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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Horizontal dancing and poetry - it must be Culture Night...

Chrissie Ardill from Kilkenny with Ria Murphy from Dublin part of Aerial Cirque pictured in Meeting House Square. Pic: Kyran O'Brien
Chrissie Ardill from Kilkenny with Ria Murphy from Dublin part of Aerial Cirque pictured in Meeting House Square. Pic: Kyran O'Brien
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, joined Culture Night volunteers in Dublin Castle to kick off Culture Night 2016

Thousands of curious culture seekers hit the capital for the annual Culture Night celebrations.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys was among the first to hit the cultural trail, arriving early at Dublin Castle before a jam-packed programme between Dublin and Monaghan.

"This is a busy night, but it's a really, really good night," she said.

"There are loads of different things happening there, and it's the same in every county."

Caoilfhinn Groake from Killiney came with her two children Euan (8) and Romilly (11), and was one of the first in line to have her face painted in St Stephen's Green.

Struggled

"We just wanted to bring the children in while it's early," she told the Herald.

"We'll stick around the Trinity area tonight and bring them to see the Alliance Francaise, the Little Museum and the square," she added.

While some struggled with a lack of busses due to the strike, Caoilfhinn said she expected the festival to get busy.

"The Dart was perfect, but it was starting to fill up. I think there's going to be a big turnout," she said.

Temple Bar's Meeting House Square hosted spectacular scenes as Aerial Cirque performed a stunning horizontal dance.

Abseiling down buildings, the troupe bounced off a canvas while weaving designs in red wool.

Near St Stephen's Green, Boston College was the scene of a magic lantern show, a music for deaf audiences workshop and a Nigerian choir performance.

Raasay Jones, programme manager with the Irish Research Council, said it was the organisation's first event for the festival and hoped to encourage more people to seek funding.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International invited the curious to Fleet Street to hear the stories and poetry of migrants in Calais and Dunkirk.

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