Celebrating culture

In light of recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures indicating a significant rise in visitor numbers to Ireland this year, it’s time to focus on the positives that our country has to offer. What better way than with the annual ‘Culture Night’ celebrations?

In light of recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures indicating a significant rise in visitor numbers to Ireland this year, it’s time to focus on the positives that our country has to offer. What better way than with the annual ‘Culture Night’ celebrations?

Culture Night is a Temple Bar Cultural Trust initiative in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, when a number of free events celebrating culture and the arts will take place across 34 Irish towns and cities this Friday. The event, now in its seventh year, offers a variety of entertainment for all tastes and ages, and many cultural hotspots around Kilkenny City are playing host to events on the day.

Things are set to kick off at lunchtime with a performance from South Korean pianist Young-Choon Park in the Watergate Theatre followed by making music with utensils at a culinary-inspired evening in the National Craft Gallery. Poets Michael Coady and Kitt Fryatt will hold a writing workshop in the intimate setting of the Hole in the Wall, and the link between painting and sound will be explored in St Canice’s Cathedral. The Butler Gallery will host an evening of film-screenings, talks, plays, exhibitions and experimental music performances, while Robert Lambert will present a night of traditional storytelling at the City Library. Elsewhere, prize-winning musician and composer Sam Jackson will be in Castalia Hall, Callan launch his debut album.

Culture Night is the brainchild of Dermot McLaughlin, CEO of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Commenting on the popularity of the event, he said: “It is our seventh year organising Culture Night and this year’s programme, we are delighted to announce, is the largest and most exciting yet growing year on year.”

Speaking at the launch of Culture Night 2012, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan said, “Culture is an integral part of our social DNA in Ireland and this event serves to highlight the importance and strength of our cultural institutions. Our thriving creative sector has made this country one of the most sought after cultural destinations in the world.”

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office encourage all to get involved as it is sure to be an interesting and enjoyable day.

For more information, pick up an event programme from any of the Culture Night venues, get in touch with the Arts Office on 056 7794138, or visit www.culturenight.ie.