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Culture Night

Here's what's on this Culture Night for families

We’ve got a round-up for you in advance of the event on Friday 22 September.

CULTURE NIGHT IS this Friday night – and if you want to get out and about with your family, we have some tips for you.

Whether it’s storytelling, art, or film, there are events on around the country that will suit. Some events might have to be booked, so find out more by clicking on the links.


An evening of family storytelling, inspired by the Library’s collection. Be entranced by the Persian Book of Kings; listen to tales of kings, dragons and princesses and the battles between good and evil. The family storytelling is at 6.15pm and is suitable for all ages.

Time: Guided tour of the library’s treasures at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm or pick up a family pack/drawing pack between 6pm to 8pm.

The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be on hand to show you how to spin fleece into yarn with a drop spindle or a spinning wheel and how to weave yarn on a loom. You are encouraged to bring whatever is on your needles and hooks and for some knitting, crochet, embroidery or whatever you would like to try. One for the burgeoning knitters in the family.

Time: 5pm – 10pm

Wanted to try some dance classes or have a child who wants to? Drop into Dance Theatre of Ireland’s Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire for a night of free taster classes, including: hip hop, modern dance, contemporary dance, well-dance for seniors, tango, zumba and more.

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

With four exciting exhibitions, you can visit Viking and Medieval Dublin, see archaeology as a history hunter and climb the medieval St Michael’s Tower. A chance for the family to see Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages.

Time: 5.30pm – 8pm

Calling all budding artists – artists Mary Conroy and Kate O’Kelly present a family-friendly workshop. They will use 2D flat-pattern paper nets to construct geometric 3D shapes to create personalised, decorated paper forms that participants can take home. Also, there will be ‘play with clay’ for all the family.

Time: 6pm – 10pm


At this family fun workshop, Marianne Slevin will teach people how to transform their beach finds into works of art. It’s a drop-in event for all ages – you’re invited to bring your finds, though some material will be provided.

Time: 5pm – 7pm.


Magic and mythology, light and darkness, good and evil are balanced in this enchanting film about the tale of Brendan, Brother Aidan and the Vikings.  A visually beautiful animated film from Directors Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey with the voice cast of Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Mick Lally and Christen Mooney.

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm


Join the team at the Everyman theatre on MacCurtain Street for family fun featuring storytelling, singing and dancing from this year’s Panto, Beauty and The Beast. Expect balloons, face painters and plenty of fun. Booking is not required.

Time: 3pm – 6pm


Wonder through the medieval streets of Athenry and discover fairies in the library, a pop-up string quartet, drummers in the market square and music in the heritage centre. Expect a range of free cultural activities for all the family to enjoy.

Time: 5pm – 10pm


The McCormack Puppets invites you to join them in a double bill of an Irish take on Beauty and The Beast and the classic story of Punch and Judy. To avoid disappointment you’re advised to book in advance by calling Tullamore Library on 057 9346832.

Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm


Friday night will feature a drop-in family-friendly workshop for children from 5-12 years. Be inspired to create your own self portrait – with colourful materials provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Time: 5pm – 7pm.


Join artist-in-residence Jim Russell in the Art Café from 4pm to 8pm as he sculpts imaginary friends and creatures. A free family event.

Time: 4pm – 8pm


The young performers of Wexford Artists Community Theatre present devised work inspired by the title ‘At this moment in time, this is what makes me tick’. The organisers say they want this performance to express the inspirational thoughts and expressions of the young performers. “A performance of positivity, dreams, humour, joy and creative solutions to problems they did not create but are forced to live with,” they say.

Time: 7pm – 7.30pm

For the full rundown of what’s happening on Culture Night, visit the official site.

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