It’s Culture Night – But Not as We Know It !

American fiddle player, Skip Gorman listens as Peter Browne delivers his take on the playing of airs during the ‘What was in the Air’ discussion in Fleming’s Bar at the 2018 World Fiddle Day Scartaglin. Elaine Prendiville filmed the event and it will be part of tonight’s Culture Night Kerry on-line offering. ©Photograph: John Reidy 19-5-2018

Culture Night is happening in Kerry!  On this Friday, September 18th. lots of the events are online to ensure public safety while still providing arts and cultural groups the opportunity of showcasing their work to the Kerry public.

Every year the Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase is launched on Culture Night.

This evening the launch will be held online, with a virtual launch available on Kerry County Arts’ Facebook from 6pm.

Images of The Artists’ Work

There will also be images of the artists’ works 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 specially commissioned dance performance film and retrospective of what the innovative initiative has achieved using dance as a means of social integration.

Music From Sliabh Mis Ccé

The County Museum has taken a number of events online already this year, and Culture Night will be the same with music from Sliabh Mis CCÉ available from the Museum’s website on the night. Afro Trad will be streaming live from St.Mary’s Church onto their Facebook page.

Appreciation Via Applause

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 Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly.

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.”

St. John’s Listowel

St. John’s Theatre in Listowel will be live-streaming a music and poetry evening from 7pm on their Facebook page – this event includes an airing of the storytelling project by Listowel Writers’ Museum – Tales from the Kingdom – and a harping event organised by Jimmy Deenihan.

The Dingle Hub

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.

Writer In Residence On-Line

Kerry writer in residence Máire Holmes will host an online open mic in conjunction with the Lesley Collins Writing Group while Lixnaw Comahltas and Scartaglin’s Handed Down / World Fiddle Day are both providing online entertainment. There are plenty more events happening – go to to search the listings for Kerry.

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

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


Catherine Young – Welcoming The Stranger

The Welcoming Project is moving online for Culture Night with a packed two hours of programming including classes in West African and Palestinian dabke dance, and a new dance film showcasing the company’s dance and music works.

West African Dance Class
Yahya Kamaté will lead a West African Dance class live over zoom from New Jersey and Salma Ataya will lead a class in Palestinian Dabke dance. Presented by Catherine Young Dance, in association with Kerry County Council, The Arts Council, Creative Ireland and Siamsa Tire.

The Welcoming Project – Online Dance Performances & workshops with The Welcoming Project

National Circus Festival of Ireland: Fiúntas

Fiúntas is a specially commissioned video piece from the National Circus Festival of Ireland and Kerry County Council Arts Office featuring 6 circus artists shot around locations in Tralee, Co Kerry. It is a response to the social value of the artist, a questioning of purpose and worth of the arts and artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The artists are Tom Campbell, Michaela Heyer, Henrik Gard, Ali Stanger, Hannes Jung and Con Horgan. The piece is written and directed by Con Horgan, filmed and edited by Maurice Supple with music and soundscape compositions by Con Horgan

Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase

This professionally curated annual exhibition includes artists from or living in Kerry, with work presented across many media and genres within visual arts.

The exhibition will have a virtual launch on the Arts Office facebook page (@KerryCoArts). Features: Fiachra Crowley, Elouise Flannery, Eileen Kennedy, Eveleen Murphy, Ann McNamee, Jacqueline O’Driscoll, Kate Plum, Kayleigh Ryall, Chris Shaw, Dana Winder.

Information on events can be found at, on Kerry County Arts’ social media (@KerryCoArts) and by emailing or calling 066 71 83541.