Kid’s, Culture Club is Open!

Cork Culture Night 2017 has something to suit all the family, from under 5s, to teens and young adults.

Cork City Culture Night 2017 on Friday, 22nd September, a free city-wide event will showcase the vast cultural spectrum that exists in our beautiful city.  Not only will it cater to the adult Culture fans of Cork, it will also appeal to the future generations, the Kids Culture Club of Cork.

Keeping the children entertained on the day will be no issue with free events from 12 noon right up until 11pm, with a vast array of cultural experiences for our musical munchkins, creative kittens, film fanatics, history enthusiasts and more.

Kick off the day 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 Cork’s youths.

If dance is your thing, then Millennium Hall will also have 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.

While you’re over that side of town, pop in to the Big Screen at City Hall Concert hall, which is sure to thrill the whole family, starting with a screening of ‘The Eagle Huntress’ at 3.30pm. This beautiful 2014 film follows a 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. Following this the Irish classic, ‘War of the Buttons’, which comes with a 12A rating, will be shown at 5.15pm and at 7pm a series of Irish language shorts will be played.

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.

For children under five, the Glucksman at UCC Campus will play host to their Under the Sea art workshop from 3pm where the kids can create all types of sea creatures in the surrounds of the Glucksman Gallery Foyer which will be transformed into the deep blue sea with jellyfish, turtles, tropical fish, seahorses and much more. Just beware of the shark!

Cork Teens can then then head off on a Sail the Seven Seas teen art workshop with the Glucksman team, where they will walk across the river on an aquatic adventure to Fitzgerald’s Park. Down by the River Lee, stop off at their printmaking workshop that looks at the coral reef, discover shipwrecks in their construction workshop and help them finish their giant Blue Whale collage.


If your little ones prefer to get colouring, then Cork City Library is the place to be at 5pm for Culture Colour, ArtLink’s Giant Sized Colouring book or why not bring work with colour in a different manner and bring them to the Backwater Artists Group, Wandesford Quay for a Stained Glass workshop from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

For the little foodies in your life, The Youth Café Network of Cork will host an International Cookery Demonstration at Cork City Partnership, 46a Spriggs Road, Gurranabraher cooking dishes from all over the world, as well as an arts and crafts corner for children.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said, “Culture Night is one of those occasions that really is for everyone and you will see this across the City on the night and within the breath of our programme, with over 200 events and 113 venues taking part. There is even a special performance by SCRUBS the workplace choir, in the Cardiac Renal Centre Atrium, Cork University Hospital where they will also be hosting an exhibition of new art where all donations will go to CUH. It demonstrates how inclusive Culture Night really is.”

Not only will there be something for every age and every taste, but if the family simply wants to soak up the Culture Night atmosphere around the city, North Main Street will be the perfect place for a family 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 of the family, with more fantastic events taking place all over the city for FREE.  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.