NO REPRO FEE 21/08/2018 Culture Night 2018 programme launch in a billowy display of colour and culture in Marlay Craft Courtyard at Marlay Park. Elegant ballerinas from Dance Ireleand pliéd and pirouetted and drumming sensations The Hit Machine played amidst the colourful display. On Friday, September 21st hundreds of thousands of people across the country will lose themselves in their imagination and an explosion of creativity as the country comes alive for Culture Night, Ireland’s annual nocturnal cultural extravaganza. From Donegal to Wexford, Kerry to Louth, the country will vibrate to the rhythm of dancers, musicians, poets, actors, artists and storytellers. The programme for this, the thirteenth Culture Night, is now available on www.culturenight.ie Pictured are Ballerinas (LtoR) Kate Haughton, Ballerina, Dance Ireland and Lauren Speirs, Ballerina, Dance Ireland and Drummers (LtoR) Ricky Lahart and Michael Fleming. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

People across Dublin are encouraged to come out, catch a little culture and lose themselves in their imagination and an explosion of creativity on Friday, September 21 as Culture Night returns for its 13th year.

Organisers are hoping to build on last year’s phenomenal turn-out of 175,000 people who came out to savour the best of Irish contemporary culture across the capital.

Venues across the city are expected to vibrate to the rhythm of dancers, musicians, poets, actors, artists and storytellers.

Each year Culture Night brings people together to create unique shared experiences and memories. Admission to all events is free, making it a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy.

Commenting on this year’s programme for Culture Night, Ray Yeates, Dublin City Council Arts Officer said: “Dublin City Council is once again delighted to support Culture Night for its 13th year.

“Culture Night is the perfect chance for people across Dublin, those living here and those visiting, to enjoy an evening of cultural exploration.

“From historic venues to smaller, more unusual ones there’s definitely something in the programme for you to enjoy.

“Why don’t you plan your night in advance so you can enjoy as much as possible, maybe even trying a cultural genre you might never have before?”

Culture Night features a kaleidoscopic programme of the very best of what is intrinsic in us – creativity, storytelling and our unique culture.

Year after year communities and participants from all genres including photographers, illustrators, designers, composers, visual artists, dancers, aerialists, script writers, conductors, graffiti artists, authors, singers and musicians come together on this one night to celebrate our cultural heritage and tell the story of contemporary Irish culture.

Highlights in the capital this year include Bank of Ireland Cultural & Heritage Centre where visitors can enjoy the ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ exhibition.

Visitors to Dublin Airport will have the chance to experience talks on the history of the airport and explore the ‘Creative Journeys’ art installations in partnership with NCAD and Business to Arts.

Experience an evening of storytelling and conversation in the beautifully restored 14 Henrietta Street and discover what life was like in this Georgian Townhouse turned tenement dwelling through a taster tour of the newly opened museum, while twice Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films will host family friendly workshops and activities led by their very own Emmy Award-winning Director Marten Jonmark.

The fun of Culture Night will spill onto the streets of the capital city, with a diverse outdoor programme bringing the magic of Culture Night to a number of public spaces.

Attention Bébé are bringing major party vibes to Meeting House Square with a high-octane set of their patented big-band covers of 90s hits.

Barnardo Square will be transformed with projections and pop-up performances throughout the evening including a selection of short films from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

Exploring the cultural side of Dublin by foot, bike or bus is made easy with nearly 30 Culture Night Tours which include the Dublin Busking Experience, DoDublin Ghostbus Tour, Learning the Liberties and Dublin Ghost Signs Tours, unravelling stories from Dublin’s past by looking up at its old signs.

The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2018 is now available on www.culturenight.ie.

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