Events are underway across Cork city and county this evening to mark a “re-imagined” Culture Night.
The annual celebration usually sees buildings across Cork open their doors for a wide range of events, however, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that there are some changes this year.
Many events are taking place online, but a range of physical events are also taking place, albeit, with restrictions.
More than 60 events are taking place in the city today.
Amongst the many in person events this evening- Crawford Art Gallery will have a range of activities to suit all ages this evening featuring musical performances and there is also a virtual online tour available.
Cork City Libraries are beginning bringing poetry and prose from the book CorkWords to the streets of the city with the ‘words on windows’ trail.
St Peter’s will host a walk through of its Cork 1920 – The Burning of a City exhibition.
The wide range of physical events in the county include Culture Night Ambassador Katie Holly’s debut performance of Pageant at The Schoolyard Theatre in Charleville, ‘Wall to Wall Art’ at the Gallery Kinsale, heritage tours of the Clock Gate Tower and St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Youghal, portrait painting and performance on the street in Doneraile and visual and aural treats at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh.
In Carrigaline, ‘The Gallery’ – a temporary pop-up exhibition space that has been transformed and curated by the newly formed Owenabue Arts Collective has opened to the public having been transformed from a vacant retail unit to a bright and beautiful arts space.
Speaking at the launch this evening, founding member of the Owenabue Arts Collective Mary Murphy, thanked Cork County Council for their support, and expressed her excitement at what is in store for the Collective over the weeks and months ahead:
“We would like to thank Cork County Council and the elected members for their support in securing this premises and providing supports for the organisation of Culture Night. We particularly welcome the funding support received through the Creative Ireland ‘Pop-Up’ Scheme. We look forward to the future as we seek to establish the collective, welcoming more artists on board, and looking to establish ourselves in Carrigaline in the longer term.”
Ian McDonagh, Cork County Council Arts Officer, noted the value that this Collective will bring to the Arts sector in Carrigaline, and noted the strong response from local artists that will stand to ensure that this temporary exhibition will have a long term impact on the cultural scene in Carrigaline:“Although this space is temporary, I have no doubt that this collective will prove a permanent feature on the Arts scene in the Carrigaline Area. I hope that this exhibition will provide the opportunity for the group to grow and develop and encourage other local artists to engage with the collective. I hope to see another premises become available to the artists, as a space such as this is an invaluable addition to Carrigaline’s cultural landscape”.
Full details of the events in the city are available from: www.culturenightcork.ie while details of events in the county are available on culturenightcorkcounty.ie.