This year's Culture Night (taking place on Friday the 19th September) has hundreds of free cultural events taking place throughout Dublin and indeed the country. It's one of the rare evenings where there is actually too much to go to, and so we want to know what are you all up to on Culture Night? Here’s what we’re going to be running to throughout the evening, which will hopefully help you organise your own itinerary!
1. Windmill Lane Studios Tour (5pm-9pm)
The world-famous Windmill Lane will be opening their doors to all on Culture Night, and are offering tours, which begin at 5pm. This is a very special musical space, and the chance to wander around and take a look at all the gadgetry is a must-see for any budding producers/engineers.
2. The Arts Council, Merrion Square
There’s a huge amount going on at Arts Council HQ, with everything from rock group Delorentos, to poetry readings by Donal Lunny, Diarmuid Ferriter and Kevin Barry, to choral works performed by Iarla Ó Lionaird and the Aspiro Choir.
3. Contemporary Music Centre, Fishamble Street, Temple Bar (5pm-10pm)
There is absolutely loads of great stuff happening in the Contemporary Music Centre from 5pm onwards. Our own producer Adrian Hart will perform the five movements of his composition ‘Cuisle’ which was released on Diatribe Records last month. The CMC night is also hosting a wealth of other new music throughout the night, with salon style and outdoor performances from David Bremner, Cora Venus Lunny, Sean Mac Earlaine and many others performing the best in Irish and international new music.
4. The Sugar Club/Music Network, Leeson Street (8pm-10pm)
A salon-style evening of exceptional live music from some of Ireland’s most talented musicians – I Have A Tribe, The Taquin Experiments (featuring Francesco Turrisi alongside our artistic director Kate Ellis), and Baroque duo Claire Duff (violin) & Aoife Nic Athlaoich (cello). Rumour has it that this could be quite full and so Culture Night are stating that a booking will be needed for this one!
5. National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace (7:30pm-10pm)
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra perform music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Linda Buckley’s ‘Beloved on the Earth’ with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. Preceding the concert is a conversation with Linda at 7:10pm. Linda is also writing a piece for Crash Ensemble at the moment, and we will be putting up a clip of her electronics on the website soon. It is going to sound great!
6. Kaleidoscope in The Irish Times basements, Merrion Square
Merrion Square is to be lit up for Culture Night, particularly all of the basements. This will give people a totally different perspective on this historic part of Dublin and is sure to be something out of the norm. On the East side (ESB) you will be able to hear electronic and experimental music by Linda Buckley, Irene Buckley and more, curated by Kaleidoscope’s Karen Dervan and Lioba Petrie.
These are the things we won't be missing on Culture Night. To see a full listing of everything going on visit http://www.culturenight.ie