Friday September 21st 2018

Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across Dublin as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.

This year, it will take place on Friday 21st September 2018. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.

We’ve picked a selection of events taking place across Dublin below.
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Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

Selected Events

14 Henrietta Street – Georgian Townhouse to Tenement Dwelling

A 30 minute taster tour experience will give visitors an insight into the lives of the residents of 14 Henrietta Street when it was a tenement dwelling. The tour will be followed by an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the tour, share memories and enjoy a cup of tea. Due to the size of the rooms please appreciate that places are limited to 15 people per tour with an allocation of up to three tickets per booking.


Silicon Valley of Europe

Stroll City Walks offers original tours of Dublin. By joining the Silicon Valley of Europe tour, you will discover how from playing a part in Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising Rebellion to near complete dereliction by the early 1990s, Dublin’s docklands have been transformed into one of Europe’s leading digital hubs among international tech giants. [90 min]


Abbey Theatre

Visit your national theatre for a range of exciting events which showcase theatre-making and the performing arts. This evening promises an exciting look behind the scenes of the national stage. Follow the Abbey Theatre on social media or visit their website for full information.


Ardgillan Castle

Enjoy an evening of traditional acoustic Irish and Polish music in the company of talented performer Óisín Dillon and friends in the opulent surrounds of the Ardgillan Castle Drawing Room. Guests will enjoy a range of fantastic songs performed in the magnificent setting of one of Dublin’s most beautiful castles.


City by Night Bus Tour

The City Sightseeing Dublin Night Tour is a unique musical night tour! Our wandering minstrel will entertain you with stories and songs while you get a panoramic view of Dublin illuminated at night. This one-hour round interactive trip is the perfect way to finish off your Culture Night festivities! [60min]


dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum

dlr Mill Theatre is a multi purpose venue located in Dundrum Town Centre and serves all members of the community. The bar will be open early on Culture Night 2018 with Live Music from local musicians. Print Exhibition by Eva Kelly can be viewed in the Gallery located on two floors in the venue. Downstairs in the Studio a Roald Dahl themed Drama Workshop for children aged 6-10 years will take place from 5-6pm. For more details please contact or check out our website


GAA Museum

Guided tours of the stadium will begin every 15 minutes from 5pm–9pm. Advance online booking is required for this activity, which includes entry to the GAA Museum. Visitors can spend time viewing the museum collection and test their Gaelic games skills in the Interactive Games Zone. See the GAA Museum website for bookings and further information.


Brown Bag Films

Twice Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films, one of the world’s leading animation studios, will be hosting some family-friendly workshops and activities in their Dublin space led by their very own Emmy Award-winning Episodic Director Marten Jonmark. Learn about the storyboarding process and join in on some epic doodling fun! Suitable for Children aged 5-12. Please note that spaces are limited and booking is required by email - please include 'Culture Night Booking' in the subject line. All children must be accompanied by a guardian.


DIAS Dunsink Observatory

DIAS Dunsink Observatory will be open from 7:00pm to 11:00pm and during the evening, visitors will be able to view the historic observatory building, which were once the home of Sir William Rowan Hamilton, world renowned mathematician and scientist. Visitors will also be able to see the historic Grubb telescope and hear the remarkable story of the Dublin company that became one of the greatest telescope makers in the World. Weather permitting, there will be various smaller telescopes on display for star-gazing.


Aerial Cirque

Aerial Cirque is a home for budding and professional Aerialists. In their gorgeous studio, they will be hosting two 50-minute child and parent cocoon workshops at 5 pm and 6 pm (suitable for children aged 3-8). From 7 pm – 9 pm the studio will be open to the public. Come watch aerial students fly with a beautiful backdrop of stained glass windows! Workshops spots can be booked on Please note the studio is located up three flights of stairs, with no lift access..


Selection of events held in Irish

Áras Chrónáin

Comóradh 50 bliain ó chéad d'oscail Coláiste Chrónáin i gCluain Dolcáin - Taispeántas Ealaíne le saothar iarscoláirí agus iarmhúinteoirí, agus seolfar leagan uasdátaithe de Irisleabhar na Scoile le scríbhinní a foilsíodh cheana, mar an le saothar úr. Art exhibition with work from former pupils and teachers, and the launch of an updated version of the School Magazine with writings which have been published before as well as new works.


Oireachtas na Gaeilge @ Rás Curach ar an Life

Rás curach ó Ché Theach an Custaim suas chomh fada le Droichead na Life agus ar ais (2km). Ní go minic a mbíonn deis ag muintir na cathrach blas a fháil ar chultúr bádóireacht na Gaeltachta, ach seo do sheans! Beidh píobaire ar cheann de na báid freisin! - Currach racing on the Liffey, from Custom House Quay to the Ha’penny Bridge and back (2km). A rare opportunity to get a flavour of the boating traditions of the Gaeltacht, right in the middle of the city! A piper will lead out the boats!


Ballyroan Library

Singer song writer Enda Reilly will perform a mix of songs in Irish from his album Amhráin Nua i nGaeilge/New Songs and English language songs with Yeats Poetry from his album Whorls.


Teach Fhiodh Cuilinn/Cullenswood House

B’é sa teach stairiúil, Seoirseach seo a bhunaigh Pádraig Mac Piarais Scoil Éanna i 1908. Anseo, ina bhfuil Gaelscoil Lios na nÓg lonnaithe anois, beidh oíche cheoil, fhilíochta is léitheoireachta, i nGaeilge is i mBéarla. Tá fuinneog nua de ghloine dhaite leis an ealaíontóir Róisín de Buitléar le feiscint chomh maith agus taispeántais de ghrianghraif stairiúla a bhronn Máire Nic Fhinn ar an scoil. - It was in this historic Georgian house that Patrick Pearse established St. Enda's in 1908. Home to Gaelscoil Lios na nÓg, there will be performances in Irish and English, of live music, poetry and other readings through the evening. Vistors can also view a new painted window by Róisín de Buitléar and a display of historical photographs donated by Máire Nic Fhinn.


Club Chonradh na Gaeilge @ 6 Sráid Fhearchair

Cuir críoch Gaelach leis an Oíche Chultúir by imersing yourself in ceol as Gaeilge and experience a céilí. The céilí will take place in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, Harcourt Street, from 21:00 to 22:30 and promises to be a great night full of ceol & craic! Cuirfear lán-fáilte roimh dhaoine a d’fhreastail ar na himeachtaí eile timpeall na cathrach teacht chuig an céilí iontach seo. Come along after any other events to finish off your night with a jig and a reel.


Gael Linn

Abair Amhrán Linn: Ócáid thaitneamhach ina mbeidh an pobal á ghríosadh ag amhránaí chun amhráin chlúiteacha a foghlaimaíodh ar scoil a chanadh. Beidh focail na n-amhrán ar fáil. Sing a song with Gael Linn: a fun event where participants will be encouraged to join in singing from a range of favourite Irish songs learned at school, translated to English.



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