Get ready to wrap up in culture as Ireland’s annual spectacular nocturnal cultural extravaganza, Culture Night, returns for its fourteenth year this Friday.

Venues large and small are getting ready to explode with colour, imagination and excitement as the nation celebrates the best of Irish culture with over 4,000 events taking place across the country.

Culture Night promises to be a night like no other, creating memories and experiences for all ages and generations.

As always, organisers encourage cultural seekers to plan their Culture Night experience in advance, to view the full programme visit www.culturenight.ie

Each year some of Ireland’s most exciting minds get behind Culture Night as Trailblazers, promoting their own genres, new creative industries, our rich history and heritage, and their provinces.

Representing Leinster, artist Maser will open Atelier Maser for a new exhibition featuring work by some of the most internationally renowned street artists from around the globe.

With Friday fast approaching, it’s time to get your thinking cap on and plan your Culture Night experience.

In the Capital, culture vultures are invited to look to the skies for a heart-stopping, one-of-a-kind spectacle on the soon-to-be-opened Central Plaza on Dame Street as metal will meet muscle in Elevate, a breathtakingly beautiful, gravity-defying show created and performed by Ireland’s leading aerialists Aerial Cirque, with music by Cork-based composer Peter Power and visuals by Bulgarian artist Petko Panchev.

This event is supported by Hines and Stewart Construction and the 20 minute performances will take place at 8.45pm, 9.35pm and 10.30pm.

Leading contemporary fine art print studios, Black Church Print Studio, opens for tours and printmaking demonstrations; at Dublin City Comics meet some of Ireland’s most talented comic book artists, writers and craftspeople and learn about the country’s great independent comic book scene; at FLAC Dorset Street join historian Peter Clarke in the birthplace of Sean O’Casey and learn about the rich history of the street and its surrounding areas, and the characters that made Dublin what it is today; Karl O’Neill reads from Oscar Wilde’s The Devoted Friend and John O’Connor’s  The Bullet March at The Last Bookshop; at The Workman’s Club and Nialler9 curates a night of awesome live music with Silverbacks, Odd Morris, GIF, and The Mary Wallopers; or come along to Flying Turtle Productions for a taste of film noir, a 30 minute immersive live performance with trained actors in character à la the 1940s black and white film – detective, femme fatale, gangsters and more.

As ever Culture Night will be online and the culturally curious are encouraged to explore the website to plan their Culture Night adventures and routes in advance. The Culture Night Podcast, produced in association with Headstuff Podcast Network, returns with familiar faces and emerging talents delving into different facets of culture, with episodes exploring diversity and inclusion in the arts and sustainability. Episodes are available to download across all platforms and from https://culturenight.ie/podcast/, helping to whet the appetite for all the fun-filled activity that lies ahead on Culture Night 2019.

Cultural audiences can explore Dublin from top to tail with complimentary buses provided by transport partner Dublin Bus on two routes in the city and in Cork Bus Éireann will provide three complimentary bus routes to cater for those on the cultural hunt.

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