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Culture Night 2015

Culture Night

Culture is a way of life, traditions people follow and their ethnicity in the society they live in. To understand the background of one’s country it is good to know its customs it has followed through the ages and where modern civilization has gone since the beginning of its origin. Friday the 18th of September is Culture Night in Dublin and in all the corners of the city places of interest who serve the public with information, tours and talks on history and the present will be celebrating this night together, opening their doors to the public to enjoy a night of remembrance. Dublin 8’s Liberty Quarter will be hosting many events throughout the evening and the Phoenix Quarter just across the way will also have some tours of interest for those who live in the Dublin 8 area.

Dublin was first discovered about 2000 years ago (according to the writings of a Greco-Roman astronomer and cartographer in 140 AD who identified a Dublin settlement as a place called Eblana polis). But there are archaeological sites and artefacts that take us back 8000 years and so therefore who are we to even say how old the oldest Irish man’s family is. Glacial ice covered Ireland 10,000 years ago before the start of the Mesolithic Age (when traces of human activity were first discovered at around 8000 BC). Civilization in those years would have had very different traditions from the ones we hold dear today, but many of these traditions have been passed on by generation after generation forming the foundations of what we consider culture today.

Don’t miss out on tonight’s experience, there will be something for everyone; heritage, art, industrial and design, music, talks, tours and much more.

Phoenix Park & Museum Quarter Tour 

Explore the heritage of industrial & military Dublin from the creation of the Phoenix Park to the Civil War.
Guide: Brian Hanley
Time: 5:30pm Smithfield Plaza
Time: 7:30pm National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks

Liberties & Historic Quarter Tour

Medieval Dublin can still be found if you know where to look. Make sure to explore the oldest part of Dublin.
Guide: Grace O’Keeffe
Time: 5.30pm Viking Houses, Winetavern St
Time: 7.30pm Dublin Castle

Tour de Culture Night: BikeTour

Get your craic on a saddle with Tour de Culture night to explore the Liberties & the Phoenix Park. Guide: Brian Griffin
Time: 6.30pm Dublin City Bike Stand, Smithfield Square

Lazy Bike Tour Company: Tour the Liberties by electric bike

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Visit exhibitions ‘What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, Mise en Scène’ by Canadian artist Stan Douglas and ‘El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State’. Take part in a free drop-in family workshop 6.15 – 7.30pm, take an exhibition tour, and IMMA25 presents Culture Crawl.
Time: 6pm–9pm
Address: Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Rd Kilmainham, D8
Tel: 01 612 9900

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Emerging Artists Exhibition Launch (5pm – 6pm) – Visit selected artwork of graduates from Crawford College of Art & Design, Limerick School of Art & Design and the National College of Art & Design. ‘I Hear it in the Deep Heart’s Core’ – an evening of the poetry of W.B. Yeats, with many of the poems set to music (6.15pm – 7.00pm).
Time: 5pm–7pm
Address: James’s St, D8
Tel: 01 249 3200


Anonymous is a vintage store, art gallery and antique store with an eclectic mix of mid century furniture, art, curios, lighting and oddities.
Time: 5pm–11pm
Address: 72 Francis St D8
Tel: 087 096 335

Archbishop Marsh’s Library

Marsh’s is a perfectly preserved library of the Enlightenment in the heart of the city. We offer a 15-minute tour every half hour between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Come and pay us a visit and take the same steps of Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and James Joyce, to name but a few! Max of 25 people per tour.
Time: 5:30pm–8:30pm
Address: St Patrick’s Close D8
Tel: 01 454 3511

 Chester Beatty Library

Join Dr Jill Unkel for a tour of the ‘Wicked Wit’ exhibition (6pm) or take a guided tour of Chester Beatty’s treasures (7.30pm/8.30pm). Try out our Activity Packs for Families (6pm-9pm). Hear Edel Meade perform Billie Holliday’s songs (8pm).
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: Dublin Castle Dame St D2
Tel: 01 407 0750

Christ Church Cathedral

Experience historic tours of the cathedral and medieval crypt. Enjoy music provided by our choirs and our Assistant Organist, David Bremner. Stop for children’s storytelling with the Nightmare Club. Outside, we will have Irish Village Markets who will have a host of gourmet food stalls.
Time: 6pm–10pm
Address: Christchurch Place D8
Web: www.christchurch
Tel: 01 677 8099

Chester Beatty Library

Join Dr Jill Unkel for a tour of the ‘Wicked Wit’ exhibition (6pm) or take a guided tour of Chester Beatty’s treasures (7.30pm/8.30pm). Try out our Activity Packs for Families (6pm-9pm). Hear Edel Meade perform Billie Holliday’s songs (8pm).
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: Dublin Castle Dame St D2
Tel: 01 407 0750

Cross Gallery

Visit the new Solo Exhibition by Mary Ruth Walsh. Walsh’s work explores ideas of human interaction with architectural space and the manner in which it affects the way we move and behave. The work reveals unseen details of our relationships to space through acutely observed drawings.
Time: 5pm–8pm
Address: 59 Francis St D8
Tel: 01 473 8978

The Constant Knitter

Some miniworkshops/ demonstrations in our beautiful studio over the shop: Crewel embroidery with Renata Tesu (Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court) – Learn to create unique dry felted decorations using a beautiful assortment of wools with Bigtmakers – Learn to make yarn using a drop spindle with the DKC.
Time: 6pm–10pm
Address: 88 Francis St D8
Tel: 087 996 7197

Dublin Camera Club

Come and visit the photographic exhibition on the walls of our Eddie Chandler Exhibition Gallery. Members of the club will be at hand to answer your questions and show you around.
Time: 6pm–10pm
Address: 10 Lower Camden St D2
Tel: 087 236 9951

Design Hub @ The Coach House

Packed with talks, music and workshops. Bring a T-shirt to screenprint with Print-Block. Explore emerging Irish designers, across architecture, set-design, visual communication, product-design, jewellery, fashion, model-making, furniture and design engineering.
Time: 5pm–9pm
Address: The Coach House Dublin Castle, D2
Web: design-hub
Tel: 01 645 8845


See Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages! Travel back to Viking and Medieval Dublin, witness the sights, sounds and smells and unearth the city’s archaeology in the History Hunters exhibition and climb St Michael’s Tower.
Time: 5:30pm–8pm
Address: St Michael’s Hill Christ Church D8
Tel: 01 679 4611

Dublin Food Co-op

We are delighted to announce a specific event where words like exchange, collective, ecology and recycling will take art shapes. Created by the artistic community close to the Dublin Food co-op, installations, performances, gigs, crafts, and lovely vegetarian meals will make the night special in Newmarket. Come along!
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: 12 Newmarket D8
Tel: 01 454 4258 21

Dublin City Hall

Dublin City Hall celebrates Dublin Heritage on Culture Night 2015. Come and enjoy the beauty of the magnificent Rotunda with live musical performances and learn about the ‘Story of the Capital’ in its atmospheric vaults 1000 years of Dublin history. Visitors can also enjoy a coffee/ glass of wine in the café.
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: City Hall Dame St D2
Web: dublincityhall
Tel: 01 222 2204

Dublin Castle

Come experience a live performance (Duration 20min with shows at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm) of contemporary Irish music by Padraig Rynne accompanied by illumination of the State Apartments in the historic Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle. Numbers limited. This will be an all weather performance.
Time: 7:30pm/8:30pm/ 9:30pm
Address: The State Apartments Dame St D2
Tel: 01 645 8800

Gallery Zozimus

Francis Street is located in the historic quarter and has a fantastic program of events including an Exhibition of Ceramics by Patrick Colhoun and an Urban Art Demonstration. Come and see famous street artist FINK creating his masterpiece on the building opposite the Gallery. This is not to be missed.
Time: 5pm–11pm
Address: 55/56 Francis St D8
Tel: 01 453 9057

James Joyce House (The Dead)

Enjoy an intimate tour of the most important dining room in world literature that inspired the greatest short story ever written displaying our heirloom James Joyce House Centenary Edition of ‘The Dead’ first published in 1914 and which is limited to a global Centenary Edition run of 1914 copies.
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: 15 Usher’s Island D8
Tel: 086 054 8880

Jam Art Factory

Jam Art Factory showcases the best in contemporary art and design. Check out screen prints, street art ceramics and illustrations all with a quirky and unique feel. See work on display from Street Artists Solus, DMC digital artist Sketchy Inc printmaker Jacob Stack and illustrator Claudine O’Sullivan.
Time: 5pm–11pm
Address: 64 Patrick St D8
Tel: 01 616 5671

Guinness Storehouse

Join the Archivists at Guinness Storehouse for an exclusive event. Take the opportunity to see the Guinness Archive’s most precious documents, hear their stories and learn the craft of the perfect pint. 80 pax, 18+. Booking essential at info@ guinnessstorehouse. com.
Time: 5:30pm–7pm
Address: St James’s Gate D8
Web: www.guinness-storehouse. com
Tel: 01 408 4800

Liberties College Sculpture in the park

Come and see the Liberties College student art exhibit Sculptured Totem poles made of king span polythene block.
Time: 6pm–9pm
Address: St Patrick’s Park Bull Alley St D8
Tel: 01 454 0044

Legion of Mary

Take a tour of Myra House where Legion of Mary started on 7th September, 1921 by Frank Duff, founder of Legion of Mary. His house on Morning Star Avenue, De Montfort House is also opened to visitors. Light refreshments will be served.
Time: 5pm–11pm
Address: 100 Francis St D8
Tel: 01 872 3153

Lantern Intercultural Centre

Join the celebration of music, dance, costume and food of the many nationalities based at the Centre together with information sessions and workshops from the meditation, mindfulness, religious, martial arts and yoga groups practicing there.
Time: 6pm–10pm
Address: 15 Synge St D8
Tel: 01 405 3868

Kevin Kavanagh

Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to announce that Landless will be performing in the Gallery as part of Culture Night. The ethereal and hypnotic sound of Landless with their echoingly mournful arrangements in which voices emerge otherworldly and phantom-like will benefit from the rich acoustics of the gallery setting.
Time: 7pm–8:30pm
Address: Chancery Lane D8
Tel: 01 475 9514

The Mendicity Institution

Visit Dublin’s oldest working charity. Taste the food served to the paupers of Dublin in the nineteenth century. We will also be serving a delicious homemade soup with artisan breads from Manning’s the local bakery. Inspect the Archives and artefacts and enjoy the costumed re-enactments. Fun for all the family!
Time: 6pm–9pm
Address: Island St D8
Tel: 01 677 3308

Oxfam Home

Good news stories – be inspired by bite-sized accounts of people overcoming adversity with a selection of uplifting shorts and videos showing the progress being made in tackling poverty and hunger across the world. Our comfy sofas will give your feet a break too!
Time: 6pm–10pm
Address: 79/88a Francis St D8
Web: home-and-furniture
Tel: 01 402 0555

NCAD Gallery

‘ °°(Broken Mirrors)’ is a two-person exhibition, featuring the work of artists Jonathan Mayhew and Lee Welch that broadly explores the concept and representation of the future in a contemporary context. Through the medium of print, sculpture and photography this show will speculate about both the future’s potential and legacy.
Time: 5pm–9pm
Address: 100 Thomas St D8
Tel: 01 636 4390

National Archives of Ireland

Would you like to know about the holdings of the National Archives and find out how to undertake research? Would you like to know how to research your family history? Would you like to view exhibitions and displays of original documents? Come and visit the National Archives!
Time: 5pm–8pm
Address: Bishop St D8
Tel: 01 407 2300 24

Audoen’s Church & Visitor Centre

Visit this 12th century historic building and discover its ancient charms including the ruins of the Portlester Chapel, the remains of a medieval lane, a 12th century baptismal font and ornate 17th century wall memorials commemorating prominent citizens of Dublin.
Time: 5pm–9:30pm
Address: Cornmarket (near High St) D8
Tel: 01 677 0088

Robert Emmet Community Development Project

This is a unique opportunity to see and hear about life in this community in Dublin’s Inner City. Some has disappeared completely and some aspects are as strong as they ever were.
Time: 6pm–8.30pm
Address: Ground Floor Block G Usher St D8
Tel: 01 670 8880

Revenue Museum

Located in the Crypt of the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, the Revenue Museum contains a wealth of unique exhibits illustrating the many activities of the Revenue Commissioners over several centuries. The Museum is currently hosting an exhibition on the history of Irish fiscal stamps.
Time: 5pm–10pm
Address: Lower Castle Yard Dublin Castle Dame St D2
Tel: 01 863 5601

Pallas Projects

Studios Diagrams, curated by Belfast-based academic Niamh McDonnell, is a mixed media show of work by 7 Irish and Northern Irish artists based in Belfast, Dublin and London, comprising lens-based media, drawings, paintings and sculptures.
Time: 5pm–9pm
Address: 115 – 117 The Coombe D8
Tel: 01 856 1404


Who are they: TOG is a hacker space based in Dublin City Centre. It is a shared space where members have a place to be creative and work on their projects in an environment that is both inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies.
Time: 5pm–11pm
Address: Warehouse Unit C Chancery Lane D8
Tel: 076 603 6035 42

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

It is the first new distillery to open its doors in Dublin in over 125 years. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the ultimate destination for all whiskey fans from both home and abroad and indeed anyone with an interest in this glorious city on Culture Night 2015!
Time: 6pm–11pm
Address: 13–17 Newmarket D8
Tel: 01 531 0888

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