Culture Night 2017: Our guide to the best events taking place tonight

Venues and public spaces across the country will open their doors tonight to host a programme of free late-night entertainment as part of an all-island celebration of arts,heritage and culture.

Now in its 13th year, Culture Night is hosting its biggest programme to date, with more than 1,000 free events taking place around the country this evening (Friday) - writes

During Culture Night, organisations such as museums, galleries, libraries, parks, cathedrals, studios and Government buildings and venues of all shapes and sizes, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public.

Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations with some 400,000 people due to take part in the events.

With plenty of family-friendly events and activities taking place, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

And of course, all of the events are free of charge.

The event, run by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations, is aimed at encouraging more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality.

It also raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities and makes it easier for people to play a role in their local culture scene.

The event also helps raise the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities and encourages people to try new things and get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality.

Dublin City Council Arts Officer Ray Yeates said: “The rich and varied programme includes hundreds of events taking place in iconic and historical buildings and institutions and smaller, more unusual venues.”

With 1,000 events to choose from, you can check for any that suit you — and there are plenty of family events on this evening.

The Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle is hosting an evening of family storytelling, inspired by the library’s collection, and guided tours of the library’s treasures will also take place, all from 6.15pm.

Dublin Castle will also host a number of talks, workshops and live radio recordings from 5pm to 10pm.

Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery will celebrate an evening of culture with vocal performances, speed touring, family workshops and a film screening of The Ocean After Nature, from 5pm to 10pm tonight.

There’ll also be a family event at Gallery Zozimus at Francis Street, Dublin, with artists Mary Conroy and Kate O’Kelly presenting a family-friendly workshop. There will also be a Play with Clay area for all the family from 6pm to 10pm.

At the Cregan Library in UCD, families can take an English or Irish language tour and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Dublin city from the top floor library, all from 5pm to 9pm.

And Dublin doesn’t have a monopoly on the family events.

At the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, children from six months to two years old can immerse themselves in the story of two shapes, Cubert and Triantan.

As part of Culture Night at The Pine Rack in Ballintober, Co Mayo, craftsman Brendan Murphy will be taking a closer look at traditional wooden stool making.

Inishbofin on the Aran Islands in Galway has a rich musical heritage and on Culture Night local musicians will pay tribute to the local musicians who are no longer with us. The event is open to everyone from 9pm until 11pm and refreshments will be served.

At Kilshanny House in Clare, Japanese music will blend with Irish trad.

Award-winning local Irish musician Liam O’Brien (concertina) and Hajime (guitar) will be joined by Stephen Heffernan (piano) to share their eclectic mix of local and international music and culture. The event will kick off at 8pm until 11pm this evening.

Oileán Arainn Mhór’s Swell Festival of music and arts comes to Letterkenny in Donegal at The Cottage. The event starts at 10pm and will end at midnight but it will be jam-packed so it’s best to get in early.

Cultural Collisions at Edenderry Town Hall Square in Co Offaly will be a celebration of music, dance, food, puppetry, surreal carnival and theatrics.

And at Cork City Gaol, the Cork Light Orchestra will perform in Sunday’s Well, and will start at 6pm sharp — with pre-booked tickets a must.

Read other news of Dublin on the city guide.

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