Over 20 events are taking place around Kilkenny (both city and county) this Friday under the banner of Culture Night.
It’s the eighth year of the initiative, which is a free celebration of the arts in all its guises and you’ve no excuse to stay in with something for all interests and to entice you to try a new form of cultural expression. Music, theatre, literature, print-making, visual art; all are available across a number of venues in the city with a number of offerings in the county.
It evening starts at 3.30pm with fun at the Tinkering Studio at the old arts office, No 76 John Street. While over close to John’s Green, the Open Circle Community Arts Collective hold a tiny garden party from 4.30pm.
Then staggered across the evening there is activity in bookshops, on city streets, at galleries, theatre spaces and more.
In Ferrybank the focus is on Polish culture and from 5 to 7pm at the library there boasting food, handcrafts, traditional music and costumes free of charge.
If you’re a live music fan, you’ll catch sets from TV Jones & The Tomahawks at The Tholsel from 6pm, Colm Gray at Rollercoaster Records from 6.30pm, followed by Cat Dowling at 7.30pm. The Kilkenny Choir are on The Parade from 8pm while at the same time on Canal Square you’ll get The Midnight Union Band. And The Thomas Donoghue Band, now known as The Cold Draw, will be supporting Halves at Set Theatre from 9pm.
Learn about Ireland’s last great Chieftan at the Watergate Theatre, get involved in Creative Chaos and Couture at the National Craft Gallery, hear Janet Sahafi talk and read at Stonehouse Books, enjoy storytelling and more at the City Library, discover how Art Makes Children Powerful at the Butler Gallery, see the Treasures of Kilkenny at City Hall and take in the talent of artists at a wealth of spaces which are staying open a little later for your enjoyment.