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Culture Night 2018

Catch A Little Culture in Wicklow As Ireland’s Annual Nocturnal Cultural Extravaganza Returns

Culture Night 2018: Friday 21st September

Culture Night

On Friday September 21st hundreds of thousands of people across the country will lose themselves in their imagination and an explosion of creativity as the country comes alive for Culture Night, Ireland’s annual nocturnal cultural extravaganza. Wicklow is delighted to be once again taking part in Culture Night. The programme of activities in Wicklow is now available on

Culture is catching and each year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories. All for FREE! From generations of families consuming and exploring new night-time adventures to groups of friends enjoying cultural genres they might never have before. Every year on Culture Night, hundreds of artists, arts workers and people passionate about all kinds of cultural activities volunteer their time to create enjoyable and thought-provoking events, and this year is no exception.

Highlights of events taking place in Wicklow

Ashford 7.00 to 9.00pm

Nun’s Island Church. Music for everyone with Luan Parle award-winning Irish singer-songwriter, Eamon Sweeney in the company of Jessica Harris and James Mahon on traditional music on pipes & flute (Kila & Afro-Celt Soundsystem)

Blessington 8.00pm

At the beautiful Russborough House, hear award winning Fiachra Garvey (piano) with Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano in concert.) For this very special Culture Night Recital West Wicklow welcomes back its own Fiachra Garvey with mezzo soprano, Rachel Kelly who will perform a programme based on French song exploring both familiar and lesser-known French repertoire through romanticism, impressionism and modernism, as well as some popular opera arias and Irish songs.

Bray 5.00pm.

The Mermaid Arts Centre is delighted to present The Breadwinner. Based on Deborah Ellis’ award winning novel, director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner tells the extraordinary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling. This is the third Oscar-nominated film from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea).

Greystones 6.30 pm.

Greystones Library welcomes Karl Henry as one of Ireland’s leading personal trainers and overall wellbeing experts. Hear all about Healthy Living from Karl, based on his book the Healthy Living Handbook in which he offers an encouraging, practical, affordable and sustainable plan that will help you achieve lasting changes in your well-being Karl believes that healthy living is all about simplicity and balance and developing habits and routines that are realistic, affordable and sustainable for you. As Karl says: 'You will be amazed at just how easy it is to make straightforward changes and what a difference they can make. Not only that, the benefits of feeling healthier and more active will help you stay on course and motivate you to keep going’ Hear all about his approach at our very special Culture Night event!


Open day from 11am at the Courthouse Arts Centre including: 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. Run Away with the Circus: An Open Arial Studio with Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann Katie Holmes and Emily Aoibheann are multidisciplinary artists whose mediums collectively span across aerial, poetry, dance, sculpture and movement. They teach and train in Creation Aerial: the studio and home of contemporary, dynamic circus and movement practises in Dublin. Katie and Emily will transpose their studio space to Tinahely for Culture Night and open this creative space to the public: a field of awareness and exploration where ideas are allowed to be unfurled, felt out, examined, exclaimed and enjoyed. Open to everyone with showcase event at 4.30 p.m.

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, said: we are lucky to have a rich and varied culture in Ireland. Culture Night once again provides people across the country with the perfect opportunity to get out and immerse themselves in it for one evening. Visit a venue you might never have thought of visiting before or surprise yourself and explore a new cultural genre. With a huge choice of venues open from museums, galleries, theatres and studios to libraries, parks and historic buildings, and even more events programmed, I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy an evening of cultural discovery. Whether it’s a one off performance or getting a glimpse behind the doors of our beautiful, historic buildings, I hope people across Ireland will take a little time between now and September 21st to explore the programme and plan your own Culture Night.

As ever Culture Night will be online and the culturally curious are encouraged to explore the website this year with added features to plan their Culture Night adventures and routes in advance. New this year will be the Culture Night Podcast, a series of special podcast episodes with contributions from familiar faces and emerging talents in Ireland’s cultural sphere. Produced in association with Headstuff Podcast Network, the podcasts will delve into different facets of culture and the arts, with some leading thinkers, doers and makers exploring the ways in which our cultural heritage enhances our experiences. Episodes will be available to download across all platforms and from on the morning of Friday 21st September, helping to whet the appetite for all the fun-filled activity that lies ahead that night.

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2018 is now available on

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Culture Night Brochure

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