34 regions, towns and cities nationwide will participate in this year's Culture Night on the 20th September.
Once again Culture Night will bring an eclectic mix of cultural and artistic endeavour to the masses and the good news is, it's all free. Late-night events will include everything from live music, dance, theatre, spoken work, literature and visual art to interactive tours, workshops, exhibition, traditional and Irish contemporary culture.
As a special element of the programme this year, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform an exclusive one-off performance in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. The crowd-pleasing action packed programme will include the premier performance of a new composition by contemporary Irish composer, Stephen Gardner specially commissioned to celebrate Culture Night 2013. The performance will be broadcast live from the magical outdoor venue on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.
An incredible fusion of cultural events can be seen around the country this September as museums, galleries, theatres, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural institutions throw open their doors for Culture Night 2013. Each and every participating area nationwide will pull out all the stops for the annual night of cultural excitement.
New highlights this year include; a collaborative art exhibition featuring work from seminal visual trailblazer Maser at Butler Gallery’s Red Square in Kilkenny, a unique initiative celebrating the wisdom of difference in 100 Books with a Difference in Cavan, historic tours of inner city Dublin from longtime residents with the Mountjoy Square Society, the opportunity to learn to play orchestral instruments made from food with the Fruit & Veg Orchestra in Belfast, a dynamic fashion show on the iconic old walls of Derry/Londonderry with Catwalk of the Walls and a delicious Edible Art installation in The Doorway Gallery, Dublin.
Other events not be missed are the Family Culture Trail and Culture Night Tours. Bring your kids on an imaginative journey of discovery by joining the special Family Culture Trail which includes 12 organisations presenting fascinating objects of interest from The Stokes Tapestry to The Great Auk. Each object will be surrounded by different activities and special staged events on the night. Or join the dedicated Culture Night Tour as it takes you on a whistle stop journey of a selection of unique cultural gems hidden around Dublin city. Tours are tailored by quarter with a dedicated tour guide bringing participants to at least 3 galleries participating in Culture Night.
The full programme of events and participating venues for Culture Night 2013 is now available on www.culturenight.ie