CARNIVAL OF CULTURE; History, Art, Theatre and Film - It's All Up for Grabs Tonight at the Nation's
Byline: by Therese McKenna
VACATE the sofa and lace up your walking boots -- it's the eighth annual Culture Night and there's an abundance of free fun to be snatched up as the sun goes down. All over Ireland, from An Ghaeltacht and Armagh to Waterford and Wicklow, museums, galleries and all manner of cultural institutions are opening their doors for an evening of fun. When everything's for nothing, you really want to get your money's worth and do as much as possible -- here's our guide to the best of the festival...
CORK city is the child-friendly capital of Culture Night -- with young people getting a generous share of the 200 events in 80 venues there.
It's a sweet and soothing programme for tots with Blackpool's Graffiti Theatre Company and Music Generation Cork presenting Lavender and Lullabies by composer and singer Fiona Kelleher (early in the day -- 11.30am and 2.30pm).
For older age-groups, it's all about getting active. Ireland's only hip hop studio is offering kids' workshops in breakdance, hip hop, graffiti and street art -- plus there'll be breakdance battles and performances from the likes of Clickety Clique Crew and Rhythm Rebels Crew from 4pm to 9pm. The city's Circus Factory has skills workshops for children (2pm and 3pm), and families will be well entertained from 5.30pm at the Crawford Gallery with a treasure hunt and art workshops.
KILDARE ON SCREEN
MAYNOOTH takes the trophy for cinema events. The Co. Kildare town library's Cinema Book Club hosts a screening of Last Of The High Kings starring Nineties dreamboat Jared Leto and some iffy Irish accents -- and special guest at the event is author of the novel and screenplay, Ferdia MacAnna, who opens proceedings at 8.30pm with a discussion of the book. You might even be able to first fit in the 6pm showing of Excalibur in the swashbuckling setting of Maynooth Castle.
Elsewhere in Kildare, Celbridge Library has a gig by recent YouTube sensations, Fresh Re. Remember the two boys' cover of Rihanna's We Found Love that pulled in millions of online viewers a while back? That was them -- or rather, that was Robert Scanlon and Harrison Dhodo -- two fifths of the young band who have since performed on The Late Late Show, and who play here tonight from 7pm to 9pm.
THIS is the city to go to for history and heritage trails. Walk the walls of Limerick at 5pm with archaeological reconstruction drawing expert Dr Dan Tietzsch-Tyler, a two-hour trek taking in a superbly preserved medieval town gate and a restored stretch of the reinforced 17th century defences beside the 1690 siege breach, finishing up at King John's Castle. Or go on a tour of Medieval Englishtown, starting at the Bishop's Palace and stopping by landmarks such as The Bard of Thomond Monument, The Treaty Stone and Villiers Alms House.
THERE'S an incredible music line-up in this city -- with Cavan folk singer Lisa O'Neill entrancing all comers at the Butler Gallery from 8.30pm, Cat Dowling sweeping lush, dark melodies through Rollercoaster Records at 7. …