Culture in the practical sense ~ Cork City Culture Night 2017 gets practical with workshops and demos to suit the masses of Cork

Cork City Culture Night 2017 on Friday, 22nd September, presents a free city-wide series of events will showcase the vast cultural spectrum that exists in our beautiful city.  The most fascinating of these events are the hands-on events such as the workshops and demos where all ages can get involved.

Kicking off from 3pm and closing up at 11.59pm, the active and energetic masses of Cork will be spoiled for choice on the night, with an abundance of workshops from the worlds of art, languages,  dance, drama, street theatre, prop making, puppetry, science, astronomy and even a bit of bridge.

For those who fancy themselves as a bit of Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, the below locations all have their dancing shoes ready to rock for the crowds on Cork City Culture Night.


Hit the dance hubs on the Culture Night, from City Hall Millennium Hall, to Firkin Crane, Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, Camara and Crane Lane, you will certainly be kept entertained from 4pm to 11.59pm.

Celebrate Culture Night and the start of your dancing journey at Millennium Hall and MAKING MOVES with Maeve Kelleher and Ally Futto at 4pm which is an exciting dance workshop with a splash of acrobatics! Ages 7+ can join in – no previous experience needed, booking advisable.

Cork’s oldest dance school, Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, 40 Lower John Street will have two performances at 5.30pm and 6.30pm and free dance classes for children at 6pm and 7pm while parents get to browse the display of costumes & photos from their 75 years in business.

Camará Studios, 12B, Watercourse Road, will have demonstrations and class participation in a number of art forms which are taught on a weekly basis in the studio, including Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian drumming, African and Brazilian dances. This will be suitable for all age groups and takes place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

While you’re in the dancing mood, Firkin Crane, Dominic St., Shandon, invites the people of Cork to participate, watch and learn more about dance while learning the history of this unique circular building in Cork’s most historical quarter from 5pm to 9pm.  Then for your final dance destination, Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix Street, will host a Latin night event playing the best in Reggaeton, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata & Samba and a free salsa class from 9pm – 9.30pm followed by salsa music to practice your moves until midnight.


CADA Performing Arts on Pine open to the public to see a class in progress, dancing, singing, acting and all having fun. Aspiring performers are also encouraged to join in on the action between 5pm and 7pm.

At the same time, the UCC Department of Drama & Theatre Studies, Connolly Complex, Western Road will host a series of introductory workshops on approaches to learning through performative practice. These workshops will be participative in nature, giving attendees an opportunity to ‘try out’ drama and theatre in a fun, creative, physically engaging way. Workshops will run at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm in the Drama Lab.

And finally, Dowtcha, Outlaw Artists Studios and Gallery, Unit R2 Marina Commercial Park, Centre Park Road will keep its doors open from 5pm to 10:30pm.  This independent art centre is run by street theatre, prop making and puppetry company Dowtcha, who will be hosting puppet play workshops in the Mick Lynch Theatre. The studios feature a core of visual artists, rock band The Shed, musicians, composers and a recently formed puppetry company; Humble Bee Puppets.


The Cork community is well known for its artistic flair and this has certainly been reflected in the melange of Arts workshops, exhibitions and demos across the city on Culture night.

The National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road has taken the opportunity of Culture Night to launch its new .ART website which is a new public portal that unpacks the history of the NSF since its inception in a playful and interactive way. Activities will be held on the floor in recognition of this launch and visitors will have the opportunity to visit their facilities and artists’ studios from 4pm to 8pm.

City Hall Atrium will play host to ‘Visit Transplanting China in Ireland’: An exhibition of paintings of Chinese plants from Birr Castle Co. Offaly, created by the visiting Chinese Artists Programme 2013 to 2015.  From 6.30pm to 7pm, listen to a talk on Transplanting China in Ireland, presented by Virginia Teehan, Director of Cultural Projects, University College Cork.  Then at 7pm to 7.30pm, join in the discussion and workshop on Chinese painting styles presented by Mr Yongbin Xia, Director, Confucius Institute, University College, Cork and colleagues from the Confucius Institute. Places for this are limited and on a first come bases.

An ‘Open Door’ exhibition, will also be held at Mayfield Arts Centre Newbury House, Old Youghal Road, Mayfield from 5pm to 6:30pm showcasing art work from participants of their many community programmes in 2017.  Visitors will have the chance to see the Cúig artists’ studios and find out what projects the artists are working on and join in fun, interactive creative workshops in their main studio space.

While Sample-Studios, John F Connolly Road, Churchfield, are also giving revellers the opportunity to meet their artists and try their hand at different art-making techniques, while free arts and crafts for kids will run from 5pm.

In the evening time, art aficionados can make their way to the Visions School of Art, Top Floor, Granary House, Rutland Street, between 5pm and 11pm where a series of drop-in creative exercises will be held.  These exercises will stimulate the imaginations of children and adults alike. This is a great event for parents to attend with their children, although playful adults should also attend.

Trish Murphy, Events Manager at Cork City Culture Night 2017, Cork City Council, said: “We love all of our dance, art and drama workshops, exhibitions and demos, but what’s really interesting this year is the unusual – the history, science, psychology, astronomy and space events, as well as learning languages, how to make and print a magazine, and of course, a little game of bridge thrown in there for good measure.  We really are overwhelmed and delighted with the amount of participation across all cultures this year, it’s a must to check out the website for these events. You won’t believe it.”

This is just a taste of the workshops and demos for all of the family, with more fantastic events taking place all over the city for FREE.

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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.