The best events you must attend during Culture Night 2022

Culture Night 2022 is finally here as the nation prepares to indulge in the best of Irish arts on September 23.

With over 1,000 events taking place across the country, this Friday looks to be our biggest celebration of the arts yet.

Launched in 2006, Culture Night highlights all our favorite things that make Ireland special. Including music, dance, literature, comedy, sports and more.

Culture Night 2022 is finally here as the nation prepares to indulge in the best of Irish arts on September 23. Photo: Julien Behal Photography

After attracting 1.1 million people last year, the national event, organized by the Arts Council in partnership with local authorities and organisations, will seek to connect more people with their artistic side.

In a year that includes the new Culture Night Late, giving public events that go on late into the night, it can be a bit daunting to decide what to go for. Do not be afraid ! We here at Extra.ie have a guide to all the events you don’t want to miss.

If you can’t leave the house, RTE will broadcast the event described by organizers as “a national moment, celebrating all that is rich and diverse in culture in Ireland today” live from the Midlands.

Performers Lisa O’Sullivan and Mike (Tosh) O’Sullivan, who feature in Dragon’s Tail, by Marie Brett, which is set in the Cork Printmakers Yard on Wandesford Quay for Culture Night. Photo: Clare Keogh

Dublin

The Irish capital offers more than 300 free events for the public. There is plenty to choose from with cathedrals, studios, libraries, parks, museums, galleries and theaters all opening their doors for many exhibitions and tours.

Anyone in Tallaght can catch a live performance of As If By Chance, while Dublin’s Leopold Bloom Press will pay tribute to Ulysees writer James Joyce.

Those near Phoenix Park should learn about the Edwardian period when they visit Farmleigh House or look back on the lives of soldiers on a tour of the National Museum of Ireland. The Trinity Geological Museum’s Story of the Earth exhibit will also be open!

Galway

Galway seems to be one of the best places for this cultural evening. Street performers from Fibin sa Taibhdhearc will parade to the Spanish Arch. On Wednesday evening, at the Town Hall Theatre, those present will soak up music and dance from Palestine and Ireland

The Galway Arts Center will see a live Q&A from the artists of the Array Collective, who will discuss the work of The Druthaib’s Ball. Live music will also be played!

Cartoon fans should head to Galway Distillery for the Galway Cartoon Festival, which includes the launch of the 2022 festival program and an exhibition of ‘Moon Cartoons’.

Cork

Local artists and collectives will take to Cork City Hall, which is a cultural hub for the evening, to perform live music and dancing.

All ghost hunting fans will love the nighttime tour of the paranormal site at the Sirius Arts Center in Cobh. The Circus Factory will open its doors to show how their performances come to life.

Green Party Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin and Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly (L) and Sophia Bikova, Circus Factory Cork Pitch’d Festival on stage at the Sugar Club Dublin for the launch of Culture Night. Photo: Maxwell

If that wasn’t enough, popular Cork band Da Buttera will show people how they rehearse when creating their hits. Don’t forget to make your annual visit to the English Market after dark, where you can browse stalls through famous sites.

The Douglas Library honors lyrics by Rory Gallagher, Taste, Microdisney and the Sultans of Ping, while there will be a performance by the Cork Light Orchestra in Cork City Gaol.

Limerick

The Sionna Festival in Limerick will see King John’s Castle invaded by electronic, hip hop and trad music performed by digital and street artists. The history of St. John’s Cathedral will be explored with a free tour focusing on the iconic stained glass windows.

A series of comedy films written by Limerick Youth Theater and director Myles Breen will be screened in what looks to be a highlight of the festival.

Local musicians, singers and storytellers should head to Glenbrohane Community Hall to show off their talents and drink free tea!

For more information on Culture Night and to see what’s happening in your area, visit this link.

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