Fingal County Council offers an exciting programme of free events for Culture Night in Fingal on Friday, September 22, writes Rose Barrett.
There are so many fantastic events to choose from including live music performances, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and family friendly events in 19 locations across the county. Fingal’s heritage properties, arts centres, libraries and cultural organisations will be open to the public in celebration of this national event.
Fingal Libraries will deliver an exciting programme at Malahide and Blanchardstown libraries, featuring stirring performances by the amazing Dublin Gospel Choir and the Blanchardstown Brass Band, one of Ireland’s oldest brass bands. There will also be storytelling for younger audiences, an art exhibition from Prosper Fingal and a fascinating talk and showcase presented by Balbriggan Heritage Group. For those interested in exploring local history, there will be an opportunity to access the collection at the Fingal Local Studies and Archives in Swords. Our Balbriggan hub invites visitors to Georges Square for a stimulating night of musical performances and visual art exhibitions.
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre will host a special evening of music curated by Ronan Browne featuring up and coming pipers. There is a focus on youth theatre at Draíocht with a workshop involving members of the D15 Youth Theatre group facilitated by Eimear Morrissey. Ardgillan Castle will be open to visitors who can explore the bespoke artists’ studios, the newly established art gallery and enjoy some traditional Irish music.
Budding astronomers can tour DIAS Dunsink Observatory, the oldest astronomical observatory in Ireland. Newbridge House and Farm will screen a historical drama in the servant’s quarters of this beautiful Georgian villa and the magnificent medieval Malahide Castle will be open for guided tours. There is also an opportunity to experience the iconic model railway collection at the Casino Model Railway Museum in Malahide which is just a ten-minute walk from Malahide Castle.
The Fingal Culture Night programme was launched at Ardgillan Castle recently; Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with FCC.
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