September 20th sees the annual Culture Night throughout Ireland and once again County Clare is to the forefront celebrating cultural activity at local level with free guided tours, music, arts, science workshops, film and literary events happening across the county.
This year, 15 towns and villages take part with 50 events lined up, starting from 4pm and running ’til late.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Arts Office of Clare County Council.
For full details of all events see www.culturenight.ie/clare or Clare Culture Night facebook.
EXHIBITION OF WORK BY RACHEL MACMANUS
The Spás, glór, Causeway Link 4–9pm
Rachel Macmanus is a Clare based artist who works through drawing, painting and live art.
glór foyer, Causeway Link 4.30-6.30pm
Clare Immigrant Support Centre bring an intercultural element with ongs, music and dance from many backgrounds.
Clare Museum, Arthur’s Row 5.30pm & 6.45pm
Kids can look forward to slime monsters, slime bubbles, slime falls. This lab is the ultimate creation lab for gooey, oozy slime. We will also be exploring test tube science and coke geysers. Definitely one hands-on-lab not to be missed! Workshop must be pre-booked at www.planetsciencekidz.com
GUIDED TOUR OF THE 13TH CENTURY ENNIS FRIARY
OPW Ennis Friary, Abbey St. 6pm-7pm
View the town’s oldest building and it’s medieval sculptures, created in the 15th century by local masons. Hear about the social customs and beliefs in Ennis during the medieval period. Learn of the local families associated with this traditional place of the ancient kings of Clare.
O’Connell Square 6-7pm
A one hour performance of music, song and dance from CCE Clarecastle and Ballyea young musicians accompanied by their teachers.
The Local Bar, Newbridge Road 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition by David O’Rourke, exploring the theme of home through a series of drawings and paintings taken from Australia and Ennis.
ENNIS CATHEDRAL CHOIR & ORGAN RECITAL
Ennis Cathedral 6.30-7pm
An opportunity to enjoy choral and organ music in the beautiful Ennis Cathedral.
PASSING ON POETRY
Lees Road Wood, Drumcliff Road 6.30-7.30pm
Enter the door to Faeryland through poems and riddles in the wood; a live poetry and song performance by poet Tony Maude. VISIT THE COUNTY MUSEUM County Museum, Arthur’s Row 6.30-8pm A handling collection of real objects and replicas will be made available to the public, providing an opportunity to touch and discuss objects from the museum store room.
AT ETERNITY’S GATE
glór, Causeway Link 7-8.15pm
A ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revives our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being with Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance. Free event but ticketed – pre-book at 065 6843103
FROM BUENOS ARIAS TO BROADWAY
St. Columba’s Church, Bindon St. 7-8.15pm
An audience friendly concert of popular operatic arias along with favourite songs from stage and screen and some tango music too with Helen Houlihan soprano, Owen Gilhooly tenor, Michael Hennessy piano, Tom Murphy viola.
THE REALLY TRULY JOYFUL ENNIS GOSPEL CHOIR
The Market Building 7.30- 8pm
A lively set of gospel and pop music from this community choir.
SEISIÚN AT COIS NA HABHNA
Cois na hAbhna, Galway Road 8-9.30pm
A night of music, song and dance in The Teach Ceoil promises to be a lively one with lots of talented musicians and singers – come along, take part, enjoy!
ORIGINALITY – MUSIC FROM CLARE
The Sanctuary at Cruises, Abbey St. 9pm
Showcasing 3 contemporary acts performing original music – Apprentices Daughter, Norma Manly and The Mud Bubble – not to be missed!
STEO WALL AND SARA RYAN
glór, Causeway Link 9.15pm
Steo Wall & Sara Ryan bring Culture Night in glór to a breath-taking close with Sara’s smooth but soulful vocal styling, supported by beautifully crafted melodies, together with Steo’s unique musical style and a mix of spoken word and folk inspired melodies all woven to an acoustic groove. Free event but ticketed – please pre-book at 065 68 43103.