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

Taking place on Friday, September 18th, 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 managing to nab National Concert Hall fave Alex Petcu, a percussionist who will be playing pieces by everyone from Philip Glass to that lad Bach. Kick-off is 8pm, and you can grab your free tickets here.

Down at the Park & Ride on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, multi-award-winning art director and graphic designer-turned wildlife illustrator Aga Grandowicz will be creating a giant Sea Creatures mural, exploring the shy world of the Irish Sea. More details here.

Quarterly performing and visual arts salon Klinkerdin will be strutting their existential stuff at Bray’s Common Ground for Culture Night. Describing themselves as a non-aligned iconoclastic forum for artistic outliers, Klinkerdin sets out to create community around art, and on Friday, from 8pm to 9.30pm, they will be exploring ‘new forms and artistic territories online, as artists navigate the challenges of presenting work in a post-pandemic world‘. So, no requests. More on their Facebook event page here.

And talking of Bray, Danny O’Brien brings his Reformer show to The Mermaid for, of course, a sold out show.

With many of this year’s events moving online, you can also indulge in some Botanical Plaster Casting with Erica Devine, witness the obligatory modern dance courtesy of writer Philip St John and Greystones’ own Karen Gleeson with His Left Her Right, join artist Joanna Kidney’s long-running Moveable Drawing Project, join author Sadhbh Devlin as she brings her Irish-language adventures with young inventor Lúna to life, or join Helen Meany with author Christine Dwyer Hickey for an online conversation about The Narrow Land, which won the Walter Scott prize for historical fiction and Dalkey Novel of the Year Award.

And if reading books is your bag, three award-winning new writers with Wicklow associations, Olivia Fitzsimons, Cassia Gaden Gilmartin and and Stephen Walsh, will be chatting with Helen Meany about how they got through lockdown. They will explore the highs and lows of recent times and read from their works-in-progress.

Alternatively, if you feel like getting the hell out of the house, acclaimed poet Jane Clarke and historian Joan Kavanagh will be your hosts for a 5km walk from Glendalough’s Upper Lake to the miners’ village, charting the history of mining as they go. An hour-long event, this beauty kicks off at 6.30pm, with spaces limited to 12 people.

So, not exactly a bumper year, which is understandable, given the times that we’re living through, but there might just be something there to remind you that magic is all around us. And it’s even more magical when it’s free, baby.

You can check out the official Wicklow line-up for Culture Night right about here.

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