The annual Culture Night takes place on Friday 17th September with hundreds of events across the country from music, live performance, architecture, museums, comedy, dance and much more. After the strange all-online programme last year, due to the Covid Emergency, there is a return to form this year with lots of live, in-person activities, as well as online events.
Here in Dublin events are set across districts and you’ll find a wider variety of experiences in The Liberties & Historic Quarter. Among the highlights:
The Dublin Quaker Culture Night Committee will be hosting an evening of celebration of Quaker heritage in The Liberties in the former Society of Friends burial ground on Cork Street. This often overlooked heritage site is now the subject of renewed community interest and a conservation plan for the burial ground is being developed by HSE who own the site.
John’s Bar on Thomas Street, in conjunction with In Our Shoes Walking Tours, will be holding a walking tour of the Liberties at 4pm; wander through this inner-city area of rich heritage, vibrant community, and local charm. And you can learn more about the merchant John Creeth who’s premises was imaginatively incorporated into the new development at 60 Thomas Street.
Visit the historic St. James’ Church on James Street to enjoy weaving exhibitions and demonstrations from the newly active Weaving in the Liberties Group. Local historian Cathy Scuffil and artist Maria Almqvist will offer fascinating hourly talks on ‘The History of Weaving and Textiles in the Liberties’.
The wonderful Marsh’s Library – Dublin’s oldest public library – will be offering free guided tours of this 18thC gem every half hour. You might even get locked into one of its famous book cages!
The fascinating Garda Museum at Dublin Castle will be open for small half hour tours taking you through the complex history of policing in Ireland. The museum will also have online activities.
Arts collective Block T, who are newly located at Bow Lane West, will host an open evening of their studio spaces with demonstrations of the amazing variety of arts and craft courses they offer.
And you can travel back in time to Viking and medieval Dublin with free entry from 4pm to Dublinia. Explore the fascinating early history of the city of Dubh Linn and learn more about the maurading northerns who did so much to shape the early settlements along the River Liffey.
You’ll find the full Culture Night programme at www.culturenight.ie.