Once again, the 2019 installment of Culture Night calls on people across Ireland to get out and support culture creators big and small across the country on Friday September 20th.
As always, the Culture Night programme will offer a kaleidoscopic programme of the very best in creativity, storytelling and culture. This year, organisers are hoping to build on last year's phenomenal turnout of over 400,000 people nationwide coming out to savour the best of Irish creative talent.
Watch: RTÉ at Culture Night 2018
RTÉ will once again partner with Culture Night to bring spectacular performances and experiences across the evening. The famous, flagship free open-air concert, broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1, returns to the historic granite walls of Clarke Square at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks promising an evening of family entertainment featuring an exciting mix of live music, spoken word and dance in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Acts already confirmed include firm favourites Aslan, hip hop artist and international rising star Jafaris, the ever-popular Kilfenora Céilí Band, leading Irish opera singer Celine Byrne, plus many more.
Culture Night features a kaleidoscopic programme of the very best of what is intrinsic in us – creativity, storytelling and our unique culture. Highlights in the capital this year include; songstress Lisa Hannigan at IMMA performing a musical response as part of a collaboration with artist Dorothy Cross; a picture paints a thousand words, and Artistic Liberties uses photographic portraits to tell the story of this multicultural neighbourhood; the new Museum of Literature of Ireland with its priceless Joycean artefacts; Dublin 8's Digital Hub brings an outdoor cinema with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival and Dublin Flea Night Market; Trinity Long Room Hub celebrates Terry Pratchett and his connections to the college; and Spirasi and TU Dublin host Time As Form, an exhibition of works by asylum seeker and refugee artists created while in the process of recovery and rehabilitation in Ireland.
Watch: The RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Culture Night 2017
It's all happening across the country this Culture Night, too, with events including Waiting Tables for Godot in An Grianán Theatre Donegal, a funny and fast-moving play about a pair of conjoined twins serving tables and waiting for Godot; Pitch'd Circus Arts Festival's Inferno Fire Show which will light up Cork city’s skies; Clifden, Galway celebrates 100 years since the first transatlantic flight with a screening of documentary Yesterday we were in America; Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah performs Sendiana, a deeply moving, powerful, personal remembrance and challenge to occupation, exile and terror at The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo.
Borrisoleigh Tipperary comes to life with a re-enactment of the Fenian rising of 1867 by local author John Connors, commemorating the Fenian rising of 1867 and using the village streets as a stage; Kilkenny’s Rhyme Rag Ensemble group of teenage writers hosts an intimate 30 minute performance of their poetry; the 100 strong Ard Churam Community Choir led by soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan present Together in Song in Listowel Kerry; and Carlow Ukulele Players join the High Hopes Choir, whose members have been touched by homelessness, to perform a repertoire from Irish Ballads to classic pop.
Watch: Villagers perform Nothing Arrived at RTÉ's 2018 Culture Night celebrations
Irish language Culture Night events include tours of Conradh na Gaeilge to find out more about the Irish Language Revival, and an evening of an Irish set & Céilí dancing lessons, traditional Irish music, dance, song and a cúpla focal for all levels at Áras Chrónáin Ionad Cultúir.
"The theme for Culture Night 2019 is 'wrap up in culture'," says Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, "and that's exactly what I urge people to do. One of my favourite things to do each year is to get out and enjoy a little cultural discovery, experiencing something I might not have before. There are thousands of free events to choose from and I encourage you to make the most of the fantastic programme. In every corner of the country there will be something for people of all ages to enjoy."
Culture Night 2019 takes place on Friday, September 20th - find out more about this year's programme here.