Celebrate Culture Night 2018 at Dunsink Observatory

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fingal County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce another very exciting programme of free events taking place in Fingal at Dunsink Observatory, Ardgillan Castle, Dublin Airport, Swords, Blanchardstown and lots more locations to celebrate Culture Night 2018.

Culture Night is an annual national public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. For one night only on Friday 21 September, arts and cultural organisations, churches, castles and historic houses in Fingal will extend their opening hours to the public, highlighting a variety of local talent and fantastic cultural facilities. Join us for music, theatre, exhibitions, films, tours and talks specifically programmed for Culture Night at participating venues.

Venues taking part in Culture Night Fingal this year include Dublin Airport where the Creative Journeys Exhibition takes place. Students and Alumni of the National College of Art and Design contributed work to the exhibition which is displayed in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 Departures.

DIAS Dunsink Observatory in Castleknock is also open for tours and astronomy and history. Traditional Irish musician Oisin Dillon will be performing at Ardgillan Castle while more traditional music can be heard at Swords Castle. Other events in Swords include a presentation of the stain glass works of artist Harry Clarke in County Hall and a traditional crafts workshop in Swords Library.

Draíocht in Blanchardstown will be screening feature length and short films for children and adults as well as a performance by the Clown Choir and a free youth theatre taster workshop. The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul will also screen a documentary on the centre’s namesake, traditional Irish musician and singer Seamus Ennis.

Additional events include performances at Millbank Theatre, an exhibition at Jordan Fine Arts and tours of Skerries Mills.

Speaking about the programme of events, Deputy Arts Officer Sarah O’Neill said: “Culture Night is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wide range of art, heritage, theatre venues and architecture that exists in Fingal. The events are diverse, free and there is something for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.”

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: “It is wonderful to see Culture Night being embraced so enthusiastically in Fingal. Across the County, Fingal’s historical and contemporary art, music and literature will be celebrated which will help to preserve and promote our culture.”

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “I would like to commend both the Arts Office and Library team and those they have coordinated with to create such an engaging, educational and exciting programme of events for Culture Night 2018. Culture Night is essential in recognising the value that the arts bring to the lives of Fingal residents.”

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