On Friday 18 September, Wicklow County Council invites you to take part in the annual National Culture Night programme as part of the cultural celebrations taking place throughout the country on the night. Now in its 10th year, this nationwide celebration which began in Dublin has expanded to the entire country, with many exciting events taking place in communities all over Ireland. Wicklow is no exception, with over thirty exciting events lined up around the county, with something for everybody young to old, active to easy-going and all those in between.
Highlights from around the county include extended opening hours and free tours around some of the great houses in Wicklow, Killruddery and Russborough House, each with their own exciting history and charm. Killruddery will host a craft and food evening and provide guided walks around the gardens. Russborough invite you to visit the house and see the many delights they have to offer on the grounds. We have historical tours and walks from Glendalough with Martin Swords to Blessington & Lakeside tour of Blessington and free tours at Wicklow’s historic Gaol.
There are plenty of opportunities for families and practitioners to experience the arts. Wherever you are, Arklow, Avoca, Enniskerry, Bray, Greystones, Tinahely or Wicklow so many of Wicklow’s fantastic art studios and collectives are inviting you in to join them in a huge variety of events planned just for Culture Night 2015. You can join us for literature events in library’s around the county with Carmel Uí Cheallaig’s Irish language stories for the little ones in Bray and readings by emerging author Róisín Fitzpatrick in Bray and established author Liz McManus in Greystones and Glad Productions focusing on the life of WB Yeats in Blessington.
We haven’t forgotten teens with CreateSound.ie holding a Music Tech ‘drop in’ session at Seomra in Bray. Artist Simon Bolger will show his stenciling technique around the corner at Prelude Arts and will read at Bray Library for the little Irish speakers among us. For the film buffs March on Film are holding a screening at Wicklow Wolf and at Ballyrogan Art Centre there is a screening by local film maker Robert Manson
There’s music for everyone all over the county with a great offering by the county’s Comhaltas groups from Aughrim to Coolfancy and Alchemy in Ashford, attend An evening of Song in Dominican convent by Lorna Breen and Shira Brady or Music Generation’s percussion and tech workshop in Wicklow for the 8-12 year olds. Mermaid Arts Centre don’t fail to delight with their triple offering of arts, theatre and music as well as community events from Signal, Tinahely and the Courthouse, more theatre from Tramway and Ensemble Terrible and much, much more, come and join us for Wicklow Culture Night, we’ve got something for everyone.
Culture Night is brought to by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with regional arts office, local authorities and cultural organisations throughout the island of Ireland.