What To See and Do on Culture Night

From HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS to arts, crafts and music, find out what we’re planning for CULTURE NIGHT 2018


Friday September 21 will see the country vibrate to the rhythm of dancers, musicians, poets, actors, artists, storytellers and more as Culture Night returns with over 4,000 free events taking place nationwide giving everyone a chance to immerse themselves in contemporary Irish culture. Below find our selection of the most interesting events taking place around the country:


2018 sees the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Ireland and the Women Who Made History tour will be dedicated to some of the many Irish women who made history: some very famous, some almost forgotten. Walking through the streets of Dublin with your guide you will learn the story of women in politics, medicine, the army and literature, from both past and present times. 7pm, Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.


Guided tours of Marsh’s Library, Ireland’s first public library, will take place every 30 minutes on a first-come first-served basis. The library located just beside St Patrick’s Cathedral first opened to the public in 1707 and visitors such as Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Bram Stoker have walked the halls. The library, which houses over 25,000 books has been extremely well-preserved, it still contains the original oak bookshelves and not much has changed since its opening. 5.30 – 9.30pm. St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.


Celebrate the exhibition ‘Print, Protest and the Polls: The Irish suffrage campaign and the power of print media’ at the National Print Museum from 5 – 9pm. Pull a print of a letterpress keepsake inspired by the Votes for Women campaign and have your voice heard by creating your own campaign poster. You will also have the opportunity to see demonstrations of the Museum’s collection. Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin 4.

Art & craft

Visit the Olivier Cornet Gallery to see ‘Road Trip‘, an exhibition of new paintings by gallery artist Conrad Frankel. The exhibition will be open from 11am – 10pm and a live music performance from Fia Rua (Eoghan Burke) will take place from 8 – 9pm, note that visitors will have to remain seated or standing during the performance and won’t be able to browse through the exhibition during this time.

Gormleys Fine Art will launch an exhibition of works by gallery artist Gordon Harris titled ‘Silver Linings‘ from 4 – 9pm. Irish contemporary artist Gordon Harris is internationally recognised and renowned for his high realism figurative work. The exhibition will feature a range of works differing in size and imagery, all focusing on the theme of youthful playfulness.


Visit Arran Street East for throwing and hand-building presentations where experienced potters will demonstrate their work shaping clay pots on potters’ wheels. Guests can also learn how to shape clay using simple tools and their own hands while enjoying prosecco in the studio where these pots are designed, made and fired.

Co-working space and vibrant creative hub The Tara Building hosts an evening of discussion, live music, and pop-up workshops focusing on the creativity and culture of its space with specialists in design, film, writing, photography, mindfulness, marketing, and tech presenting their creative thinking.


Kerry Film Festival presents two short film screenings, 2018 Academy Award winning The Silent Child which tells the story of a deaf four year old who lives in a world of silence until someone teaches her the gift of communication and Little Bird, set against the backdrop of 1941 London explores how far one young woman will go to create a new life for herself.


Dublin Civic Trust will reveal its completely transformed merchant building at 18 Ormond Quay Upper which has been dramatically brought back from the brink, faithfully conserved and returned to its original 1843 appearance.


In Kildare, artist Monica de Bath invites children and adults to Cé Eile a Chónaíonn Anseo? to work with her on a large scale drawing of the creatures, both real and imaginary, that live by the local canal and river.

A History of Dublin for children takes place from 5.30 – 6.30pm starting from outside Smock Alley Theatre, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 8. Humpty Dumpty will share nursery rhymes and stories from Dublin’s past, telling guests what life was like for children over the past 1,100 years.

In Tipperary, novelist, playwright, poet, musician and script-writer Julian Gough hosts a children’s storytelling & writing workshop where visitors can find out where the idea for Rabbit & Bear came from, generate their own story and hear from his latest book, Rabbit & Bear: Attack of the Snack.


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