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Cork Culture Night 2013 was on Friday 20th September.

Over 90 venues took part this year, throwing open their doors on one night and organising  events, from art exhibitions to poetry, orchestras to food markets, deconstructed bicycles to a giant see-saw – and it was all free.

And there was a huge amount specifically for all the family with over 90 different events to choose from – from story-telling to print making, hip hop class dancing to a tour of UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, where you can even see some of Charles Darwin’s specimens.

“Cork Culture Night has been  being completely embraced by the people of Cork with over 43,000 visitors to the venues in 2012. Cork people have a long tradition of supporting arts and culture and with over 150 free events in over 90 venues  they won’t be disappointed with what’s on offer the Culture Night. ,” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy

This was the 4th year of this national event and  Cork has seen phenomenal uptake with visitors increasing every year since its inception. “From the English Market to the Butter Museum and from Blackrock Castle to the Glucksman Gallery, Cork venues have embraced the night again this year by so generously putting on an exciting array of events for free  to engage everyone, both visitors and locals alike,” said City Manager Tim Lucey.

Positive Feedback About Culture Night 2013

“… great atmosphere in Cork…Well done all around ! To achieve a buzz like that in current climate – Fabulous. Barrack Street Band were delighted to be part of it”.  Barrack Street Band

“It was a fantastic day and night, providing a huge boost to the city’s atmosphere and positivity” Music Generation Cork City

“I have been involved in the Culture night over the past few years and agree that this [year] must be by far the best…Looking forward to next year already” Blackpool Community Centre

“We have heard really positive reports from businesses in Cork regarding the buzz that the night creates” CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

“Our event with Cork Chamber Youth Orchestra was superb!” Port of Cork

“As ever we had a great evening…We love being a part of Culture Night, many thanks” LINC Community Resource Centre

“Great night. A credit to you all” Cyprus Avenue

“People were very appreciative and the general mood was up!” Barbara Hubert Bookbindery

It was a joy really – the concerts were beautiful thanks to the brilliant Fiona Kelleher and a full staff of Graffiti support, and the children were just delighted – it was a lovely experience” Graffiti Theatre Company

“We have been going to Culture Night every year since it began and love it. It’s so child friendly and every year it gets better – this year there was so much on for our kids” Member of the public.

“The feedback from our own members and people from the area has been great so congratulations on running such a successful event” Cork Boat Club

“We thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to be involved next year if we’re still going. Being at the audience level rather than being on a stage suits us…Thanks for having us. It was a really nice event and well run”  Cork Samba Band

“….Blackrock Village Fete event was also fantastic for us as a very large crowd of people came right up to the stage when we started and were looking for encores beyond our scripted finish time with several complimentary comments after the event etc…” The Polyphonics