On Friday, September 21st, a vast variety of venues in Dublin and all over Ireland will extend their opening hours until late in the evening to celebrate Culture Night, a unique experience for people of all ages to enjoy culture in all its forms. All kinds of art, activities, performances, music, discovery and more awaits you, so there will be at least one event that fits every individual interest. Everything on Culture Night is entirely free, but it might be a good idea to take a look at the programme before and think about what interests you, as tickets and/or capacity for some events are limited and might require prior booking.
As a part of Culture Night 2012, Architecture Republic gives you an opportunity to enjoy their fascinating project “Urban Rug”, that turns blank spaces of the city into an urban playground. (from 5pm to 11pm)
Na Píobairí Uilleann
Na Píobairí Uilleann will lead a guided tour of its Georgian headquarter building. The tour will not only allow you to catch a glimpse at the library and archive of uilleann pipes – leading pipers will prove their skills, giving visitors the rather rare opportunity to enjoy the sound of the most highly developed of all bagpipes. (from 6pm-11pm)
I Sound Alive
Sounds Alive, a big success at least year’s Culture Night, is a different kind of radio experience. A kaleidoscope of sounds, performances and stories will create an intimate evening, divided in two radio events. In order to not miss this highly populr event, a unique experience for your sense of hearing, be sure to get a hold of your tickets beforehand. (from 5pm-11pm)
The National Museum of Ireland
Fans of archeology, dressing up, natural history and creatures of the night will have to visit the The National Museum of Ireland on Culture Night. From 3pm to 5pm, anyone over eight years old can get a feel of how people of different social classes dressed in Medieval Ireland by trying on helmets, chainmail and tunics. For the ones interested in nocturnal nature, there will be an evening tour from 5pm to 9 pm, allowing a peak into the world of owls, bats and the like.
Paul Murnaghan, an Irish artist and curator, forms an international group exhibition of video works that reflect various views of different artists, whose works are connected by the artists being in the same place at the same time. Featuring Bertille Bak, Andy Cahill, Johannes DeYoung, Scott Kiernan, Kakyoung Lee, Marinella Senatore, Josephine Turalba. (from 5pm-9pm)
Block T, an organization that provides a platform for creative thinkers of all kinds. Block T’s darkroom students will exhibit their photographs, and there will be an opportunity to attend a free photogram workshop, amongst other events. (from 6pm-11pm)
Irish Museum of Modern Art
The live performance sound exhibition ‘New Faith Love Song’ by Garrett Phelan surely is one of the events one should not miss on Culture Night. In June, he collaborated with the bell-ringers of both Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral and created a live conversation between the two cathedrals, using the sound of their bells. At 6:30pm on Culture Night, Professor Gary McGuire will give an insight on the science of bell-ringing. (from 6pm-9pm)