Wednesday 23 May 2018

Stage set for 3,000 Culture Night acts

Culture Night
Culture Night

An "explosion of artists" will take place on Friday, with more than 300 venues in the capital opening their doors for the return of Culture Night.

In excess of 3,000 acts will perform in over 1,500 venues across the country as places such as the National History Museum and the National Gallery open to the public.

Among the performers will be Rubberbandits star Blindboy Boatclub, who will be reading from his new book The Gospel According To Blindboy, in the Temple Bar's Gutter Bookshop.

Fresh from Electric Picnic, Katie Laffan will be performing in the Irish Music Rights Organisation HQ.

Leading actor Tom Hickey will be reading some of his favourite literature in The Lilliput Press in Stoneybatter.

Aimee Van Wylick, national Culture Night co-ordinator, said the occasion had been growing bigger each year.

"This year especially shows the growth of Culture Night," she told the Herald.

"It started out in Temple Bar and now it is a national event, with 32 counties all opening up and having a programme. The scale of it and what's on offer is just incredible.

"We have about 360 venues in Dublin, with all the national galleries and museums opening, then lots of little galleries and studios in Temple Bar.


"It's really such a variety of venues that are open to everyone. We have the digital hub in the Liberties opening up, it's really just an explosion of events."

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said the night was a "wonderful snapshot of contemporary cultural Ireland".

"From national cultural institutions, iconic and historical venues, to smaller, more intimate settings, it's the perfect evening for cultural discovery," she said.

"This is a wonderful night because it showcases our wealth of heritage."

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