Cork Culture Night, taking place on Friday 22nd September, is a fantastic annual event in which culture is made accessible to all with a wide and varied programme of over 200 events in more than 110 venues across Cork City there truly is something to wet all cultural appetites.
Cork Culture Night Partner Bus Éireann will be on-hand to transport revellers the length and breadth of the city from City Hall to areas such as Shandon, Blackrock Castle, Sunday’s Well and Blackpool, making events and venues on the outskirts of the city more easily accessed. These free Culture Buses year on year prove to be a fan favourite among Culture Vultures, as they are transformed for this one night only into mobile venues. This year there will be a mix of live traditional Irish music and spoken word to entertain members of the public who take a trip on the Cork Culture Buses. They will leave approximately every 20 minutes from the three Culture Stops at City Hall. The buses will start at 7pm and the last bus leaves City Hall at 10pm. Not only this, but there will be music at the Bus station too, including performance from Cumann na bPíobairí Uileann Corcaigh /Cork Uileann Pipers Club (5.30pm to 7pm) followed by the samba sounds of Cork City Samba Band (7pm to 7.45pm). The evening wraps up with Douglas Comhaltas at 8pm.
Cork Culture Night is not just an opportunity for established venues and events to showcase their talents, it is also a chance for communities to highlight the fantastic work and projects taking place in their own neighbourhoods. For example, the Connections – Our Creative Journey exhibition on display in the Garden Theatre, Ballyphehane reflects an intergenerational journey of Arts, Crafts, Creativity and Health within the Ballyphehane/Togher community. The work on display is both a written record and a visual map of the connections made through art projects and their work with professional artists over 20 years. It documents the positive influence this ever-evolving vibrant work has made on this community and beyond.
Another community based event taking place for Cork Culture Night is the Cork City Partnerships in Gurranahraher. The Youth Café Network of Cork will be hosting an International Cookery Demonstration with different food from countries all over the world, and the Youth and Community Resource centre, ‘The Hut’ in Guranahabraher Road, will host Secret Hero: Puppet Show written and performed by Syrian, Nigerian and Irish young people.
Cope Foundation, who do amazing work supporting people with Intellectual Disabilities, celebrate their 60th anniversary this Cork Culture Night with arts and cultural talks, presentations and performances from people within Cope Foundation in Montenotte House.
Cork Culture Night is proud to boast one of the most extensive Irish Language programmes across the island of Ireland on Culture Night. For the second year, Culture Night Cork City will include a number of ISL interpreted events including Tours of the Lord Mayors Chambers (5pm and 6.30pm) and Elizabeth Fort 8pm. More of these events comprise of Irish language film shorts, music and literature from renowned Gaeilgeoirí such as Elisa Feiritéar and Jason de Butléir.