So long, Heritage Week welcome, Culture Night

By Hayden Moore

Now that the week-long celebration of local heritage is coming to a close, South Dublin is gearing for a night full of celebration for creativity, culture and the arts.

The annual all-island event has only grown exponentially since the inaugural event back in 2006, but now 13 years on, some 400,000 people attend events and visit museums, galleries, artists’ studios and historical sites among others things on the night.

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With 12 different places recognised on the Culture Night website across South Dublin for hosting events, locals will have a difficult time finding something that does not suit them when the night commences on September 20.

In Clondalkin, there will be three guided tours of Brú Chrónáin taking place, with the first commencing at 4.30pm from the Round Tower Visitor Centre while there will also be a tour kicking off at 7pm in Muintir Chrónáin that will be followed by a set of Céilí, traditional Irish music and a cúpla focal for all levels from 8.30pm.

The Fanzini Brothers, masters of street and circus performance, will entertain crowds in Tallaght Library from 6.30pm following the launch of the book, ‘Where Do You Think You Are From?’, at 4pm which was created by a bunch of local 5th Class pupils.

The Civic Theatre is hosting a series of free events from 5pm, bringing people on a behind-the-scenes tour of the building full of loads of show-stopping surprises with more interactive events and music taking place on the evening.

Between 4pm and 11pm there will be guided tours of St Maelruain’s Church, as Tom Shortt, Arts Officer and Coordinator of the Irish Prison Education Services Arts Education Programme brings crowds on a walk-through of the Open ‘Minds’ exhibition in Rua Red.

In Lucan Library from 5.30pm, there will be a presentation for children who took part in the Summer Stars reading programme, and some family entertainment before the building gets filled by the beautiful voices of Lucan Gospel Choir.

There are more events too, with lots of the events taking place across the night needing to be pre-booked in advance because of the demand, see www.culturenight.ie/events/dublin for further information.

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