The Kerry County Council backed Culture Night 2016 will impact locally with a free concert at Scartaglin Heritage Centre by Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch on Friday, September 16th at 7-30pm.
The dual purpose event will also see the launch of the 2016 / 2017 season of Handed Down concerts and talks.
Culture Night has provided an occasion on which arts and cultural organisations have developed the habit of opening their doors with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for the general public to attend and enjoy.
Towns and Villages
“Kerry County Council Arts Office has been busy co-ordinating the events again this year along with arts groups and other organisations happy to get involved and give a free night of cultural events to their communities,” according to an update from the council.
Culture Night is an easy-going, relaxed way of enjoying all that’s on offer in towns and villages throughout the county.
Song and Dance
There will be music, song and dance at several venues throughout the Killarney Municipal District. At St.Mary’s Church of Ireland up-and-coming talents Grace Foley, Sarah Finnan and Lorraine Nash will perform as well as the Scotia Ensemble.
The School House in Muckross will host Frankie Gavin and Dé Dannan in concert and Afro Trad present From Kampala to Killarney at 8pm at the KDYS Youth Centre, Killarney.
Evenings of Music
Killarney CCÉ dancers and musicians will provide outdoor entertainment at Killarney Courthouse. While Kilcummin Rambling House and Tureencahill are all hosting evenings of music, song and dance. There is a set dancing ceilí at Fossa Community Centre with the Uí Bhriain Céilí Band.
For movie buffs Killarney House and Gardens will be the venue for open air screenings of The War of the Buttons (PG rating) at 7 pm and Older Than Ireland at 9pm.
Visual Art and Literature
This documentary tells the story of one hundred years through the eyes of thirty centenarians and their extraordinary stories of Ireland and the director of the film, Alex Fegan, will be present afterwards for a question and answer session.
Theatre, visual art and literature also feature in the programme for Culture Night. The second Kerry Visual Artists Showcase will be launched at the Department of Arts in Killarney.
The Killarney Art Gallery is keeping its doors open late with an invite to browse the work of local and national artists on display.
Writer in Residence Máire Holmes will introduce the aims of her new residency and host an open mic night at Killarney Library.
Gabriel on the Ghost Bus
Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice will lead a tour, courtesy of the Killarney Ghost Bus, out to Muckross Abbey where he will speak about the three renowned Gaelic poets buried there.
And theatre lovers have the chance to see Donal Courtney’s play about Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty God Has No Country at the Gleneagle Hotel.
Remember, all events are free of charge. Some may require booking, so please check online at www.culturenight.ie or www.culturekerry.com or pick up a programme or contact The Arts Office at Kerry County Council for more info on 066 71 83 541.
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