ith The Hot Spot in hibernation, there’s something very close to feckin’ nothin’ going in Greystones for Culture Night 2023.
Just the always-reliable Whale and their usual quality quirkiness in the shape of a classical cabaret plus harpist Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin at the library at 3.30pm means that it’s beyond our borders where much of the fun agus games are occuring.
Including a rather promising new breed gig at The Mermaid, Jerry Fish and Leslie Dowdall leading an old breed shindig in Baltinglass and Irish jazz be-boppers Roamer at Rathrdum’s St Saviour’s Church.
Here’s the official spiel from Wicklow County Council’s notorious Arts Office…
Wicklow County Arts Office has commissioned, collaborated and supported an exciting programme of events and activities in 10 locations across the county to celebrate Culture Night which returns on Friday, 22nd September.
This free programme of happenings showcases a diverse range of events purposefully selected to open up pathways to creativity.
Visit Baltinglass on Culture Night for a fun filled night of music and creativity. Enjoy a special outdoor concert featuring Jerry Fish along with a stellar line-up of local musicians and singers including Mark Caplice, Leslie Dowdall, James Nelson, Amy Barrett and many more. An arts and crafts market and craft demonstrations provided by Wicklow Marketplace and Crafty Craic Candles will also take place in Germaine’s to spotlight artists and crafts people from across the county.
In celebration of their 21st birthday, Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray is hosting a thrilling line-up of contemporary Irish music acts, presented in partnership with RTÉ 2FM and curated from the RTÉ 2FM Rising list. This one-off, free concert presented by Dan Hegarty will be broadcast live from Mermaid Arts Centre on Radio 2FM and will showcase the most exciting live music acts coming out of Ireland right now.
Launching in Wicklow Town on Culture Night is Threading Place, a site-specific visual-art project located across three public spaces in the town. This outdoor exhibition uncovers the varied connections that form the backbone of rural communities in County Wicklow and viewers can engage with the photography both visually and sonically.
Due to popular demand, the Arklow Culture Crawl is back. Participants follow a purposefully curated trail of local cultural hot spots, with regular stop offs along the way to enjoy some of the amazing local talent featuring a range of artists and creatives.
Music under the Mountains presents an intimate evening with Megan O’Neill, one of Ireland’s up and coming songwriters and named in The Irish Examiner’s Ones to Watch.