This year’s Culture Night will take place on Friday, September 23, and will see free events taking place across the county from 4 p.m. until late. Exhibitions, performances, workshops and heritage events are on the program this year, with each of Wexford’s five civic districts hosting performances throughout the evening.
Although still in the midst of its redevelopment, the Wexford Arts Center welcomes Stephen James Smith, supported by Basciville, for an evening of spoken word and music in the Annex at 8 p.m. Also at 8 p.m., Wexford Festival Opera invites the public to the National Opera House. where artists from The Wexford Factory will perform a selection of opera arias.
In The Bull Ring at 4:30 p.m., the Red Moon Creative Arts Theater hosts the first of two performances of An T’Oileán – The Island, a family adventure. It centers on Maeve, an ornithologist determined to embark on a mission to track down a huge, mysterious mythological bird, which is said to have been sighted by the Saltee Islands, off Wexford. Later, in Saint-Pierre Square, at 7:15 p.m., the saxophone quartet, Saxology, will play Film music at the bandstand.
At the National Opera House at 8pm, Ami Hewitt, one of this year’s Wexford Factory performers, will be joined by Rory Musgrave, who has a long association with Wexford Festival Opera, to perform a selection of operatic arias. Enjoy 20 minutes of wonderful music with these artists and pianist Giorgio d’Alonzo in the foyer of the National Opera.
Following the recent success of the Jazz at Johnstown festival, Culture Night will be celebrated for the first time at Johnstown Castle. At 8:30 p.m., the Chris Colloton Trio will reinvent the first part of Atom Heart Motherthe seminal Pink Floyd’s fifth studio album, and will heat up with an experimental, jazzy version paranoid android by Radiohead.
At 16 o’clock. In association with the Enniscorthy Drama Society, Enniscorthy Castle presents ‘A Living History of the Castle’. As part of the experience, visitors will be able to converse in person with historic residents of the castle and Enniscorthy, be greeted by a Norman knight guarding the gates, help a prisoner escape the dungeon, and learn how families have were brought up in the castle.
Hot off its Galway Film premiere Fleadh, the documentary film by Robert Tyrrell and Joanne Heffernan Stopped will be screened at the Presentation Arts Center at 6 p.m. This short film about daily life in the traveling community of Enniscorthy was shot last year after the filmmaking duo received funding through the Wexford County Council’s New Voices Grant and will be accompanied by a film by one hour program of short films on the culture of the traveler.
Later that evening, at 10 p.m., the presentation center features one of Ireland’s leading drag performers and star of Comedy Central’s aunts dragons, Candy Warhol. She will be joined by very special guests Viola Gayvis, Daria Décolleté and Lavande for a night of drag, burlesque and comedy.
At New Ross Library at 4 p.m. the Cumas Trad Band will play a family-friendly trad session, then at 8 p.m. Ukrainian opera singer, film and theater actress Olga Doroshchuk, who came to Ireland in April due to the war in his native country, will perform a selection of operatic works as well as a number of Ukrainian folk songs at n St Michael’s Theatre.
The history and heritage of Grantstown will be the topic of discussion at Grantstown Daycare at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include discussions of local history with the Bannow Historical Society, musical recitals with harpist Shelly O Grady and more. The activities will take place in the church of the Augustins, which dates from 1829.
The Gorey Musical Society will perform a mixed program of musical pieces at the Gorey Library at 4pm, while at 7pm visitors to Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown will be taken on a mythical journey of discovery to discover the species of Ireland’s iconic native seals with a dash of our added marine folklore. Afterwards, guests will be taken on a guided tour of the center as staff tell stories of the seal rescue and how each was named after an Irish figure in history.
At 7.30pm, traditional singer Rachel Uí Fhaoláin and her two children Éire and Chulainn will celebrate the Irish language with a special evening of traditional song, music, dance, storytelling and poetry at the Book Café in Gorey.
“Cultural Night has seen phenomenal growth across County Wexford and it is fantastic to see activities planned across all five municipal districts. The Arts Office looks forward to continuing to support the growth of cultural nightlife across the county in the years to come. I urge you all to come on Friday 23rd September for a free and entertaining evening of art, heritage and culture,” said Liz Burns Arts Officer, Wexford County Council.
All of the events above are free, but some will have limited availability and may require a reservation. Check culturenight.ie for times, booking links and updates.