It’s hard to believe that Culture Night has been on the go for seven years-
The event sees a one-night spread of the arts in all their guises and glory available for free as many venues thrown open their doors.
Originally Dublin based, the concept has spread to points across the country and for the past few years Kilkenny has seen its input grow.
This year there’s plenty to see and to do for Culture Night which falls on Friday with the main action happening at many city venues.
It begins at the Watergate Theatre at 1pm with a lunchtime concert by South Korean pianist Young-Choon Park. Having playing piano since the age of four, Young-Choon’s first recital came just three years later and by age of nine she was playing Beethoven’s piano concerto no 1 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. She went on to study at the Julliard School in New York and later gained the highest master’s degree at the Hochshule in Munich. With multiple performances across the world each year and currently recording the complete Mozart piano concerts for Dechesne World Records in Belgium, Young-Choon also performs with many leading orchestras and makes regular appearances at a host of international music festivals. Her technical ability is beyond dispute.
From 4.30pm National Craft Gallery serves up its feast of culinary culture inspired by its current exhibition, Utensil. Offering music, performance and workshops at the Castle Yard there’s much you can enjoy and participate in to 8.30pm.
If music’s your thing then you’ll also enjoy The Art of Music with Donal Dineen, Gullermo Carrion and Uilleann piper Matiu O’Casaide at St Canice’s Cathedral from 7pm. Together they explore the intrinsic links between music and painting.
Traditional storytelling will be held at the City Library, John’s Quay, from 8pm. This incorporates stories, recitations, songs and dancing with participation from the audience to the core of its success. Lead by Fear an Ti, Robert Lambert, it’s hoped to sow the seeds of a storytelling house tradition in Kilkenny.
At the The Butler Gallery and surrounding Kilkenny Castle buildings, you can enjoy a celebration of culture with some after-hours exploration of reality, fantasy and the spaces in between. All evening see Michael Holly’s sculptural video installation The Sand Beneath Our Feet, Gypsy Ray’s The Interim Project photography and a selection of video works from Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck. From 6.30pm for What’s Wrong With This Picture Lynn McGrane will look at some of the ideas behind how our contemporary realities are partly lived by a representation of ourselves and the “real” is something that is becoming less tangible. An hour later you can see an exclusive screening from season six of the Peabody award-winning documentary Art in the Twenty-First Century. The documentary features artists whose works explore the distinction between balance and imbalance.
At 9pm The Workhouse Test Artists Studios present Black Pudding Productions: A New Radio Play with a live performance providing a visual depth. From 9.30pm experimental musician Rory Grubb will round of the evening with haunting melodies created by instruments which are exquisitely crafted and sometimes entirely unexpected
At The Hole in the Wall Michael Coady and Kit Fryatt lead Sustainable Writing for the evening and, given the size of the venue, advance booking’s advised. From 6-7pm there’s an intimate discussion with both highlighting the various avenues available to the poet and also at the issues facing them, including publishing, education, funding, writers festivals and so on. And from 8.30-10.30pm they will lead a poetry reading.