Tonight, Friday September th, a record cultural venues in Dublin and towns, cities and counties across the country are taking part in Culture Night 2010.
The theme of this year’s Culture Night is ‘What Will You See?’ and there are lots of cultural activities on offer, guaranteed to offer visitors and locals alike a taste of the vast and varied cultural offering available in our Capital City and across the country
Over participating Dublin Culture Nightvenues have programmed special events to celebrate Dublin – UNESCO City of Literature, and will offer people of all ages the chance to explore the work of some of Ireland’s leading writers. Here’s a taster of just some of the special literary events on offer this Friday:
Literary readings will take place in traditional and unusual settings including the Trinity Long Room Hub, The Winding Stair Bookshop, Science Gallery and the Freemason’s Hall while the Irish Writers Centre will have a host of readings in a selection of Dublin’s literary pubs including Toners, The Duke and Teachers’ Club.
People can travel for free by bus and by boat to hear stories and tales by Dublin’s literary heroes. There’s free travel with Dublin Bus on Route B which will have storytelling by Storytellers of Ireland; you can get on board the Spirit of the Docklands for a free literary Liffey cruise; and if you’re walking by the Liffey and are passing Dublin’s literary bridges- James Joyce, Sean O’Casey or Samuel Beckett- you can stop off to hear presentations of the writers’ works at each bridge.
Exhibitions and demonstrations will take place at many renowned cultural venues including the Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College Library and the Central Catholic Library.
Children will have an opportunity to learn more about Dublin’s literary past with a Literary Treasure Hunt in Merrion Square and young readers and authors can visit an Open Studio evening in the National Library of Ireland to experience a virtual tour of the studio of a picture book artist. With a wide variety of genres represented, Dublin will be a true literary wonderland on Culture Night.