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Saturday 3 December 2016

A taste of Dublin's delights as Culture Night kicks off

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NO REPRO FEE 15/9/2015.Culture Night ambassadors Flamenco dancer Jordana Souza with sopranos Tara Erraught and Celine Byrne pictured at Trinity College during the launch Culture Night 2015, Culture Night comprises hundreds of events across Ireland and ov
Culture Night ambassadors Michael Pope and David Mc Gloughlin of electronic four piece Le Galaxie, lead singer of Hamsandwich Niamh Farrell , Flamenco dancer Jordana Souza , Author Alex Barclay, Illustrator Aoife Dooley sopranos Tara Erraught and Celine B

Whether it's taking a sky-high trip in an aerial cocoon, having a chin wag with an idea-eating robot, or talking about 'Dublin Huns', there are a plethora of things to do and see in Dublin tonight as Culture Night kicks off.

The Jungle of Games - where you can play a giant Dublin-themed version of snakes and ladders or super-sized Jenga - will be laid out on O'Connell Street.

Paint

Positive Protesters will also line the street and artist Jane Groves will ask passers-by to help her paint a colourful mural titled "I'm Mad About Dublin".

The National College of Art and Design will become a Mecca for music lovers, with La Galaxie and Dublin AfroBeat Ensemble taking to the stage.

Some daring fire breathers will add that extra spark to the musicians' performances.

If you prefer your music sets a little more low-key then head to the Irish Music Rights Organisation, where singer-songwriter Gavin James will be performing.

Aerial Cirque on Exchequer Street will teach you how to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while the Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours gives a glimpse into the city's stylish past.

There will be a roar of excitement as a currach race sets off from the pontoon beside the Jeanie Johnston at 5:30pm.

For those of you who love your grub it's worth calling in to Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street, where TV chef Rick Stein will be holding court.

By this stage you'll probably be a little parched, so take a pit stop at the Teelings Whiskey Factory.

The craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane is giving tours and serving up snifters of the good stuff. Then head to Downstairs Dublin on Merrion Square, where there are boxercise classes and pop-up print studios.

Illustrator Aoife Dooley will be sketching Dublin Huns at 73 Merrion Square.

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