A feast of culture across the county
AN array of exciting free events will get under way across County Wicklow on Friday, September 22, as part of Culture Night.
The night that celebrates all forms of culture from art to music and history and architecture will see events taking place in eleven areas including Arklow, Blessington, Redcross, Bray and Wicklow Town.
Russborough House is always a favourite with tourists and on Culture Night it is expected that many local culture vultures will pay a visit to this west Wicklow gem.
While the house tours are fully booked already, there are still some places available for the children’s ReCreate Workshop which runs from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m.
ReCreate artists will create an open play space inviting children of all ages to come and enjoy the wonderful world of reused materials, inspiring curiosity and creativity for all.
Known for his adventurous and exciting projects artist Rod Coyne will host an event at his Avoca Studio Gallery at Knockanode, Avoca, from 5.30 to 7 p.m. entitled Rod Sees Red.
Here, he will present a painting demonstration and talk, where he will be discussing a recent experiment to introduce reds into painted landscapes.
‘Recently I decided to introduce radical amounts of red into my landscapes regardless if they were there or not. First off I swapped the greens of the landscape for a tonally similar palette of reds. Then I started replacing the blues of the sea and sky with a palette of reds. Looking at the two versions I saw instantly that the second option still looked realistic, just as if painted at sunrise or sunset. But where the land was red that took on a completely other worldly feel,’ he explains. Brazilian culture will be at the heart of a Bray event which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cornerstone at The Well, Church Terrace, Main Street.
Featuring Forró, a unique Brazilian style of music and dance, a photographic exhibition of images of Brazil and Bray take by Brazilians and a screening of Brazilian cinema as well as a taste of Brazilian food, the event offers something for everyone. In Wicklow, the Dominican College will play host to Song Enchanted Evening, a concert featuring Lorna Breen, soprano and the Avondale Voices Community Choir from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
The entrance gate at Russborough House.