Culture Night 2018 Overview

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This was first published in The Evening Echo [Cork] on 2018-9-20, text underneath photo.

ECHO - TID - Culture Night

Culture Night’s continuing popularity and growth means there are now over 1600 venues participating nationally, hosting over 4000 free events. For this year’s edition Cork City has over 100 venues putting on a myriad of events, the programme covers the entire breadth of the concept of Culture in Cork, all things are celebrated; food, art, old buildings, new music and theatre, and language – with a large element as Gaeilge.

Also in recent years a lot more has been held during the day time as well the later events, giving people a chance to completely overload on events, and of course to helping families get more involved in the programme, with that in mind my first tip starts at 3pm in Cork Opera House, ‘Arán agus Im’ features Manchán Magan in a theatrical performance where he makes sourdough bread for 2 hours while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language.  

The ‘Poem-Roam’ consists of 10 events in 5 venues between 5pm and midnight, starting in the Munster Literature Centre and ending up in The Long Valley, which is the home of Ó Bhéal’s weekly poetry night; there will be book launches, ‘5 word poem’ challenges, and readings throughout the trail.

Other opportunities for enjoying Culture NIght while roaming the city include Bringing The Wine Geese Home’ (4pm) a historical walking tour, starting at L’Atitude, Union Quay, retracing the footprints of Cork’s various connections to some of the famous wine families of the world and finishes with a special “Wine Geese” tasting. Some of the places visited include The Crawford Gallery, Huguenot Quarter and The Port of Cork & Bonded Warehouses. Speaking of the Port Of Cork, people who might like a fresh look at the city (and fresh air) should try booking the ‘Cultural Boat Tour’ down the River Lee on board ‘Cailin Oir’, which departs from the Port Of Cork at 4pm. Both of those events are very popular so booking tickets in advance is advised.

Those in Cork Bus Station will have a chance to enjoy a concert while they wait with Cumann na bPíobairí Corcaigh (Cork Piper’s Club) (5.30pm), followed by the much admired High Hopes Choir (7pm), and finishing with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Douglas branch (8pm).

Full time venues putting on events include The Roundy with #CorkLovesMusic (8pm), a panel discussion led by Evening Echo’s Mike McGrath-Bryan on “What next for Cork City’s music community amid urban renewal, new venues and a new generation of musicians and music professionals?”; and The Crypt in St. Luke’s will be opening their doors to an open rehearsal (5pm) of a brand new opera by John O’Brien, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s timeless story, ‘The Nightingale And The Rose’, people will get a peek behind the creative process of making an inventive new work featuring singers, musician-actors, dancers and actors. That actual production will be receiving its world premiere in October in The Everyman Theatre.

A few different places are partaking in their first Culture Night such as Dali (formerly The Pav) on Careys Lane, whose resident visual engineers David Mathuna and Darren Kirwan have created an immersive audio visual experience (from 6.30pm) for people to experience an evening of dark, murky visuals at every turn, accompanied by mad electronic sounds, they promise a “transformed trippy bubble!”

Another recent addition to Cork has been Roots Coffee House in Montenotte, which provides training and employment for a group of people supported by Cope Foundation. Art teacher Bronwyn Casey and her ‘Splash Of Colour’ students will host a workshop (5pm) suitable for all ages and levels of ability in the Cafe’s fun and relaxed surroundings, will also exhibiting some of the student’s work

Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street, contributes to Culture Night this year with a programme of climate themed ideas, music and theatre, ‘Horrible Histories and Harmonies’ (4pm) will be there to introduce children to some of the most fun and gruesome parts of history with music, dancing and stories. Afterwards there will be a Drop in Climate Action themed ‘Kid’s Korner’. The East Cork Early Music Festival (6.30pm & 7.30pm) will be performing ‘Baroque Classics’ in the beautiful Goldie Chapel.

Going from the 18th century to future generations, the Ballyphehane Youth Music Project/Music Generation Cork City (5.15pm) and the Junior group of the Douglas Branch of Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Éireann (6.15pm) will be playing in the plaza of City Hall, with more live music after from the Polyphonics Barbershop Choir (7pm) and the Cork City Samba Band (7.30pm).

Many other public buildings such as County Hall, Collins Barracks (Old Youghal Road), and The Cork Public Museum (Fitzgerald Park) are opening for the evening which is a great opportunity to see them in a new light – or since it’s the evening, a lack of light! Speaking of light, The Glucksman are hosting ‘Tours By Torchlight’ (9.30pm, 10pm and 10.30pm) providing a unique opportunity to experience the museum and exhibition, they intend to bring you up close to the art of modernist masters Josef and Anni Albers, and investigate their practices in a different light.

Culture Night takes places this Friday 21 September, more elaborate details for all mentioned here and many more events can be found at #culturenightcork


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