Culture Night 2016 takes place tonight

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Final preparations are underway throughout the country for Culture Night with this years event promising to be the biggest yet.

From 5pm until 11pm you will be able to experience arts and culture in over 40 towns and cities free of charge.

Over 3,000 events are taking place in museums, galleries, theatres and churches around the country.

Culture Night Coordinator Aimée Van Wylick said:

“We liaise with all the regional arts offices and local authorities to ensure that as many organisations open up and as many artists participate on the night so it is an all Island effort.
“And it is brilliant to see because it is just one night only of the year, where everybody is coming together to give something back to the public.
“It is a free night and it is a very postive night also for the creative sector.”

Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 350,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the country.

The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.

Check out culturenight.ie for full listings but here are a few events happening in and around Tallaght tonight:

Civic Theatre 5pm – 11pm
Enjoy a unique screening of The Bloody Irish! – a fabulous new musical drama on the 1916 Rising. Experience Candlelit Tales, a vivid re-telling of the Táin accompanied on guitar and mandolin. Come along and share the writings of Patrick Pearse with actors Bryan Murray, Una Crawford O’Brien and harpist Mary O’Donnell. Take part in our open mic night on the main stage. The Interval Bistro will be open & serving delicious food from all corners of the globe!

Coláiste de hÍde 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Coláiste de hÍde welcomes young people (10-14 yrs) and their families to this evening of dancing, singing, chat and craic as Gaeilge! DJ, traditional and contemporary music and refreshments. Come along!

County Library Tallaght 5pm – 8pm
Come to the Library for a photo shoot. Bring your favourite book or the book you are currently reading to be photographed and included in Our Book. Extra brownie points for dressing up as a literary character or reading aloud from your chosen book!

Pease Museum, St Enda’s Park, Grange Rd, Rathfarnham
Music Generation South Dublin and Tallaght Community Arts join forces to bring you a performance full of new and old to celebrate 1916 and the spirit of Pearse’s school that defied tradition. Come join us for a night of song, music and dance in a setting unique to South Dublin. Step into the Halla Mor of Scoil Eanna, where Pearse began his quest for a better Ireland and witness performances of some of Ireland’s newest newest and oldest pieces of music and dance. A true combination and celebration of the arts in Ireland past and present.

RUA RED 5pm – 9pm
Join us for fun and inventive activities in our Creative Den with a digital twist, suitable for all ages young and old. Tours on the hour of work by Darek Fortas in Gallery 1 and Kevin Lindsay in Gallery 2. A chance to find out more about the themes and process behind these exhibitions. Current artists based in RUA RED will open the doors to their studios. These tours are a unique behind-the-scenes insight to the artists working space. Activities in the Creative Den from 5pm-9pm. Gallery tours on the hour from 5pm-8pm. Open studios from 6pm-8pm.