Culture Night returns to Louth on Friday 18th September and while there are limited events taking place this year, it is good to see the exciting and creative talents that are celebrated on the night. So take a look at the events listed below and celebrate Louth’s cultural scene. All events have limited numbers so booking is essential.
In Drogheda you can join in a Culture Night Trail around the town and witness how Droichead Arts Centre brings its Connection 3 gallery outside into the heart of Drogheda. Brian Hegarty, artist/curator will lead you to 9 works, by 9 artists displayed on 9 buildings throughout the town.
You can book a visit to Millmount Cultural Quarter for a family-friendly evening at, with the opportunity to visit the craft studios, artist studios and the gallery space. Check out some live craft demonstrations and children’s art and craft activities.
Guests will also have access to Millmount Museum and Martello Tower, but as with all Culture Night events, booking is essential. In Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda there are drawing workshops for children led by Julie Duhy, and an in-person drawing lecture & workshop for teenagers and adults with artist Raphael Hynes in the Lower Gallery. A fine performance of traditional Irish music will also be performed there by Tadgh Mulligan and Jason Mc Guinness.
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Online events: will be streamed via Louth County Council Twitter page and Creative Ireland Louth Facebook page. Starting at 7pm you can watch how young artists were invited to explore and investigate fascinating archival pieces with artist Miriam Fox.
Inspired by a selection of archives, the artists will interweave history with the modern day and reinterpret the past in a wonderful new artwork, bringing the history of our county alive. Next up from the County Museum, there will be a performance of historical songs for young people, highlighting both local and national history. To finish the online section of Louth’s Culture Night programme 2020, there will be a performance by contemporary folk trio, Kern, who will perform original and traditional tunes and songs.
In Dundalk you can book into a back-stage tour in An Táin Arts Centre from where audiences will have the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the building, and get a glimpse behind the scenes of a working arts space.
While there, visit the open studio with Etaoin O’Reilly in the basement gallery and see how her ceramics explores the fading industry of bone china factory workers in her exhibition. For those seeking hands-on experience, have a go on the potter’s wheel by booking a timeslot in the ceramics workshop (adults and children). In Creative Spark at 6pm, join in learning how to produce a large scale woodcut relief and see how a large steam roller will be used to complete the piece.
Culture Night is brought to you by the Arts Council, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Louth County Council.
*ALL culture night events are free, but booking is essential and numbers are limited. For further information on all events, and booking links see https://culturenight.ie/events/Louth
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