday 22nd September.

Presented by RTÉ in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works, Culture Night with RTÉ will see Dublin Castle’s Upper Courtyard transformed as Arena’s Sean Rocks presents an evening of music, theatre, comedy and poetry in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and special guests, including The Strypes, Áine Cahill, Mongoose, Dáithí with Sinead White, Stephen James Smith,  Felispeaks, San Patricio Mariachi, Liam O’Connor and Matthew Gilsenan.

Speaking today, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said: "Culture Night is one of the highlights of every year for my Department. It is a night like no other on this island, bringing culture alive throughout the country in ways that are not always possible. I am delighted that my Department, through the Creative Ireland Programme, is again partnering with RTÉ, Dublin City Council and our colleagues in OPW to present what will be a wonderful evening’s entertainment in Dublin Castle. All in all, 3000+ special and unique events will take place throughout the country, making Culture Night 2017 our biggest celebration of arts, culture and heritage to date".

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ says: "RTÉ is once again at the heart of Culture Night with great music, lively talks, fantastic workshops and big performances. RTÉ is at the centre of cultural life in Ireland, and Culture Night presents RTÉ with a valuable opportunity to give the stage to the amazing talent of Ireland. We are very excited about the concerts and other activities we’ve put together this year, which our audiences will be able to enjoy first hand, as well as on air and online, in Ireland and abroad."

The Culture Night with RTÉ programme will also feature a selection of Banter talks with Jim Carroll and guests, poetry readings in association with Poetry Ireland and live RTÉ Radio 1 events which will be held throughout Dublin Castle on the night:

Live Radio Recordings - RTÉ Radio 1 (Chapel Royal)
Ø  Countrywide: Featuring guests from around the country with entertainment from the inimitable Seamus O’Rourke and music from Lisa McHugh.
Ø  Sunday Miscellany: Brings a vibrant selection of new writing and complementary music to a live audience for Culture Night at the castle, with music from guitarist Shane Hennessy and trio Kate Ellis, Francesco Turrisi and Nick Roth
Ø  Marty Morrissey: Along with a panel of very special guests, Marty Morrissey will take a look at the GAA as an institution and the changing face of Gaelic games.

Or alternatively join the award-winning RTÉ Drama on One team (The Printworks, 5-7pm)
where the team will show you how to make a radio play, in a special event for children.

Poetry Ireland at Culture Night in association with RTÉ (Castle Hall, 5-6pm)

  *   Younger audiences and families can join Poetry Ireland and Little Island Books as they explore Hopscotch in the Sky, a gorgeous new book of poems for children.
  *   Poet Lucinda Jacob and illustrator Lauren O’Neill will take you on a magical journey in poems and pictures through the seasons of the year, from ice creams to Christmas trees, flying grannies to reading mermaids.
  *   Lucinda and Lauren will be joined by singer-songwriter Enda Reilly and young readers from the Poetry Aloud poetry speaking competition for this fun event that’s suitable for all the family.
Banter with Jim Carroll – Culture & Me (The Coach House, 7-9pm)

  *   What does culture mean to you and how does it inspire your life and work? That’s the question that will be asked at Banter on Culture Night as the host of the long-running series of public events. Jim Carroll assembles a surprising gathering of people to talk about their relationship with the arts.
  *   Contributors include:
-Pascal Donohoe – Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure
-Emer Reynolds – film-maker, The Farthest
-Michael Darragh MacAuley – Dublin GAA footballer
-Philly McMahon – theatre-maker, Thisispopbaby
-Sally Rooney – novelist, Conversations With Friends
-Darach Ó Séaghdha – author, The Irish For and Humans of Shop Street
-Ronan Brady – physical artist, performer and former Roscomon footballer
-Ellie Kisyombe – Our Table activist
-Marty Morrissey – RTÉ  reporter, commentator and broadcaster
-Sinead Ní Uallachain – Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster

Aimee van Wylick, Culture Night National Coordinator, said: "RTÉ Supporting the Arts has long been a key supporter of Culture Night, providing audiences with remarkable performances and experiences down through the years. We’re delighted to partner with RTÉ once again to bring over 100 events to culture fans across the country and also capture the vibrancy of Culture Night for audiences at home on television, radio and online. The open air concert and Arena live broadcast from Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square and now Dublin Castle is always one of the most highly anticipated Culture Night events with a host of fantastic performances for all tastes."

Beyond the castle walls, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the music of Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Matthew Hindson with world-renowned pianist, Paul Lewis and conductor, Robert Trevino at the National Concert Hall, a performance which will be broadcast live on The Lyric Concert, RTÉ lyric fm from 7.30pm. Meanwhile, the National Concert Hall will also host RTÉ’s 70-strong youth choir, RTÉ Cór na nÓg who will perform music from the ever-popular, Les Miserables from 6pm.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at this flagship Culture Night event.  If you can’t make it to Dublin Castle or the National Concert Hall on Friday 22nd September, you can experience this Culture Night special with Arena on RTÉ Radio 1, broadcasting live from 7-10pm, and The Lyric Concert on RTÉ lyric fm live from the National Concert Hall from 7pm. Or, you can enjoy the Culture Night with RTÉ experience online and on mobile.

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LISTEN Arena, RTÉ Radio 1, 7-10pm | The Lyric Concert, RTÉ lyric fm, 7.30pm

11 September 2017

Further information:
Neil O’Gorman, Corporate Communications Manager, RTÉ, T: 01 2083989 M: 087 2077192

Editor’s Notes:

•  Culture Night on RTÉ is presented in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works.

•   To download the full Culture Night programme, click here<>.

•   Schedules are subject to change