Culture Night in Kilkenny September 21st

Culture Night

On Friday September 21st Kilkenny’s galleries, venues, studio and theatre will open their doors late into the evening offering FREE events for all to enjoy. So please take this opportunity to experience and enjoy a diverse range of fun and entertainment, including music, visual art, craft, stories, poetry and plays. The only difficulty will be deciding what to do first!

Enjoy a lunchtime concert in the Watergate Theatre listening to the intricate melodies of the talented South Korean pianist Young – Choon Park. This pianist has been described as a child prodigy, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 at just seven years old. Now years later she performs over 50 concerts a year all over the world, and performs with many leading orchestras. So it is an honour to invite her to Kilkenny for this special occasion. She was described by the Sunday Times as ‘… individually refreshing, while demonstrating real passion and style as well as outstanding technical proficiency….’

If you feel like getting more involved pop down to the National Craft Gallery for an evening of music, performance and workshops! ‘Culinary Culture’ will guarantee fun for all the family, as you make music using kitchen utensils with local percussion performers, print your own designs on tea cloths or invent your own foodie sculptures. This feast of Culinary Culture is inspired by the current exhibition ‘Utensil’ an exhibition of European artists and product designers who present alternative approaches to tableware.

Down in Hole in the Wall the two poets Michael Coady and Kitt Fryatt will share not only their wise words but also passionate ones, as they hold an intimate discussion on sustainable writing followed by poetry readings. They share their insights as professional poets and discuss the various avenues available to a poet, including issues like publishing, editing and other grounding notions of the modern writer. The poetry reading will allow you too, to become a part of this event and share some words of your own in this cosy and intimate setting.

The Butler Gallery are hosting a night of atmospheric exploration through the virtual, musical and everything inbetween. ‘Really: Virtual’ boasts a variety of events such as video works, talks, documentaries, plays, music and photography.
To name a few we are invited to join the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck on a journey of the surreal as he displays a selection of his video works. Op de Beeck is known for his much-acclaimed ‘Sea of Tranquillity’, and his work revolves around our problematic relationship with space, time and each other. Lynn McGrane touches more on this subject with a talk ‘What’s Wrong with this Picture?’ looking at some of the ideas behind how our contemporary realities are partly lived by a representation of ourselves. And the musician Rory Grubb rounds off the evening with his haunting melodies. His dream like and atmospheric quality make this a performance not to miss.

The City Library celebrates the event with a night of traditional storytelling. Welcoming all singers, storytellers and dancers this night promises to be an interesting one. Hosted by Mr Robert Lambert the Fear an Tí at ‘Kyle Forge Storytelling House’ in Wexford, and other storytellers who’s involvement is for their love of this activity. So bring a friend and get involved!

Be enthralled by ‘The Art of Music’ down in St Canices Cathedral, presented by Donal Dineen and introducing Gullermo Carrion and Matiu O’Casaide. This beautiful and rare live performance is the second in the Art of Music installment. Bringing together both the practice of art and performance of music, and exploring the links between painting and sound. The artist Gullermo works to a live improvised soundtrack created by Donal Dineen and uileann pipe player Matiu O’Casside. What’s in the air is absorbed on the palette, and bars and notes become lines and colour. The Art of Music is about bringing the two into a room and seeing what happens.

If you feel like getting out of the city for the night, head out to Castalia Hall in Callan to catch the musician and composer Sam Jackson on tour as he launches his debut album ‘Sharp and Flat’. Sam Jackson is a prize-winning composer and producer of original music for film, TV and theatre, he is critically acclaimed for his work with Druid Theatre, the Abbey Theatre and Moya Brennan of Clannad. He will be performing a blend of jazz, classical and traditional styles with projections & found sounds. For more information on this event go to:

ALL CULTURE NIGHT EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE! So make the most of it with family and friends and enjoy a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure in Kilkenny.

Brochures and maps will be available at the following venues: *Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, no. 76 John Street, *County Hall, *City Hall, the *Butler Gallery, the *National Craft Gallery, *Rothe House, *St. Canices Cathedral, the *Tholsel, the *Hole In The Wall, the *Blackbird Gallery, the *Watergate Theatre, *MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, *Blackstack Studio,*Libraries and the Tourist office.

Contact details regarding further details of the individual events are on the brochures. You can also contact Kilkenny County Council Arts Office at 056 779 4138 or /
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