EMBRACE THE MAGIC — LORD MAYOR CLLR TONY FITZGERALD
Culture Night is one of those occasions which showcases Cork city at its very best. Literally, it is a city on the move. You could sit outside City Hall, at Emmet Place, at UCC or any number of sites and just ‘people watch’: watch throngs of people move, by foot or by bus, from venue to venue soaking up what the night has to offer. Families, groups of friends, couples on a romantic night out and intrepid culture vultures who rather Culture Night solo: they all come out to experience the 220 or so events that the city has on offer at the 113 plus venues that will take part this year.
Part of the magic of Culture Night is how the citizens of Cork embrace it. In the run-up to the event, you’ll be asked by so many people ‘what’s on at City Hall?’, ‘what would you recommend? ‘what’s the big event this time?’. This year, it’s expected there will be up to 50,000 visits to the different sites with everything from music, performance, literature, film heritage and the visual arts on offer. Venues will be open after hours until late.
Cork has an international reputation as a vibrant city of festivals and culture with Cork City Council supporting up to 40 festivals and funding up to 24. You can meet somebody on holidays in Spain and mention Cork and they’ll smile knowingly ‘Aah, the Cork Jazz Festival?’. The Choral Festival, the Cork International Short Story Festival, the Cork Film Festival, the Cork Midsummer Festival, they’re all part of what makes Cork a great city to live in.
Cork City Culture Night holds a special place in the city’s cultural year as it’s like a party where there’s something different going on in every room. Walking around town, popping into random events opens our eyes’ to the what’s on offer all year round — sometimes we’re all so busy that we miss them.
For people that don’t fancy walking the city, Bus Éireann is providing free Culture Buses leaving City Hall and the bus journeys will include music and poetry. There is also an extensive Irish language programme and sign language (ISL) interpreted tours of the Lord Mayor’s Chambers and Elizabeth Fort. Musical performances by the SCRUBS choir at CUH will bring culture to patients and their families.
There’s extensive collaboration across the city between groups and organisations with North Main Street Traders and St. Peters hosting a street-wide line-up including film screenings of the Young Offenders, musical performances, storytelling and Young Offenders inspired window installations. City Hall is probably the heart of Culture Night. The Concert Hall will be transformed into a cinema with a great programme of screenings presented by Cork Film Festival including the Irish classic War of the Buttons and a series of Irish language shorts.
There will be a Gala Showing of the movie Maze, which was filmed in Cork, followed by a Q&A with Director Stephen Burke, cast, and crew. Every space at City Hall will be used with music performance from Music Generation and dance workshops from Making Moves in Millennium Hall; a Chinese painting exhibition plus demonstration and talks in the Atrium; music performances on the plaza and tours of the Lord Mayors Chambers. And don’t forget, it’s all free!
See visit www.culturenightcork.ie
GO OUT AND ENJOY IT — MAYOR OF THE COUNTY, CLLR DECLAN HURLEY
This is the seventh year of Culture Night in County Cork, and with 100 free arts and cultural events in over 40 towns and villages around the county it’s the biggest yet.
I’m really looking forward to attending some of these events. Here are some of my highlights…
West Cork: Clonakilty Community Arts Centre is hosting a week of creative, fun and informative workshops, building up to the finale event with community music practicioner, John Bowker, on Culture Night. The arts centre is also one of the venues for the ‘Marking Time Art Trail’ and Clonakilty Comhaltas will also perform in Astna Square on the night. Also in Clonakilty, Rossmore Theatre will bring Irish revolutionary history to life with dramatic readings of poetry, speeches and song in Michael Collins House.
In Dunmanway Comhaltas host an evening of trad music, song, set dancing and storytelling in the old farmhouse setting of Sam Maguire Homestead, while Dunmanway Cultural Treasure Trail will allow you to try out traditional crafts and take you around the town to exhibitions, music performances and ringing the community bells.
The charming new Store of Memories Museum in Inchigeela will open late especially (9pm - 10pm) and host a lamplight storytelling of 1913 voyage to Australia.
Ballingeary Pipe Band invite you to meet their members, discuss the various instruments and even give one try. Afterwards they will treat you to a parade through the town. If it’s choral music you’re after, you’re spoiled for choice between Bantry Community Choir performing in Bantry Library and Accapellabella opening up the festivities at the Drimoleague Singing Festival.
North Cork: Doneraile House welcomes you to an outdoor performance of ‘The Tayman’ by Jack Healy with music from The Northern Stars.
Culture vultures in Mallow will have a jam-packed evening with poetry readings from local poets and special guest Gerry Murphy, cultural cafes extending their opening hours for music performance, a taster workshop from Lightbulb Youth Theatre, and an evening concert in St. James Church.
Charleville offers Traditional Irish Music in the Schoolyard Theatre and Arts Centre on the Old Limerick Road from 7pm to 8.15 pm.
The Glanworth Community Centre will host the Glanworth players from 8.30pm to 11pm, who present ‘Embracing our Culture’.
Gaeilgeoirí Chois Móire will host an evening of Irish language, song and stories in Fermoy Youth Centre.
Mitchelstown Young Filmmakers are screening short films made during the Cork Young Filmmakers workshops alongside other award winning films.
The Cork Adult Education Centre, New Street, Macroom will hold the following from 5pm to 11pm: Art Exhibition; storytelling with Pat Speight; Blas nu Gaeilge: Amhránaíocht na Mumhan le Caitllín Ni Bheaglaíoch; a performance from Macroom Community Choir; and a session with songwriter Ger Wolfe.
South & East Cork: There is an amazing evening of traditional music in Ballincollig Shopping Centre performed by Ballincollig Comhaltas and a screening of short films by local filmmakers in the Gunpowder Mills.
St Multose Church, Church Street, Kinsale hosts an evening of orchestral music. Kinsale Amateur Orchestra Society will perform in collaboration with members from Comhaltas Ballinspittle, as well as several singers from Kinsale Further Education College, as well as primary school children and students from Kinsale Music Academy as well The Amoroso String Quartet.
St Marys Collegiate College, Youghal hosts a celebration of Youghal’s culture with opening proceedings by The Reverend Edwin Hunter; performance by Youghal Choral Society; history of St Mary’s Collegiate Church from Norman McDonald; and a talk on famous Youghal Artists by Mary Roach.
There are many more events see www.culturenightcorkcounty.ie
As Mayor of the County of Cork, I would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals involved.
Culture Night runs Friday September 22, from 5pm to 11pm.