GRAB SOME CULTURE!
ALL THE DETAILS OF FRIDAY’S FREE LOCAL EVENTS
ENVIRONMENT Signal Arts Centre, Bray 4 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Signal Arts Centre is creating a series of environment-themed community art projects. After workshops in schools and community groups plus the creation of wirework pieces by an artist, Albert Walk and Albert Avenue will become a showcase of how the community at large views the changes in our wildlife, weather and seas. There will be different activities outside for the children and the day will end with the opening of Conleth Gent’s sculptural exhibition ‘Woodland Walks’ in the gallery from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
DANCING WITH PAINT Russborough House From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In this large-scale communal workshop, children will work together on one collaborative painting in the Hippodrome. It will be a lively and energetic workshop, where children will learn about Jackson Pollock’s method of drawing in the air and allowing the paint to dance on the canvas. Parents and siblings are welcome to join in. Participants can also bring along their own canvas and take it home afterwards. Workshops take place every half-hour, with the first starting at 5 p.m. and the last at 7.30 p.m.
OÍCHE CEOIL Courthouse Arts Centre 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Art and music workshops for children are being are run side-byside. The workshop will feature music, live piano and song, the use of instruments for tonality and rhythm and then progress to the visual arts, introducing Gustav Klimt and The Tree of Life project. At the end of the session, participants will use the supplied instruments and display the art project as an exhibition to live music. The workshops are suitable for children aged five to 12 years. These will be followed by a traditional music concert from local artists at 8.30pm.
MARS ATTACKS! Mermaid Arts Centre 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Affectionately harkening back to the deadpan sincerity of ’50s and ’60s science-fiction films, Tim Burton’s ‘Mars Attacks!’ is pure fantasy fun. In this movie, flying saucers have been seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world waits to see what will transpire. When the aliens land, they are seen to be green, garish, and very cheerful. But appearances prove deceiving.
SHORTS Bray Bandstand 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bray youth theatre Mr Sands, will be performing SHORTS, a series of scenes, songs and sketches that are guaranteed to bring a smile, at the Bandstand. With excerpts from Monty Python, Shakespeare, Friel and Wilde – not to mention a selection of comic songs – the bandstand will be shaking with laughter. Booking is not required.
INTERACTIVE ART EVENT Kilmantin Art Gallery, Wicklow town 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come along and take part in a family-friendly painting activity at the gallery. Some of the gallery’s artist members will be on hand to assist on what will be a fun evening. People are welcome to come look around the gallery at the work produced by members.
WICKLOW VOICES Whale Theatre, Greystones 6.30 p.m. to 9.45 p.m.
There is a full programme of events taking place at the Whale Theatre to mark Culture Night. From 6.30 p.m. to 7.10 p.m., there will be a photographic exploration and talk on the Famine, ‘Landscape as Witness’, by Seán Laoide-Kemp. This will be followed by ‘Snapshots of Greystones’, an entertaining narrative history with readings, slides and song with Greystones Players and the enchanting voice of Jade Phoenix. This will take place from 7.15 p.m. to 8 p.m.
From 8 p.m. to 8.45 p.m., guests can join or simply watch Making Waves Youth Theatre’s dynamic open drama workshop facilitated by Ciarán Coogan, then make up a team for Fourfront Games’ launch of their exciting new Portable Escape Room.
The final event of the evening is ‘Portable Escape Room’, which will feature the best of Wicklow’s young music talent, including Music Generation’s Elevation Project performance of their collaborative compositions followed by the multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Nicolaas Walle.
SHAKING BOG Enniskerry Library 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join award winning poet and non-fiction writer Nell Regan and critically acclaimed cellist, singer-songwriter Mary Barnencutt for a night of songs, poems, chat and cello. No booking required.
FLOOD DEFENCE ARTWORK LAUNCH Dargle River/Fran O’Toole Bridge 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Conceived as a reflection on the physicality of sound and people’s experience of sound in public space, artist David Beattie has created a series of sculptures along the river walk that will highlight and accentuate the flow of the river and the tidal shift of the sea in Bray port. A number of free standing cast terrazzo forms are located along the walkway, arranged and positioned to gather the ambient sounds of the surrounding environment. Booking is not required.
Nun’s Cross Church 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Alchemy Collective will stage a free, multi-layered event with audience involvement. Jessica Harris will present community and child-centred musical activities, and there will be music from Wicklow-based classical duo Phaedra Keogh and Tanya Plavens (piano and violin/viola) and from Frank Kelly, the experienced local pianist, singer, guitarist, conductor and musical director.
AN EVENING WITH OSCAR WILDE Arklow library 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Compiled and performed by Richard Lynch, enjoy a classic Victorian evening in the company of one of the greatest writers in English literature, Oscar Wilde. Take a step back in time to the Victorian era, for an evening of sparkling humour and wit, tinged with a certain pity and sadness. No booking required.
OÍCHE TRAIDISIÚNTA The Old Forge, Wicklow town 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This event will be family-friendly and free for all to attend. As well as a traditional Irish music session, there will also be a pop-up Gaeltacht included. No booking required.
THE ECLECTIC CARNIVAL Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones 7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
The Eclectic Carnival of Culture will feature an extraordinary mix of talent. The awesome Oisin Mac Ghiolla Bhride will rap ás Gaelige; Cheyenne will warble like a bird of paradise; street mover n’ shaker, Stacey McPartlin will strut her stuff; Maeve Miller Students will slam poems like quicksilver; drum master Ronan O’Snodaigh will rip it up on the bodhran and his mighty men keep the rhythm; and lampoon Liam De Siun will twang and spoof his tunes. There will be plenty more besides before the grand finale, when the rapid Randomers wrap up this eclectic extravaganza. Booking is not required.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION St Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
West Wicklow Voices’ summer concert is part of a series of concerts entitled ‘The French Connection’, featuring a wide variety of French choral music from the Medieval and Renaissance era, right up to Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ and his Requiem. Since its formation in the summer of 2014, the choir has performed with an eclectic array of singers and musicians, ranging from James Nelson (Celtic Tenors) to contemporary ‘Prog Rock’ group, Megacone.
DECLAN BURKE IN CONVERSATION Blessington Library 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Author Declan Burke will be discussing his new book The Lammisters, a comic novel, which will be published in November. From Sligo but now living in Co Wicklow, Declan is an author, editor and journalist and has also taught courses in crime fiction writing with the Irish Writers Centre. In 2017, he was appointed a UNESCO/Dublin City Libraries writer-in-residence.
AN EVENING OF READINGS AND MUSIC Bray Town Hall 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Bray Literary Festival’s launch night is again coinciding with Culture night and will include ‘Shirley McClure – A Celebration’, with readings from the Bray poet’s posthumous collection: Origami Doll (Arlen House, 2019) by Philip Beck. There will be music from the harmonic Bray trio Mood Swings, short fiction and poetry by young writers from Fighting Words, Glencree, along with members of the Irish Writers’ Centre’s ‘New Irish Communities’ group. Winners of the festival’s flash fiction and poetry competitions will also be announced on the night.
OÍCHE TRAIDISIÚNTA The Boathouse CCÉ 7.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
There will be set dancing accompanied by live music in the Boathouse building (opposite the Brass Fox). The event will be free for all to attend and no booking is required.
ISATA KANNEH-MASON Russborough House 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.
The West Wicklow Festival and Russborough are delighted to present acclaimed pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason for a recital of music by Clara Schumann and Brahms. Isata has embarked on a successful career as a soloist with concerts throughout the UK and abroad and also continues to perform with her brother, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. In 2019 Isata will release her debut recording for Decca Classics, an album of Clara Schumann’s music, extracts from which will be heard during this Culture Night concert.
WEST WICKLOW VOICES: St Joseph’s Church in Baltinglass, 7.30 p.m.
MARS ATTACKS!: Mermaid Arts Centre, 5.30 p.m.