091 Labs, 5-9pm
091 Labs, Galway's Makerspace, will be running electronics workshops, members projects, 3D printing and virtual reality demonstrations, board-gaming with the Galway Board Games Club, and hosting an exhibition from the Galway Pub Scrawl art group.
126 Artist-Run Gallery, 5-9pm
4 Commerce House,
Burren based performance collective, The Erratics & guests will create a series of live public performances. T Curated by Áine Phillips, the performances will engage with the historical and modern city spaces close to 126, making relationships and exchanges with Culture Night audiences and the general public alike. This event will run alongside the annual Burren Emerging Artists Exhibition at 126 Artist-Run Gallery.
Access Music Project, 12pm
St Patrick's Band Hall,
Get in the mood for Culture Night with an overture provided by a noon pre-festival concert. The Access Music Project provides training opportunities for musicians to obtain the skills and knowledge to find work in the music industry and in further education. This pre-culture Night event will be this group’s last performance before graduating.
An Áit Eile & Galway 2020 'Culture Night Party', 9.00pm to Late The Rowing Club, Woodquay
An Áit Eile and the Galway 2020 team will be hosting a night of talks, poetry, comedy and live music in The Rowing Club from 8pm until late. The perfect way to wrap up Culture Night and for all organisers and attendees to unwind and have some fun!An Áit Eile is a citizen-led cultural organization, advocating and practising an independent, grassroots approach to the arts.
Baboró at the Town Hall Theatre, 5-7pm
Foyer, Town Hall Theatre,
1 Court House Square
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children Present Creative Workshop with Jenny McKenna. Parents are invited to spend time with their little ones exploring their creativity in a drop-in workshop. All materials provided.
Bádóiri an Cladaig, From 7pm
Claddagh Basin/ Wolfe Tone Bridge/ Spanish Arch
Like so many other fishing ports throughout Europe and the world, GalThe Claddagh Community Boat Club (The Claddagh Boatmen ) is dedicated to the restoration and sailing of traditional Galway work boats On Culture Night the Bádóiri will be joined by their Connemara boatmen as a flotilla of these beautiful craft will sail into the city, mooring nearing the Spanish Arch. (depending on weather conditions ).
Ballybane Library & Friends of Merlin Woods, 7.30pm
Tales of Nature's Folklore A guided tour of Ballybane Organic Garden leaving from Ballybane Library. Guided walk to Merlin Castle and Merlin Woods hosted by the Friends of Merlin Woods. Leaving the library at 7.30pm. Also: guided tours of the library and Bluegrass band “Old Town Rounders” to perform in the library. Tea/coffee/refreshments including scones and jam from the organic garden.
Bridge Mills Culture Night Extravaganza! 6.30pm to Late
Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre proudly presents its fourth Culture Night programme! Curated by Féilim Ó hAoláin it features new work from visual artists Aisling Bradley, Nina Panagopoula, Dara Wilkins and Geraldine Robinson across the building's many rooms. A lively panel discussion will vote for Galway's most important cultural treasure and The Bridge Mills Jazz Corner features a live performance by Galway guitar virtuoso Aengus Hackett.
Blue Teapot Theatre, Core College Theatre Workshops and Open House, 7-9pm
Blue Teapot Theatre
Core offers in-depth professional theatre training through intensive modules in acting techniques which teach you to find your character through the imagination and the body. On Culture Night you can experience a fun but focused class with one of our main tutors Max Hafler and get a feel for what we do. If you are seriously interested in acting this workshop is a must!!!
Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, 6-11pm
Every Galway author who has had a book published in the last year in any form, fiction or non fiction, poetry and any language too, will read a short section from the book. The Galway Bay FM 'Vinny Browne's Arts Show' will be broadcast live from the event. MC for the evening will be Galway literary legend Gerry Hanberry.
Club Áras na nGael, 7-9.30pm
Conradh na Gaeilge,
45 Sráid Dominic
Buail isteach agus bain taitneamh as oíche airneáin i gcomhluadar na nGael! Damhsa ar an sean-nós, ceol traidisiúnta, gearrscannáin agus físealaín. Drop in for a while and join us in an evening of music, sean-nós dancing and film in the company of Irish speakers! Meet the staff and get a taste of the great atmosphere in the Club.
The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas, 'Tunes in the Church' 8-9.30 pm
The oldest Irish Parish Church in daily use has been at the heart of Galway life and remains the city's number one landmark. On Culture Night the ancient building will showcase great traditional music, as featured in popular summer concert series 'Tunes in the Church' with special guest Rev Gary Hastings, Rector of St Nicholas and legendary musician too!
Colours Art Project, 5-9pm
45 artists...45 different art works all done on A4 paper presented on a large billboard that moves down through shop street on Culture Night.
ConTempo Quartet, 5pm to Late
A music trail around the City with a series of concerts by the renowned ConTempo Quartet, in association with Galway Music Residency. The recitals will be in unexpected locations, showcasing great music in diverse venues.
Performances include:: 5pm Galway 2020 Hub; 6pm Streets of Galway at High Street-Shop Street junction (or St Nicholas Church if it's raining ); 7pm Galway Civic Trust - The Hall of The Red Earl; 8pm Connacht Tribune Printworks
Other venues may be added – watch the website and Facebook for details!
Culture Night at the Connacht Tribune Printworks, 6-9pm
A spectacular exhibition celebrating Galway's 40 years of 'Twinning' with Lorient, Brittany. Featuring artwork, memorabilia, documentation, and music by Brothers of Charity's Gamelan, and ConTempo Quartet. Artwork by Jane Talbot, Nils-Udo, and by Artspace Studios, the renowned Galway professional artists collective who have exhibited many times in Lorient.
Culture Night Official Launch, 5pm
Galway 2020 Hub, The Corn Store,
Join us to kick off Culture Night 2015 at the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 hub. Featuring music by renowned ConTempo Quartet and the young musicians of Galway Cómhaltas
Cumasu Centre 'Doughiska's Got Talent'. 8-10pm
Cumasu Centre, Doughiska Road
An exciting evening event in the ARD Family Resource Centre, Cumasú Centre in partnership with Foróige and Merlin college secondary school.
Cumann na bhFear, The Men's Shed, 7.30-9.30pm
Wood Quay Park
Demonstration of blacksmithing or metal forging by Cumann na bhFear, The Men's Shed Ballinfoile Mór, in the Woodquay Park.
De Burgo's 'Galway Folk Club' 9.30pm
15-17 Augustine Street, Galway
The Galway Folk Club will present a double bill featuring some of Galway’s finest Folk musicians including multi-instrumentalist Tom Portman who will play a selection from his new album ‘White Crow’. Joining him on the night will be alt-folk songwriter Fia Rua (Eoghan Burke ). Come and celebrate Galway’s Culture night with us in one of Galway’s most charming venues.
Druid Theatre Company 'Celebrating 40 years of Druid',7pm
Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Mick Lally and Marie Mullen – the first professional theatre company in Ireland to be based outside Dublin. Since 1979, the company has had its own famous theatre on Druid Lane, the birthplace of all the work and continues to serve as a facility for the promotion and development of the arts in Galway. This Culture Night, Druid will host a series of events including talks, discussions and exhibitions. Come join us as we celebrate 40 years producing theatre in Galway.
Engage Art Studios 'Culture Night Open Studios' 6-8pm
Engage Art Studios will open its doors to the public so that you can get a sneak peak behind the scene of an artists studio. Meet the professional artists, hear what is involved in a career as an artist and get a unique insight into the creative process.
Eyre Square Centre, 6-7pm
Eyre Square Centre
The Eyre Square Centre joins Culture Night with a traditional Irish music session hosted by the Salthill / Knocknacarra branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. The branch provides music tuition for all age groups and hosts monthly sessions. Evening shoppers will be entertained by branch members, young and old, playing some lively jigs and reels.
Galway Arts Centre, Workshops 5-7pm, Gig 8-9pm.
Lower Dominick Street
On Culture Night Galway Arts Centre will host three workshops. For ages 8 & under: make your own musical instrument workshop & jamming session with Galway based jazz musician and educator Matthew Berrill. For 8 + there is a music making class with Rory Grubb & his Ceramaphone. Grubb, a Dublin based musician has created an original electric ceramaphone from high quality, tuned ceramic pots and various electrical components. For 12+ Electronic Music making workshop with Ed Devane. Ed Devane delivers instrument building and music production workshops to children, young people and adults. In his workshops he will cover a wide range of topics including elements of physics, history of music and instrument design from different cultures, group discussions, teamwork exercises, recording technologies, electronics, and group music making. Berrill, Grubb and Devane will then play 20 minute sets each from 8pm and 9pm in the galleries, which will be open to the public aswell as workshop participants. Please note that participants for Matthew Berrill and Rory Grubb’s workshops must be accompanied by a guardian. The Arts Centre will also be showing Telling the Bees, a contemporary art exhibition by Bridget O'Gorman which features sculptural work and a new video by the artist who is currently researching into animism, or the belief that a non human entity contains a memory. www.bridgetogorman.com
Galway Cathedral Recitals, 7.30-8.15pm
A special event from the Music Dept. of Galway Cathedral featuring a demonstration of the Cathedral Organ. What is an organ? How does it work? What sort of music can you play on it? Fascinating insights guaranteed!
Galway City Library, 5.15-8pm
St Augustine Street
'How a Farmer was selling his Cow' 5.15 -5.45, from The Russian Cultural Club Alliance, For Culture Night we will present a Russian Fable There will be songs and dancing.
'Storytelling with Rab Fulton' 6-8pm. The ever-popular and inventive Rab Fulton will host three storytelling sessions in the Galway City Centre Library. Family shows 6-6.30pm and 6.45-7.15pm, and a session for an older audience at 7.30 to 8.00 pm.
.Galway City Museum, 'Galway Women, Europe & Beyond' 5.30-8pm
Thirteen leading historians will present illustrated talks on the topic of Galway women and their impact on the wider world. This Culture Night event is curated and presented by Dr John Cunningham of the History Department at NUI Galway.
Galway City Museum 'UnravelRois', From 7.30pm
Galway City Museum
Spanish Parade, Galway
UnravelRois is a short film by Andrew Duggan in collaboration with Olwen Fouéré and Siobhán Dempsey, filmed on the Aran islands where the pattern of interlacing lines provided the ideal geographical landscape in which to site the work. The film explores the relationships between both individual and collective memory and the natural built and trace landscapes. The physical UnravelRois process of unravelling a ball of wool around a space and then rewinding it acts to parallel internal thought processes.
Galway Civic Trust-The Red Earl's Hall, 5-8pm
Custom House, Druid Lane
Dúchas na Gaillimhe, Galway Civic Trust will host regular tours of the medieval Hall of the Red Earl on Druid Lane between 5pm and 8pm. The hall is the oldest building to be excavated within the old walls of Galway and acted as the town hall in the fledgling city. ConTempo Quartet will perform at the Red Earl's Hall at 7pm.
Galway Civic Trust-Fisheries Tower, 5-8pm
Wolfe Tone Bridge
Dúchas na Gaillimhe, Galway Civic Trust will host regular tours of the Fisheries Watchtower Museum on Wolfe Tone Bridge between 5pm and 8pm. The museum is housed in a wonderful Victorian tower on the banks of the Corrib and is dedicated to the history of the River Corrib and its fisheries.
Galway Community Circus, 6-8pm
St Joseph's Community Centre,
Galway Community Circus brings you a magical evening of circus packed with workshops and shows for the young and young at heart. There will be performances and workshops in skills such as acrobatics, aerial dance, tight-rope walking, diablo, stilt walking, unicycling, and much much more!
Galway Film Centre, 5.15-8.30pm
Galway City Museum
Galway Film Centre, under the banner of UNESCO City of Film, will be holding a screening of short films from Galway and the 4 other UNESCO Cities of Film (Bradford, Sofia, Busan, Sydney ) on Culture Night. The event will be held upstairs in the Museum Education Room. Films will be screened on a loop over the evening.
Galway Print Studio 'Coffee and Culture', 5-8pm
Coffee Werk, Quay Street
Prior to Culture Night, an on-line competition will take place for images with the theme 'Coffee and Culture'. The winning image will be screen printed in poster format and will be available on the night. Screen printing demos for the public will also take place. The activities will take place in Coffee Werk, Quay St, where free coffee samples will be available to the public also.
Galway University Hospital Arts Trust 'Aindrias de Staic and the Latchikós', 6pm
Galway University Hospital
Aindrias de Staic is an actor, musician and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. Born in Galway Ireland, his rich n rare style of fiddle playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his story-telling, antics and humour. At 6pm Come along to the University Hospital Arts Trust for the first of two Culture Night performances by Aindrias and the Latchikós.
Giddy Biddies 'Infinity Project'
'Infinity' is a socially engaged art installation designed to provoke the viewer to stand up and acknowledge their part in the infinite link that perpetuates forced migration. In association with Culture Night 2015 and Galway 2020, a 'twenty foot' container will be placed in Mainguard Street Galway. Eight volunteers will be locked inside the container with only water to drink and a bucket for waste, simulating the conditions experienced by forced migration. The container will be painted black inside to replicate real conditions, there will be no comforts and no communication with the outside world. Participants will remain inside the container for 24 hours. Not to be missed!
The Huston School 'Glimpses of Galway'. 7.30pm
The Huston School of Film & Digital Media,
NUI Galway, Earls Island ( beside the Fisheries Field )
Galway Film Society, Irish Film Institute, and Huston School of Film & Digital Media present 'Glimpses of Galway'. Revisiting the collections of the IFI Film Archive we present another fascinating selection of films made in and around Galway between the 1940s and the 1960s. The programme will include sound and silent elements. Silent films will be accompanied by Aran Fiddler Saileog Ní Cheannabháin
Kenny's Bookshop and Art Gallery, 4pm
Liosban Retail Park,
Tuam Road, Galway
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 4pm. Participants should bring along two pages of a story to read. The open mic for poets starts at 6pm. Poets should bring along two poems to read. MC Kevin Higgins will lead a reading from the long-listed stories and poems by some of the writers on the 2015 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition, for which Kenny’s is one of the generous sponsors. All long-listed writers, who can make it to Kenny’s on the day, are invited to come and read.
Maoin Cheoil na Gaillemhe, 'From Ireland to Russia' 7-8pm
St Mary's College
St Mary's Road
Pianist Elena Gekker, who herself hails from Russia, will present an exploration of the piano music of Irishman John Field, who is credited with inventing the 'Nocturne' and who lived and worked in Russia, with the music of his contemporaries. Done using short and exciting pieces of music especially chosen for young children, and linked up by Elena in a beautifully constructed narrative. The concert will start at 7pm and last 1 hour, in the sitting room of St Mary's College, St Mary's Rd. We also encourage the idea of children being able to interact better with the performer so those that wish to do so may bring cushions to sit on up close to the piano.
The Mechanics Institute, Dr Sketchy's 8pm – 10pm
(plus Galway City Comhaltas at 5.30pm )
The Mechanics Institute,
St Augustine Street
The historic Mechanic's Institute will host an exotic Culture Night residency by the acclaimed Dr. Sketchy’s, a world-wide movement of cabaret and life drawing sessions. Suitable for all ages.
National Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland, 7-9.30pm
Computer and Communications Museum,
DERI Building, Insight Centre for Data Analytics,
What promises to be Ireland’s biggest ever Retro Gaming event will take place on Culture Night in the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland located in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway. Attendees will enjoy the thrills of playing the great classic arcade and video games of the 1970s through to the 1990s such as Asteroids, Pacman, Space Invaders, Super Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot and Pong on legendary vintage consoles and computers such as Atari, Amiga, Commodore Amiga, Sega Megadrive and Nintendo. Mentors from Insight, local digital maker clubs and the Galway city Coderdojo club will introduce visitors to the coding behind their own creative projects and help visitors to create their own games.
NUI Galway Creative Campus
'Banba' by James McKenna, 3pm-4pm
Irish Lifecourse and Society Building
NUI Galway will officially unveil a new acquisition 'Banba' by the great sculptor James McKenna, with a celebration of his life and work in the company of his friends and colleagues. This event is part of a campus-wide Culture Night that will include exhibitions, archives and talks.
'Belonging' by Cathy Hughes and Bernie Keogh, 6-9pm
NUIG University Gallery
Exhibition of new and older works by gifted and iconic local artists Cathy Hughes and Bernie Keogh, with live music and celebrations in the NUI Galway Quad.
'Yeats and the West', 5pm – 9pm.
Hardiman Research Building,
A major new exhibition celebrating the cultural revolutions of the poet W.B. Yeats.Through images, words, film, and sound, with touchscreens and rich display cases sourced from NUI Galway and archives around the world, featuring rare material from Yeats, J.M. Synge, and Lady Gregory, and original artwork from Jack B. Yeats, Gerard Dillon, and Fergus Bourke. Join Adrian Paterson and Barry Houlihan, and special guests, for a series of talks and guided tours of the ‘Yeats and the West’ exhibition and discover, in this anniversary year of Yeats2015, what the west meant to Yeats and what this might mean to us. Tours every hour on the hour. Duration 45 minutes.
The James Mitchell Geology Museum and the Zoology Museum will also be open for Culture Night from 6pm.
Nuns Island Theatre, 6pm to Late
Nuns Island, Galway
'New Dance Works in Progress' 6-8pm
For Culture Night 2015, Galway Dance Project will host an evening of new dance work at Nun's Island Theatre from some of Galway's most exciting contemporary dancers. Showings of new dance work will take place from 6-8pm and there will be an opportunity to engage in conversation with the dancers and choreographers about their performances after each showing. There will be a relaxed informal atmosphere and audience members are invited to come and go as they please. www.galwaydanceproject.com
Aindrias de Staic and the Latchikós, 9.30pm
Aindrias de Staic is an actor, musician and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. Born in Galway Ireland, his rich 'n rare style of fiddle playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his story-telling, antics and humour.
O'Connor's Pub 'Invitation to a Conversation' 6.30pm
O'Connor's Pub, Salthill,
Invitation to a conversation. Fireside tour of Galway. A one-hour conversational jaunt through Ireland's past, inspired by historical memorabilia collected by three generations of the O'Connor family at their famous bar in Salthill. Relax round the 300 year old fireplace as Brian tells stories prompted by items from the bar's eclectic antique collection.
Ó’Máille – The Original House of Style:
'The Return of Johnny Patterson', 5pm
'The Return of Johnny Patterson' is a short film conceived and performed by James Fleming and directed by Finn Arden. It will be on display in the window of Ó'Máille's Style Shop. The film imagines the famous Irish singing clown Johnny Patterson (1840–1889 ) returning to Galway city centre in the present day.
Pastime Chonamara, 5pm
Circus Tent, Eyre Square
Come along to the big circus tent in Eyre Square to listen to wonderful as Gaeilge storytelling and witness the production of traditional crafts from Conamara, including weaving by Ardelle Virginia Thomas, and Woodturning by Mairtin Davey.
The Strolling Homes, Doors 9pm
The Loft at Seven
The Strolling Homes are a Galway based tribute to the Rolling Stones featuring members of Tradiohead, Loose Rooster, The Rye, and The Cabin Collective, playing hits like Satisfaction, Miss You, and more. The Strolling Homes aim to celebrate the greatest rock and roll band in history in raucous and raw style!
Taibhdhearc Theatre, 5-6pm and 10-11pm
Middle Street, Galway
Founded in 1928, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe meaning "Galway Theatre" is the national Irish Language Theatre of Ireland. At 5pm On Culture Night An Taibhdhearc will open its doors to the public for a behind the scenes look at the theatre. At 10pm the public are invited back to a post show discussion with the cast of Star of The Sea, by the award winning Moonfish Theatre company.
The Town Hall Theatre, Oisin Ballance, Aran Young and Dara Finneran Exhibition, From 5pm
Foyer, Town Hall Theatre,
1 Court House Square
An exhibition of paint, print and sculpture, featuring artists Oisin Ballance, Aran Young and Dara Finneran, three artists were born and brought up in Galway. Oisin now lives in Glasgow, Aran in Dublin and Dara lives in Galway. They are all interested in bringing their artistic vision to their surrounds and the mundane.
Turas Staire thart timpeall Chathair na Gaillimhe, i nGaeilge, 6-7.30pm
Teacht le céile ag an bPoirse Caoch – Meet at the Spanish Arch
Leis an údar agus an stairí Cormac Ó Comhraí. Stair na cathrach ó na Meán Aoiseanna go dtí an Tréimhse Réabhlóideach á insint ag an údar agus an stairí Cormac Ó Comhraí.
The history of the city from the Middle Ages to the Revolutionary Period, as told by the historian and author Cormac Ó Comhraí. Historical tour of Galway city, in Irish, with the author and historian Cormac Ó Comhraí. Le: Oireachtas na Gaeilge
Western Writers Centre 'For the love of Language' 5-7pm
The Kings Head
The Western Writers' Centre will host poetry readings from around the world for Culture night 2015. Since Galway is a diverse and multicultural city, we at the Western Writers Centre would like to invite Galway’s diverse and multicultural community to come to listen to rehearsed readings of poems told in their authentic tongue from all corners of the World.' With music and an open mike for the last 15 minutes to encourage people to speak out and share their love of their language.
Westside Community Resource Centre, 5pm
Westside Community Resource Centre,
Seamus Quirke Road
The Westside Community Resource Centre will be showing a film and providing light refreshments at the ‘pop up’ Westside Community Café.
Westside Public Library-Felt Workshop and 'Discover the world of Classical Music'
Seamus Quirke Road
'Felt Workshop with Anjelica Dunne' 2-3pm and 3.15 to 4.15pm. Felt workshop for teenagers and adults. 10 Participants per session, ages 12 +.
'Discover the world of Classical Music', 6.30-8pm. Introducing Medieval Music: Introducing the sacred and secular music from the 11th-14th centuries. The dominance of the Church and its relationship to the musical developments. The Baroque Period and Bach and Handel: Ceremonial music and power in the Baroque period (1600–1750 ). The music of the two giants of the Baroque period: George F Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Introducing the Symphony: The symphony was and remains one of the largest forms of orchestral compositions in music’s history. Mozart: The Man and the Artist. An Invitation to Opera. The role of opera and how it reflected changes in society. Classical Music in the Twentieth Century: Tradition and Innovation. There will be a Tea/Coffee reception and the lecture will include musical examples of each genre, handouts and question and answer session will follow.
Wild Atlantic Way Walk 6.30-8pm
Start: Spanish Arch.
Finish: The Anchor, Grattan Road
This tour will take in part of the Wild Atlantic Way which will run from the Spanish Arch to the Salthill Aquarium and will take in the important locations along this magnificent location.
Wood Quay: 'Co-op Cultures' 6-9pm
A participatory art and cultural event to experience, explore and celebrate themes on the Commons and our Cooperative Cultural Heritage by Third Space Galway and Collaborative Ways Forward. Everyone is Welcome.. Come and join in the conversations... Using artist Seoidin O Sullivan’s ‘Seating System’ to act as a central public platform and interactive site for this performative and discursive event. Bringing together both arts and non arts groups, we aim to manifest and test the site in its potential for participation and engagement, and in the words of artist Seoidin 'to create a space for commoning, creating a space of empowerment and possibility’. Followed by an after party at Foley's Hop House in WoodQuay.
Wood Quay, 'Imaginative Neighbourhood Wood Quay' 5-7pm
3 Eyre Street,
The Woodquay Business and Residents Association, with the School of Architecture University of Limerick and Galway City Council presents 'Imaginative Neighbourhood Woodquay', featuring temporary street furnishings designed jointly by The Adaptive Governance Lab/ Fab Lab Limerick/ Interaction Design Centre through a 'Designing with Communities' process. Help us test out interim use projects designed to improve the liveability of Woodquay and answering the questions:“Have we lost the use of our streets as a community resource? Can we imagine them differently?” Be a part of the discussion!