Culture Night 2016
Dublin City is ready to open its doors (again!) for Culture Night 2016.
The largest ever Culture Night will take place on Friday September 2016. This year over 260 of the city's cultural organisations and venues will swing open their doors to the public for this very special event. Most of the spots taking part in this event are open all year round. So if you don't get a chance to see it that night, you can put it on your list of places to visit another night. However, some of the venues are rarely open to the public at night or at all so this is your chance to see what happens behind closed doors.
This annual all-island public event celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. Not only do venues extend their opening hours for this night, there is also special and unique events and workshops specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
The Aim of Culture Night
*Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality
*Reminds us all about the fantastic cultural facilities and resources that we have locally and nationally
*Raises the profile of cultural organisations, activities and facilities
*Encourages people to try new things and to get into the habit of going more often to cultural venues and activities in their locality
*Makes it easier for people to play a role in their local cultural scene
* Helps create a sense of community and belonging
Highlights this year include:
|6.30pm||In German, Explore Dublin's Northside:||Departing from the historic GPO, this tour of Dublin's Northside gives German speakers a chance to learn more about the history of the Irish capital|
|5.30pm - 9pm||The GPO comes alive!||The GPO will come alive with an evening of music and song. You can also send a Culture Night postcard paid courtesy of An Post, to loved ones at home and abroad|
|5pm - 11pm||The Abbey Theatre||Go behind the scenes at the Abbey and chat with some of the people who work behind the scenes to produce the plays you see on stage.|
|6pm - 7pm||Brooks Hotel||Brooks is celebrating Culture Night by offering guests an Irish literary experience for those who enjoy Irish culture. Actor Jim Roche will will be entertaining the crowds with readings from Plunkett, Pearse, Yeats and more.|
|3pm - 10pm||Aras An Uachtarain||This is the third year President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina have opened the doors of Aras An Uachtarain to the public on Culture Night. Visitors will be welcomed to hour-long tours and musical and theatrical performances. Booking is essential|
|6pm - 9.30pm||DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama||Join the team there for a night of musical performances by the students and staff of DIT Conservatory of Music a& Drama. The Conservatory gives course for all levels of music education, from age of three to doctoral study and across the fields of performance education and compositions|
|5pm - 9.30pm||The Mansion House||Walk through the public rooms of the Mansion House, official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715 and scene of important civic and historic events. Staff will be on hand to assist. The Round Room is not accessible on this walk.|
There is also various Walking Tours throughout Dublin including tours of the Phoenix Park, The Creative Quarter, Monto & North Georgian Quarter, Trinity & South Georgian Quarter.
With so much to do and see this Culture Night you should really start planning your night so you can squeeze as much culture in as you can!
Click here for the FULL PROGRAMME of what's on for Culture Night to help you with your schedule!