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ALL THE DE­TAILS OF FRI­DAY’S FREE LO­CAL EVENTS

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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.

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