Culture Night plans to take over our streets!

With the announcement of further re-opening of the arts and cultural sector the return of evenings of music, art, dance and theatre are now tantalisingly close. The event that heralds the Autumn arts season, Culture Night plans to take over our streets and venues on Friday 17th September! Culture Night once again presents a rich showcase with over 70 venues and organisations taking part and this year’s theme is ‘Come together again’. While certain events are to be enjoyed virtually much of the 2021 programme can be accessed in person in line with new guidelines as they come on stream, welcome news to those craving that cultural experience. With numbers still very limited patrons are advised to check booking requirements and, if their plans change, to please release the tickets to allow someone else attend. Among the highlights this year are ‘Upstaged – Culture Night in the Park’, a celebration of street arts planned for Fitzgerald’s Park. Part of this event is a walkabout pageant ‘The Marriage Of Cultures’ from Cork Puppetry Company with more fun arts activities still being added to the line-up. Fitzgerald’s Park is home to Cork Public Museum which, as always, will be open, and Sample Studios will show the exhibition ‘Slow Puncture’ by Lily O’ Shea in the Lord Mayor’s Pavilion. Also in Fitzgerald’s Park, but to be seen in various other city locations too, are elements of GRAFT, five temporary public artworks commissioned by the Glucksman and the National Sculpture Factory together. Encompassing film, sound, ceramics, textiles and metal, these very different works by notable artists Bríd Murphy, Adam Gibney, Seoidín Sullivan, Linda Quinlan and Vanessa Donoso Lopez form a trail to find and to follow. IndieCork festival’s ‘Creative Cork Showcase’ will delight film buffs, longing for cinema seats and popcorn and a programme of Cork shorts from recent years will be shown at the festival’s partner venue The Gate Cinema especially for Culture Night, as a taste of the festival which begins on September 19th. Another Cork City Art Trail sees an exhibition by artist Ciara Chapman in shop windows around the city. This unique exhibition ties in with September as Chronic Pain Month and the visual representation of the artist’s struggle is intended to reassure those dealing with pain of any kind that they are not alone. ‘Rembrandt in Print’ is the title of another exhibition featuring a collaborative Print Studio with Cork Printmakers which will be showcased at the Crawford Art Gallery. Leeside’s celebration of culture continues with a special event at St Peter’s Cork that explores Multicultural Spaces, and event which aims to showcase the many vibrant international cultures present in Cork city. To book or pre-register see www.culturenightcork.ie

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