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Culture in the City - Cork Culture Night - 25th September 2009

On Friday, 25th September, prepare to be entertained and thrilled as Cork plays host to Cork Culture Night which is being organised by Cork City Council. With over 50 organisations and 150 events, Cork Culture Night is a fantastic way to explore Cork and its culture, all for free.

Venues such as Cork Printmakers, Cork School of Music, the Backwater Artist Group and the Cork Foyer are offering guided tours of their premises. Join in a special Twilight Tour of University College Cork or wander around the city with author Tom Spalding as he leads a unique walking tour of Cork’s street furniture.

Visitors can talk to a genealogist about tracing their family history at the Cork City and County Archives, learn how to restore a book at Barbara Hubert Bookbindery, observe Jupiter at the Blackrock Castle Observatory and be taught French through plastic art at the Alliance Française de Cork.

Cork has a strong water culture and visitors can board the Navel Vessel LE Aisling in the Port of Cork, travel in style on Bantry Longboats down the River Lee with Meitheal Mara and be entertained by Pádraig Ó Duinnín as he tells stories of the lives of families who fished for a living in Cork.

Don’t miss the historical walking tour by historian Cllr. Kieran McCarthy and the unique food tour of the city by author Regina Sexton. Tours of Fitzgerald’s Park will be given by the Park Rangers and William Hammond will lead cyclists through the city singing songs connected to the events and buildings along the route. Special secret tours will also take place where the host of the tour will remain a secret until the night itself. Pre-booking of all tours is essential. Tel: 021 4924333 Email:

Free readings, talks, workshops and film screenings will take place all over the city. The RTE Vanbrugh Quartet will perform in the Masonic Hall, tenor Ryan Morgan will sing in the Port of Cork Custom House, rap sensations GMC and Bubba Shakespeare will do tracks as Gaeilge in the Triskel Arts Centre Offsite Location while sound artists will perform a sundowner set in association with 96FM on the Lapps Quay Boardwalk.

Lovers of 1980s music should head to the Lewis Glucksman Gallery where visitors can raid the Glucksman fashion chest and dress up in their finest 1980s inspired outfits while Michael Jackson fans should definitely not miss Thrilla- Unleash Your Inner Zombie with DJ Se-K at the Cork Vision Centre. Dance enthusiasts will enjoy the Lord Mayors Tea Dance at the City Hall and the varied dance workshops in the Firkin Crane.

Cork’s Art Galleries and museums will remain open until late and a diverse range of exhibitions will take place in the city’s historical buildings.

For those interested in theatre The Lifetime Lab will perform The Energy in Life directed by Yvonne Couglan while a special pre-show discussion with cast and director of The Lonesome West will take place in the Cork Opera House.

As part of Cork Culture Night, a selection of churches of a variety of denominations will remain open and offer free guided tours. Anton O’Callaghan will give a lecture on the spectacular stained glass windows in St Vincent’s Church while an organ recital will take place in St Peter and Paul’s Church.

Culture Night is open to all ages and there are a wide range of events catering for children. Enjoy puppet shows at Cork’s City Hall, treasure hunts at the Crawford Art Gallery and A Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Civic Trust House. Family entertainment and circus performers are on offer in the Cork County Hall while face painting and story telling will take place in Aladdin’s Cave in the Everyman Palace Theatre.

The majority of the venues are within walking distance and Bus Eireann will provide free buses which will follow an orbital route and take people all over the city. Visitors can hop on and off these buses at any point and buskers will entertain passengers as they travel around the city by bus.

On 25th September Cork’s City Hall will be open from 9 am – 10 pm and further information on all events is available from each of the venues

The full Programme of events is available on

For all media queries please contact

Eimear O’Brien, Public Relations Consultant

Tel 086 8900364 






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