CULTURE NIGHT We would like to thank all concerned for their enthusiasm, hard work and their wonderful expression of cultural spirit

CULTURE NIGHT 2016 All Culture Night events are free for you and your family and friends to enjoy so come along and make the most of this great eveni...
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CULTURE NIGHT 2016 All Culture Night events are free for you and your family and friends to enjoy so come along and make the most of this great evening of fun, interest and the arts. The majority of our events are timed so that you can wander from one to the other and experience the wonderful variety of talent and culture that we have in County Wicklow. We would like to thank all concerned for their enthusiasm, hard work and their wonderful expression of cultural spirit. 2016 marks Wicklow’s 7th year of participation in this national event, and we are sure there will be many wonderful experiences to be had at this year’s Culture Night. Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Wicklow County Council. Jenny Sherwin, Arts Officer


MUSIC AND STORYTELLING Venue: Arklow Library, Main St. Arklow, Co Wicklow Time: 7.30 onward Contact: Phone: 0402 39977 Email: ArklowLibrary@ Booking Required Arklow Library is delighted to present Hello Delia Murphy! which is devised by Carmen Cullen, a niece of Delia Murphy. This tribute offers fascinating insights into the life and extraordinary career of one of Ireland’s singing legends through the medium of song and storytelling. Delia was one of Ireland’s best known recording stars of the thirties and forties and her memory still lives on. Carmen brings songs like If I Were A Blackbird and The Spinning Wheel alive in her aunt’s unmistakable style. During the course of the evening, Carmen tells Delia’s unique story, interspersed with songs made famous by her aunt. Carmen will also perform a dramatised reading from her novel Two Sisters Singing, which is loosely based on the life of Delia Murphy. This event will have great appeal for those who remember Delia Murphy’s songs and who know about her life. Accompanied by Ashford musician Gerry Anderson, this is truly an all Wicklow event. This free ticketed event.


Venue: Arklow Library, Main St. Arklow, Co Wicklow Time: 6:00 onward Contact: Phone: 0402 39977 Email: ArklowLibrary@ Booking Required The Avoca TapestryProject. The project is the work of Catherine Draper and Ann Eustace and was inspired by a visit to the Ferns Tapestries, in Ferns Castle, Wexford. In this Centenary Year, Catherine and Anne, working with twelve other community groups, decided that the tapestries could be part of an exhibition showing the ‘better Ireland’ for which the seven signatories of the Proclamation gave their lives. The result is a beautiful depiction of Avoca and surrounds (19162016.) We hope that you will enjoy looking at the tapestries and that you will visit some of the areas depicted in them. Anne Eustace will speak about the history of the project and the stories behind the individual tapestries.



Venue: Ballyrogan Art Centre Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm Contact: [email protected] Ballyrogan Art Centre is planning a bounty of events for Culture Night. showing of Robert’s film, Lost in the living’, which is having a Cinema release in Germany and a DVD deal. And an open night until 10 PM.


Venue: Arklow Bandstand Time: 7-8pm Contact: bridgetpianoandorgan@ An exploration of Sacred Music through the centuries and how it has evolved over time. With the help of various local artists we hope to do a whistle stop tour of the different styles from the early beginnings to the sacred music of today.



Venue: Arklow Bandstand Time: 9-10pm Contact: http://www.arklowsilverband. com/Contact-the-band.html Founded in Arklow Co. Wicklow, Ireland in 1968, this band has an unusual history. It was established from a very successful boys’ choir which was part of the Arklow Youth Club. While there were previous Brass Bands in Arklow it was many years ago so there was no expertise to call on to help with the development of the band but from such humble origins the band gradually developed and by 1972 began to compete in the lower sections of the Irish Band Championships which were held every year in the Town Hall in Dun Laoghaire, eventually winning the Championship section in 1981. Join us for a bandstand performance this Culture Night.


Venue: East Wicklow Youth Service, Coomie Lane, Arklow Time: 5:00pm Art and Craft workshop for young people aged 12 – 14 7:00pm Music/percussion workshop for ages 14-16 Contact: 0402 39646 or [email protected] Prior Booking Advised: Register putting Culture Night in subject box or call and register with reception East Wicklow Youth Service provides youth café and groups for young people aged between 10 and 25 in the East Wicklow area. This Culture Night they will be hosting an Art and Craft workshop using recyclable materials and percussion workshop using bodhrans and other percussion instruments.


Venue: Meehan Levin’s Building, Riverwalk, Arklow Time: 7-10pm Contact: Solace Studio home of studio pottery; ceramic jewellery; pottery; workshops for kids and grownups; outdoor photo memorials; bespoke ceramic printing & decals invite you to join them for a showcase of local craftsmanship and artists with some live pottery demonstrations this Culture Night. Join the Solace Studio artists Deirdre Burke; Mary Leonard; Helena Brennan; John French (Arklow Studio Pottery) to see their exhibition with other local artists.



Venue: Arus Lorcain, Castle Park, Arklow Time: 5-6pm Contact: francesryanschoolofdance@ ‘Frances Ryan School of Dance’ under the direction of Frances Ryan is based in Arklow Dance Studios, Knockenrahan Industrial Estate and is Arklow’s longest established Dance School. It opened in 1994 and has been training the children & students from Arklow and the surrounding areas ever since. We achieve very high standards in exam results and our students also get to perform on stage in our school productions which take place in St. Mary’s Concert Hall. Many of our past pupils have gone on to become either professional dance teachers or performers. The Studio offers a variety of classes such as, Classical Ballet & Pointe work, Modern Theatre Dance, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre to all children from the age of 3yrs upwards. Contact Frances on 086 3909312 for more details. We are holding a Jazz/Hip Hop workshop for the cultural night in Arklow and it will be designed for the ages of 5yr – 8yrs. Lots of dancing but also lots of fun guaranteed. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. See you there!



Venue: Arus Lorcain, Castle Park, Arklow Time: 6:10-6:50pm Contact: Robert Holden 0871364219 or Anne Shumate 0863442916. Innovations Theatre School: Building confidence, creativity & commitment through theatre. Students from the Arklow School will showcase some of the drama, dance and singing they learn in the weekly classes for ages 5-18. Incorporating a display by the Laura Kitt School of Irish Dance.


Venue: Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: alchemymusicseries@gmail. com Alchemy Music: music-making that connects people. A not-for-profit music in the community initiative supported by Wicklow County Council and the Arts Council A beautiful concert featuring Traditional group Teach a’tSléibhe and special surprise guest performers on the night. Wicklow-based traditional group Teach a’tSléibhe are the intertwining of three elements: Singer Ger Fitzgerald whose eclectic range of songs will enthrall you in melody and lyric with a voice soft and clear as well water. The renowned and masterful uilleann piping of Joe McKenna. The uniquely expressive fiddle playing of Paul Bradley. Like the Mountains of Wicklow, Teach a’ tSléibhe are much more than the sum of their parts.


Venue: Ashford Studios, Ballyhenry, Ashford Time: 6:30pm Contact: [email protected] (Subject Line: Ashford Studios) Comprising three sound stages on 500 acres of pristine rural countryside, Ashford Studios nestles into a landscape that is renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. The purpose-built studio opened for business in June 2012. The Vikings TV drama series for History Channel US was the first project to use the facility and continues to film at the facility. This year Ashford Studios will open its doors to a group of emerging filmmakers for a tour led by owner Joe O’ Connell. The tour will showcase all the studio has to offer and is sure to include some insights into the industry. With Vikings currently filming there may even be an opportunity to see a large scale production in medieval action! Priority Booking for Wicklow Based Emerging Filmmakers.



Venue: Avoca Studio Gallery, Knockanode, Avoca Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Contact: 0402 35555 Avoca Art Studios invite you to join them for a “Pirate Painter – demo and talk”. For Culture Night at the Avoca Studio Gallery, we are hosting a public painting demonstration with a difference. This will be a chance to get a firsthand view Rod Coyne’s current experimental project “Pirate Painter”. Rod will host the informal demonstration with an on-going Q&A throughout.



Venue: Old School Aughrim, Aughrim Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm Contact: [email protected]


Beidh seisiún traidisiúnta á cuir ar siúl ag croabh Anne Devlin, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Aughrim ins an Old School House i leith Oíche Cultúrtha 2016. Beidh bail den craobh ag seinm ceoil agus tá fáilte roimh cách páirt a glachadh nó díreach chun éisteach. Beidh sólaistí ar fáil ag deireadh an seisiún, níl costas ag baint leis an imeacht seo agus tá fáilte roimh an chlann uilig! Anne Devlin branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Aughrim will be holding a traditional music session in the Old School Aughrim for culture night. Members of the branch will be taking part, all are welcome to join in or come and listen. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

HOUSE TOURS &HOUSE RUSSBOROUGH RUSSBOROUGH AND GARDENS HOUSE GROUNDS PARKLANDS Venue: Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:00pm/ 5:30pm and 6:00pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] Three of our award winning house tours will be provided on the evening. Beginning at 5, 5:30 and 6PM participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the 18th century Palladian Mansion and the magnificent collection that it houses. Spaces on the house tours are limited and pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment. The selfguided exhibition area, which tells the story of Russborough House and Parklands, its families and collections, will be open to the public throughout the evening.

Venue: Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: [email protected] Visitors on Culture Night will be able to enjoy Russborough’s maze, fairy trail, parklands and café until 9PM. Please be aware that the grounds must be locked by 9:15PM and last entry to the maze will be at 7:30PM. Pre-book events by email to [email protected]



Venue: The Entrance Hall, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 8:00pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] Marina Carr is a world famous playwright and author, a lecturer in DCU and is currently adapting ANNA KARENINA for The Abbey and has particularly enjoyed writing the libretto for MARY GORDON. As the finale of Wicklow’s Ireland 2016 Commemoration programme Wicklow Arts Office will present a world premiere of Oratorio ‘Mary Gordon’, a new work for massed choirs, solo vocalists, narrator and symphony orchestra at the National Concert Hall in November. This is a major new choral commission where events of 1916 intertwine with folklore and mythology of Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow. World renowned author Marina Carr has created a gothic folktale about a 1916 love story and the flooding of the Poulaphouca Reservoir in Blessington as the basis for this oratorio. On Culture Night Marina will be in Russborough House to read from a selection of her previous works and talk about the experience of being a key member of the creative team bringing us this 1916 choral spectacle. Spaces for this event are limited and pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment.



ERICA DEVINE ‘FROM MOTHBALLS TO ELBOW GREASE’ Venue: The Entrance Hall, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 6:30pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] Erica Devine M.A. Hons., PG. Dip. is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Durham University. She studied ancient history and archaeology, historic and archaeological object conservation. Erica has worked extensively in the areas of conservation and presentation of cultural objects and spaces for the National Museum of Ireland, National Trust UK, Waterford Museum of Treasures and Malahide Castle and many other organisations. Erica Devine will talk about the care and understanding of art, antiques and family heirlooms in the home. Erica will lead you through the care of metals, paintings, furniture and ornaments. Spaces for this event are limited and pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


Venue: The Hippodrome, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 7:15pm – 8:00pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] West Wicklow Voices (formerly West Wicklow Choral Society) was formed in the summer of 2014 by two music students from Maynooth University. Conor O’Reilly took over as conductor in November 2014. The choir has already performed with some of the finest musicians & singers in Ireland as well as with the 2012 Irish Choir of the Year and the Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir. This 6th November West Wicklow Voices will be one of the key choirs performing in the National Concert Hall as part of Wicklow Arts Office 2016 Commemoration Oratorio ‘Mary Gordon’ written by author Marina Carr and based on Blessington in 1916. Following this, West Wicklow Voices travel to Rome to perform in the Irish College this 9th December.


Venue: 3D Cinema, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:30pm & 7:00pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] As part of Ireland 2016 The Community and Education department of the Abbey Theatre, in association with the Department of Education and Skills presents two showings of Me, Mollser by Ali White; a specially commissioned monologue play to introduce The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey to a younger audience, telling the story of the Easter Rising 1916 through the magical power of a performance. Aimed at ages 10+ the play introduces the children to a strong willed and passionate young woman coping with consumption against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out and the Easter Rising. Mollser is a proud Dub struggling to thrive in the overcrowded tenements but having lost none of her curiosity and idealism. Spaces for this event are limited and pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


TELLING TALES: CHILDREN’S STORYTIME Venue: Lady Beit’s Pantry, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Contact: Pre-book events by email to [email protected] Tanya Walsh is a local performance artist with a post-graduate in Drama. Along with her passion for theatre and teaching drama, she runs a book shop with her husband that specialises in Antiquarian, Irish Interest, Literature and Art. Anna Ui Dhalaigh is a local artist and musician who enjoys performing both popular and original songs. She particularly enjoys performing for young audiences and bringing the fun into learning new things. Inspired by the historic setting and house itself, a story related to Russborough will be performed by local performance artist Tanya Walsh and musician Anna Ui Dhalaigh. This promises to be a lively event including an animated and bright narration full of character coupled with musical sound effects and song. This event would be suitable for 5 years plus. Approx. 40 mins in length.



Venue: Court Yard, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: [email protected] Throughout the evening Karen of Firefly Candles will give demonstrations on the art of candle making and lead candle painting for children. Based at Russborough since 2010, Karen makes her hand poured individual candles from natural products including beeswax and soya wax. Karen marries her commitment to natural methods and materials with inspiration from the beauty of the Wicklow countryside.

NATIONAL BIRD OF PREY CENTRE Venue: National Bird of Prey Centre, Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: [email protected] Newly opened at Russborough, the centre’s mission is to aid the conservation and restoration of birds of prey in Ireland through education and awareness. To celebrate Culture Night, the centre will welcome visitors until 9PM. Here you will enjoy a unique opportunity to meet hawks, falcons, eagles and owls from around the world including the recently re-introduced red kite, golden eagle and white tailed sea eagle.

DANCE WORKSHOP FOR LITTLE DANCERS (3-6YRS) Venue: Russborough House, Blessington Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm Contact: [email protected] Nicole Kidd is a Wicklow based dancer. She discovered her love of dance at the age of 3 when she took her first ballet class. Nicole pursued ballet in Ruth Shine School of Dance until the age of 18, completing her ballet grades with the Royal Academy of Dance. She has just recently finished a 4 year dance degree in the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. The embodiment of African, Hip-hop and Contemporary dance has played a significant part in her development as a dancer. Wicklow’s Local Sports Partnership are providing these opportunities to get the littlest Wicklow residents moving. Join Nicole for a mix of modern dance in a workshop for 3 – 6 year olds in Russborough House’s fantastic Hippodrome. Comfortable clothing advised.




Venue: Tramway Theatre, St. Mary’ Senior School, Blessington Time: 8:00pm Contact: blessingtoncomhaltascoislocha Ticket Required CCE Blessington Comhaltas is involved in performing and teaching Irish music to all age groups in the Tramway Theatre, St. Mary’ Senior School, Blessington. To mark Culture Night, join us for a special evening of music and song. Featuring Rachel Conlan (young person of the year award 2015) As ambassador of traditional music, with music links in Sweden and Cape Breton, she will perform tunes from her new CD. Phil Callery of ‘The Voice Squad’ – this is a unique opportunity to hear him sing and play; also ‘MACA’ traditional singers and players from ‘Annúna and Grúpa Ceol from Blessington Comhaltas. This is a ticketed event. Please contact for above for free tickets.


COMPARING BLESSINGTON NOW WITH BLESSINGTON IN 1916 Venue: St. Kevin’s Hall, Blessington Time: 5:00pm Contact: Paul Tyrrell - paul.ias@ or 087-9667886 Blessington & Lakeside 1916 Commemorative Committee is a voluntary group who have organised a range of events in commemoration of the centenary of 1916 including the following; Historical presentations, throughout the Blessington & Lakeside communities, on a 1916 Volunteer in the Rising, Schools art exhibitions with 1916 themes, Community information day, Family Fun Cycle, Music & Drama performances in the local Tramway theatre centered on 1916, A community parade to commemorate 1916 and participation in Culture Night in2016 The idea is to source old photographs of Blessington, through archival and local research, in around the turn of the 20th century. These will be mounted alongside the photographs of Blessington today. The photographs will focus on the architectural and cultural landscape of the town.

OUTPOST ARTIST STUDIOS INVITE AN EXTRAVAGANZA YOU OUT… ART OF COLOUR AND CULTURE AT THE Venue: Bray Seafront & Promenade SCHOOLHOUSE FOR Time: at random Contact: outpostartiststudios@gmail. ART com ART/ FAMILY

Venue: Schoolhouse for Art, The Square, Enniskerry Village Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: schoolhouseforart@ Culture Night will be an extravaganza of colour at the Schoolhouse for Art in the heart of Enniskerry Village. This evening promises to be fun for all the family. We will be presenting taster demos of the wide variety of classes we have on offer at the Schoolhouse for Art. Our excellent tutors will be on hand to answer any questions and explain their particular craft to people on the night. Here at the Schoolhouse for Art it is about so much more than painting, there will be woodcarving, clay modelling, oil and water colour painting, life drawing, Pastels, sculpture heads, 3D paintings and more. For the children there will be printing and some make and do activities. A little light refreshment will add a party atmosphere and once again the Schoolhouse is filled with the delight of learning.

Founded in 2015 by eight Wicklow based visual artists with diverse practices, Outpost Studios is independent and artist-led. On Culture Night, members of Outpost Studios will host/give a public art performance on Bray Seafront… meet us there!


Venue: Signal Arts Centre & Albert Walk Time: 2:30pm – 10pm Contact: [email protected] or 01 076 2039 Prior booking advised: For the children’s workshop in the afternoon Installations along Albert Walk and immediately outside Signal Arts Centre, photographic display from Bray Camera Club, children’s workshop, fancy dress, belly dancers, experimental choir and folk band and the centre will be adorned with a giant octopus, with many more surprises to come!



Venue: Wicklow Wolf Breweries Time: 8:00pm Contact: [email protected] Booking Essential March On Film, Ireland’s Premiere Film Making Competition/Festival, will be holding a screening of a selection of the top short films from the 2016 competition. The concept behind March On Film is simple. Teams must make a short film (3-6 mins long), from start to finish, within the month of March. The competition/ festival attracts film makers of all ages and backgrounds from across Ireland. On September 18th we will be screening a selection of the finalist films from the 2014/2015 competitions. From horror and comedy to romance and drama, this list of shorts will cover all genres of film and allow audiences to see shorts from some of Ireland’s best up and coming film makers. There will be two 1 hour screenings and places will be limited to 25 people per screening so be sure to book ahead by emailing [email protected].


BRAY LIBRARY: JACKIE BURKE– LITERATURE/ FAMILY Venue: Bray Library, Eglinton Road, Bray Time: 3:30pm Contact: 01 286 2600 Booking necessary for this event. Jackie Burke will be reading from her new book which is part of the “Secrets of Grindlewood” series. Children will be thrilled to hear what happens next in Book 4. The reading is aimed at the 8 to 11 age group & parents are welcome to accompany children to the event. There will be a Q & A session with Jackie after her reading. Lucky listeners will also get a free bookmark to celebrate the launch of Book 4 in October.



Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre Gallery Time: 6pm Contact: or 01 72 4030 Exquisite Wicklow painter, Helen G Blake focuses on colour engaging with rhythm and formalism, chance and deliberation. These detailed acrylic paintings examine colour conversations within its growing pattern structures, embracing art while expressing flaws and discrepancies within their rhythms. An opportunity to absorb the nature of her work and a chance to meet and chat with the artist herself, Helen Blake.

Venue: Outside Mermaid in the Civic Space Time: 6:00pm Contact: or 01 72 4030 Rónán Ó Snodaigh front man of Kíla and bodhrán player extraordinaire will lead his bray based bodhrán ensemble through a variety of dancing rhythms and songs for an outdoor drumming spectacular. Rónán and about 7-10 other bodhrán players carry an uplifting melody produced through their choice of traditional Irish music and contemporary folk. Expect a variety of instruments with danceable rhythms as he will encourage the kid friendly audience to participate. This 40 minute performance incorporates a few songs in Irish as well.



Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre Theatre Time: 8:00pm Contact: or 01 272 4030 Song of the Sea follows the story of a 10-year- old Irish boy named Ben who discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha. The Oscar-nominated, handanimated film, features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Kíla.


Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre Gallery Time: 6pm – 8pm Contact: or 01 72 4030 Mermaid will also use Culture Night to launch a new initiative called TIMEBANK in partnership with Common Ground. We believe in active citizenship. We want to establish a highly effective community


development tool. TimeBanking is a way of giving and receiving to build supportive strong communities. Benefits are social and economic wellbeing. Reasons are; MORE WITH LESS Timebanks make use of assets and resources that exist within communities that are traditionally overlooked in conventional economic transactions / services. In this way, through co-production timebanks apply multiplier effect to enlarge a pool of resources and breed innovation. Social Justice - Equality is enshrined in every timebanking exchange through the principle of an hour for an hour. Every person’s hour being equal. This can help marginalized people feel a sense of belonging. It can help to bridge divides because it defines people only by what they are prepared to do for others. Strengthening Community Timebanking builds social networks of people who give and receive support from each other, enabling people from different backgrounds, who may not otherwise meet, to come together and form connections and friendships. Generating social capital in this way can be an important determinant of health, wellbeing and resilience.


Venue: The Well, Cornerstone Church, Main Street, Bray. Time: 4 – 5pm Contact: Call Clay on (01) 2050502 to reserve places. Places limited, booking recommended Bray Youth Service provides a range of supports and services to young people in Bray, ranging from youth information, activities, drug education, life skills and personal development etc. In this practical drawing workshop, set in the oldest building in Bray, you will be guided through a collaborative mindful drawing exercise that will leave you chilled out and inspired. Open to anyone 12+ yrs – family friendly. No drawing experience necessary

Venue: The Well, Cornerstone Church, Main Street, Bray. Time: 5 – 6pm Contact: Call Frieda on (01) 2050502 to reserve places. Places limited, booking recommended Bray Youth Service provides a range of supports and services to young people in Bray, ranging from youth information, activities, drug education, life skills and personal development etc. Curious about youth theatre? Interested in Drama? Well this fun and interactive workshop will give you a taster to youth theatre by exploring a variety of theatre / drama games.


MUSIC & SOUND UNSEEN; WORKSHOP KILLRUDDERY & FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 13BRAY HISTORY 16YRS TOGETHER Venue: Seomra Youth Centre, Unit 1, Carlisle House, Adelaide Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. This venue is wheel chair accessible. Time: 7 – 8.30pm Contact: Booking recommended – Call Elaine on (01) 2764783 to reserve places Seomra Youth Centre is a dedicated youth space in the heart of Bray that provides a variety of free and fun programmes and activities for young people between the ages of 13 – 24 years. Explore your inner rhythm, with this fun hands-on music and sound workshop for young people 13+ years of age. This is a family friendly event.


PHOTOGRAPHY/HERITAGE Venue: Seafront, Strand Road Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Contact:

Killruddery Arts is developing an exhibition of items from the Killruddery archives. Some of these newly reprinted images and documents, curated by the Brabazon family, will be exhibited as part of the Culture Night activities in Bray Town and Seafront. Our guides will be on hand to answer questions about the items and will give a short talk about the exhibition at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. The talk will illuminate the living history between Bray and Killruddery and will be fun for historical expert and amateur alike.



Venue: The Promenade, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 5pm - onwards Contact: thewicklowcalendar@ The Wicklow Calendar was put together in 2016 by six award winning local photographers to raise funds for the 5 Cancer Support Centres & Wicklow hospice. This pilot project co-founded by Richie Kelly and Marlena Murphy was extremely successful and, raised over €6,500. Thirteen stunning landscape pictures of Wicklow travelled around the world as far as Africa, New Zealand, Canada and America. For more information see: wicklowcalendar

Venue: The Bandstand, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 5pm – 5:30pm family friendly Contact: [email protected] Antje O’Toole (Rockinghorsedance) is a dancer and choreographer with a background in contemporary dance, education and dance therapy. She facilitates movement experiences with a holistic and inclusive approach for people of all ages and abilities in Co. Wicklow and beyond. Antje has worked with children in classes, workshops and performances, including The Toddler Takeover and Beag (Draoicht Arts Centre). Antje’s movement work is influenced by contemporary dance techniques, somatic practices, butoh, authentic movement, and improvisation. For more information please visit: http://septemberdance. Inspired by the change of seasons we will look at the elements that surround us and express our experiences through age appropriate dance movements. Let’s become part of the circle of life – as sun and wind, flower and leaf, food gathering animals, flying birds, and as dancing and celebrating humans. Bring your toddler and join in to this fun outdoor dance session!



ART WORKSHOPS / PUPPET SHOW Venue: Sea Life, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 5pm – 7pm Contact: 01 2866939 or slcbray@ This Culture Night Sea Life in Bray will be hosting a walk in family friendly art workshop. Building on the ‘Under the Sea’ theme, children of all ages will be invited to create sea life art using items found on the beach and other materials in our Discovery Room. Sea Life Bray is also delighted to hold a puppet show for the younger kids about life ‘Under the Sea’.


Venue: The Band Stand, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 7pm – 8pm Contact: braydrugsawarenessforum Bray Battle of the Bands was run as part of the Bray Alcohol Awareness Campaign, with the aim of showcasing the talents of young musicians, while promoting and providing alcohol free events for young people in Bray. Bray Battle of the Bands – Pop Up Gig is a family friendly event. This live music gig will feature the winning act from the Bray Battle of the Bands performing on the Bray bandstand on the promenade. Come along and support our next generation of local musicians.



Venue: Buddy’s Dump, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 5pm – 7pm Contact: [email protected] Limited Space- Booking required. This Culture Night, graffiti artist Dara Kenny will be hosting a mural workshop in collaboration with Coast Care. The workshop will involve teaching youths between the ages of 13-18 how to responsibly spray paint and encourages group participation. The finished piece will embody the essence of Culture Night in Bray, bright, colourful and created by an inclusive communal effort. There are just 15 spaces.


COMEDY PERFORMANCE Venue: The Harbour Bar, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 9pm Start 9:30pm Early Arrival Recommended Contact: HardyHarComedyClub/ Hardy Har Comedy Club is a monthly FREE ADMISSION comedy club that features some of the very best of stand- up acts from the UK and Ireland. Operating out of The Harbour Bar, our stage has welcomed names like Al Porter, Karl Spain, Fred Cooke, Foil, Arms and Hog, Seann Walsh, Phil Kay, Craig Campbell, Dead Cat Bounce, Eric Lalor and many, many more! Hardy Har Comedy Club presents the ‘We Are All Very Cultured’ Comedy Night, featuring RTE’s Ross Browne, resident MC Adam Burke, Hardy Har favourite Steve Elliott and many more. A night of top notch stand- up comedy and some very cultured comedy capers, including cheap cheese boards and wine connoiseuring! (It’s not even a word!!) This is FREE ADMISSION and is suitable for 18+ only.


PORTERHOUSE BRAY PRESENTS CULTURE NIGHT GIG JIM DOYLES MUSIC OPEN TRAD SESSION Venue: Porter House Bray, Strand Road, Bray Time: 8:30pm – Close Contact: porterbray/

The Porter House Bray is pleased to announce a musical extravaganza for Culture Night. Join us for an amazing free gig with performances by Bunty and The Bristle Hounds followed by Robbie Doyle and the Karma Kings. Bray has an amazing history of musicians and musical acts, some of whom hit the big time and some who are cherished local performers. Make sure to check out the line up this Culture Night from 8 ‘til late.


Venue: Jim Doyle’s, Strand Road, Bray. Time: 8pm – 10pm Contact: jimdoyles


Bígí linn i gcomhar seisiún trad i Jim Doyle’s an Oíche Cultúrtha seo. Thóg libh bhúr bpíobaí, bodhrán agus fidil agus bí páirteach sa seisiún! Tá stair íontach ag Bré i leith ceol agus ceoltóirí cáiliúla na háite, cuid acú a bhfuil cáil mór orthú anois. Bígí cinnte chun teacht síos ó a hocht a chlog. Join us in Jim Doyle’s this Culture Night for a trad session for all. Bring your pipes, your bodhrán and your fiddle and join the session at Jim Doyle’s this Culture Night.



Venue: Out front of Glendalough Hotel Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm Contact: glendaloughguidedwalks. com or Martin on 087 2600 548 An interesting gentle walk through the monastic city of Glendalough by poet and storyteller Martin Swords. The walk will cover the history of Glendalough, legends of Saint Kevin, folklore in the valley, daily life in the monastic city and more. Booking advised. Martin Swords is a poet and short story writer who lives near Glendalough. Martin runs Glendalough Guided Walks all year and can be booked for guided group walks in Glendalough’s Monastic City and Valley. Walks need to be booked in advance; they usually take 2 and a half hours. Usual groups of 5/7+ people, prices by agreement.



Venue: Shoreline Leisure Centre Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Contact: Music Together Ireland facebook page or 085 8046 110 Music Together returns with their very popular Samba Drumming Workshop for Culture Night 2016. Led by Music Together facilitators, attendees will be provided with instruments like Brazilians drums, tambourines, shakers, hand percussion, djembes, bongos and congas. The session will include warm ups and guidance followed by improvisation and concluding in a short performance piece. All ages & abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary, children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Booking is advised.



Venue: Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 6:00pm onward Contact: 01 2873548 Booking required. Greystones Library invites you to join us for an evening of musical, literary and artistic entertainment this Culture Night. Greystones Orchestra will be kick starting the night with a performance at 6pm. This will be followed by a visit from the acclaimed author Anna McPartlin whose novels include ‘Pack Up the Moon’ and ‘The Space Between Us’. Anna will be reading from and discussing her newest novel ‘Somewhere Inside of Happy’. Adults Event. Greystones Art Group will also be displaying their book of art work specially commissioned for Culture Night entitled ‘The Art of Culture 2016’.



Venue: Burnaby Park, Greystones Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Contact: [email protected] Dancers will learn a movement score (a ‘code of action’ only known to the performers) that we will bring to life as an impromptu surprise performance at the site. Participants don’t need any previous dance or performance experience, just join the ‘stage of life’ and be part of the fun with this flash-mob performance.


Venue: Near Greystones Train Station, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 7:30pm – 8:00pm Contact: [email protected] Join this female acapella trio as they welcome our commuters home and remind them that Culture Night is upon with this live performance of singing ballads, popular songs, jazz, gospel

Createschool proudly presents "Freedom - A 1916 Story". This 10 minute stop motion film tells a story of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. Commissioned by WCC as part of their 1916 : 2016 Commemoration programme.

OPEN STUDIO/ PERFORMANCE OF WORK IN PROGRESS Venue: Theatre Lane Dance Studio Time: 5pm – 8pm Contact: [email protected]

OUTDOOR CINEMA CLUB PRESENT JAWS Venue: The Cove Greystones, Co Wicklow. Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm Contact: Paul - Greystones Outdoor Cinema Club A new non-profit joint venture between Theatre Lane and Greystones Guide, this hugely popular monthly happening has become the hit of the summer in the town. Popular films such as Grease and Mamma Mia! have proven to be the perfect fit for a hot summer’s night on the beach - especially when there’s free ice-cream and popcorn, along with spot prizes for the finest fancy dress.  Join in the Cove this Culture Night as the Outdoor Cinema Club screens the much loved cult classic ‘Jaws’. Bring your blankets, bring your snacks and join us for a great way to finish Culture Night in Greystones!

‘Summer/Rest’ by Emma Fitzgerald, ‘I am Exploring what it is to be a Woman’ by Tara Nixon-O’Neill, film screening and short performance by Karen Gleeson and ongoing Q and A and Artist Discussion with Fitzgerald and Tara Nixon-O’Neill. Emma Fitzgerald, Karen Gleeson and Tara Nixon-O’Neill are independent dance artists working in Wicklow. The public are warmly invited to come and join her and Tara Nixon- O’Neill in the studio as she runs through performance of the 20 minute solo and discusses elements of her choreographic and performance practice. The solo will run on the hour every hour for a three hour period and Fitzgerald will be present to talk about where the inspiration for this current dance piece comes from, what choices she makes as she develops and edits it answering any questions about her arts practice that may come up on the night. Tara Nixon-O’Neill will perform a short extract of her work in progress, ‘I am Exploring what it is to be a Woman’ and also discuss her creative practice. Karen Gleeson will also perform a short extract of work and talk about her process and practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in discovering how artists make work and what goes on in the mind of professional dance artists as they make and perform work.


THEATRE LANE PRESENTS: GOING UP TO MOONEY’S: A BIRTHDAY BASH FOR RONNIE DREW Venue: Theatre Lane, Greystones, Co Wicklow. The venue is fully accessible, with both stairs and a lift to each floor. Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Contact: [email protected] He’s Greystones most famous son, and the bould Ronnie would have turned 82 on September 16th, 2016. So, we thought we should raise a glass to a man who was so much more than a musical legend, an Irish icon, and a mesmerising storyteller. Ronnie was a kid at heart, embracing all music, all forms of art, from flamenco to Philly soul, from Johnny Cash to Jah Wobble. Who better then, to be the figurehead for a night celebrating music, dance, painting, sculpting and whatever-you’rehaving-yourself? As the artists do their thing on the first two floors, up on the rooftop of Theatre Lane, it’ll be Mocktails & Cake for the great man himself, with another local legend, Bridie Mooney, doing the honours. Artists involved:

Irina Kuksova Theatre Lane’s artist in residence will be presenting a new body of personal artwork, entitled Irish Seaside Ladies.


Mary-Kate Hardy Mary-Kate is a professional fine art painter who specialises in palette knife portraiture. She currently runs a small painting business.

Emma-Jane Rushworth Emma is a working artist making sculptures of fairies flowers and animals woven in wire for private gardens and public places.  

Yvonne Leon Yvonne Leon is a Ceramic Artist, based in Greystones, Wicklow, Ireland. Her distinct figurative work draws us into a world of narrative that touches on the human experience. 

Brian Tyrell Brian runs the Wicklow-based Bear Creations, producing handmade products, born of a passion for beautifully designed creations.

Peter Baxter Creator of the award-winning Lego short Freedom: A 1916 Story, Peter teaches kids the wonders of filmmaking through Brick Flicks and

Hadrian Fawsitt Working mainly with wood, Hadrian has built up quite the reputation for his Raven Wood creations.

Dylan Crampton Hailing from a family of singers and musicians - Dylan is one of those guitar protégés that can play the blues like he’s been there, done that.

JUNIOR ART GALLERY’s PortraitOff Children are invited to bring their parents along for this very special face-off parents drawing children whilst children draw their parents. All under the watchful, playful eye of Mathilde Murray, founder of Greystones’ on- and offline art gallery for kids.

WICKLOW & GREYSTONES MUSIC & DRAMA SCHOOL Gershwin Recital A 40-minute recital by the newly-renamed Wicklow & Greystones Music & Drama School of the great George Gershwin, with soloist and school-leader Kerry Anderson leading the way. Bohemian rhapsody, how are ya’...?



Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre, Kilcoole Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm Contact: https://braycrafters. Bray Crafters are a multidisciplinary craft and arts group who meet regularly to work on solo and group projects. This Culture Night they are teaming up with Kilcoole Crafters and Newcastle crafters to demonstrate their crafts and show off some of their previous and current projects. Craft demonstrations in felting, crochet, wirework, card making and many more. Come along and see what they’re all about.



Venue: Coolfancy National School, Tinahely Time: 7:30pm Contact:  Tinahely CCE was established 12 years ago. We foster a love of traditional Irish music, song and dance by passing on the tradition to young children and teenagers. We have many experienced musicians and singers working with us every Friday evening, teaching a wide range of instruments and sharing a rich repertoire of songs. At Tinahely CCÉ we will celebrate Culture Night by putting together a display of what our branch strives to achieve throughout the year at our lessons and workshops. It will involve an informal ‘Seisiún’ where people will perform traditional Irish music, song and dance. All ages are welcome, whether you are a performer or a spectator and there’ll even be a cuppa provided.


Venue: Shelton Abbey Open Prison (play) & Courthouse Arts Centre (exhibition) Time: 8:00pm Contact: [email protected] The Courthouse Arts Centre is Wicklow’s longest established professional Arts Venue for music, theatre, visual art, film, literature, comedy, and dance. “We pride ourselves on providing a vibrant and dynamic programme showcasing national and international performers and artists. We actively promote both emerging artists and community arts practitioners alongside our professional events.” The Courthouse hosts a wide variety of arts focused weekly workshops for adults and young people. The Courthouse off-site @ Shelton Abbey with a theatre performance of Give us a go of your bongo’s mister! Please note theatre event is for clients of Shelton abbey only. The Courthouse Exhibition This year as part of Culture Night we will extend our opening times for our Emerging artists exhibition 2016.



Venue: Bachelor’s Walk, Wicklow town Time: 6:00pm Contact: WicklowTidyTowns Wicklow Tidy Towns is a community organisation that works with the local community to improve the overall appearance of the town through various means. This includes developing projects that enhance the built heritage and streetscape of the town, create attractive landscaping and open spaces, encouraging awareness of wildlife and habitats and a high level of tidiness and litter control throughout the town. We work closely with a large number of groups to promote Wicklow as a great place for people to live and visit. Wicklow Tidy Towns want to save the bees with the help of the children of Wicklow Town. Through our pollinator plan for Bachelor’s Walk we are creating awareness of the importance of pollination. The buzzing bees are helping us grow our own fruit and vegetables and making sure we have beautiful wildflowers to On Culture Night we will have a fun evening for children, explaining why bees are so important and planting bee friendly seeds and plants.



Venue: Dominican Chapel, Wicklow Town Time: 7:30pm Advised but not essential Contact: 0402 38808 A hugely successful addition to 2015’s programme Soprano Lorna Breen & Mezzo Soprano Shira Brady returns to Dominican Chapel. This year they are joined on the night by classical violinist Matthew Wylie and Wicklow based choir the Avondale Voices, the well respected 60 strong voice choir. Performing in the beautiful surroundings of the chapel with its noted acoustics and stunning visual appeal Lorna and Shira will lead this concert by performing a mix of popular easy listening & classical music, including Arias, Lieder, French Song, Show tunes & Irish Music. A must see for all fans of opera.




Venue: Children’s Art & Craft Event and Painting Demonstration Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Contact:

Venue: Parochial Hall, Wicklow Town Time: 5:30pm – 6:00pm Contact: michaelstedman92@

Kilmantin Art Gallery was established in 1999 and is Wicklow’s only community Art Gallery, located in the heart of Wicklow Town on Bridge Street. The gallery thrives because it is an organisation run voluntarily by artists, for the benefit of artists in Wicklow County and far beyond.

Hailing from Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow – Michael has studied Classical Guitar for over 8 years. He studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama to complete the BMus Performance Honours degree. Michael has worked with students who have Special Needs, largely through his association with the Williams Syndrome Association of Ireland Music Camp and has a keen interest in Music Therapy. 


A growing community of artistic talent is nurtured and given a place to bloom. Kilmantin Art Gallery invites you to come and join them this Culture Night for an exciting children’s workshop followed by a painting demonstration. The children’s workshop will be an interactive arts and crafts demonstration.



Last year, he performed his first solo concert in St. Saviour’s Church, Rathdrum and he was heard accompanying the DIT Chamber Choir in their annual Christmas Concert.



Venue: Parochial Hall, Wicklow Town Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm Contact: musicgeneration@ or Ann Nolan at 0404 60505 Booking Required.

Venue: The Boathouse, Wicklow Town Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Contact: The Boathouse Comhaltas Facebook Page


Music Generation Wicklow presents a fun filled workshop for all those budding musicians hiding out there! Music Generation Wicklow strives to involve young people in music experience and education within the county. This Culture Night Music Generation will be providing a Samba Workshop with MaSamba in Parochial Hall in Wicklow Town. This workshop is suitable for children aged between 8 and 10 years and promises to be great fun as well as very informative. See for more information on booking.


The Boathouse CCÉ will be holding a Trad Night for Culture night this year from 7-9pm. We will have Irish music > played by our Comhltas members, Irish dancers, Singing of Irish songs, story telling and poetry. Our building is located on the Murrough, opposite the Leitrim Lounge in Wicklow Town and all are welcome!



Venue: Parochial Hall, Wicklow Town Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Contact: [email protected] Wicklow Youth Dance Company is an innovative and exciting youth dance troupe, the first of it’s kind to be found in County Wicklow . A performance based outlet for talented youth, Wicklow Youth Dance Company was developed to satisfy a range of roles within the performing arts sector. Led by three experienced Directors with years of technical training, teaching and professional experience. Ongoing training in various forms of dance styles including Modern Theatre, Streetdance, Contemporary and Ballet as well as Gymnastics, our company members learn from mulitple choreographers and professionals in the arts to produce technically trained and conscientious performers.


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Wicklow County Council wishes to thank the following people, organisations and venues for making making Culture Night in Wicklow a great success: All the Voluntary Groups and organisations featured in this programme, whose energy and commitment made Culture Night possible. Also Thanks to: The Mermaid Arts Centre Community Cultural & Social Development Department WCC Wicklow County Arts Office Wicklow Local Sports Partnership Russborough House Wicklow County Library Service The Courthouse Arts Centre Donna Carroll, Culture Night Wicklow Coordinator Culture night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in collaboration with Wicklow County Council.

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