Action! Culture Night’s Film and Music line-up is aMAZEing!

City Hall’s Concert Hall has the scene set for a jam-packed film extravaganza on Culture Night, with its most anticipated, and booked-out screening at 8.30pm.

Presented in association with Film In Cork, inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP Maze, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II, MAZE has been a huge draw to City Hall on Cork City Culture Night 2017.

MAZE is directed by Stephen Burke and features Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward and Martin McCann. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Stephen Burke and Actor Barry Ward.

To add to the popularity and interest in this screening, a one off exhibition of behind the scenes photographs of MAZE by Cork based photographer Marcin Lewandowski, will also be on display in the foyer of the Concert Hall, City Hall (from 3.30pm to 10 pm).  Photographs offering a unique perspective of the making of a film usually stay hidden for years in filmmakers’ libraries due to various copyright and contractual agreements but thanks to kindness of Mammoth Films, Cork City Council will bring you this small exhibition as a one off event.


If film buffs aren’t lucky enough to snap up one of the remaining forty tickets for MAZE, there will be plenty to choose from on the Big Screen in Cork’s City Hall on the day.

At 3.30pm, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (subtitled), Directed by Otto Bell and presented by Cork Film Festival follows 13-year-old Mongolian girl Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her family to become an eagle hunter.

Then at 5.15pm, the cast of WAR OF THE BUTTONS (12A) are said to reunite at the screening of their film in celebration of the 24 years since its debut.  Directed by John Roberts and presented by Cork Film Festival this classic family favourite produced by West Cork’s David Putnam is definitely one not to miss.

GEARRSCANNÁIN GAEILGE-IRISH LANGUAGE SHORTS (subtitled) presented by Cork Film Festival will also be running at various times from 7pm on the night.  This programme of Irish language shorts, features a mix of live action and animation, including work by the Cartoon saloon, makers of the wonderful Song of the Sea. In association with IFI Irish Film Archive and funded by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, the films featured will include; YU MING IS AINM DOM , FLUENT DYSPHASIA, AN DÍOG IS FAIDE, CÚILÍN DUALACH and EL TORO.

Also, The Gate Cinema will be screening Cork’s hit movie THE YOUNG OFFENDERS at 6.30pm. North Main Street has also pulled together to present a number of events and installations all the way down the street from 5pm to 8pm that will entertain all ages. The business owners and residents have joined to create street wide window installations inspired by The Young Offenders and the essence of Culture Night.

Speaking of the wide range of film and music events for Cork Culture Night 2017, Trish Murphy, Events Manager from Cork City Council said “Yet again we are hitting the high notes with all of our film and musical offerings for Cork Culture Night 2017.  We are so excited to have the cast and crew of MAZE actually in attendance for a Q&A at the end of their screening, as well as the cast of War of the Buttons for their reunion.  As for the musical line-up, the city is going to be a-buzz from noon to midnight like nothing we have ever seen before.  The atmosphere in our Cultural City of Cork will be second to none”


While the film line up will bring you on adventures to far off lands, the music that Cork will have to offer is certain to soothe your soul.

Kick off your musical journey at City Hall Millennium Hall, from 12pm to 1.30pm with inclusive music and brass band performances and demonstrations of assistive music-making technologies.  Presented by SoundOUT, School of the Divine Child, Music Mash-Up and Mahon Community Concert Band (Cork Academy of Music) in partnership with Music Generation Cork City, this event is certainly one to tantalise the musical taste buds of Corkonians.

Or if you prefer a concert; rock and pop bands, rappers, traditional Irish music groups and brass bands will be playing in force at Millennium Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This melange of music magic will be presented by Youth Work Ireland Cork, SoundOUT, Music in Community, GMC Beats, Club Ceoil Knocknaheeny (Creative Tradition), Barrack Street Youth Band and Ballyphehane Youth Project in partnership with Music Generation Cork City.

Join in on a free jazz improvisation workshop at Cork Academy of Music (in partnership with Music Generation Cork City), Griffin Burke Building, North Monastery Campus, North Monastery Rd from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. This event is open to musicians of all ages and instruments from intermediate to advanced playing ability.

Then head over to Cork Community Art Link, 71 Watercourse Road, Blackpool from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for free music workshops on the Cork Community Gamelan, presented by Music Generation Cork City in partnership with UCC. No musical experience necessary.

And to ‘round’ off your musical experiences, sit in on the latest in a series of talk and performance events from #CorkLoves Music at The Roundy, Castle Street from 5:00pm – 11:59pm. Designed to open up discussion and provide a place to share ideas in Cork music, and the second in a series of events on the current situation facing Cork’s musical and artistic practitioners.


As the city lights up with music, film and art, some of the city’s most important musicians and facilitators, from festivals to labels, will converge at The Roundy to share their experiences in the arts in Cork.  Accompanying the discussion will be live performances from Corkman Andy Wilson & guests, one-man anti-folk outfit The Poor Decisions, with more performers to be announced in due course.

Not only will there be something for every age and every taste, but if revellers simply wants to soak up the Culture Night atmosphere around the city, North Main Street will be the perfect place for a stroll, with street performances from Pitc’d  Circus Arts Festival, musicians, story tellers and fantastic shop window instillations.

This is just a taste of what is to come for all, with over 200 FREE events across over 100 city venues.  To book your ticket for MAZE or any other events, visit or for more information on Cork City Culture Night 2017, visit or keep up-to-date with programme additions by following the conversation online #corkculturenight2017 and #LOVECulture. Check out Facebook\corkcityarts or Twitter @corkcityarts. Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Cork City Council.