Published on September 8th, 2010 | by bngr2
Culture Night, Friday 24 September
Culture Night takes place once a year where the doors to many buildings of artistic & cultural interest are opened to the public for free in cities and towns throughout the country. In their own words:
“Culture Night will take place on Friday September 24th 2010, a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure in Dublin and across 20 towns, cities and counties in Ireland. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy”
This year Culture Night will take place in Dublin, Carlow, Galway (city, county & the Gaeltacht), Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Letterkenny, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. Culture Night will also take place internationally, in Irish centres in Leuven and New York. See here for more details on each individual location. Derry and Belfast will also have their own Culture Night that night.
Around the country you can get to visit the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny; Belvedere House & Gardens in Westmeath; Blennerville Windmill in Kerry, and the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny. You can also experience artists in Oughterard; Contemporary Chaos dance in Limerick; the Culture Music Bus in Sligo; a Haiku Competition in Mayo; learn about photography in Kildare; and sing a song at the auditions for the Opera for Carlow project.
Culture Night is organised by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and has taken place in Dublin for the last 5 years and hence Dublin has the most happening on the night with events in 132 cultural venues, including tours of Leinster House, Glasnevin Cemetary, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Light House Cinema, the Natural History Museum, the Custom House and the National Leprechaun Museum. The place I’m most excited to see inside is the Freemasons’ Hall. The full schedule for Dublin is here and there’s also an interactive map so you can visit by location.
Dublin Bus will provide free buses along three culture trails from 6pm to 11pm. Buses will leave every 20 minutes from bus stops at Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College transporting visitors to outermost venues.
Of course you don’t need to stick to where you’re from. This is a perfect opportunity to go visit a different town or city and do tourist sites that you won’t get to do on any other day of the year.
Culture night takes place on Friday 24 September between 5pm and 11pm.