Culture Night Finding its Virtual Way Through 2020 Abnormality

Dan O’Connell Memorial Award winner, PJ Teahan flanked by his wife and daughter, Siobhán and Eilish with Tomás MacUileagóid (left) and Aidan Connolly who presented the lecture: The Cronins from Raeboy at the January 2020 Handed Down night at the Sliabh Luachra Heritage Centre, Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy 18-1-2020
Details with a difference: Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen with Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly announcing details of Culture Night 2020

Culture Night is happening in Kerry and all will be revealed, with unprecedented abnormally, on Friday, September 18th with lots of the events online to ensure public safety while still providing arts and cultural groups the opportunity of showcasing their work to the general public.

Virtual Showcase Launched

Every year the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is launched on Culture Night. This year the launch will be held online, with a 360 panoramic view of the gallery available on Kerry County Arts  Facebook page from 6pm on Friday, September 18th.

Exhibition Catalogue Access

There will also be images of the artists’ works, speeches and access to the exhibition catalogue.

The Fanzini Brothers will be online with a visual extravaganza full of their signature flair and fun. Catherine Young’s Welcoming Project will be online with a Retrospective of what the innovative dance initiative has achieved using dance as a means of social integration.

A Credit To Arts And Culture Groups

The county museum has taken a number of events online already this year, and Culture Night will be the same with music and tours available from the Museum’s website on the night.

“It’s a credit to arts and culture groups in Kerry that they are adjusting and adapting to these strange circumstances we are in,” said Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council arts officer.

“I would urge people to virtually drop in to as many events as possible on Culture Night and show their support via views and clicks and likes until the time comes again when we can show our appreciation with applause,” said Ms. Kennelly.

Jimmy Deenihan Organising

One venue that is hosting a physical event is St. John’s Theatre in Listowel. While the event features live performances it is not open to the public on the night. It will be live-streamed on St John’s Facebook page.

They’re also hosting events run by the Listowel Writers’ Museum in Tales from the Kingdom and a harping event organised by Jimmy Deenihan.

Dingle, Killarney and Tralee Events

The Dingle Hub is hosting an online exhibition by Silke Michels and the artist group Mink will have an online launch of their exhibition which is hanging at ANAM cultural centre in Killarney. Rebecca Lyons in Tralee has taken her Origami installation online and Ionad an Bhlascaoid is hosting an exhibition tonn-fuaime / sound wave / organised by Áine Ní Chiobháin that will be online.

An exhibition by Roisín Ní Chionnfhaolaidh is being hosted online by the Anja Gnauck Gallery while the local Creative Youth Partnership will have an exhibition visible from The Mall, Tralee – Windows on Windows.

Handed Down / World Fiddle Day Scartaglin

The mid May World Fiddle Day Scartaglin was yet another casualty of the Covid-19 sweep of events and PJ Teahan has announced a postponement of the coming season of the Handed Down Lecture and Concert series – which would have been season number seven.

However, he will ensure that his group’s enterprises will have a presence i lár an aonaigh come Culture Night 2020.

“We’re delighted to be part of Culture Night Kerry and thank the Kerry County Arts Office for the invitation.

“We hope you will enjoy the film ‘ What was in the Air’ shot during our 2018 World Fiddle Day from the back of Tom Fleming’s Bar. It was presented by Maggie Prendiville-Keane and featuring a cast of locals and visitors.

Links to be added nearer to the date,” said PJ.

Online Music Workshops For Children

Heritage Iveragh is taking its popular Rock Art By Night tour online this year as well, so people from far and wide can see from the comfort of their own homes this ancient visual art.

Music Generation Kerry is hosting online music workshops for children and young people.

“I would encourage everyone to try this new way of experiencing Culture Night,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Patrick Connor-Scarteen.

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“Online events give more people the opportunity to take part safely and enjoy what Kerry arts and culture has to offer,” he said.

Information on events can be found at, on Kerry County Arts’ social media (@KerryCoArts) and by emailing or calling 066 7183541.

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