Pictures: Culture Nights gets underway across Cork

Pictures: Culture Nights gets underway across Cork
Enjoying the Space Exhibition during Cork City Culture Night 2019 are Ailbhe, Peter, Karen and Lùì O'Hanlon with Priyanka Decastro, Ballincollig, at City Hall, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The hills of Cork are alive – with the sound of music, theatre, poetry, fireworks, laughter and conversation, as thousands of people descended on the city for this year’s eagerly anticipated Culture Night.

Veronica Stuart, Alice O’Sullivan, Noreen Lawlor, Kathleen O’Mahony and Deirdre McCarry, Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane
Veronica Stuart, Alice O’Sullivan, Noreen Lawlor, Kathleen O’Mahony and Deirdre McCarry, Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane

The celebratory evening introduced an eager audience to a vast array of events that were held in venues, streets and public spaces across the city and county.

Orla Barren of Bishopstown at a woodwork class at Benchspace as part of Cork City Culture Night, 2019. Picture: Clare Keogh 
Orla Barren of Bishopstown at a woodwork class at Benchspace as part of Cork City Culture Night, 2019. Picture: Clare Keogh 

Visitors arrived in their droves over the course of the evening to soak up the atmosphere on one of the most magical nights of the year, during which Cork officially ‘wrapped up in culture’ as the revelry continued well after dark. 

Eoin, Aoibhínn and Nessa Cotter, Ballinhassig in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane
Eoin, Aoibhínn and Nessa Cotter, Ballinhassig in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane

But as always, younger culture vultures were also well catered for before the night owls hit the town, with storytelling, face painting, creative workshops and puppet shows on offer throughout the day.

BOSCO with Author of Asking For It Louise O'Neill and Cork County Culture Night Ambassador and star of the Young Offenders, Demi Isaac Oviawe in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane
BOSCO with Author of Asking For It Louise O'Neill and Cork County Culture Night Ambassador and star of the Young Offenders, Demi Isaac Oviawe in County Hall, Cork for the Cork County Council Culture Night celebrations. Pic Darragh Kane

With so much to be explored on Culture Night across the entire city, which now incorporates areas within the new city bounds such as Ballincollig and Glanmire, Bus Éireann once again came up trumps this year, providing free Culture Buses during peak activity time. 

Oisin Barren of Bishopstown learnng to laser cut with Aidan Killeen at a woodwork class at Benchspace as part of Cork City Culture Night, 2019. Picture: Clare Keogh 
Oisin Barren of Bishopstown learnng to laser cut with Aidan Killeen at a woodwork class at Benchspace as part of Cork City Culture Night, 2019. Picture: Clare Keogh 

The dedicated bus service, which featured live music while in transit, began at 7pm on the night and operates until 10pm, with buses leaving approximately every 20 minutes from the three Culture Stops at City Hall, ensuring those visiting the city covered maximum ground on their cultural trail.

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