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For the 8th year running, Wicklow artists are working hard across the county to put on an excellent Culture Night – filled with events that are free for you, your family and friends. September 22nd marks a countrywide celebration of our culture and our communities, and we hope that you make the most of what is on offer in Wicklow County. We would like to thank all the artists and organisers for their enthusiasm, hard work, and their wonderful expression of cultural spirit. As you enjoy the night, don’t forget to share your experiences and photos via social media, using #CultureNight and #WicklowCulture. You can find us on Facebook as Wicklow Culture Night, and on Twitter as @artsoffice. We hope you have a great night. Jenny Sherwin, Arts Officer

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VISUAL ART / CRAFT Venue: Solace Studio Pottery / Place Studios, Riverwalk, Arklow. (Meehan Levins Architects Building, Condren’s Lane, Arklow) Time: 7.00 – 10.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: and Two open studio nights cheek by jowl in Arklow! Come along and take part in a fun and informative evening, and learn about the wide range of arts and craft available locally. Peir Leonard, Ceramic Artist, and Deirdre Burke, Artist and Printmaker, invite you to their studios for their joint exhibitions of ceramic wall art and jewellery, fine art and printmaking, woodcraft and metalcraft, all made by local craftspeople and artists. The evening will begin with live music, followed by print demonstrations, pottery demonstrations, poetry readings and more. Join us for an opening reception of wine and Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese.

MUSIC / FAMILY Venue: Arklow Library, Main Street, Arklow Time: 6.00 – 6.45pm Accessibility: Full disability access Booking: Essential. Contact 0402 39977 or arklowlibrary@ Website: Come along to our workshop and learn how to hold a bodhrán, the stick and the basics of getting the first few beats. This workshop is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it is fun, no pressure and great for all family members. Robbie from Bodhrán Buzz will guide your through the workshop and make sure you find your rhythm and beat! This workshop is sponsored by Music Generation Wicklow as part of their year round programme making music accessible to all young people. Places are limited, so make sure you book! Suitable for children aged 7 years and older.

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ANTHONY EAST MEETS CANNON WEST READS FROM MUSIC / FAMILY BOOM TOWN LITERATURE Venue: Arklow Library, Main Street, Arklow Time: 6.00 – 6.45pm Accessibility: Full disability access Booking: Advised. Contact 0402 39977 or arklowlibrary@ Website:

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Boom Town is a novel by Anthony Cannon based on the remarkable true story of the Kynoch factory, an enormous industrial enterprise which brought great prosperity to the town of Arklow, County Wicklow. By 1917, the factory employed five thousand men, women and children in the production of explosives for the British Army and the war in France. But this prosperity came at a cost, it damaged the health of many of its workers, and on the night of 21st of September disaster struck.

Venue: Arklow Library, Main Street, Arklow Time: 7.00 – 7.45pm Accessibility: Full disability access Booking: Advised. Contact 0402 39977 or arklowlibrary@ Website: Sacred Sounds is a group of very talented and gifted musicians who came together in 2016 to perform for Culture Night with musical director Bridget Kenny. This year’s concert is a celebration of the beauty of creation and the spiritual joy of nature all around us. We are delving into the vast repertoire of songs from South Korea and China to add variety to add an oriental view of spirituality. All the songs being performed are beautiful and with the amazingly talented singers we hope to bring a spirit of joy to all.

LISA HARDING READS FROM HARVESTING LITERATURE Venue: Arklow Library, Main Street, Arklow Time: 8.00 – 9.00pm Accessibility: Full disability access Booking: Advised. Contact 0402 39977 or arklowlibrary@ Website: Harvesting is the story of two girls trafficked to the murky world of the Dublin sex trade. The novel is built around the two central characters, Sammy and Nico, one from Dublin and the other from Moldova, whose lives collide in this treacherous world. Lisa will talk about how she came to research and write the book and will read extracts. There will be time for discussion afterwards.

Venue: Nun’s Cross Church, Ashford Time: 7.00 – 9.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: Alchemy Music presents a Culture Night celebration of music for all the family. This diverse concert will feature two versatile Ashford-based artists, Mike and Marta Nielsen, performing a charming repertoire for jazz guitar and accordion. Other performers on the night will include the dynamic and energetic traditional group Perfect Friction. The concert will also provide an opportunity for the audience to participate in some musicmaking under the direction of highlyexperienced community musician, Linda Ferguson. Come along and join the fun!



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TRADITIONAL MUSIC EVENING MUSIC / FAMILY Venue: The Old School, Aughrim Time: 7.30 – 8.30pm Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible Booking: Advised. Contact 086 0886770 (Breda) A wonderful evening of music performed by talented young local musicians. A great opportunity to hear traditional music played in solos, in duets, in trios and in groups, on a range of musical instruments. Presented by the Anne Devlin Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, which has long been teaching young people traditional music in the Aughrim area.


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Venue: Avoca Studio Gallery, Knockanode, Avoca Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised. Contact info@ or via the Facebook event page Website: Join Rod Coyne at his exhibition space and studio for a painting demonstration and talk, where he will be introducing a recent experiment of introducing reds into painted landscapes. “Recently I decided to introduce radical amounts of red into my landscapes regardless if they were there or not. [They] took on a completely other worldly feel.” Avoca Studio Gallery is home to Avoca Painting School, and on your visit you can meet the artist, view works in progress and preview brand new paintings.

Three of our award-winning house tours will be provided on the evening. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the 18th century Palladian mansion and the magnificent collection that it houses. The self-guided exhibition area, which tells the story of Russborough House and Parklands, its families and collections, will be open to the public throughout the evening.

Venue: Russborough, Blessington Time: 5.00 – 8.30pm Accessibility: Partly wheelchair accessible Booking: Booking not required Website


Venue: Russborough, Blessington Time: 5.00pm, 5.30pm & 6.00pm Accessibility: The first floor is not wheelchair accessible. Booking: Booking essential via the links below. 5.00pm tour: 5.30pm tour: 6.00pm tour: Website:


Visitors on Culture Night will be able to enjoy Russborough’s maze, fairy trail, treetrail, parklands and café until 8:30pm. Please be aware that the grounds must be locked by 8:45pm and the last entry to the maze will be at 7.30pm.

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RECREATE WORKSHOP VISUAL ART / FAMILY Venue: Russborough, Blessington Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Drop-in event Website:

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Don’t throw it out! ReCreate it! On Culture Night at Russborough, the ReCreate artists will create an open play space inviting children of all ages to come and explore the wonderful world of reused materials, inspiring curiosity and creativity for all. See what magic you can make from cardboard, yarn, chalks, crayons, glues and twine – and don’t forget to wear some old clothes!

CELLO CONCERT WITH AILBHE MCDONAGH MUSIC Venue: Russborough, Blessington Time: 7.00 – 8.15pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Booking essential via the link below. Website: Join accomplished Irish cellist Ailbhe McDonagh for an evening of classical music in the stunning surroundings of Russborough’s Saloon. Ailbhe performs throughout Ireland and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, she has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA and has appeared as a concerto soloist numerous times all over Ireland and abroad.



Venue: Russborough, Blessington Times: 5.30 – 6.15pm & 6.30 – 7.15pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Drop-in event Website:

Venue: Russborough, Blessington Times: 6.00 – 7.00pm (ages 7-10 years), 7.30 – 8.30pm (ages 11-15 years) Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Booking essential via the links below. For the workshop for 7-10 year olds: For the workshop for 11-15 year olds: These one-hour workshops, led by Dr. Carmel O’Sullivan of Trinity College Dublin, will introduce children and young people to ‘Social Drama’ as a fun and enjoyable approach to the development of personal and social skills for children with ASD and special educational needs. Introducing children to a fictional story, ‘Social Drama’ builds on their existing skills through a fun, participative and creative arts based process. These workshops are provided to create an opportunity for all children and young people to actively participate in and enjoy Culture Night 2017 in County Wicklow.

Presented by Talepipe, Love Stories of the Hearth is a bringing together of two great Irish cultural traditions – music and story – in one evening. Listen as master storyteller Brendan Nolan and magical uilleann piper Martin Nolan combine their skills to create a unique collaboration of love story and melody that celebrates the love of ages. Family friendly, aged 12 years and upwards.


For children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Special Educational needs

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Venue: Blessington Men’s Shed, Old Library Buildings, Blessington Time: 5.00 – 7.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised. Contact Pat Conlan, 086 0752072 Website: Come along to the Men’s Shed in Blessington for a session not to be missed. Join Rachel Conlan, Fear an Ti Mattie Lennon agus Muintir Blessington Comhaltas for music, tea, coffee and home baking! Rachel and friends will be performing from her highly acclaimed album A Quare Yield, which features Alan Reid and Marty Barry. Bígí linn!

Venue: Bray Town Hall, Main St, Bray Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised. Contact Website: brayliteraryfestival. To open the inaugural Bray Literary Festival, join us for an evening of Poetry, Music and Fighting Words in the stunning surroundings of Bray’s Town Hall. Enjoy the work of poets Kate Dempsey and Breda Wall Ryan, whose poetry will be accompanied by harpist Rachel Duffy. We’ve also invited Mark Davidson of Fighting Words (Enniskerry) to showcase some of the wonderful work they do by inviting two young writers/readers to share their work. In addition, winners of our poetry and flash fiction competitions will be invited to read their entries. Space is limited so early booking is advised.


BRAY CONCERT BAND MUSIC / FAMILY Venue: Civic Plaza, outside Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray Time: 6.15 - 6.55pm (approx.) Accessibility: Fully accessible Booking: Not required Website:

BOXED IN VISUAL ART / FAMILY Venue: Civic Plaza, outside Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray Time: 4.00 – 7.00pm Accessibility: Fully accessible Booking: Not required Website: outpostartiststudios This event is outdoors – come prepared! Outpost Studios will create a temporary cardboard structure which reflects on the current concerns of each studio member. This is both a pop-up sculpture and a performance at work. And as with life there may be some disagreements! Will you be able to help us? Come along and rescue us, or watch the struggle from the sidelines. A poll may be taken, elections will not be held.

Re-formed during the 80’s by Gerry Stafford, Bray Concert Band provides a fun, sociable and supportive environment for musicians from teens to adults. Bray Concert Band performs at many local events, festivals and fund-raisers, playing a broad variety of music - everything from traditional marches, to well-known songs from musicals, to arrangements of popular songs and music.

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This event will happen rain or shine, sun cream or brollies, so come prepared for the weather … and for dancing!




Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray Time: 6.45 – 7.15pm Accessibility: Fully accessible venue. Contact Mermaid Arts Centre if you have any questions. Booking: Not required Website: Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the working life of a Wicklow-based sculptor. Helen O’Connell will be installing her new exhibition in Mermaid, and lucky Culture Night audiences will get the unique chance to visit her in the gallery as she works on the installation of the exquisite works that will make up the exhibition. Come and meet Helen as she talks through the process of planning, sourcing materials and making a stone sculpture.

Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray Time: 8.00 – 10.00pm approx. Accessibility: Fully accessible venue. Contact Mermaid Arts Centre if you have any questions. Booking: Win tickets! See for details on how to enter Website: Competition Time! Win tickets to the new production by The Corn Exchange before it’s presented in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. See for details on how to enter. It’s 2025. A dangerous world for those who can’t afford to protect themselves. This house keeps safe a marriage, a partnership, a life of success and ease, a priceless collection and a daughter who has lacked for nothing; things seem perfect as a power couple prepares for a glitzy party among the art-world elite. But when the secret upon which this life is built threatens to push through the polished surface, questions about what is real and what is not can no longer be ignored. Inspired by Ibsen’s masterpiece, award-winning writer Belinda McKeon reimagines this exploration of honesty and power for a post-truth world.



The artists of Signal Arts Centre invite you to join them for a fun day of familyfriendly events on the theme of Equinox. Expect installations outside the Centre, workshops for children, belly dancers, folk singing, and face painting! 3.00 – 10.00pm I nstallation ready for viewing plus an interactive Commemorative Piece 3.00 – 5.00pm Worry Doll workshop for children (booking advised) 7.00 – 8.00pm Italian folk singing workshop with Antonella Di Palo (booking advised) 8.00 – 9.00pm Zoryanna Tribal Style Belly Dancers

CELEBRATE BRAZIL DANCE / PHOTOGRAPHY / FILM / FAMILY Venue: Cornerstone at The Well, Church Terrace, Main Street, Bray Time: 5.00 – 9.00pm (film at 5.00pm) Accessibility: Wheelchair access, except the balcony area Booking: Advised for the film. Contact tresbccguest@ Website: TresBrazilianCC To celebrate Culture Night 2017 and promote Brazilian culture within the Irish community, Tres Brazilian Cultural Centre and Cornerstone at the Well are delighted to present this unique event of quality Brazilian entertainment. There will be something for lovers of the arts and culture. Featuring, Forró a unique Brazilian style of music and dance, a photographic exhibition with beautiful images of Brazil and Bray taken by Brazilians, a fantastic screening of Brazilian cinema and the enthralling taste of Brazilian food. (Photo above by Neinar Veloso)

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Venue: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray Times: see below Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised for the workshops. Contact (01) 276 2039 or info@ Website:






Venue: Bray Public Library, Eglington Road, Bray Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised: Contact Sineaid or Catherine at cafewriterswicklow@ Website:

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Enjoy a night of storytelling presented by Café Writers Wicklow, as a host of writers including Grace Wynne-Jones and Frances Browner, recount tales of Wicklow life. We will remember the county’s rich tradition of film-making, local musicians and artists. There’ll be yarns remembering people and events, interwoven with poetry readings, as we celebrate Wicklow’s Stories. To finish, we look forward to some great anecdotes from our audience!

Venue: Perfect Theatre Studios, Bray Bowl, Quinsborough Road, Bray Time: 4.00 – 7.00pm Accessibility: Unfortunately, venue is not accessible Booking: Recommended. Contact 01 6799277 or book via website Website: Join the Gaiety School of Acting for an evening of fun that is just for kids! The school will be hosting a series of children’s drama workshops across the duration of the evening. These workshops are dedicated to inspiring your child using exciting acting techniques. The sessions are specific for ages 4-7, 8-11, and 12-15 years.


A celebration of Wicklow culture with West Wicklow Voices. Enjoy singers musicians, poets and authors all performing work associated with Wicklow. West Wicklow Voices recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary, and in this short time the choral group have not only performed in the National Concert Hall and in Rome, but have also recorded a number of charity singles for Inner City Helping Homeless, Mental Health Ireland, and Kenya Build. Their most recent single, an arrangement of Thomas Moore’s The Meeting Of The Waters, will be launched on Culture Night.

SAMBA DRUMMING WORKSHOP MUSIC / FAMILY Venue: Shoreline Leisure, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 6.00 – 7.00pm Booking: Advised. Contact Music Together Ireland’s Facebook page or call 085 804 6110 Website: and musictogetherireland Music Together returns with their very popular Samba Drumming workshop. Led by Music Together facilitator, participants will be provided with instruments like Brazilian drums, tambourines, shakers, hand percussion, djembes, bongos and congas. The session will include warm ups and guidance followed by improvisation and concluding in a short performance piece. All ages and abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Venue: Church of Ireland, Donard Time: 8.00 – 9.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised. Contact: westwicklowvoices.wixsite. com/home/contact





sacred, secular, traditional, ancient and contemporary works, largely unaccompanied and to the highest standard attainable by an amateur choir of 26 strong.


Contemporary Dance Showcase Curated by Karen Gleeson, this special occasion will give audiences a chance to witness some of Ireland’s greatest contemporary dance artists sharing their new works. The evening will comprise of a wide range of short performances, highlighting and celebrating everyone’s individual taste. If you want to see where dance is heading right now, this is your chance.

Venue: The Whale Theatre, Theatre Lane, adjacent Meridian Point, Hillside Road, Greystones Time: 5.00 – 8.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: The Whale Theatre presents three events for Culture Night 2017: Corde Chamber Choir Initiated by Paddy Demery and Catherine McCarthy and formed in January. Corde Chamber Choir have been formed to sing a wide range of music including

Classical Ballet Showcase The Goode School of Dance was established in 1989 by Rachel Goode and trains students in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Jazz from 3 years old. Classes are held in a friendly atmosphere encouraging good posture, confidence, musicality, creativity and a love of dance.


VISUAL ART / CRAFT / PHOTOGRAPHY / FAMILY Venue: The Boat Yard Gallery, Greystones Harbour, Beside La Creperie, Greystones Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: If you’ve never been to The Boat Yard Gallery, now is the chance to visit its unique location in a restored boat workshop in the original old boat yard of Greystones harbour. Enjoy an extended exhibition of work by local artists, designers, jewellery makers and photographers; you’ll also have the chance to watch resident silversmith Jason McGabhann give live demonstrations of how he makes some of his beautiful work. Refreshments will be provided on the evening.

Join author Carmel Uí Cheallaigh as she reads some of her stories for 4-7 years olds in Irish and English, in a relaxing, quiet atmosphere.



TALK / LITERATURE Venue: Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Required. Contact (01) 287 3548 Website: Join us for a talk on the life and works of the great novelist and short story writer William Trevor. The talk will be presented by Dolores MacKenna, author of the critical biography William Trevor: The Writer and his Work, who is considered one of the foremost authorities on the writer.

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Venue: Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Required. Contact (01) 287 3548 Website:






Venue: Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones Time: 5.45 – 6.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website:

Venue: Hollywood Community Centre, Hollywood Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Advised. Contact

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Greystones Orchestra has been making music together in the local community for more than 26 years. A group of players from the Orchestra will charm you with some of their much-loved repertoire that covers a wide variety of works and musical genres, from classical to popular. Suitable for all the family.

2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and to commemorate this most loved author, the Hollywood Community Forum would like to invite you to join them at a screening of the film adaptation of one of her celebrated novels. Persuasion, filmed in 2007, is the story of a woman who gets a second chance. This romantic classic, a truly beautifully filmed story, has outstanding acting, costumes and music, and is the most romantic of all Jane Austen’s novels. This event to honour Jane Austen’s life will be followed by discussion and a wine and cheese reception.

Venue: Wicklow Brewery, Main Street, Redcross Time: 8.30 – 11.00pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: A fun night of exploring Irish traditional culture with Trad Sult. Come along to learn about and enjoy traditional music, Sean-nós dancing, storytelling, traditional singing of some Wicklow songs, and some set dancing including the Wicklow Set! A great evening’s entertainment.

SONG ENCHANTED EVENING MUSIC Venue: Dominican Chapel, Dominican College, Convent Road, Wicklow Town Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm Accessibility: Wheelchair access Booking: Not required Website: avondalevoices Lorna Breen (Soprano) and the Avondale Voices Community Choir return to the Dominican Chapel to host another Song Enchanted Evening following last year’s highly successful concert. They are joined by special guests Matthew Wylie (Classical Violinist) and Shira Brady (Contralto) performing in the beautiful ambiance of the Chapel with its noted acoustics and stunning visual appeal. They will each be accompanied on piano by Adam McDonagh in a popular mix of easy listening and classical favourites.

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Wicklow County Council wishes to thank the following people, organisations, and venues for making Culture Night 2017 a success: All the voluntary groups and organisations featured in this programme, whose energy and commitment makes Culture Night possible. Wicklow County Arts Office Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre Russborough House Wicklow County Library Service Lian Bell, Wicklow County Culture Night Coordinator Ronan McDonnell, Graphic Design

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

Wicklow Culture Night 2017 programme  
Wicklow Culture Night 2017 programme  

Details of the 34 events happening across Wicklow County on 22nd September 2017.