CULTURE vultures swooped on Cork city last night for a feast of arts and entertainment.
At City Hall, the obsession with the hit television show, Strictly Come Dancing, was the inspiration behind a special Culture Night ‘Come Dancing’ event.
The event featured several modern and classical dance styles, with demonstrations of international routines of the Argentine tango and swing dancing.
The extravaganza was presented by Cork City Council and featured Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra, the Declan Roche School of Dance, Cork Argentine Tango and Cork Swing Dance.
Gerry Kelly of the Cork Pops Orchestra said: “As Ireland’s only community orchestra, we have played many large-scale projects in the past, such as the annual UCC Strauss Ball, the annual Doc Noonan Ball, the Tour de France and the Port of Cork Maritime festival to name a few, but there is something special about being part of this all-inclusive, widespread night of culture.”
Another crowd puller was the production of Swan Lake on Emmet Place, which took place outside the former dance studio of the renowned Joan Denise Moriarty.
The props for the eye-catching performance included street furniture and items made by Cork Textiles Network.
Across Patrick Street, crowds also flocked to the English Market to combine food with culture. From 6.30pm, the market’s aisles were rocking to traditional and jazz music from Bochtan, Torcan and Quango Rhineheart. The manager of The English Market Órla Lannin said: “Culture Night is a significant event that we look forward to every year. The feeling in The English Market is always electric as both visitors and traders enjoy engaging in this special atmosphere.
“The love of tradition, the distinctive character and the enormous positivity synonymous with Cork is absorbed all at once in The English Market on Culture Night. We are delighted to welcome visitors of all ages who greatly enjoyed the food, the music and the festivities. Culture Night in Cork goes from strength to strength every year. The huge crowd we saw in The English Market tonight is a testament to the event’s ever-growing popularity on Leeside.”
Also among the huge number of attractions across the city last night were Tours by Torchlight at the Glucksman Gallery, a book club called Picture Books at Civic Trust House and the Press Photographers of Ireland exhibition at AIB on Patrick Street. In total, more than 250 events took place at 130 venues across the city and county, with special hop-on-hop-off Culture Buses transporting people to the hotspots.
As the city celebrated Culture Night, more than 6,300 homes and businesses suffered a power outage last night which affected Patrick’s Street, MacCurtain Street and parts of the northside including St Luke’s and Gurranabraher.
The power cut occurred at around 8.20pm. According to the ESB the issue was a fault at Liberty Street. The power was brought back by midnight last night.