Frances Winston gives us a run-down on what we can expect from Culture Night this year, with some great events for the LGBTQ community!
From humble beginnings in 2006, Culture Night has grown to become an annual institution that sees cultural activities, venues, tours, and one-off events open to the public totally gratis for one night only.
It’s become so popular that Dublin Bus are even running free shuttle services between venues this year, to ensure that patrons can soak in as much of the events as possible.
The LGBTQI community hasn’t been overlooked either, with several fantastic activities taking place in various counties including:
LGBTQI community centre, Outhouse, on Capel Street, are offering people a chance to visit and delve into their history, as well as their wonderful listed Georgian building. They also have a range of events on including novelist, Denis Kehoe, reading an excerpt from his novel ,“Nights Beneath the Nation”, from 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Martin McCann’s “Summer Songs” exhibition launch from 6pm onwards, Brenda Woods Finnegan performing as Sr Mac from 7pm, and Ciaran O’Keefe performing as Smilin’ Kanker from 8pm-8.30pm.
Street 66 on Parliament St are hosting a Drag + Draw special! This is a fun and informal life drawing session, with a drag queen model, taking place between 5pm – 7pm. Basic materials are provided, and it is first-come first-served.
Join celebrity makeup artist, John Paul Payne, for a Drag Makeup and Wig Masterclass in Dicey Reilly’s, as he gives an insight into the skill and artistry behind how your favourite RuPaul’s Drag Race queens gets runway-ready. Square One singer, Tadgh Griffin, is being transformed into his drag alter-ego, before hosting a Drag Show and Karaoke. He will perform all the classic party hits, then the audience can get on stage and sing their hearts out. It all kicks off from 8.30pm.
Cork Gay Project are running a Drag Extravaganza in 4 South Terrace, which will explore the very best of Cork’s drag culture with workshops, an exhibition, and live performances from the finest local drag talents. There are Drag Queen performances every 20 minutes from 8.20pm – 10pm.
And our pick of the rest…
There’s a fabulous event taking place in Civic Offices, Wood Quay, D8, from 5pm-8pm. All the activities have an environmentally conscious twist. There’s a music equipment gear swap with MyVolts, and you can create an eye-catching mask from recycled materials before the big finale: a Masquerade Ball with live music!
In Temple Bar, All City Records will host an in-store event that will showcase a surprise line-up of live musicians and DJs from the Dublin streets. This starts at 4pm and runs until 10pm.
St Catherine’s Church on Meath Street will host the An Garda Síochána Male Voice Choir, plus special guests! The concert starts at 7.30pm, but activities will be taking place from 4pm.
In the Centre for Creative Practices @ D-Light Studios on North Great Clarence Street, ten artists will collaborate to show how cultures come together to shape new futures. The event will include performance, video, photography, sound, literature, sculpture, visual arts, and runs from 6pm-10pm.
Visit the acclaimed artist Maser’s studio, Atelier Maser, on Charlemont Street, from 4pm-10pm, for an exhibition showcasing the work of renowned street artists from around the globe.
For the first time on Culture Night, Trinity College Botanic Garden in Palmerstown Park will be offering guided tours at 4.30pm and 6pm, allowing people to discover plants from all over the world, collected by generations of Trinity botanists.
Bretzel Bakery on Lennox Street are opening their doors from 5.30pm-9.30pm, to explain the development of sourdough culture from earliest times, and attendees even get to take away a sample of starter culture to bake their own.
Hawk’s Well Foyer, Sligo, play host to Trad@5, which will celebrate the traditional music in the area. A selection of young musicians, who are involved in the Creative Counties stream of their Markievicz project, will be performing from 5pm-5.45pm.
The Sligo Global Kitchen brings communities together to enjoy a global food experience, called The Model in The Mall, from 5pm-8pm.
If theatre is more your bag, the Mockingbird Theatre Group’s Waiting Tables For Godot, in An Grianán, is a 35-minute performance inspired by the Beckett classic. Attendees will be served soup, as conjoined twins rehearse serving their best customer: Godot. Booking is essential for this.
Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society are getting in on the Culture Night buzz, performing their re-enactment of Grease The Musical ,from 9pm – 10.30pm in Kilnaleck Hall.
Carlow Ukulele Players will be joined on by the High Hopes Choir, all of whose members have been touched by homelessness in one form or another, as they perform a repertoire from the best of Irish Ballads to some classic pop and rock music, in VISUAL, Old Dublin Rd from 7pm – 7.45pm.
People’s Museum of Limerick hosts “Weep You No More,” a chamber concert of Renaissance and Baroque music from England and Scotland, featuring Mario Papini (lute), Vlad Smishkewych (voice), and Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord) from 6pm – 7pm.
The Rosie Greys – a singing group, formed in 2016 to bring older people together to socialise and sing, will perform a selection of songs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, in Gaol Road, Roscrea, from 7.30pm – 10pm.
Scoil Acla musicians will travel from place to place aboard the Travelling Bus of Culture, playing music, dancing, and singing. The Culture Bus will travel throughout the parish of Achill from 8pm – 11pm, and ensure no one has to travel too far to enjoy culture night. Musicians/performers are also invited to join in.
Authors, Carlo Gébler and Séamas Mac Annaidh, read a selection of stories from their upcoming Fermanagh Folktales publication; not children’s fairy stories but grown up folklore from the county, in Enniskillen Castle from 8pm-9pm.
The culmination of Zoë Uí Fhaoláin Green’s year-long art residency looks at how our coastline might change in Kerry in the years ahead, and how we will adapt. This takes place in Tralee Town Park from 6pm-8pm
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