Culture Night Wicklow is fast approaching, featuring events for all ages happening across the county on Friday September 22nd.
You and your family can enjoy a host of free events across Wicklow County on Culture Night – from talks, workshops, exhibitions and readings, to music, theatre and dance performances. There’s really something for everyone. This is the 8th successive year that Wicklow residents have the opportunity to access free cultural events, and join in the country-wide celebration of our national imagination.
Every year on Culture Night, hundred 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. Activities are on offer in all kinds of places, from stately homes to Men’s Sheds. Culture Night gives everyone the opportunity to get involved. Whether it’s listening to stories and song, meeting artists, going dancing, or rolling up your sleeves and getting messy, there’s something for everyone.
To see what is on offer around the county, visit the Culture Night website (culturenight.ie) and give your location as Wicklow. And hurry! Many events do need to be pre-booked. Printed brochures for Wicklow County are also available from your local library. You can also keep an eye on the Wicklow Arts Office and Wicklow Culture Night pages on Facebook.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Wicklow County Council.
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few events to whet your appetite:
- Love Stories of the Hearth
Join Brendan and Martin Nolan of Talepipe for a magical evening of storytelling and uilleann piping in the beautiful surrounds of Russborough House. A unique collaboration of love story and melody that celebrates the love of ages. See culturenight.ie for details.
- Poetry, Music and Fighting Words
The first ever Bray Literary Festival kicks off on Culture Night with an event for all the family in the stunning Bray Town Hall. Book your place at a lovely evening of readings and music. See culturenight.ie for details.
- Morning Storytime
Culture Night kicks off early in Wicklow this year, as author Carmel Uí Cheallaigh sets up stall at 11am in Greystones Library to read her stories for 4-7 years olds in Irish and English. A lovely, peaceful way to start your Culture Night adventures. Booking required. See culturenight.ie for details.
- Bodhrán Buzz
Thanks to Music Generation Wicklow, you have the opportunity to try your hand at mastering the bodhrán at Arklow Library. Workshops for all ages are at 3pm and 4.30pm. Booking required. See culturenight.ie for details.
- Artist Talk with Helen O’Connell
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the working life of a Wicklow-based sculptor. This is a unique chance to visit Helen in Mermaid Arts Centre as she works on installing her exquisite stone sculptures in the gallery. Come early to Mermaid, and you’ll also be able catch the Bray Concert Band and Outpost Studios on the Civic Plaza. No booking required. See culturenight.ie for details.
- East Meets West
The singing group Sacred Sounds will be in Arklow Library, delving into the vast repertoire of songs from South Korea and China from 7pm. Don’t forget to check out the other events in the library: readings by authors Lisa Harding and Anthony Cannon, and a bodhrán workshop. No booking needed for the music, but is advised for the readings and workshop. See culturenight.ie for details.
- The Shed Sessions
Head along to Blessington Men’s Shed for a great night of music. Rachel Conlon will be performing from her highly acclaimed album A Quare Yield. There will also be a very special guest joining Rachel: Margaretha Mattsson from Orsa in Sweden, who is a renowned Swedish fiddle musician and composer.
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