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Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Will

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Culture Night 2009: Cork – Listings

When a City decides to have a culture night from 9am until 1am the following morning, there are a lot of events to list.  Over fifty organisations and one hundred and fifty events.

This is the official released (and incomplete, for example the boat tours and tours of boats are missing) list of event for the Cork night on September 25 2009, and you can expect a few more unofficial ones to take place too. A printable brochure is also available.

Special secret tours will also take place where the host of the tour will remain a secret until the night itself. Pre-booking of all tours is essential. Tel: 021 4924333 Email: culturenight@corkcity.ie

Tours and Demonstrations

The Masonic Hall
The Masonic Hall at 27 Tuckey Street has been the home of Freemasonry in Cork since 1845. A guided tour of the building outlining the history of Freemasonry and showing historic items dating from the 18th Century will take place at 7.15pm.

University College Cork

Join Twilight Tour of University College Cork, which will give an overview of the history of the 160 year old university including a number of the most impressive buildings such as the Quadrangle, the Aula Maxima, the Ogham Stone collection, the Crawford Observatory and its many telescopes, and the Honan Chapel with its fine collection of Stain glass windows. The tour will take place at 8pm.

Everyman Palace Theatre
At 5pm, come to a behind-the-scenes tour of this Victorian theatre (pre-booking essential).

Cork Vision Centre @ St Peters
Author Tom Spalding will lead a walking tour entitled Street Wise – Walking tour of Cork’s Street Furniture (7pm to 8.30 pm) (pre-booking essential).

Crawford Art Gallery
In Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts! (6.30pm): meet Eilis who will reveal amazing facts about the gallery. Join Cork Artists Tours featuring artists whose lives are an integral part of Cork culture (7.45pm and 9pm).

CIT Cork School of Music
The CIT Cork School of Music will open until midnight with tours of the building, awarded the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Award for the Best Educational Building in Ireland in 2008. Starting at 6pm, tours will leave from the Ground Floor Concourse every half hour up to 11pm.

Cork Printmakers
Join Cork Printmakers for a series of screenprint demonstrations (6.30pm & 8.30pm), How to Identify a Print seminars (7pm & 9pm), Make a Print! workshops (6pm & 8pm) and workshop tours (from 6pm, half hourly). (6pm-10pm)

Backwater Artists Group
Backwater Artists Group will open its doors for guided tours every half hour. Exhibitions of  artists work in the studio complex will include paintings by Elaine Coakley, an exhibition of sculpture and drawing by Tony Magner and a Marimekko inspired woodcut frieze in the courtyard by Máire O’Mahony. Light refreshments will also be available. (6pm-10pm)

Barbara Hubert Bookbindery
The bookbindery will be open for tours from 4pm. You can see the work in progress – thesis, new bindings and restoration. At 6pm there will be a demo showing the techniques of making a book from stitching sections to making and embossing the cover. (4pm-7pm)

Cork City and County Archives
Look behind the scenes at the Archives with guided tours of the new archive centre. See the different types of records being preserved, which span a 400 year period. Talk to archivists about preserving archives and researching family history. (5pm-9pm)

Cork Foyer
Take a tour of Cork Foyer Garden Project (most famously renowned for its involvement in the TV series “Corrigan’s City Farm”), a workshop on push bikes provided by the Cork Community Bikes, and a taster of a number of other things that regularly go on at the Foyer through local involvement. (4pm-8pm)

Interactive

Cork Vision Centre @ St Peters
THRILLA!’ – UNLEASH YOUR INNER ZOMBIE to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and sounds from DJ Sé –K. Face Paint and/or Mask desirable (8.15pm – 9.30pm, pre-booking essential).

Lewis Glucksman Gallery
The Glucksman invites everyone to revisit the 1980s for Culture Night in Back 2 the Future – at the Glucksman. In addition to games, events and tours of our current exhibition Then & Now: Evolving Art Practices, visitors are encouraged to raid the Glucksman pick ‘n’ mix fashion chest and dress up in their finest 80s-inspired outfits. The Gallery will photograph and project the best costumes to create a Culture Night display. (5pm-11pm)

Alliance Française de Cork
Join Alliance tutor Aude and learn French through plastic art, discovering modern French art where each art-theme has a linguistic objective from 7pm-8.30pm (places limited, booking essential).

Blackrock Castle Observatory
The award winning interactive astronomy exhibit Cosmos at the Castle is open free to the public from 6-9pm. Share the beauty of Jupiter and a First Quarter Moon through the Observatory telescopes with astronomers in the courtyard. Italian antipasti offers and Music by Moonlight at the Castle Bar and Trattoria till 1am. (6pm-1am)

City Hall
Get you dance shoes on and join the Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance, City Hall (7.30 to 9.30 pm).

English Market
One of the jewels of Cork City, the English Market and many of its resident stall holders will open late on Culture night. Come and enjoy the Market by night, savouring many Cork culinary specialities as well as its wide range of contemporary foods on offer. (Open until 9pm)

Firkin Crane
The Firkin Crane, one of Cork’s most important cultural landmarks, invites everyone to watch or take part in dance performances, classes and workshops in a huge range of styles and techniques. No matter what your age, experience, or level of agility, there will be something to try, as participant or audience. (10am-10pm)

Cork Civic Trust House
Shirley McClure, 2009 winner of the Bradshaw Books Manuscript Competition will be reading from her work as guest of Tigh Filí. Cork Film Centre will be showing a selection of locally-produced films and video art, while music will be provided by Cork Chamber Choir (guests of Cork International Choral Festival), cellist Ilse de Ziah (guest of Irish Association of Youth Orchestras), jazz from Darktown Strutters (guests of Cork Jazz Festival) and (guests of Cork Folk Festival.) Farmers market refreshments available for purchase. (6-pm- Midnight)

Music

Masonic Hall
A concert by the internationally recognised RTE Vanbrugh Quartet will commence at 8pm in the Lodge Room.  Numbers will be limited and tickets need to be booked through Cork City Council.

Port of Cork Custom House
Tenor Ryan Morgan accompanied by pianist Bebhinn Ni Mheara will perform “Songs of the Sea” in the delightful Port of Cork Boardroom. Ryan Morgan is a trained classical singer originally from Wales, but now based in Ireland. With a repertoire that encompasses the classical tenor range as well as swing and contemporary music, Ryan’s soaring voice never fails to thrill audiences. Booking is essential. Contact Port of Cork Tel: 021 4625375 (6.30pm-8.30pm, Performance 7pm-8pm)

ESB Substation Building, Caroline St (across from the Old Oak Bar) Cork
Hiphop beats from Cork rap sensations GMC and Bubba Shakespeare, who will be doing tracks ‘as gaeilge’ from their Electric Picnic set. They will be joined by fellow hip-hop artists Bony and Anto Yao (sets at 6pm & 7pm). Theatrical interludes by the Theatre Makers will take place at 8pm & 9pm.

Half Moon Theatre
Watch performances of the Cork’s Operatic Society sparkling production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide sung by a 20 strong chorus in the Half Moon Theatre at 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm

Plugd Records
Local electronic music producer Toby Kaar will be performing live in store. Toby curates his own regular event – ctrl-alt-delete – in which he showcases Cork’s electronic music producers and DJs. From dance floor to more experimental material, his sets have been highlights in Cork’s nightlife over the past few years. (12pm-10pm)

Patrick St. Gallery
Patrick St. Gallery will feature an evening of performance, installation and an afternoon Jazz session. Listen to an endurance performance by DEFAULT productions titled Fair Use, where over eight hours two performers attempt to describe themselves by using the products of other people’s imaginations. Come to the official opening of the video installation Circadian Rhythm, the third show in a series of linked exhibitions by the artist between Portlaoise, Dublin and Cork. (4pm-12pm)

Cork City Library
Make the Central Library in the Grand Parade part of your tour of cultural centres. From 7 to 11 p.m. the Library will be open with a mixed programme of readings, dramatic performances and music acts. Free tea/coffee.

Everyman Palace Theatre
From 6.30pm, KC Sessions present live music in the Everyman Bar

Films

An Scannánlann – Cork County & City Film Archive
Come watch a selection of films preserved at the Archive including Cork A Forgotten Memory a view of Cork in 1902; The Echo Boys a documentary made in 1977; A Night at Bingo, exploring the culture of Bingo players in Cork; and several other memories of Cork. There will be a Q&A session with members of the Archive. (7.30-10pm)

Crawford Art Gallery
At 8pm, enjoy a screening of Vivienne Dick’s film LONDON SUITE (GETTING SUCKED IN) UK, 1990 about the music and aesthetic of punk.

Munster Literature Centre
A film featuring an interview of Frank O’Connor made by the BBC in 1961 will be shown on loop. Made in Cork for the series Monitor, this 17 minutes film  is not only an affecting portrait of O’Connor but also of the North side of Cork City. (8pm- Midnight)

Exhibitions

Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter’s
Come see the exhibition A Fool’s Dance by artist Pauline Goggin and photographer Jim Clancy’s latest work Border Country on DVD (Upper Gallery 6 pm to 8 pm).

Alliance Française de Cork
Alliance Française de Cork presents Impressions of the South (Impressions du Sud), a photographic exhibition by French photographer Nicolas Duranton(5.30pm-10.30pm).

Cork Artists’ Collective
Cork Artists’ Collective is the longest running artist-led initiative in the country with nearly 100 artists having passed through its doors since 1985. Currently there are 10 artists who collectively and individually initiate innovative projects like Sonic Vigil, the Lightbox shows in Tom Barry’s as well as exchanges and forums in their GuestHouse Space in Shandon. Come join us to view the artists’ studios and a lecture on the Histories of the Collective. (5.30pm-6.30pm)

Murray O’Laoire Architects
With projects such as CIT, Cork Opera House and the restoration of Blackrock Castle, Murray O’ Laoire Architects have a stong presence in Cork. They are opening their doors and members of the public can view their office (a converted 19th century building) along with the display of architectural models, slideshow presentations and a number of interesting films made about their recent work (6pm-9pm)

Cork City and County Archives
Enjoy the latest historical exhibition celebrating Cork’s rich archival heritage, and a slideshow of archive photographs. (5pm-9pm)

Cork Centre for Architectural Education
The central courtyard of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education will be animated by a series of projections – colour, space, light, form, materiality – in both still and moving images. Over the course of the evening these projections will articulate a series of architectural themes. (9pm-12pm)

ESB Substation Building, Caroline St (across from the Old Oak Bar) Cork
Triskel will launch the first of its exhibitions at its new temporary arts space at 6pm.   ‘Rotten Yellow’ features two installations and a series of 80 paintings by artist Anna Boyle

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design present the work by 2009 Fine Art graduates Elizabeth O’Callaghan and Aoife O’Brien opening at 6 pm.

The Guesthouse
The Guesthouse will host an exhibition featuring works from the Cork Artists Collective. The entire Guesthouse will be used to showcase video, sound, sculpture, painting and photography. The artists will be there to chat with visitors, tea, coffee and refreshments will be available. (6pm-10pm)

National Sculpture Factory
An exhibition titled Paw Marks by Mark Flynn winner of the National Sculpture Factory’s Graduate of the Year Award for 2008 will open at 7.30 pm. It is a culmination of the work created on his 6-month residency and is a series of ‘props’ for a mythical film where the central character strives to define the role in which he has been cast, centred around a large sculptural monolith which catalyses the main protagonist into action. (5pm-10pm)

Cork Institute of Technology
At the James Barry Exhibition Centre join In the Making, a unique exhibition opening at 6pm, showcasing the art work of students from the MA in Art Therapy at CIT CCAD.

Outlaw Studios
Exhibition of new work by Outlaw Studios artists in the central exhibition area. Outlaw Studios has reclaimed, revitalized and brought light back to the old Ford factory in Marina Park. It shares the space with Dowtcha Puppets and Dolliver Design and is a creative hub for this historic area. (6pm-10pm)

Cork County Hall
A special exhibition featuring work by members of the West Cork Craft Guild.

Quaker Meeting House
Visit the meeting house and view an exhibition of 350 years of Quakers in Cork. This includes the library, whose books give a great insight into the heritage of the Quakers. Walk the burial ground, inspired by The Garden of Eden Project planted with fruit and nut trees. (5pm-8pm)

The Black Mariah
The Black Mariah presents Unconscious, Mark O’Kelly’s work which explicitly references mediated experiences and signifiers as opposed to the actual signified cultural or political context of the sources. His work is engaged in analysis of the experience of seeing, re-seeing, adopting and engaging with representations of culture. (12pm-10pm)

Theatre

Graffiti Theatre Company
Come and see the only venue outside Dublin specialising in theatre for young audiences and families in the old Assumption Convent Chapel in Blackpool. Participate in a Make your own Chicken! family workshop. (4pm-8pm)

Granary Theatre
Granary Theatre presents Snatch Comedy Improv, a spectacular comedy show for Culture Night! Snatch Comedy’ combines quick thinking, colourful characters and a sprinkling of the unexpected.  Everything is made up on the spot.  The group will perform sketches that could take place in any setting at any time – you decide! (9pm)

Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks
Lifetime Lab and RSVP(Red Sandstone Varied Productions) present The Energy of Life, written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. This family friendly theatrical event merges site-specific drama, art, music and improvisation, as you journey through the past and present of Cork’s Old Waterworks. Arrive when you like, and be guided through your ‘one hour’ performance tour. (5pm to 9pm)

Museums

Cork Public Museum
Come and experience the rich heritage that Cork has to offer with exhibitions on the history and archaeology of Cork City and County, including  the Mitchell & Kenyon film footage of Edwardian Cork dating from 1902, one of the museums newest permanent exhibitions. (5pm-8pm)

Cork Butter Museum
Butter has been part of Irish life since time immemorial and Cork, once home to the largest butter market in the world, has a special place in that history.  Described by the New York Times as “engaging and multifaceted” the Cork Butter Museum celebrates this heritage. (5pm-8pm)

Military Museum Collins Barracks Cork
The Military Museum Collins Barracks Cork gives an insight into the lives of the personnel both Irish and British who have served in the barracks for over 200 years.
Don’t miss the collection of Michael Collins, Irish Volunteers and War of Independence memorabilia. (5pm-8pm)

Art Galleries

Buckley Fine Art
Preview upcoming solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Philip Gray, who has previously painted underwater in the shark infested Bahamas and sets off this October to paint on a peak of Mount Everest (11am-9pm). The evening continues with Philip at the Boardwalk, Lapps Quay from 6pm to 8pm as he opens our minds to an artistic odyssey full of intrigue and adventure by taking us step by step through his creative process and producing an original “Philip Gray”.

Galerie Nautique
Galerie Nautique, Corks largest gallery, features an array of artwork on display from maritime artist Tom Browne. (4pm-8pm)

Lavit Gallery
Exhibiting paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass from local and nationally known artists. (Open until 9pm)

Lee Gallery
Come visit Autumn Colours, an exhibition by Sarah Corner, renowned wildlife and landscape artist. A fantastic collection of exquisite works on display through out the evening.(10am-10pm)

Churches

St. Anne-Shandon
The historic Church (1722) and Tower (1752) are part of the Cork landscape. Climb the tower for the most spectacular views over the city. The church contains a baptism font dating from 1627, a collection of old books and some fine 19th century stained glass. At 8.00 pm a short talk will be delivered on the history of the church. (7pm-9pm)

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Free admission and free guided tour from 5.30pm – 10.00pm

St. Peter and Paul’s Church
Organ Recital at 6.30pm

St. Vincent’s Church
Antoin O Callaghan will give a talk on this Early Gothic Church and its spectacular stained glass windows. He will also outline specific events which occurred throughout the Church’s history. The origin of the unique Stations of the Cross will also be presented. Talks at 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm (7pm-10pm)

Lectures and Discussions

Cork Institute of Technology
At 7.15pm a public lecture on The Relationship of Art to Art Therapy will be presented in the Rory Gallagher Theatre.

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
Artist and lecturer James Hayes will present a talk at 7 pm entitled “The View from over the Fence”, discussing his recent projects and his current artistic practice.

Cork Opera House
A special pre-show discussion will take place on the stage (6pm to 6.30pm) with the director and actors from Martin McDonagh’s play The Lonesome West.

Cork County Hall
Come see the magnificent views from Vertigo on the seventeenth floor and attend a talk by Shay Cleary, the architect responsible for its redevelopment.

Galerie Nautique
At 7pm, guest speaker Gerald Butler will speak about his experience as lighthouse keeper in many of Ireland’s well known lighthouses followed by a raffle of a piece of artwork from Tom Browne. All proceeds to RNLI.

Workshops

Cork Institute of Technology
A number of workshops including The Essentials of Good Photography (pre-booking required) will take place.

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
A series of ceramics and print workshops will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm.

St John’s Central College
A variety of workshops including Interior Design, Jewellery Making, Art Craft & Design, Musical Instrument Making will take place (7pm-10pm)

Children’s Events

City Hall
Enjoy Listen Janey Mac, a charming, fun exploration of the history of Cork City through puppetry and song (4 to 10 year olds at 4 pm and 5 pm, pre-booking required).

Civic Trust House
A special children’s programme will run from 12 noon until 4pm, with Tigh Filí presenting Eurochild Poetry and Art, which will include readings from the 2009 Eurochild Anthology, display of artwork from the book and a poetry workshop for children with Tina Pisco. The Mad Hatters Tea Party will follow, when Alice will ask some daring questions… and following that Cork Film Centre will present children’s animation demonstration.

Crawford Art Gallery
Join the family fun of the Art Detective Suitcases with clues, strange props and games to help you hunt down arty facts (5 to 9 pm).

Everyman Palace Theatre
Face painting and storytelling which is aimed at children from 3-12 will take place in Aladdin’s Cave (4.30pm-5.30pm).

Graffiti Theatre Company
Come and see the only venue outside Dublin specialising in theatre for young audiences and families in the old Assumption Convent Chapel in Blackpool. Participate in a Make your own Chicken” family workshop. (4pm-8pm)

Lewis Glucksman Gallery
The Glucksman invites everyone to revisit the 1980s for Culture Night in Back 2 the Future – at the Glucksman. In addition to games, events and tours of our current exhibition Then & Now: Evolving Art Practices, visitors are encouraged to raid the Glucksman pick ‘n’ mix fashion chest and dress up in their finest 80s-inspired outfits. The Gallery will photograph and project the best costumes to create a Culture Night display. (5pm-11pm)

Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks
Lifetime Lab and RSVP(Red Sandstone Varied Productions) present The Energy of Life, written and directed by Yvonne Coughlan. This family friendly theatrical event merges site-specific drama, art, music and improvisation, as you journey through the past and present of Cork’s Old Waterworks. Arrive when you like, and be guided through your ‘one hour’ performance tour. (5pm-9pm)

Firkin Crane
The Firkin Crane, one of Cork’s most important cultural landmarks, invites everyone to watch or take part in dance performances, classes and workshops in a huge range of styles and techniques. No matter what your age, experience, or level of agility, there will be something to try, as participant or audience. (10am-10pm)

Blackrock Castle Observatory
The award winning interactive astronomy exhibit Cosmos at the Castle is open free to the public from 6-9pm. Share the beauty of Jupiter and a First Quarter Moon through the Observatory telescopes with astronomers in the courtyard.

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2 Responses to Culture Night 2009: Cork – Listings

  1. Shell says:

    This is a great line-up, fair play to the Cork Culture Night organisers. So impressed with the events this year – its going to be the best yet!

    For all ye culture vultures in the North West theres lots going on – check out http://www.culturenight.ie for events in Sligo and Roscommon and http://www.thedock.ie/blog for happenings in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim

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