A Feast of surprises for Culture Vultures at Culture Night 2014

Dublin City’s streets and cultural venues will be bustling again this year for Culture Night 2014 on Friday 19th September. Dublin City Council’s cultural venues will open their doors from 5pm until late to welcome all interested culture enthusiasts.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke says, “Culture Night is a great opportunity for everyone to come into the city and enjoy exploring some of the most historic and interesting buildings, some of which may not be usually open to the public. It’s a free event and I would encourage people to come and get a taste of what Dublin has to offer. The Mansion House has been the official residence of the Lord Mayor since 1715 and its doors will be open on the night, so you can experience it for yourself”.

Dublin City Council is encouraging everyone to use public transport where possible. Dublin Bus is running complimentary buses between many Culture Night venues. Luas will also operate a full service and Park + Ride can be used by people travelling to Dublin on the night. And don’t forget Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes is a great way to cycle between venues.

Culture Night events:

Dublin’s Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Join a guided tour of the Mansion House, official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715 and scene of important civic and historic events. Half hourly tours. First tour 6pm, Last Tour 10pm first- come, first-served. Max 30 per tour. The Round Room not included in this tour.

Dublin’s City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2, The magnificent Dublin City Hall celebrates Dublin Literature and Heritage in music, words and song on Culture Night 2014. Enjoy the beauty of the impressive Rotunda and learn about the ‘Story of the Capital’ in its atmospheric vaults. Permanent exhibition “The Story of the Capital” – multimedia exhibition tracing the history of Dublin from its foundation in Viking and Norman times into the vibrant city of today. Tours of the City Council Chambers will also be available. Tir na nOg cafe is open until 10p.m.

Photography Exhibition - The Liberties Inked offers an opportunity to learn more about the people of The Liberties in a unique and intimate way. Everyone has a story to share about a life experience that changed them. Those featured in the exhibition chose to acknowledge these experiences permanently in ink on their bodies. View portraits by photographer Ger O’Donnell and read the accompanying stories about the tattoos of a diverse group of community members, from local traders to artists to students.

Rotunda - Exhibition Area
www.craobhphiarais.com are a group of young traditional musicians ranging from 7 up to 20 years old. They play a variety of instruments including harps, accordions, whistles flutes pipes to name but a few.

Dublin City Council Arts Office, The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1 Niamh Shaw’s new performance To Space, exploring her childhood ambition to make it to space. The LAB Gallery will have short tours of the new exhibition by Aisling O’Beirne Quaterian Quest, the result of her collaboration with Dunsink Observatory, and we’ll have great music.

Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square North, 5.30pm - 10pm Join tours of the galleries impressive collection and other exhibitions including the internationally renowned Eva Rothschild sculpture exhibition! Free art workshops for children of all ages (6–7pm). The drawing station will be open all night!

Culture Night in Dublin City Libraries

Ballyfermot Library open 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Visit the newly refurbished 21st century Ballyfermot Library. View and exhibition or explore the Sé Geraghty Collection. Traditional Music session with students from Ballyfermot College of Further Education at 7.00pm. For further details, T. 626 9324 E. ballyfermotlibrary@dublincity.ie

Drumcondra Library open 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Would you like to share your story of Drumcondra Library? Recall your favourite book, family visits or meeting the love of your life there. Join us on Culture Night to share your unique library story. For further details, T. 837 7206. E. drumcondralibrary@dublincity.ie

Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street open 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Visit Dublin City Library & Archive for a family friendly evening of events. At 6pm there will be a family music and storytelling session with Jackie Glynn. From 7-8pm join Catherine Ann Cullen, Mary Guckian, James Conway, Pauline Hall and guests for poetry reading. Victor Feldman will play the clarinet between readings. In the conference room, enjoy a digital presentation of Old Dublin with Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian. For further details T. 674 4888 E. pearsestreetlibrary@dublincity.ie

Marino Library open 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Marino Library will host a poetry reading and music session of ballads from “If Ever You Go” sung by Anne Buckley, (Góilín Singers Club) at 6.30pm. For further details, T. 833 6297 E. marinolibrary@dublincity.ie

Parnell Square North 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Join us in Parnell Square North to find out about the plans for Parnell Square Cultural Quarter. The anchor of the quarter will be the new City Library, a 21st century library for the people of Dublin. For further details T. 674 4800 E. parnellsquare@dublincity.ie

Notes to the Editor:
For the full programme of events on Culture Night 2014 log on to www.culturenight.ie