Cork Culture Night will feature 200 free events

Cork Culture Night will feature 200 free events
Ballerina Emily Hayes of Nickys Dance Studio in the Everyman Theatre for the official launch of Cork Culture Night 2017. Picture Darragh Kane

From live music and film to art exhibitions and street performance, there’s plenty to do and see on Culture Night 2017, with 200 free events taking place across the City.

Culture Night returns on Friday, September 22, with plenty of events planned for the night that are sure to showcase the very best the City has to offer. 

City Hall looks set to be transformed into a cinema for the night for a special screening of the eagerly-awaited movie 'Maze'. Inspired by the true events of the 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, 'Maze' stars Tom Vaughan Lawlor, best known for his role as Nidge in the RTÉ One series Love/Hate. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Burke, cast and crew.

North Main Street, the City’s oldest street, will play host to a ‘one-street extravaganza’, with film screenings including 'The Young Offenders', as well as window installations inspired by the film, musical performances and storytelling.

The Cork City Gaol building will host the Cork Light Orchestra, for a performance inspired by the orchestras of the 1920s and 1930s. 

The English Market will also be open late this Culture Night, with a variety of local dishes ready to be sampled by visitors.  

On the outskirts of the city, an evening of stargazing in honour of the completion of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn is due to take place at Blackrock Observatory. 

Speaking at the official launch, Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald said: “We hope to see the Cork culture vultures take to the streets in their droves to experience the best of Cork music, art, film, architecture, craft and history. It is one of my favourite days of the year as I see the city come alive and be celebrated.”

All events on the night are completely free of charge to members of the public; however, some require booking to secure a place. 

For more information on Cork City Culture Night 2017, visit

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