Saturday 18 November 2017

Culture vultures spoilt for choice as merriment waits at every turn

Ericka Brocca bends over backwards to please the crowds
Ericka Brocca bends over backwards to please the crowds
Stomptown Brass Band with Aonghus McAnally preform in Trinity College

There was flame-throwing on Dame Street, Currach racing on the Liffey, kiddies colouring on O'Connell Street and all things from fashion to the Legion of Mary as Culture Night took the city streets by storm.

Hoards of 'culture vultures' roamed around in search of the intriguing, the thought-provoking and the different.

It was frenzied, it was feverish and it was just a little frustrating, as there was just too much to do and to see.


On the 10th anniversary, the event shows no sign of waning, with more than 1,500 venues in 41 regions, towns and cities around Ireland throwing their door open for a diverse mix of 3,000 free events.

Getting an early start at Temple Bar Square in Dublin were the 'Line-Up' gospel and spiritual choir. Not officially part of Culture Night - they were actually part of the 'Buckets for Barnardos' appeal - nevertheless they fitted in nicely with a feelgood factor. And down an alleyway off Temple Bar, at Aston Place, artist Aga Szot opened her studio installation inspired by Francis Bacon.

And from the dulcet tones of the RTE Philharmonic Choir singing Verdi's Chorus of The Hebrew Slaves, to the holiday feel of the Stomptown Brass band, the cobblestones of Trinity College offered very different experiences for culture junkies.

Outside Dublin Castle, the Dublin Circus Project mesmerised audiences with fire juggling.

Young juggler Oisin O'Carroll (17) from Dublin said he had been training with the Circus Project since he was 13.


Daniel Keenan (7) and brother Patrick (5), from Inchicore, were taking it all in.

And Barry Honan from Dublin had brought his children Emily (9) and Ben (7) to soak up the cultural atmosphere.

Asked what their favourite thing was, they both declared: "Dublinia". And their least favourite? "Queuing for Dublinia."

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