A feast of cul­ture across the county

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

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.

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