From late-night trad to bilingual children’s books, this year’s Culture Night is perfect for a family day-out or date night
Culture Night is back on Friday 23 September with plenty of events across the country for you to embrace your Irish heritage. Whether you want to brush up on your history or enjoy some craic agus ceol, Culture Night is perfect for an evening out with family and friends. Delivered by the Arts Council, there will be events taking placing in villages, towns and cities nationwide to celebrate our unique Irish culture. To find out what is happening in your local area, visit the Culture Night website. Below, is a sample of what’s to come throughout the evening.
The Jager Bombers
The Jager Bombers will be in Gór, Co. Clare with a setlist full of pop, rock, funk and soul. If you’re over eighteen and free from 10pm, why not take to the floor for some lively dance numbers. There is no booking required for this event and it is wheelchair accessible. Perfect for a night out with friends or your significant other. More information here.
The Post Box Project and Exhibition of Work
The Post Box Project is an enterprise by the young people of Newcastle West that will be transferred to the streets of the town. The exhibition will be open to the public from 12am until 2pm. From 2pm to 4pm, Foróige and Music Generation Multi-Disciplinary Workshops will run for young people to enjoy music, arts and virtual reality experiences. Sign up here.
Ukranian author Halyna Budilova and Irish author Eileen Moynihan have come together to create a bilingual compilation of poetry and short stories for children. Launching in Longford Library from 3pm to 4.30pm, kids aged four to twelve are welcome to enjoy this presentation. ‘The Sunflower Lion’ is centred around a theme of war for kids and parents. No booking required. More information here.
Craobh Loch Garmon Comhaltas – Roving Session
Taking place at Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford Town, all are welcome to indulge in what the Irish do best. Sing a few tunes, tell a couple of stories and dance the night away. Starting from 9pm, you do not have to book tickets for this event and is set to be a fun night for all. More information here.
Trad Music at the Abbey
From 6.30pm to 7.30pm, the Abbey in Sligo will be host to traditional Irish music at dusk. Breathe in the beauty of the historical remains of the building filled with the infectious beats of reels and jigs. The abbey will remain open until 8pm afterwards for visitors to immerse themselves in the space at dusk. You do not have to book this event. More information here.
Tour of the Lord Mayor’s Chambers at Cork City Hall
For the history buffs, why not take a tour of the Lord Mayor’s Chambers and Council Chambers at Cork City Hall? Built in 1936, the chambers contain ancient artefacts, gifts and artworks on display for visitors to view. Thirty minute tours will begin from 5pm and booking is required. More information here.
Bretzel Bakery – Sourdough Bread and the history of bread-making
Located in Portobello, Dublin, Bretzel Bakery will open its doors to visitors to learn about the history of bread-making, food culture and how lockdown affected the sourdough bread industry. William Despard, the bakery owner will be there to discuss his passion for baking and his specialities in bread-making. No booking is required for this event. More information here.