As most people will be aware, Culture Night takes place nationwide this Friday (16th September) and we’re delighted to be working with our client, the Irish Research Council, on a programme of activities to mark the night.

The Council is offering a jam-packed schedule of activities in the historic surrounds of Boston College on Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green, with highlights including a magic lantern show, a Nigerian gospel choir and a “Scribblebot” workshop.

Family-Friendly Activities

Younger fans of Culture Night will appreciate the family-friendly nature of the activities on offer, including face-painting throughout the evening and storytelling workshops on “Irish legends and wonder tales” at 5pm and 7pm.

There will also be “Scribblebot” workshops running at 6pm and 8pm, aimed at introducing young people to science, technology, art and design.

Programme Highlights

For older culture-lovers, there will be a range of performances, demonstrations and interactive talks led by researchers funded by the Irish Research Council.  Schedule highlights include:

  • A discussion on and demonstration of modern Ethiopian dance, led by researcher Ras Mikey Courtney (5.45pm in the Walton Room).
  • A recreation of Haddon the Headhunter’s 1890 magic lantern show about the Aran Islands (6.15pm in the Lonsdale Room).
  • A workshop on ‘Music for Deaf Audiences’, led by researcher George Higgs, who will demonstrate how all musical experience involves a ‘sense ensemble’ (7pm in the Lonsdale Room).
  • ‘Queering in the Years’ – a workshop exploring how Ireland’s gay community has been represented in the media over the past 40 years (7.15pm in the Walton Room).
  • A medley of gospel songs performed by the Yoruba Gospel Choir (8.30pm in the Walton Room).
  • A performance of traditional Irish music by concertina-player Jack Talty, who will also discuss how his work as a professional musician complements his research on music-teaching (8.45pm in the Brooke Room).

The full programme of activities is available here.

Partnership with Boston College

One of the really attractive things about the Irish Research Council’s Culture Night programme is that it will give members of the public an exclusive peek inside the historic surrounds of Dublin’s Boston College.

Constructed 270 years ago, this landmark Dublin building retains many of its original features.  As we know from our event-planning recces with the Irish Research Council, it’s a really fascinating place to visit.

The Irish Research Council’s full programme for Culture Night is available at www.research.ie/culture-night.   All their activities and workshops on the night will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

We hope to see you there!