Get ready for a fun weekend in Galway on this Culture Night

Photo credit: Joe Lee

There’s plenty to be excited about for a night out this weekend, as Culture Night returns in style this Friday for an artsy night out in Galway.

Galway City Council has released the full list of events taking place in the city this Friday, where there is sure to be something for everyone.

More than 40 events are planned in the city during Culture Night, to which more than 200 artists working in theater, cinema, dance, visual arts and much more have contributed.

This isn’t even the start of all the events happening across the county for art lovers to get out and have fun this weekend.

There will also be a series of walking tours in the city for anyone who wants a guided overview of street art, history, crafts and more. from Galway.

The Galway City Cultural Night takes place on Friday 17th September. The program was organized by Jane Hanberry in partnership and funded by Galway City Council.

The full schedule of events for this weekend is:

visual arts

Spend your Culture Night immersed in the artwork of local and international artists. Kicks off at 11am with 21 stunning custom painted currach sculptures commissioned to celebrate the 21 years of Áras Éanna, the Inis Óirr Arts Center, on display in the NUI Galway Quadrangle.

From 3pm, the GMIT (Official) welcomes “Plan C: Whereabouts? », The showcase of the Master in Creative Practice for 2020 and 2021 graduates, organized by Ruby Wallis and Michaële Cutaya. It presents the work of 21 students through multiple media such as painting, sculpture, textiles, installation and cinema.

Musical guests will accompany a group exhibition starting at 4 p.m. at Art in Mind featuring works from resident studios and guest artists featuring sculpture, painting, ceramics and photography. As 5 p.m. kicks off the Galway Cartoon Festival program launch at the Cornstore.

Why not stop by the Claddagh Art Collective for an exhibition by Joe Westcott and Jarlath Tourish where the couple have created a tattoo and art studio where they push their creative limits with painting, sculpture and photography.

While you’re in Galway’s Westend, why not stop by the Galway Arts Center (which will stay open until 11pm). Over ten years, this exhibition traces the evolution, visual concerns and subtle changes in direction of Ger Sweeney’s work.

Around the corner, Margaret Nolan will present ‘Iconic’, an exhibition of drawings and collages in the windows of Tigh Neachtain and 2 Wild Geese.

As the sun sets, Marqu VR will have a magnificent architectural projection screen to create 3D illusions on the Town Hall Theater Galway.

You can end the evening at the Latin Quarter of Galway, where Dolores Lyne has put on a fantastic showcase of eight Galway City art collectives that will be shown on the TV screens of Dáil Bar Galway and Front Door Pub Galway.

Walking tours

Join Karen O’Leary, a National Tour Guide at 1:00 PM to think outside the box and explore what you might call the Galway Open Air Art Gallery.

Color, beauty and inspiration are added to side streets by renowned local and international street performers including Finbar 247, Sutek_west, Danleo and Shane O’Malley. This is possibly the most Instagramable tour you’ve ever been on.

The 14th Galway Scouts invite the public to attend a series of campfire performances starting at 5:00 p.m. where young members will welcome an audience to an interactive campfire experience sharing the joy of improvising and telling stories. campfire songs, and of course cooking a toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two chocolate digestives.

The Galway City Museum in Ireland presents this year’s ‘History Blitz’ starting at 5.30pm which walks to visit memorial sites relating to the 1916-23 period around the city center. Guest speakers will take eight minutes each to talk about the people who are commemorated in monuments and street names, or who have portrayed them in literature.

A bilingual traditional craft demonstration / exhibit will take place at the Westside Community Resource Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., presented and demonstrated by the craft tutor, Máirtín Davy.

Join Brendan J Hynes for the “Galway Famous People, Theater and Literature Tour” at 6.30pm. The tour will take you on a journey of discovery that will highlight key aspects of the city’s cultural and artistic side.

For a more self-guided walking tour, with audio commentary, come see the Drowned Galway exhibit. Find yourself immersed in the near future of Galway, where the abnormal has become normal, and where flooding and rising sea levels have transformed the city into hoping it will rain.

Photo credit: Joe Lee

But despite the excitement of returning to the streets of Galway for a taste of the arts, missed by locals and loved by visitors, there will still be an online events schedule this Friday also for people who may not be able to. do it. go out this weekend.

Online Events

A 15 minute documentary by Mary Cunningham features interviews with people who swam in Salthill in the 60s. The documentary looks back on fifty years ago this month, the “Men Only” sign was removed from the lobby from the Blackrock swimming area.

Eva’s Echo features a repeat play of Dose, featuring actors from three countries performing together through the wonders of digital theater. The new comedy-drama explores toxic family dynamics, mental health issues and struggles unique to same-sex relationships.

Moth and Butterfly present a special cultural evening of storytelling and improvisation featuring the ensemble and guest storytellers. The stories will be a combination of traditional fairy tales, true storytelling and improvised stories – all on the theme of the Culture Night of “Come Together Again”.

Featured Online, The Harmonica Fixer, is a short film that showcases musician Cathal Johnson’s work as a musician and harmonica technician, repairing and customizing harmonicas for Andy Irvine and many others.

The Fontanella Dance company shares its commission for the solo dance film ‘Plurabelle’. Kristyn Fontanella draws on her knowledge of traditional dance to create new patterns and rhythmic forms inspired by the rain falling on her body and the landscape of South Galway.

Ballybane Public Library will broadcast Galway City librarians discussing reading during the pandemic, joined by guest panelist, poet Rita Ann Higgins, reading from her recently published collection Pathogens Love a Patsy: Pandemic & Other Poems. Galway City Library hosts storyteller Rab Fulton and Galway City Library for a wonderful “folk and fairy tale session”.

Why not learn what the Irish mean when they say ‘Great’, ‘I go yeah! And “What’s the craic” with comedian and English teacher Steve Bennett in the “Culture Through Comedy” online workshop.

Planet Science will also be giving a digital workshop for children to explore different subjects in Science. Children will gain hands-on science experience by exploring topics that include, but are not limited to, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology.

Even more live events

The final plaque on the Galway Poetry Trail will be unveiled at 2:30 p.m. in association with Kenny’s Bookstore and the Cuirt International Literature Festival. The limestone slab will feature Gerard Reidy’s poem ‘Vortex’ – a tribute to Galway in which the poet describes his coming to Galway for the first time as a UCG student, from a small area in western Mayo. .

This is the 25th plaque on the Galway Poetry Trail, a series of bronze and limestone plaques dotted around Galway City, each with a writing about their location.

Morgan Creative will present two songs from their original musical, “Immortal” to the Galway City Museum at 7pm. Immortal is the next chapter in Irish folklore. The story takes place between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and Galway today.

It was created by Morgan Creative, brothers Luke and Jake Morgan, and features original songs that strive to present our rich local history and Celtic traditions to modern audiences.

The Galway Community Circus will host Circus SWAP: The Battle of All Battles, Circus Style at 6 pm from the St. Joseph Community Center. Circus SWAP is a fun, silly, and laugh-out-loud event where professional circus performers, members of the Galway Community Circus and anyone who wants to try, exchange, share and fight their best circus tricks.

Forge Clay Studios will open at 4 p.m. for a botanical press workshop and wheel-throwing demonstrations from Forge members and professionals Aoife Natsumi Frehan, Anne Rumph and Rory Clark.

As a follow-up to the first film “The Harmonica Fixer” which will be shown online for Culture Night, Cathal Johnson and all the musicians involved in the film will perform outdoors at Crane Bar from 6pm.

Bádóirí an Chladaigh returns to Claddagh Basin for Culture Night after a summer of sailing. The beloved prostitutes and gleóiteogs that adorn our coast are a combination of design, craftsmanship, artistry and seamanship. Join The Naomh Crónan, The Manuela and The Croí an Chladaigh at the quayside from 8:30 p.m.

Livefeed is a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project for young people (aged 13-18) interested in music performance, production and promotion. For this very special event, Livefeed will present a showcase of the original music of some of the many talented participants of the project. Taking place in the beautiful setting of the Cornstore Arcade from 7 p.m., it promises to be a memorable and triumphant return for the much-loved youth music project.

To round off the evening, “The Craic is Back” at Carroll’s Caravan Club from 6pm to late, a variety show hosted by Gerry Hanberry with music, poetry, storytelling and comedy. Performers include Paraic Breathnach, Tracey Bruen, Darra MaGuire, Fergal Mac Donnagh, Vibe Tribe, Carrolls Culture Club, James Colohan and Tom Mathews.

Culture Night’s flagship event will be presented by Give Us The Night and Galway Light festival presenting ‘NIGHTVISION’, an atmospheric audiovisual experience within the grounds of St. Nicholas Church from 8:30 p.m. Ambient, electronic and experimental sounds will play alongside a special light installation by Brendan Savage (Galway Festival of Light), illuminating the church and its surroundings with an otherworldly effect.

To verify for the full program of events.

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