4 Things To See At Culture Night 2016 In Dublin

The Culture Night 2016 logo projected onto a building

Culture Night is fast approaching, so don’t miss out on these must see events


Culture Night returns this year to offer movers and shakers amazing opportunities to experience cultural happenings nationwide. On 16 September 2016, Culture Night will facilitate people across the country engaging with spoken word performances, visual art, musicians and more.

“On the evening of the 16 September towns, villages and cities across Ireland will erupt with creativity as Ireland’s annual cultural spectacular, Culture Night returns for another year,” a spokesperson for Culture Night said.

“From powerful spoken word performances that stop you in your tracks to eye catching art in motion, Culture Night will once again be an evening that is not easily forgotten no matter what cultural corner you find yourself in.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys said: “Culture Night brings culture closer to the people of Ireland by providing access to the immense choice of cultural experiences in some of Ireland’s most striking settings”.

“Culture Night is an invitation for the public to get closer to culture and explore their towns and cities on this special night”.

So let’s see what’s in store for Dubliners on September 16th.


1. Heathers

Heathers holding their hands up and smiling because they're playing in culture night 2016

Irish pop-duo Heathers will be performing this Culture Night at 7pm in Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Recently the Dublin based twins released a new single, Call Home, which was produced by Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Brian Deady).

Culture Night describes the new single as “a beautifully crafted pop track with the duo’s amazing signature harmonies and vocal subtleties.”

Have a listen to their track here:



2. Generator Dublin

Culture night 2016 logo over Smithfield square saying culture night market and afterparty feat. Sim Simma DJs

The Generator Dublin will be hosting a pop-up Night Market in Smithfield Square this Culture Night 2016, starting from 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016, and continuing until “late” with an afterparty featuring Sim Simma DJs.

As part of the pop-up market, there will be “over 40 of Dublin’s best pop up traders” on location, offering vintage clothing, fashion apparels, vinyl records, jewellery, art, food and craft beers.

So if you’re in the mood to pick out a new vintage outfit, or sample some tasty treats, this Culture Night 2016 event is one you don’t want to miss. Plus, you could swing across the square to catch Heathers at 7pm – win win!

Click below to see what other events are coming up in Culture Night 2016.


3. Banter – What would an Irish revolution look like in 2016?

Revolution stencilled over crowd with hands in the air silhouettes who are going to the talk on Irish revolution in Culture Night 2016

With an unexpected Brexit brought about by demagogues Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, and Irish politicians being ordered by the EU to collect a €13b tax bill from Apple, political times are changing.

Are Twitter and Facebook becoming the avenues of widespread political change? Has unforeseen power been granted to the masses whose opinions are now magnified exponentially through the megaphone of social media?

Perhaps this talk will take a look at the social revolution surrounding the Yes Equality campaign of last year which saw young people flock to polling stations, or the ongoing campaign to revolutionise women’s rights with Repeal the 8th.

This panel consisting of Una Mullally, Lois Kapila, Blindly Boatclub and John Gibney will discuss the possibility of an Irish revolution in 2016, what it might look like, how it might come about. Chaired by Jim Carroll, Banter will take place at the Conference Centre in Dublin Castle from 8:10 – 8:50pm.


4. The Gaiety School of Acting

Gaeity School of acting at the culture night 2016

Perhaps you fancy yourself more of a doer than an observer? Well look no further than The Gaiety School of Acting. As part of Culture Night 2016, from 6-10pm on Friday 16 September, they will be offering workshops to everyone.

“Throughout the evening we will have immersive creative drama workshops for the whole family, and acting classes in camera and stage for adults.”

In addition to the workshops, there will be performances from Gaiety School actors on the streets outside their premises to showcase some of their talented students.



Of course, with over 250 events taking place across Dublin alone, and even more throughout the rest of Ireland, there’s bound to be an event at Culture Night 2016 that takes your fancy.

While Culture Night 2016 events are free, places may be limited, so be sure to book in advance where necessary so you don’t miss out.


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