Countdown to Culture Night extravaganza in Fitzgerald’s Park

Cork City Culture Night 2021

 15th September 2021

Cork City will bask in the city’s rich arts and cultural glow once again this Friday evening, with the return of Cork City Culture Night.

 

Now in its 16th year, this year sees a hybrid mix of in-venue, outdoor and online events ensuring all audiences and interests are catered for, with all available to view on the website www.culturenightcork.ie   

 

Fitzgerald’s Park will be the focal point of this year’s celebrations in Cork City with an impressive line-up of events from 4pm. 

 

Upstaged – Culture Night at the Park promises an evening of circus, music and art from 4pm.

 

Director of Cork Puppetry Company, Elisa Gallo Rosso said the group are excited to participate in the event, saying ‘We are interested in creating episodes of absurdity, and finding special worlds in the normality of daily life, so we invite the people of Cork City to have fun with us and maybe even becoming the unexpected protagonist!”

 

Rebel Brass Band will also be providing live music on the night. Speaking ahead of the event, Rebel Brass Band’s Amy O’Callaghan said:

 

“We haven’t performed together since before the lockdown so we’re really looking forward to playing in Fitzgerald’s Park as part of the celebrations for Cork City Culture Night. We started rehearsing again in August and even in the city itself, it’s been picking up with people starting to play live music around the streets again.

 

She added: “It’s so nice that we get to celebrate the arts sector in Cork City again for Culture Night because we are so rich in culture and heritage and music, and we’ve been hidden away for so long. People can expect the usual high energy performance from us, there’ll be about ten of us in attendance on the night. We just want people to be able to listen to some live music and safely enjoy themselves.” 

 

Also in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork Public Museum opens until 8pm, both for booked tours and more casual visits, subject to capacity. Sample Studios in the Lord Mayor’s pavilion is showing Graduate Artist in Residence Lily O’Shea’s Solo Exhibition until 7.30pm.

Elsewhere across the city, for the young and young at heart, Music Generation Cork City are hosting a host of events online, in venue and outdoors, demonstrating the scope of their talents and abilities to the wider Cork community. They’re just happy to be back doing what they do best.

Resource worker Aida Whooley said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be back performing at live events again – and Cork City Culture Night is a really important one for us. We’ve been involved since our launch in 2012 and it’s one of the highlights of our calendar. We’ve got a mixed selection of events this year - we’re thrilled to be able to host outdoor and in-venue events again.”

“We are hosting a screening of our film Throwing Shapes at Graffiti Theatre; it was released during the summer but this is a second chance to see it on the big screen. We remind people to book their tickets online at www.MusicGenerationCorkCity.com  

“Our rap, beats and song writing workshop with GMC Beats at the Kabin Studio is usually really popular, so we would encourage people to register their interest on this - all the details are on the Cork City Culture Night website.

“The musicians from Creative Tradition will be rehearsing this week ahead of the open trad session we’re collaborating on for Culture Night, and we can’t wait for this – getting the opportunity to see each other in person again and collaborate creatively.”

Also in musical mode this Culture Night is Elizabeth Fort. Visitors can walk the walls and take in the view, while perhaps being entertained by Cork City Musical Society who plan to pop up in full song. The Lee Sessions will also appear at the ancient venue, but this event is fully booked.

Culture Night at Nano Nagle Place is always a memorable evening and this year’s offering offers those who wish to experience this historic venue have both online and in venue options to choose from.

The museum will be open on the night and will feature the wonderful ‘Changing Habits: 250 Years of Convent Life’ exhibition.

Violinist Caitriona O’Mahony will be accompanied by organist James Taylor to perform the Glorious Mysteries live on the night, while a virtual concert of the same will also be released on their website.

Some of the events on Culture Night have limited attendance or require pre-booking, and with limited spaces available, they may be fully booked. Those planning to attend events are advised to check the website, the Cork City Arts Facebook and Twitter pages and @culturenightcorkcity on Instagram. For more information on all events on the Cork City Culture Night programme, visit www.culturenightcork.ie   

 

Join the conversation online with #CorkCultureNight and #ComeTogetherAgain.

Cork City Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council in partnership with Cork City Council.