Visitors lucky enough to be in the city on 23rd September this year are in for a cultural treat, as Dublin’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios, cultural centres, libraries and many other places of interest will throw open their doors to the public for the annual Culture Night, an evening of free cultural entertainment to suit all ages and tastes.
Pop-up street performances will surprise and thrill onlookers around the city from 5pm till late, and visitors can watch painters, sculptors and other artists working across a broad media spectrum up close in various locations and studios – see www.culturenight.ie for a list of venues. There will be live choral and orchestral performances in St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, with the Contemproary Music Centre presenting more modern works, “a sonic experience of live and electronic music inspired by the past, shaped by the future”.
The highlight of this year’s event is two specially commissioned exhibitions which will use an Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone app to allow spectators to experience the work of some of Ireland’s up-and-coming artists, designers and craftsmen in a whole new way. Users of the app, which will be available to download free of charge from www.risecreatives.ie, will be able to see Batman on the GPO or the Hilk charging down O’Connell Street in the Off the Page exhibition, or see smaller, more intricate work blown up on a huge scale in the courtyard of Collins Barracks in the Among Giants showcase.
In addition to the unique events specially organised for Cuture Night, some of Dublin’s major tourist attractions such as Dublinia, the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery will be waiving their normally hefty admission fees on the night, and allowing visitors free entry to the sites, including a guided tour. With 156 venues and organisations taking part, this year’s Culture Night is sure to be the best and most exciting yet, so check out www.culturenight.ie and start planning your evening.
In Ireland on 23rd September but staying outside Dublin? Don’t worry, there are 29 other regions around the country celebrating Culture Night 2011, including Cork, Galway, Belfast and Limerick.
Images courtesy of www.culturenight.ie.