Letterkenny will be buzzing with activity this Friday night as it hosts its 11th Culture Night.
Events are taking place in popular venues all over the town and it’s a great chance to discover something new – for free!
With over 50 diverse events in 27 venues, you’re bound to have a unique evening out. Many events are suitable for families, so get out and enjoy the spectacles!
The largest outdoor event Cybertribe will take place in the Letterkenny Town Park and is an absolute favourite every year. This night time extravaganza of sculpture, performance and art installation is inspired by comic book visions of the future and real-life emerging cyber technologies. Presented by Inishowen Carnival and featuring local performers from Fusion Events (Letterkenny), Zona Dance (Letterkenny), Aisling Dance Academy (Ballybofey) along with fire performance from In Your Space Circus (Derry).
Other much anticipated happenings include the guided tours at Letterkenny Courthouse along with a very special reading from the 2019 Culture Night ambassador poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin.
Film and Exhibitions
Visual arts and films are strongly featured this year with a selection of exhibitions available at the Donegal County Museum including the Letterkenny Folk Festival featuring photographs, posters and leaflets from the collections of Sally Blake and Billy Watson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival.
And ‘All Aboard the Donegal Railways!’ where visitors can also watch footage from the heyday of the trains and share memories of the railways of Donegal.
Down the road, the team at the Regional Cultural Centre once again offer something special for all ages and interests with visual art, film and family workshops including ‘When I Was a Child’, a group exhibition curated by Peadar Mc Daid, featuring 50 artists presenting work that reflects something from their childhood.
Over at Century Cinemas the Donegal Intercultural Platform, Donegal Travellers Project, Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) presents the launch of the Donegal Intercultural Arts Research Project Report and the screening of Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s film Gaza and Sai Sankar’s, Sakura Pooka, followed by Q&A with guest speakers.
Children and Families
This year the Central Library will once again present a fantastic programme of history and heritage for Culture Night with exhibitions, tours and the Jessica Harkin Family Magic Show kicking off proceedings with a magical sleight of hand show that promises to get Culture Night off to a magical start.
Something a little bit different!
An Grianán Theatre presents Waiting Tables For Godot, by Mockingbird Theatre Group with Ronan Carr and Anne Gallagher. Performed in the theatre’s cafe bar with soup served in bowler hats for the customers, this show is about a pair of conjoined twins who are serving tables and waiting for Godot to come through the front door.
The nearby Bus Éireann Bus Station presents a Donegal County Museum offsite exhibition as well as unique performance with Little John Nee who is Waiting On a Train. In this special Culture Night event he will present a series of songs and spoken word interludes on a theme of trains and railways.
Full programme and information
This, however, is only a wee taste of what’s on offer. To get the full story pick up a copy of the Culture Night Programme or download from www.donegalcoco.ie and follow @CultureNightDonegal on Facebook. For more visit www.culturenight.ie .
Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with Donegal County Council.