10 things to do in Wicklow on Cultural Night Out 2022
CULTURE Night returns to County Wicklow on Friday, September 23, with 32 free events taking place in local towns, cities and rural areas.
Culture Night is a national moment, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the rich and varied culture cherished and nurtured in people’s lives.
This year the Wicklow Arts Office has collaborated, supported and funded a series of events and activities across the county for Culture Night, with continued support from the Arts Council, Creative Ireland and Local Live Performance Programming Scheme provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media and Creative Ireland.
Here we highlight eight of the best things to do in County Wicklow on cultural night out.
Journey through exploring the culture of Arklow
Arklow Music and Arts is organizing and managing the first-ever Arklow Culture Crawl on Culture Night, which will feature musicians, bands, artists, poets, actors and more. You’ll be driven through the streets of Arklow stopping at cultural and historical sites along the way to soak up all that’s on offer
The events will start at 6:50 p.m. where people will meet at St Savior’s Church on Coolgreaney Road and leave at 7:00 p.m. sharp to finish at 11:00 p.m. Remember to bring your walking shoes and appropriate clothing!
The lineup of artists includes: Devin Reardon, Crinniu led by Rosari Kinsella, Suantrai Choir led by Sarah Clancy, Tommy Breen and The Cailini, A Chairde – Geraldine Hamilton, Mary Graham, Kathryn Noone, Tony Byrne Percussionist, Aaron T Bone Jazz Guitarist , Arklow Revival Gospel Choir, Dynamics conducted by Jennifer Lee, Cor na hAbhann conducted by Jennifer Lee, Wicklow Miners CCE Trad Group, Avril O’ Toole, Fionn and Roisin Vigors, The Kinsella’s, Kate O’Sullivan Poetry and Drama Recital, Eleanor O ‘ Reilly, Haiku Demonstration (Japanese poetry), Niki Purcell (artist), Ann Marie Williams Graphic Designer, Robin James Hunt Scottish Folk Singer, Arklow Pipeband, Christine Dunne Firmo and Richard Dunne, Sean Fox, Bri Elle Finn and Pat Power.
Places visited include St. Savior’s Church, Corner House, Tom’s Lane, Arklow Christian Community Church (Old Nun’s Chapel, St. Mary’s Road), Ormonde Cinema, Arklow Library, The Arklow Town Center Bandstand, Bradshaw’s Lane and Arklow Golf Club.
A free bus will be available from 9.30pm outside McMullans to bring people from the library to Arklow Golf Club at the end of the walk.
Watch Kila live at Baltinglass
Billed as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands, Kíla will perform at Fatima Hall, Baltinglass at 8.30pm.
The concert is part of their tour celebrating 35 years of songwriting and wowing audiences with their unique brand of traditional fusion.
Often defined as contemporary Irish world music, Kíla fuses the effects of their own melodies and Irish lyrics (gaeilge), Irish folk instruments such as whistles, fiddles, Uilleann pipes, bones and bodhrán with djembe , congas, drums, mandolins, brass and acoustics. /electric guitars/ basses.
Their performance will be preceded by harpist Aisling Ennis and soprano Catherine Redding, who present a recital of evocative and charming pieces by Fauré, Debussy, Bellini and Strauss from 6:30 p.m.
Booking is not essential but it is recommended.
Costumes and stories for children in Bray
Signal Arts Center in Bray will host a celebration of art through the ages, starting at 2 p.m. with workshops, dress-up and storytelling for kids. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite early art or artwork and will receive a polaroid keepsake. The workshops for children will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Song and Cooking in Dunlavin
Local singer-songwriter Amy Barrett takes the stage at Market Square in Dunlavin for a special concert starting at 8 p.m.
In 2018, Amy’s debut single, “Emilio”, directly became the highest new Irish iTunes chart entry and reached number two on the singer/songwriter chart behind George Ezra. She is a multiple winner of Wicklow’s Scor na nOg solo singing competition and won an All Ireland Community Games gold medal for singing.
Market Square will also host a fun interactive cooking demonstration presented by celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio, originally from Wicklow, starting at 6 p.m. Catherine will demonstrate a delicious new dish specially designed for this festive event.
Free Music Festival at the Avon in Blessington
Join the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival on Culture Night for a magical evening of music in the beautiful setting of The Avon, on the shores of Blessington Lakes.
The second of two free Culture Night shows at the Avon features the Yurodny Ensemble. Founded in 2007 by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, this diverse nine-piece musical ensemble performs contemporary interpretations of traditional music from around the world, as well as new works by composers inspired by these traditions. For this concert they will perform music from Macedonia, Egypt, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania and Turkey, as well as new music from Miklós Lukács and Cora Venus Lunny.
The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. Please note that this event takes place under a weatherproof marquee. Avon’s food court will be open until 9 p.m. Choose from a selection of high-end sweet and savory food trucks, plus an outdoor bar.
The other event taking place at The Avon features two of Ireland’s most accomplished percussionists, Caitríona Frost and Paddy Nolan. Enjoy a feast of party-fueled percussive virtuosity. An ideal way to discover the different instruments that make up the percussion family, including marimba, vibraphone, drums and tambourines.
The concert starts at 6.30pm and will feature music by Elliot Cole, Philip Glass and Casey Cangelosi as well as an original composition by Caitríona based on techniques normally found in traditional Irish music.
Jazz Celebration at Greystones
The Whale Theater in Greystones will stage an intergenerational celebration of jazz music featuring some of Ireland’s most celebrated jazz masters alongside a new generation of young, emerging jazz musicians. Covering some of the many distinct jazz styles and showcasing a range of different instruments, this diverse evening will create a true Jazz Club vibe and begin at 7 p.m.
Follow the beat on Bray’s seafront
Laura Murphy Dance presents Abacus on the Bray waterfront at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Nine women carry 18 buckets in a finely tuned choreography: lifting and swinging, twirling and banging to the rhythm of the industrial drum.
Abacus is a hypnotic journey through the factory making a spectacle of the banal. Choreographer Laura Murphy finds humanity in mass production and hears music where others hear noise. Grab a bucket and line up.
Meet Cappy at the courthouse
Mark ‘Cappy’ Caplice, who just teamed up with the Grammys to create a song for their ‘Re-Imagined at home’ project, headlines Culture Night at the Courthouse Arts Center in Tinahely.
Expect a multi-dimensional experience of sound and vision with live music from Mark, Layzee Gold and Sam Ali; while visual artist Liing Heaney will animate the buildings of the cityscape with projections of his CGI film exploring Tomnafinnoge Woods in digital space. It starts at 7:30 p.m.
Get creative with nature and mosaics at Rathdrum
A fun family Geli Plate Burning Workshop takes place at the Rathdrum Library, starting at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate culture night and the change of seasons by foraging for fallen leaves, feathers, and reusing and recycling interesting textured objects to use as the subject for your print. Learn about registration, composition, negative and positive space, ink, and print a one-of-a-kind print to take home. Reservation essential, please call (0404) 43232 during library opening hours.
You can create your own mosaic at Rathdrum Library with a workshop with Laura O’Hagan, starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the workshop, the library will give participants a template on which to draw a simple line drawing of the proposed design. This will be approximately 15 cm squared.
The workshop will consist of learning the technique of making a mosaic, participants will use the tools provided to cut the components and produce a finished mosaic during this workshop. Participants must wear suitable shoes, no sandals or flip flops.
A look back at the historic women of Bray
The Bray Literary Festival presents “Reviving Forgotten Women,” a celebration of music and poetry, taking place at the Bray Library beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The evening features music written and performed by poet and composer Catherine Ann Cullen and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Imogen Gunner, reflecting not only the women of 100 years ago, but also their continuing influences on our lives today. The material will cover women in the decade of commemorations: poetry and songs about women in 1914-23, from suffragettes to rebels in 1916, Monto prostitutes, pioneering politicians and Civil War doctors.
The second part of this event “Near the Surface – Writing Forgotten Women in the Present” will include readings by renowned poets: Emily Cooper, Jo Burns and Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal.
To find out more about any of these events or the many other culture night activities taking place in County Wicklow, visit culturenight.ie