Welcome to Galway Culture Night 2018 — Complete Guide to city events

Culture Night is Ireland’s national celebration of culture, creativity and the arts. It takes place all over Galway city and county on Friday 21st September and sparkles well into the night. From Bofin to the Bridge of Banagher, from Bearna to Ballybane and beyond, dozens of entrancing, beguiling and enjoyable events are talking place in a truly brilliant programme that showcases the creative communities and landscapes of Galway, European Capital of Culture. The offerings this year – performances, workshops, exhibitions, concerts, classes, talks, walks and much more for all ages in every conceivable area of creativity - look to be the most exciting ever, and everything is free, brought to you with love from Galway! We’d like to offer a big thank you to all the hard-working artists and art groups, community groups, venues and volunteers who have made Culture Night 2018 possible. So go ahead, check out the brilliant programme and try something new!

Times and other details correct at time of going to press. There may be subsequent changes so we recommend checking with the venue in advance. www.cultuurenight.ie, www.facebook.com/galwayculturenight Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Galway City and County Councils.



126 Artist-Run Gallery - Unset in Stone

15 St. Bridget’s Place, Hidden Valley. [email protected]

4 - 8pm

126 will showcase off site and in-gallery performances by emerging and established visual artists. A performance, Evil will begin in Eyre Square and lead right to 126 Gallery in Hidden Valley to join the remaining performance artists which will showcase outside the gallery.

126 Gallery is very proud of its studio artists and we like to take this opportunity each

Culture Night to open the studios to the public and allow our artists to showcase their work.

126 will also present the work of our first residency artist of this year, a recent graduate of CCAM, who spent a month in our residency studio creating work to display at this year’s Culture Night. Artists will be able to chat to the public about their work and refreshments will be provided.


Above the Fold: Our Cultural Landscape

Coffeewerk & Press

4 Quay St

(091 ) 448 667

6 - 9pm

Ireland is brimming with creative and cultural folk from architects and textile designers to scholars and singers. For Culture Night 2018, we’re presenting two speakers whose impact on our cultural landscape has led them to becoming prominent figures in Irish society, including Frank Monahan of Architecture At the Edge and Lara Hanlon of IBM Design and 100 Archive. Talks will run for 20 minutes with a complimentary cupping by Calendar Coffee in between.


Art Galway Studio – Curio

Art Galway Studio, Unit Eleven, Kilkerrin Park, Liosban Estate, Tuam Rd.

085 712 5841.


Art Galway Studio welcomes you to an evening of Fine Art. The exhibition will have an eclectic mix of photography, sculpture and paintings from national and international artists Aled Owen-Thomas, Dara Finneran, Jonathan Murphy, Ronan Fahey and Síle Ní Choigligh.


Artspace Studios: Open Studios and Exhibition

7/8 Addley Park, Liosban, Tuam Road

091 773 046

2-6 pm.

Artspace Studios is an artist-led organisation which provides studio space and support for professional artists and is Galway’s longest established artists’ studios. Artspace will host a curated exhibition of members’ work and an ‘Open Studios’ in the company of the resident artists.


Baboró Presents Revolting Rhymes on Culture Night

Town Hall Theatre Foyer, 1 Courthouse Square

(091 ) 569 777

3.30 and 5.30pm

Join iconic actor Rod Goodall as he brings Roald Dahl’s wonderful Revolting Rhymes to life in a special reading to celebrate Culture Night. Bring the family and prepare to hear traditional nursery thymes following the Roald Dahl treatment.


Bádóirí an Cladaigh

The Claddagh Basin

086 052 8004

5 - 8pm

The Claddagh Community Boat Club (The Claddagh Boatmen ) is dedicated to the restoration and sailing of the traditional Galway work boats – Galway Hookers. On Culture Night Badoiri an Cladaigh welcome you to the Claddagh Basin to see great examples of these beautiful and historic craft, with music and dance on the quay, and some very special Galway guests. It’s a rare opportunity to get close to the ancient and beautiful sailing heart of Galway. All welcome! (This event is weather dependent )


Ballybane Library: Mystery Train – Travel through Europe via Three Literary Capitals

Ballybane Public Library, Castlepark Road, Ballybane

(091 ) 380 590

4– 5pm

Book Club Panel Discussion presents three must-read titles from three different countries.


The Black Gate Cultural Centre

14 Francis Street

085 220 5049

A harmonica recital and discussion by Cathal Johnson with

accompaniment from Stephen Simmonds on guitar.


Cathal Johnson will give a recital and talk on the harmonica past, present and in the future, with accompaniment from Stephen Simmonds on guitar. Cathal and Steve will play Irish Traditional Dance Music, blues and country blues with elements of jazz along and country.

After the recital there will be a discussion on the rapid development and direction of the harmonica. Harmonica players are also invited to come along to play and learn tips on repair and maintain their instruments during the workshop.

Notions - An Áit Eile at the Black Gate

9 – 11.30pm

An Áit Eile presents Notions, an evening of new music and spoken word from Galway. This very special Culture Night 2018 edition of Notions will feature critically acclaimed songwriter Ultan Conlon, indie folk songsmith New Pope, the beautiful folk ballad stylings of Niamh Regan and contemporary spoken word from rising Galway poet Daniel Mulcahy. 22:40 Ultan Conlon (45 mins ), 22:00 New Pope (30mins ), 21:35 Daniel Mulcahy (15mins ), 21:00 Niamh Regan (30mins0


Brendan J Hynes - Famous People, Theatre and Literature Tour

Meet at Browne’s Doorway, Eyre Square (walking to Sea Road )

087 795 3785

7- 8.45pm

Beginning at Browne’s doorway in Eyre Square this tour will highlight what the city has become famous for – its rich cultural history that has been expressed through its literature, theatre and famous people. From the eccentric to the normal person there is something for everyone; so, come one, come all! While on this journey with master guide Brendan J. Hynes the traveller will discover what is missed by the visiting tourist and local alike.


Candid Dialogues – Data behind the Scenes at the Mechanics’ Institute

Middle St

085 103 1977

6 - 7pm

How we perceive the world is based on the data we observe. Join us in exploring how cultural data shapes our lives. Candid Dialogues presents an in-depth panel discussion and Q&A with three data experts, with backgrounds in journalism, academia and tech industry. Hosts on the night will be Edward Fagan (NUI Galway ) and Shannon McNamee (Ex Ordo )


Charlie Byrne’s: Readings and Radio

The Cornstore, Middle St

(091 ) 568766

6 - 9pm

The famous Galway city centre bookshop hosts the now traditional Culture Night literary gathering which invites readings by every Galway author who has had a book published in the last year. Encompassing, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and in any language, authors will read a short selection from their books. Concurrent with the event Galway Bay FM’s Arts Show will broadcast live from the bookshop, with ace presenter Vinnie Browne presenting an evening of live interviews and news, recitals, performances and sessions, drawn from the city’s entire Culture Night programme.


The Claddagh Community Music Society presents: Claddagh Culture Night through Music 2018

Dominican Hall, Claddagh

086 232 3938

7.30 - 11.30 pm

The Claddagh Community Music Society presents musicians from the Claddagh and members of the Claddagh Community Music Society singing and playing for the audience showcasing their talents. The event will be open to everyone in the community and will be followed by a drumming workshop. This is a worthwhile event in the Claddagh music and drumming culture and the wider community of Galway.


Connacht Tribune Printworks – GMIT MA in Creative Practice Students’ Exhibition

Connacht Tribune Printworks

15 Market St

(091 ) 770 661

6- 9pm

The beloved Printworks exhibition space hosts a group exhibition of graduating Masters Students from the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT. The artists are Alejandra Plaza, Andreas Koenig, Bernard Dooley, Brigid Mulligan. Eileen Lydon, Katie Moore, Nuala Hiney, Umesh Maharjan, Martina Passman, Risteard O’Domhnaill, Stephanie McLaughlin and Paul McDonnell. The exhibition opens on Culture Night and continues until September 3oth,


The Crane: Mick Crehan presents the International Céilí Band

The Crane, 2 Sea Road

091 587 419


The Crane Bar is one of Galway’s best known traditional music pubs. It has been a haunt for those who love to play and those who love to listen to them. Join Mick Crehan and a host of Irish traditional musicians from around the world. Including, Denmark, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brittany, New Zealand and America.


Cúram - Seasearch: Marine Inspired Research at Galway Atlantaquaria

Galway Atlantaquaria, Salthill.

086 347 0413

6 – 9 pm

Join the Galway Atlantaquaria and the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM ) based at NUI, Galway for a walk through the Salthill seascape followed by a trip to the aquarium to learn about how marine life has inspired modern advances in medicine and technology. Meet at Grattan beach for an interactive, educational science investigation of microplastics, animal regeneration, drug delivery and barnacle inspired glues.

This event is ideal for the family to discover science on the shore of Galway Bay. The event also includes a tour of the Galway Atlantaquaria with more science based activities in the aquarium. Experience the world of ocean and science and discover amazing facts and experiments designed to inspire the next generation of Seasearchers.


Ciúnas Project - Quiet Spaces in a Buzzing City with Eugene McKeown

Meet at the entrance to Galway City Museum, Spanish Parade.

(091 ) 532 460

6 - 8.35pm

An introduction to some of the quiet spaces to be found in the city - Galway is a buzzing cosmopolitan city with all of the noise that goes with city living. It is important that citizens and visitors have somewhere to relax and escape from this noise.

To some this requires silence, but absolute silence is extremely hard to achieve and can be quite disturbing. There are many places in the city where the noise is ‘screened’ by structures or ‘masked’ by natural sounds. This event illustrates how ‘peace and quiet’ can be found on a short walk in the city and will include a performance of John Cage’s famous ‘silent’ piece 4’ 33’’.


Cumann na bhFear Men's Shed

Unit 1b Sandy Road Industrial Estate

087 632 6793

6 - 8pm

Cumann na bhFear will be hosting a blacksmith demonstration in their own workshop building, showing the old skills of the Galway smiths.


DJ Work Shop @ Electric Garden & Theatre

Electric Garden & Theatre

36 Upper Abbeygate St

(091 ) 565 976

8 – 10 pm

Join us or a CDJ & Vinyl workshop with Gash Collective. This is a beginner’s session that will help you to understand both CDJs & Technics and the basics for mixing music.


Engage Studios: Inside the Box

Engage Art Studios, Cathedral Building, Middle St

087 953 7024

6 - 9pm

Engage Art Studios invites you to view an exhibition of new work by our members created especially for Culture Night 2018. Each Artist was each given an identical box frame and asked to create a work of art within its confines. All works of art will be available to purchase, each priced at €200.


Galway Anti-Racism Network: Galway 2020 - Capital of Culture, Community of Sanctuary?

Harbour Hotel, New Dock St [email protected]

7 - 9pm

In association with Galway City Partnership, Amach, University of Sanctuary Galway, City of Sanctuary Galway, Walk the Talk Galway, Galway Anti-Racism Network presents an evening of discussions, music, stories and food. This event will highlight the idea of Galway as a city of sanctuary and what that concept means to the people of Galway.


LOST + FOUND at Galway Arts Centre

47 Dominick St, Lr

(091 ) 565 886

7 - 10pm

Galway Arts Centre presents an evening of short experimental and avant garde film followed by an open mic for music and spoken word.

A selection of short films that explore the topic of losing things and finding them, the transient and the fleeting, moments lost and gained again, the temporary and the unexpected. These are stories of things lost, people lost, memories lost in exchange for others. Stories of hope gained, and lives shifted, identities that strayed and redefined themselves again. Programmed by Saffron Lily & Maria Karapish

NoRopes at Galway Arts Centre

Two performances 4pm (relaxed performance ) and 6pm

Putting the audience in the driver seat, Meet Luke investigates the influence that a mobility aid can have on imposed societal norms reinforced by unthinking masses. We will meet the infamous, man about town, Luke and hear what he REALLY thinks of tinsel, gobsh*tes and love in equal measure. A hilarious, moving and interactive piece that asks some tough questions about society and the perceptions that we have on those who do not follow societal norms.

Disability has historically been synonymous with a heavy, negatively annotated feeling of sympathy, and more often than not, genuine ignorance. NoRopes Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Mairéad Folan challenges these fundamental misconceptions in her debut as a playwright. Duration: 20-30 minutes long


Galway City Library: The Creative Muse- Inspirational Words and Music

St. Augustine Street

(091 ) 561 666

6 - 8pm

Award winning authors Alan Mc Monagle, Elizabeth Reapy and Mary Costello will read from their novels and discuss the creative process and inspiration. American born, Galway based folk-blues singer Nicole Blue will provide a musical interlude.

Alan McMonagle’s debut novel “Ithaca” was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Alan has a new novel due to be published early in 2019. Alan has agreed to read from his upcoming novel- this is his first public reading from the new book. Elizabeth Reapy won the 2017 Rooney Prize for her debut novel “Red Dirt”, a gripping tale of three young Irish immigrants in Australia.

Author Mary Costello is originally from East Galway. Her first short story collection “The China Factory” was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her debut novel “Academy Street” is an intimate story of an Irish emigrant’s life, spanning from 1940’s rural Ireland to New York in the early years of the 21stcentury.

Niceol Blue’s music has been described as “extraordinary roots-rock with powerful vocals...” (iamedia ). Niceol grew up in Oregon, U.S.A. and has lived in the west of Ireland for many years. Both landscapes have shaped her individual musical style – a beguiling mix of Country, Folk and Blues.


Galway City Museum

Spanish Parade, Merchants’ Road, Lower

(091 ) 532 460

Galway in Literature

5.30 – 7.30pm

A dozen researchers will present short illustrated talks on the theme of ‘Galway in Literature’. Curated and presented by Dr John Cunningham and Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley of the History Department at NUI, Galway. Galway City Museum will remain open to the public until 8pm.

Galway City Museum – Educational Room

TRADE – A Rehearsed Reading by Westworks Theatre Company

6.30 – 7.30pm

TRADE by award winning writer Mark O’Halloran. (Adam & Paul, Garage, and the RTÉ mini-series Prosperity ): a guesthouse, an inner city – a site-specific piece about duty, morality and desire. A venerable and confused young boy sits with a middle age client. The older man has blood on his shirt. A lot has happened since the last two met.

“Their determination and commitment to create meaningful, socially conscious theatre is undeniable and exciting.” An Áit Eile on Westworks Theatre. Directed by Kieron Smith


Galway’ Civic Trust: Fisheries Watchtower Museum

Wolfe Tone Bridge

(091 ) 564 946

5 - 8pm

Come and learn about this iconic Galway landmark which was built in Victorian times to monitor fish stocks and guard against poaching. The building now operates a fascinating museum dedicated to the history of the Galway Fishery and the River Corrib. Guided tours will take place at regular intervals.


Galway Civic Trust: Hall of the Red Earl

Custom House, Druid Lane

(091 ) 564 948

5 – 8pm

A wonderful opportunity to learn about Galway’s medieval town hall. Built by the town’s founders, the De Bugo family, this 13th century archaeological remains was once a banqueting hall, courthouse and tax office. There will be regular tours of the site and a super performance of medieval tunes by Galway Early Music.


Galway Community Circus - Wires Crossed, Open Workshops

St Joseph’s Community Centre, Ashe Road, Shantalla

085 111 7224

4 - 7pm

As one of the nine anchor projects of Galway 2020, GCC is training up to 400 participants in the art of wire walking (funambulism ) with the aim to cross the Claddagh Basin and River Corrib on tight-wire. Right now they are in the process of their level II summer / autumn training stages, therefore this is a fantastic opportunity for people to come to see what this project is all about and try out the art of funambulism. Proper clothing and footwear is a necessity - it is best to be prepared for any kind of weather on the day.

These workshops are for complete beginners from the ages of 10 years upwards.


Galway Dance Project: An Evening of Dance

Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue

7 - 9pm

Galway Dance Project presents an evening of dance performance and film., featuring a screening of the Speckled Egg dance group’s performance, Tasky 1-4, followed by a Q & A session. Elspeth McKeever will perform extracts from her new show, Get Reel, which has just returned from Edinburgh. Performers will be available to chat to audiences about their experiences of producing and working in dance on the night.


Open House at Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture

16 Merchant's Road

091 ) 412 493

6 - 10:30pm.

Pay a visit to the Galway 2020 team at their ‘Open House’ on Merchants Road. The programme will explore various aspects of our culture including talks, film, dance and music from throughout the community. Inviting, welcoming and fun, Galway 2020 Open House also offers a great opportunity to meet new people, and start new conversations.

Drop in for the culture, or a nice warm cuppa.


Galway University Hospital Arts Trust: Film Screening & Music to Celebrate Culture Night

Newcastle Road

(091 ) 544 979

6 - 8.30pm

GUH Arts Trust marks culture night 2018 with two special events.

At 6pm (until 7pm ) UHG will screen ‘The Second Hand of Clock’ - the work of Marielle MacLeman and Tom Flanagan. The fifteen-minute short film depicts and voices the story of a poet, a raconteur, and two nurses who escape dialysis to reveal how the arts programme enhances time and fosters human connection, long after their traces are wiped away by Actichlor. Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust was awarded the 2017/8 artsandhealth.ie Documentation Bursary to work with filmmaker Tom Flanagan on a short documentary film about the Dialysis Arts programme in Unit 7. Set against the changing seasons of Merlin Park University Hospital, the film is a moving account of how the arts can enhance time on dialysis, told from nursing and patient perspectives. The film will be shown in the Consultant’s Boardroom on the ground floor of the main hospital, the first left from the corridor leading from the main foyer.

The second event in UHG to mark Culture Night is music in the foyer which has become a firm favourite of patients, staff and visitors. Maria & Kenny Fahy and James Sheridan will perform in the main foyer from 7-8.30pm bringing a mix of traditional and folk music. Maria on violin, Kenny on bodhrán and James on guitar will entertain all.


Just Art It

33 Lower Dominick St.

(091 ) 394 006

5 - 9pm

Visit Just Art It for hands-on print demonstrations on different printing processes, such screen-printing or relief printmaking. There will be a talk and practical demonstration of the practice of fine art editioning. As a consequence of the era of mass production there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding of what a print is! The aim of the event is to illustrate the difference between a commercial print and a limited edition.

The evening is hosted by Elena Santos, a professional visual artist, qualified art teacher and printmaker with over fifteen years’ experience. Based in Galway’s Westend Just Art It, brings to Galway's art scene a new cultural space in the city centre offering artists and the public alike, the opportunity to avail of specialised art materials, a range of art classes and workshops as well as printmaking facilities and an art gallery.


Katie’s Cottage

Katie’s Claddagh Cottage and Claddagh Arts Centre

Fair Hill Road, Upper, Claddagh

086 3952831


On show 2 - 5pm

Presentation: 6pm

Selma Makela and Noah Rose bring their art / sound piece installation sound piece, Cóitheach to the iconic Claddagh cottage and give a presentation of the work and research process. Originally part of the Tír Saile Residency and created in Belmullet this project looks at climate change, weather lore and language. Selma and Noah aim to explore similar themes within the Claddagh fishing village context and facilitate conversations about how the lived-experience of West Coast living – and in particular the weather – is often universal and transcends boundaries. The installation is in the venue from September 17th to 22nd.

Moth & Butterfly – A Night of Storytelling and Improvisation

8 - 9.30pm

Join the Moth & Butterfly Crew for a Culture Night session of Storytelling & Improvisation in what is described as ‘Galway’s warmest arts night’. The theme is ‘The Big Night’ The crew provide a combination of thematic true, fictional and improvised stories for the audience, who in turn, may also contribute to the tales. Please note that this event is strictly over 16th due to variable content.


NUI Galway and the Galway Music Residency: Space to Dream

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway, University Road

(091 ) 586706


Following a very popular collaboration on Culture Night 2017, staff and students of NUI Galway will partner with the Galway Music Residency again this year. Together, they will bring you a lunchtime experience of music, song, sculpture and performance on the theme of ‘Space’. On the O’Donoghue Centre stage and in the adjacent buildings, the ConTempo Quartet, NUI Galway Staff Singers, NUI Galway Drama and Performance Studies students and sculptor James Fleming will present an audio-visual show that invites viewers to look to the sky and reimagine the space around them.Music from: Beethoven, Deirdre McKay, James MacMillan and more. Sculpture by James Fleming, commissioned by the NUI Galway Arts Office.


NUI Galway : Colours Street Theatre Company - The Squares

The Cube, Bailey Allen, NUI Galway, University Rd

087 185 4485

8pm (running time, no interval )

A Colours Street Theatre production written and performed by Galway native James Fleming. This performance tells the story of an exhibition of artists, each trying to exist in a modern world of territorial gain. The show mixes satirical social commentary with historical facts in a new style of revolutionary theatre. This new show is the performer’s sixth solo show. Note: The performance is strictly adults only

Located outside of the college bar, James Fleming’s sculpture titled ‘Skelascope’ is commissioned by the NUI Galway Arts Office. It will be on display from 11am to 9pm.“The ‘Skelascope’ is a giant sculpture made form plastic waste pipe materials which stare out into space in an attempt to try and locate off the planet artist. The artists must be found as they are the only creatures who can save the universe from future destruction.”


NUI Galway: The James Hardiman Archives and Special Collections

Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

(091 ) 492 543

1-2 pm

Canadian poet Chad Norman, will be doing a special poetry reading at the library. Joining him for this lunchtime event are a number of outstanding local poets including Celeste Auge, Gerry Hanberry and Mary Madec.


NUI GALWAY Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland at Insight Centre for Data Analytics: Retro Gaming extravaganza at Computer & Communications Museum, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway

Dangan Business Park

087 293 5106

6 – 8pm

Relive the thrills of playing game classics including Pacman, Donkey King, Tetris, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pong and Sonic on renowned vintage arcade units, consoles and microcomputers such as the Commodore Vic-20, Nintendo Gameboy, Amiga, Sega Naomi and Apple Macintosh. The sights and sounds on offer will try to capture the youthful cultural essence of the early days of computer gaming of the 1970s and 1980 which made such a major contribution in the overall development of digital sound and graphics.


Le Petit Pois: Screening of Franco Iranian movie - Persepolis

Victoria Place

(091 ) 330 880


Iconic French restaurant Le Petit Pois returns to Culture Night, screening Persepolis with English subtitles.

Persepolis is a 2007 adult animated comedy-drama film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution.


Margaretta D’Arcy: A reading of the play Desire Caught by the Tail by Pablo Picasso

10 St. Bridget’s Place Lower, Wood Quay

(091 ) 565430

1 – 2pm

Beloved Galway theatre-maker Margaretta D’Arcy presents the Irish premiere of Desire Caught by the Tail, a farcical play written by the painter Pablo Picasso. It was written in 1941 as a commentary on German occupation during World War II. This play was first performed as a reading in a private salon with Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir and other literary notables


Over the Edge Open-Mic Culture Night at Kenny’s Bookshop,

Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road

(091 ) 709 350

3.30 - 8.30pm

Galway writers group Over the Edge is holding two special Culture Night open-mics - one for fiction writers, the other for poets - with prizes for the best readers.

The open-mic for fiction writers starts at 3.30pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The reading will include a guest appearance from Ed O’Dwyer who will be reading from his recently published debut short story collection Cheat Sheets – 108 Stories about Infidelity which is just published by U.K. based Truth Serum Press. The open-mic for poets starts at 5.45pm. Participants should bring along two poems to read. The reading will include guest appearances from visiting Canadian poet Chad Norman and Mayo born poet Terry McDonagh.

The evening will be MC’d by Kevin Higgins. Both open-mics will also feature readings of long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the long-list for the 2018 Over the Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s Bookshop are one of the sponsors. This reading is open to all. If you have a poem or story you want to share, come along! There will also be guest appearances by a couple of writers who have recently published their first books. PLUS! To celebrate Culture Night, Kenny’s Bookshop is running a 20% discount SALE on all books in store for the week, from 17-22nd September inclusive!


Merlin Woods Collective: The Rise of the Insects, a Grassroots Movement.

Meeting at Merlin Woods Community Garden

085 2458 4380


Join Friends of Merlin Woods on a theatrical Vision Quest to explore the interdependence of insects and humans through music, dance and daftness. The Merlin Woods Collective aim to support local artists, musicians, actors and cultural practitioners in developing their own creative practice as a collective working together all while promoting community arts. Join lead artists; Caroline Stanley, Catherine Denning, Debbie Reilly, along with a range of collaborative artists and community groups on this musical Tale of Community, Creepy-Crawlies and Climate Change. Workshops will be given on the day on design, music, dance and movement.


Pálás cinema: The Greatest Showman - Singalong Screening

15 Merchants Rd Lower

(091 ) 394 800

Screenings at 4.30pm &6.30pm

Making its Culture Night debut, one of Galway’s most exciting cinemas welcomes guests and all the family to a very special sing-along screening of the year’s biggest, most spectacular musical, The Greatest Showman, showing at 4.30pm and 6.30pm. With lyrics provided on screen, all you have to worry about is the singing - and dancing! Free but ticketed.


Past Time Chonamara

The Cornstore, Middle St

087 699 8369


An Exhibition of Woodcraft including Natural Edge Mirrors ,Clocks, Wood turned items, bowls, goblets, lamps and more, as well as assembly of a natural wood sugán chair and bog oak items. Members of Pastime Chonamara will be in attendance and demonstrations will be bilingually presented by Conamara legend, Máirtín Davy


Planet Science Kidz: Children’s Science Workshop

Galway Christian Fellowship, Monivea Rd

08 334 22249

4 - 5.00 pm

Join Planet Science Kidz and its fun ‘messy’ range of experiments allowing children aged 6-13 to explore different topics in Science. Children will gain exposure to topics such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. This programme is designed to bring awareness to STEM topics for children. Our ‘hands on’ approach allows us to teach science topics in a fun environment. We would like to ignite curiosity in children and empower a future generation of young scientists who will always question, think critically and wonder about a world of possibilities.


The Light of Love at the Spanish Arch

Spanish Parade

(091 ) 536 546

7 – 9pm

‘The Light of Love’, an art/light installation illusion by Ray Quinn is based on the concept of persistence-of-vision. The displayed content will change every few seconds, with a theme of ‘love’. The images rotate between a love heart, the letters L O V E and a smiley face.


Culture Night at Roisin Dubh

Roisin Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway

(091 ) 586 540

Saarloos & special guests

8pm until midnight

Saarloos is a new Irish duo consisting of critically acclaimed songwriters Brian McGovern and Craig Gallagher. Having formed a formidable song writing partnership they felt a desire to perform their songs together onstage. Combined success between them has already racked up a massive 4 million plays on Spotify and have performed alongside artists such as Gavin James, The Coronas, Daniel Bedingfield, Picture This and Bon Jovi. Craig was a Select Irish acts back in 2017 and Brian was the lead singer of The Fallen Drakes. They will be joined by three Galway based acts

Steven Sharpe on Gay Culture

Roisin Dubh Upstairs

9- 11pm

Steven Sharpe presents a show which explores the dramatic change in Ireland's attitude and perception of the gay/LGBT+ community in the last 10 years. He also delves deep into his own attitude and perception of Ireland in the last decade. Drawing from stories and songs taken from his one man musical "Who's The Man?" and his upcoming work "The Realness of Miss Representation", Steven tells his side of the story. How much a decade can change a person and a country? The show touches on themes such as mental health, the 2015 marriage referendum, representation, internalized homophobia and the impact of technology on gay culture. It will be a personal account of the last ten years.

Steven Sharpe has made a name for himself in Galway’s thriving music scene, performing his own brand of out'n'proud music with a live show that must be seen to be believed. His veracious, witty, and soulful musical presence blends music, humour and storytelling and draws influences from Prince to Kate Bush to Nina Simone.


Rouge: Late Night Jazz

38 Dominick St, Lr

(091 ) 530 681

10pm – late

The fabulous French restaurant Rouge hosts a late night jazz evening. There’s complimentary Kir (white wine with blackcurrant liquor ) for all Culture Nighters! The fun starts at 10pm and continues until late.


Salsa Bay Galway: Afro-Caribbean Evening

45, Dominick Street, Lr

(091 ) 567 824

7.30pm- late

A sensational Afro-Caribbean evening featuring dance workshops and social dance. Experience the Latin Rhythms and its culture - something different for all ages to join. No partner required


School of Practical Philosophy: Socrates Cafe

Raven Terrace, Fr Griffin Road

087 669 0707


Practical Philosophy explores the meaning of wisdom, truth and consciousness and the real nature of human being. The Socrates Cafe will be an informal meeting oint over a cu of coffee to give an introduction to the Philosophy of Socrates, examining particular ideas discussed by Socrates and recorded by Plato in his dialogues: ‘What is Justice?’, ‘an unexamined life is not worth living’, ‘what is beauty?’ and others. The evening will involve a number of 45 minute facilitated discussions. It will be a drop-in cafe. No previous knowledge of Philosophy is required and all are welcome.


Secret Garden: Elusive by Patricia Bomba

4 William St West

085 758 3927

4-11 pm

Patricia is a printmaking graduate from GMIT (CCAM ) 2018. As a printmaker she uses etching to create an abstract, hand pulled prints with unique organic and soft marks which are worth to see in the relaxing and friendly tea/coffee shop atmosphere with a cup of delicious tea and piece of cake


The Skeff: A history of Galway’s Distilled Culture

27 Eyre Square

(091 ) 563 173

6.45 - 7.45

Galway institution, The Skeffington Arms Hotel presents a history and storytelling of Galway and our city’s place in the story of Irish whiskey. Come along to the fireside and hear about Galway's distilling history in the company of one of the oldest Irish brands in the country in the surrounds of one of Galway's Oldest Pubs. There will be song, story, chats as well as live music all in the comfortable surroundings of The Skeff Bar and a taste of Irish whiskey! This is a free event, of course, but booking in advance is essential, via the hotel.


SONKE Choir: Interactive music and singing performance

United Methodist/Presbyterian Church, Victoria Place

085 771 7670

7 - 8.30pm

An interactive, inclusive evening of dance, song and music, performed by SONKE choir. SONKE prefers to perform “in the round”, thereby opening up a physical and sensory space for the audience to become a vital part of the event. SONKE always focuses on inclusiveness, and embraces diversity, so that as many people as possible can experience the energy that SONKE has to offer. As this is an evening for celebrating culture in general and Irish in particular, SONKE plans to offer a programme that while adhering to our world music repertoire, also focuses strongly on Irish culture, with a strong emphasis on what Galway in particular has to offer. Galway is a multicultural city; its citizens can enjoy the best of world and indigenous music and song. In light of this, the songs will reflect the multicultural nature of the city.


St Patricks Band: Open Rehearsal

St Patrick’s Band Hall, Frenchville Lane, Forster St

087 746 7710

8 - 9.30pm

Galway’s oldest arts organisation, St. Patrick’s Brass Band, will hold a rehearsal, open to the public, on Culture Night. It’s a great time for anyone with an interest in brass music to come and listen, have a chat with the band and maybe even sign up!


Open Evening with Guided tours at St Nicholas Collegiate Church

St Nicholas Collegiate Church, 7 Lombard St.

086 389 8777.

7pm – 9pm

The church will be open and the Town Crier, Mr Liam Silke, and others, in medieval dress, will be on hand to give guided tours. Volunteers will be on hand to help and answer questions. A Treasure Trail will be available for younger visitors. Free teas and coffees will be available.


Culture Night at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

15 Middle St

(091 ) 562 024

Backstage at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe


An Taibhdhearc, the national language theatre, opens its doors to invite you backstage to see behind the scenes and view this famous theatre’s history of favourite productions, in the company of our charming Front of House team. Tours every 20 minutes.

Russian Cultural Club Alliance at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

086 284 6463

5 - 6pm

"Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more... " - Joseph Brodsky, a Russian Nobel Prize Laureate

Russian Cultural Club Alliance was established in Galway 14 years ago to support Russian traditions and is actively involved in cultural events in the city. In this event audiences will become acquainted with an outstanding Russian poet's life and his work which was not only an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought, but also full of poetic intensity. The presentation will be supported by music, visual art and documentaries

Galway UNESCO City of Film: Galway Film Centre at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

(091 ) 770 748

Screenings at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm -each screening is approx. 45 minutes.

Galway City of Film in partnership with Galway Film Centre is delighted to present a special screening of the One Minute Film Festival and the winning 48 Hour Film for Culture Night 2018!

30 x 1 minute films of all genres will be screened including documentary, live action, art-house and animation. These super short films pack a punch proving that a really great story can be told in just one minute!

We will also have a special screening of Connection Interrupted by Team Timo. This was the winning film from the recent Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge, where teams of filmmakers took to the streets and fields of Galway City and County to – write, shoot, and edit – their films in just 48 hours!


Taylor’s Bar

7, Dominick Street Upper


The Black Phone Box – Stories from Taylor’s Bar

086 0319224

The Black Phone Box presents Stories from Taylor’s Bar. Pick up the old black receiver and dial in. The Black Phone Box will transport you back with real stories, real people and real moments from Taylor’s past. Let us connect you...Parental discretion for listening

8.30- 9.15pm

Gospel Wedding Group


Gospel Wedding Group invites you to an evening of joyful and uplifting music. From Aretha Franklin to Etta James, Van the Man to Stevie Wonder, with a wide selection of contemporary songs fused with gospel influences, this will surely be a gig to tickle any music lover’s taste buds.


That’s Life – Gamelan Music Project

Nuns Island Theatre, Nuns’ Island

(091 ) 565 886

6 – 9 pm

That’s Life award winning disability arts programme invite you to experience their gamelan project. That’s Life gamelan players with ID perform works in progress and engage the public in a workshop with ensemble leader Aengus Hackett.


Third Space Galway ‘Native Circles’- ‘(Perma ) Culture Night on the Canal ’

Raven Terrace, Eglinton Canal

087 220 1972

6-8 pm

PermaCulture Night on the Eglinton Canal, in celebrates Galway’s natural and cultural heritage, taking place on the Biodiversity & Permaculture Canal Trail developed last year by TSG in partnership with Galway City Tidy Towns. Artist Emily Robyn Archer’s series ‘Native Circles’ will be exhibited on the night. Joining us will be Phil James, Galway Waterways Foundation, Celia Graebner, Pollinator conservation Adviser and Organic Grower, Dan Connell, Irish Wildlife Trust and Dan Clabby, Conservation Volunteers Galway, along with Third Space Galway's Curator, Martina Finn, . Galway based trainee Chefs FEAST, with Devin O’Sullivan and friends, will offer a contemporary cooking demonstration and share their pioneering work on food education and sustainable thinking. Third Space Galway is a participatory arts and environment project that connects contemporary creative practice with sustainable community initiatives. This year’s events take place as part of Galway’s Green Festival ‘Loving Galway’, European Region of Gastronomy and Europe’s Sustainable Communities Initiative... ECOLISE Please come along and spread the word; bigi linn & scaipigi sceala!!



Town Hall Theatre Gallery: Report from the Multiverse · Giclée Prints by Nick Lethert

Court House Square

(091 ) 569 777


The Town Hall Theatre Gallery celebrates the official opening of “Report from the Multiverse” an exhibition by Nick Lethert. There will be guest speakers at the event and a live set from one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, Danny Diamond. The exhibition with officially opened by Irish novelist Evelyn Conlon. Nick Lethert is a native of the Connemara diaspora in St. Paul, Minnesota. His influences include the Winged Genii of Mesopotamia, the paintings of Paul Klee, and a long and cherished friendship with the late local artist, Pat Bracken, to whom this show is dedicated with gratitude. Exhibition curated for Culture Night and The Town Hall Theatre and Gallery by Féilim O’hAoláin and Margaret Nolan


VIRTUALWORLDARTISTS: A United World of Artists without Borders

Taaffe’s, William St

(091 ) 536 546

6pm – late

Bringing the marvellous and mysterious world of internet art to a real and non-virtual location in the heart of Galway, curated by artists Jane Hanberry and Brendan Savage.


Westside Library: Write on Writers Group

Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road

(091 520 616 )

6 - 8pm

The Write-on Writers' Group will host an evening of readings featuring extracts from their forthcoming 2018 Write-on Anthology - a collection of stories, poems and other writings produced by this Westside-based group. Refreshments will be provided. Part of the evening will be given over to audience participation. Guests may sign up on the night to read and share their own Stories or Poems. We look forward to seeing you there


Westside Resource Centre: Déantús an Phoitín - Poteen Making

Seamus Quirke Road

(091 ) 528325

7 pm.

Illicit distilling has a long history in the West of Ireland. As part of its ‘heritage in the community’ programme of events, Westside Resource Centre is showing the documentary film “Déantús an Phoitín - Poteen Making”. This fine film explores the history and traditions surrounding this ancient – and often controversial – craft. The landscape of the West holds many hidden secrets and stories and the folklore associated with Poteen certainly makes for interesting and informative viewing.

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