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Culture Night 2018

The National Museum announces its programme of free events for Culture Night 2018

Mango X MathMan © Andres Poveda

For Culture Night 2018, the National Museum of Ireland presents a programme of free events both in Mayo and across Dublin city including the famous RTÉ open-air concert which comes to Collins Barracks for the first time this year.

Seanad Chamber, Leinster House

Kildare St, Dublin 2
Gold Air and the Blue [BOOKED OUT]
In partnership with Poetry Ireland and our neighbours in the Houses of the Oireachtas, we play host to some of Ireland's leading women poets who will mark the centenary of women's suffrage in Ireland and abroad.
More info

National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

Merrion St, Dublin 2
Curious Creatures at the Dead Zoo
Drop into the Discovery Zone to learn about curious creatures from South America, meet Museum Educators and touch skulls from the handling collection.
More info

National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Coda at the Museum
A free performance by popular singing group Coda, whose rendition of the sea shanty ‘Leave Her Johnny’ has over one million views on YouTube.
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National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks, Benburb St, Dublin 7

On Friday 21 September, RTÉ's Culture Night extravaganza comes to Collins Barracks.The highlight of the night will be a free two-hour concert in Clarke Square, preceded by a range of live radio recordings throughout the National Musuem's building in Collins Barracks as well as an open studio tour by the Museum's artist-in-residence, Róisín de Buitléar.

Studio Visit: Róisín de Buitléar
3pm - 6pm
Drop into artist-in-residence Róisín de Buitléar's studio to find out about her residency at the Museum and learn about her work as an internationally renowned glass artist.
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Sunday Miscellany
4pm - 5pm
Presenter Sarah Binchy will discuss all things culture with leading writers, Eileen Battersby, Niall McArdle, Sharon Hogan, Chris McHallem and Deirdre Mulrooney. Live music comes from some of Ireland’s leading young musicians,Martin Tourish, Tríona Marshall, Zoe Conway, Niwel Tsumbu, and Simon Morgan.
This event is now fully booked.

Banter with Jim Carroll
4.30pm - 8pm
Audio Visual Theatre
Culture Night with RTÉ will also feature Banter talks with Jim Carroll and a trio of guests about the role and influence of arts and culture on their lives and work:

  • 4.30pm – 5pm Andrea Horan, founder of Tropical Popical nail salon in Dublin City Centre and co-host of Don't Stop Repealin' podcast; tickets
  • 5.30pm – 6pm Ivana Bacik, Senator for the University of Dublin since July 2007 and the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin; tickets
  • 7.30pm – 8pm Emilie Pine, best-selling author of Notes To Self (Tramp Press) and Associate Professor in Modern Drama at UCD; tickets

5pm - 5.30pm
Audio Visual Theatre
Winning short stories from the RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and conversations with their authors.
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Playing with Words
5.45pm - 6.45pm
An evening of song, poetry, prose, as our panel discusses how literature, poetry, plays and song have helped celebrate sporting moments and how major sporting moments have influenced Irish society and Irish literature.
This event is now fully booked.

Comedy Gold
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Audio Visual Theatre
A fantastic line up of new and emerging comedy talent including Emily O'Callaghan, Aoife O'Connor, Pedro Ribeiro, Grace Mulvey, Erin Ferguson, Stephen Ryan and Emily Ashmore across two half-hour recording sessions.
6.30pm tickets
7pm - this event is now fully booked.

Culture Cabinet
7pm - 8pm
Four special guests open their Culture Cabinet, where they share their stories about their most treasured possessions that have a cultural significance for them.
This event is now fully booked.

Open-Air Concert
8pm - 10pm
Clarke Square
Arena’s Sean Rocks presents an evening of live family entertainment in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and very special guests, presenting an exciting mix of live music, theatre, comedy and poetry from both established and emerging Irish artists. The concert will also feature a choir of 140 members of the public from around the country.
Concert highlights will inlude:

  • Villagers – Conor O’Brien will perform A trick of the light from their new album
  • Sebastian Barry – Award-winning author will both sing and read (A Long Long Way)
  • Waterford Whispers – Will perform their unique brand of news, live
  • Members of Horslips & Paul Muldoon – New poetry and music in a unique collaboration, specially written for this concert
  • Mick Flannery & Amanda Coogan – Music and performance combine, for the first time, to create a poignant reflection on the struggles of women in Ireland
  • Alma Harrak – Performance from the 14 year-old self-taught pianist and Syrian refugee 
  • Mango X Mathman – The best in Irish hip hop with orchestral and choral arrangements
  • Claudia Boyle – ABBA classics from the talented Irish soprano, with a twist, or two
  • Ursula Burns – A live performance from the world’s only harpist-comedian
  • Cór Linn – RTÉ’s new youth choir will give their ‘almost’ first ever public performance
  • Sarah Crossan – Author, poet and Ireland’s ‘Laureatte na nÓg’ will read, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and introduce emerging talent, Natalya O’Flaherty
  • Nava – The world’s only Irish/Iranian trad act will continue to explore a unique sonic landscape between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia
  • Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Recital from award-winning bilingual poet, in both Irish and English
  • Moxie A performance – with special guests – from musicians creating a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by electro, jazz, house, and rock