Friday 18 January 2019

Culture vultures swoop on a night of free fun

CULTURE vultures are in for a rare treat tomorrow as the whole of Dublin will be abuzz.

A gala of free once-off tours, storytelling and music will take place across the city as part of Culture Night.

For history buffs, the Guinness Archives will open their doors offering visitors a glimpse of the company's rarest documents.

If Hollywood is more your style, then head to The Complex in Smithfield Square which will be transformed into a drive-in cinema hosting two shows.


For music lovers, RTE's children's choir perform on St Stephen's Green early in the evening and Dubliners can then follow a 'Hansel and Gretel' music trail down Grafton Street to Meeting House Square.

On the main stage in Temple Bar, RTE's concert orchestra will entertain before handing it over to host Sean Rocks of Radio One.

The act aren't the only draw for the Georgian quarter as the basements of the famous townhouses will light up with colour and the streets will become an art installation.

Frances Street in the Liberties will see all of its independent galleries and antique shops stay open late for visitors to rummage through their goods.

Dublin bus will also provide free tours on four different routes through the city with storytelling and spoken poetry on-board.

If you've ever wondered how the other half lives, Aras an Uachtarain will open its doors for public tours.

Windmill Lane recording studio, where U2 first made magic and international acts Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones have also recorded, will host a mysterious musical guest tomorrow.

Sweny's Pharmacy where Joyce's Leopold Bloom picked up Molly's lemon soap, will have readings of Dubliners at 7pm and 8pm.

With 196 venues around the city involved the only problem for those who want to take in as much as possible may be running out of time.

See www.culturenight.ie for more details.


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