Oh, Yes, It’s Culture Night

September 15, 2019
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As autumn kicks in, hey, the colours spring forth – and not just indoors, man.

Taking place on Friday, September 20th, Culture Night boasts free arts and cultural events all over the country, giving you the chance to turn and face the strange.

Without spending a single dime. Hurrah!

In our neck of the woods, there’s the proverbial something for everyone, with The Whale, The Hot Spot and Greystones library all joining in the arty-farty fun.

First out the gate is The Whale, their Wicklow Voices night kicking off at 6.30pm, with The Landscape As Witness, Seán Laoide Kemp talking us through his photographic exploration of The Great Famine, whilst Snapshots Of Greystones will present an entertaining narrative history of the town through readings, slides and songs, with the Greystones Players drama group and rising opera star Jade Phoenix.

At 7.45pm, the evening turns to drama, with an open workshop by the Making Waves Youth Theatre, led by Ciarán Coogan, followed swiftly by FourFront Games‘ brand, spanking new Portable Escape Room. Talk about a captive audience.

The night will finish with some of the county’s finest musical talent, including the winner of this year’s Stepping Stones: Battle Of The Bands, Nicolaas Walle, the multi-instrumentalist showcasing a talent far beyond his teenage years celebrating the release of his latest album, III. Book your free spot for The Whale here.

Kicking off at 8pm, The Hot Spot are celebrating Culture Night with an Eclectic Carnival Of Culture, everyone’s favourite electric landlady pulling together Irish-language rapper Oisin Mac Ghiolla Bhride, sweet bird of paradise Cheyenne, slam poetry goddess Maeve Miller and her trusty partners in rhyme, Ms Sheik Yerbooti herself, Stacey McPartland, tribal drummer Ronan O’Snodaigh, twisted troubadour Liam De Siun, the torso-twisting Zoryanna, the shock and awe of Vawn & Tom, and, rounding out the evening, a bunch of Randomers. As is Hot Spot policy most Sunday afternoons. Details right about here.

If you’d rather a quiet chat, the winsome and winningRuth Fitzmaurice will have the light of Newstalk hound Ciara Kelly in her face over at Greystones Library, for a public interview from 8pm to 9pm. You can grab your free tickets right about here, or you can call the library direct on 012873548 or email greylib@wicklowcoco.ie.

Should you be wild and crazy enough to want to stray beyond Greystones’ borders, Bray’s Signal Arts Centre’s night is centred all around the environment, running from 4pm to 9.30pm; from 7.30pm, there will be an Evening Of Readings & Music at Bray Town Hall; at Bray Band Stand, Mr Sands Youth Theatre will present Shorts, a celebration of Python, Shakespeare, Wilde & beyond from 6pm to 8pm; in the Mermaid, they’re hosting a 5.30pm screening of Tim Burton’s shite sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!also in Bray, artist David Beattie will launch his series of sculptures along the Dargle’s river walk from 7pm to 8.30pm; over at Enniskerry Library, from 6.30pm to 8pm, award-winning poet writer Nell Regan teams up with acclaimed cellist Mary Barnencutt for Shaking Bog, which will feature songs, poems, chat & a cello; in Russborough House, acclaimed pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason will perform from 8pm to 9.15pm, whilst at 5pm, Dancing With Paint will be a Jackson Pollock-inspired collaborative workshop for kids. Nice.

Special shout-out to a fringe Culture Night at Common Ground in Bray, with 3 floors of music, dance, poetry, drama, meditation, film, art, comedy, storytelling and workshops. Running from 6.30pm to 11pm, you can find out more here.

Oh, and there’s also Try A Choir gatherings all over the county, including, of course, Greystonesemail shanebarriscale@gmail.com at The Greystones Choir or kevin.caoimhin@gmail.com for the Corde Chamber Choir to join in the fun, or should you be wealthy enough to live in Delgany, try fxjkelly@gmail.com if you want to check out the Do Mi So Choir.

You’ll find more Wicklow Culture Night happenings right here. So, if it’s been a while since you ventured outside that front door for a night on the town, now’s your chance…

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