Ireland celebrates Culture Night: Friday September 16, 2016

It’s a fact that Ireland’s economy is growing. More than that, the IT sector is continuously expanding, we have it all from the biggest players in the industry (to name a few Amazon, Google, Ericsson, Facebook, LinkedIn) to the brightest start-ups. By far we are the biggest IT hub in Europe and that’s why we attract IT specialists from all over our continent and more. In the last few years Ireland has become a very diverse cultural nation.

At e-Frontiers Our technical IT recruiters come from near and far including Romania, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Uruguay.

To celebrate our diverse cultures, the doors are freely open to many of our Nation’s historic buildings, cultural, arts and music events to celebrate Culture Night. And for this we’ve compiled a list of some events to suit all tastes and ages, so get out there and enjoy the craic this Friday 16th September.

Liberties & Historic Quarter

Start off with with a tour of Historic Christ Church Cathedral. Although you may not find it the ideal location for children’s storytelling, you’ll be invited to explore the medieval 12th century crypt. A silent film screening accompanied by the Christ Church Cathedral Assistant Organist. Outside there’ll be food stalls and local tours on offer. 

Now if story-telling in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral sounds eerie for the younger ones, then head over the the Chester Beatty Library. They have family workshops where you can create your own origami zoo or foam pufferfish (timings between 5:30 and 6:45pm). Other activities include drawing packs for 3-11 year olds and they also have stuff for those teens to adults. If you can be pulled away from all this making and drawing fun then finish take a tour of the Library’s treasures.


If you’ve visited the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll know about our famous Pint of the Black Stuff. Guinness has been part of the fabric of our city, not only in our pubs where you’ll know about having the craic. Guinness is collaborating with street photographer Timi Ogunyemi who has created a collection of photographs inspired by Timi’s unique view of our city, it’s people and hidden gems. The exhibition is at The Open Gate Brewery, James's Street, Dublin 8 where Timi will be there to chat about the inspiration behind his collection. I must warn you that this will be popular so booking is essential. Email them at: [email protected] to book. You must be over 18 to attend.



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Timi Ogunyemi

Monto & The North Georgian Quarter

So now for a bit of our national sports, on the north side of our city to Monto & The North Georgian Quarter where GAA, Our Traditional Sports won’t disappoint: Take a guided tour of Croke Park and immerse yourself in our sporting and cultural heritage. Visit the GAA Museum and enjoy a hurley-making demo, museum exhibits and Interactive Skills Zone. Enjoy the new exhibition "Ireland's Olympians" which celebrates the achievements of the nation's sportsmen and sportswomen and includes Olympic medals and memorabilia from 1924-2012. Online booking is essential. 

Croke Park Museum

Celebrate Brazilian culture over at the Phoenix Park & Museum Quarter Performing arts where MaSamba promotes Brazilian music, performing with an experienced drumming and dancing troupe dressed in dazzling authentic costumes. 


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Temple Bar & Creative Quarter on the South side 

Photography Archive at Brick Alley Café at 25 Essex St East, Temple Bar, D2. Follow Anthony Cassidy’s journey through Dublin of the depressive 80’s and boom of the early 2000’s when Dublin wasn’t known for its diverse cultures and where the word cosmopolitan was a magazine that was swooned over by those seeking the latest styles and fashion. You’ll find some well known Dublin characters in this collection 

From Images of Ireland

If you’re not going to make to all the events why not try Free Culture Night buses provided by Dublin Bus with traditional Irish music programmed by Temple Bar Tardiest. Bus Routes for the night are marked A, B, C and D, running from 6:pm ‘til 11:00pm with last pickup from outermost venues at 11:00 so don’t be a Cinderella and miss the last bus because we don’t grow very big pumpkins in Ireland.

Culture Night on Dublin Bus

For those smaller people ages 5 upwards The Ark,  A cultural Centre for Children at 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. I can’t recommend The Ark enough for children as I have made many visits there myself with my own children. Whether it’s Culture night or not, go there, your kids will love it. For Culture Night there’s a special Meet the Animators event. Meet professional animators, ask them questions, watch animation demos and try out some simple animation techniques! Sessions are short enough running for 30 minutes. Tickets are available from 10am on the day, on a first come first served basis. Time slots: 3.30pm, 4.15pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm, 6.45pm. 

The Ark, Dublin


Windmill lane Recording Studios, Synonymous with U2, the world famous Windmill Lane Recording Studio has been a constant and important fixture in the development of music in Ireland and has hosted artists such as The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Spice Girls, and more recently Lady GaGa, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Hozier and Kodaline. For Culture Night 2016, the studios will open their doors and welcome the public inside for one night only for a very special evening of events. 

Windmill Lane, Dublin

Dawson Street

Tower Records 7 Dawson St, Dublin 2 is synonymous to Dublin as Motown is to Detroit – well nearly – well we are allowed exaggerate a little! Tower records have been providing Dubliner’s with music since 2003 and promoting best of Young Irish musicians.  

The Black Bank Folk playing at 6pm with tracks from their debut album, ‘Rising’. The album delves into the human stories of the 1916 Rising.  Followed at 6:45 with Booka Brass Band. This should be a good show all round with Booka Brass Band releasing their highly anticipated debut album ‘Chilled Milk’. This New Orleans style eight- piece band have previously brought the party to Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Body & Soul with excellent covers from Beyoncé (‘Crazy in Love’) to name a few. Well worth a visit.

At the end of a long evening

We’re suggesting you finish off the evening around Trinity & South Georgian Quarter with some craic agus ceol in whatever language and culture you choose.

With over 150,000 Polish people now living in Ireland head over to the Irish Polish Society at 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. You’ll be welcomed here where the purpose of this society is to promote friendship and integration between Polish and Irish communities through social and cultural activities. There’s an Art exhibition, Polish food and music. Learn more about Polish culture and traditions. 

After trying out some new words in Polish why not try some ceol as Gaeilge (singing in our Irish language) and experience a céilí (Irish dancing) while listening to live Irish traditional music. The céilí will take place in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, from 9.30pm to 10.30pm and promises to be a great night full of ceol & craic!

Céilí Dancing

Or if it’s more Flamenco and Tango that rocks your pretty castanets then visit Instituto Cervantes at Lincoln House, Lincoln Pl, D2 along with some sampling of Spanish and Latin-American dishes. There’s flamenco and tango demonstrations that you’ll be welcome to join in. Also Children’s workshops and games will run from 5.30pm-7.30pm.


So get out there this Friday September 16 and enjoy what Dublin has to offer. 

Compiled by Siobhan Bradford

Flamenco and Tango at Instituto Cervantes

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