Culture Night 2016

Culture Night 2016 in Waterford

Friday 16th of September

Culture Night is an annual public event taking place in venues all over Ireland that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.  Culture Night 2016 is an exciting opportunity to explore your local cultural activities, visit galleries, museums, participate in walks, listen to open air concerts and listen to the spoken word in so many various venues for FREE.

Culture Night 2016 Launch video.

Waterford is steeped in culture and Culture Night 2016 is your chance to explore what Waterford City and County has to offer. There are so many events planned, it will be impossible to participate in every single one but our tip is – checkout or download the leaflet of events and choose where you would like to go and what you would like to see. Time it well so that you can visit as many events as possible to make the most of Culture Night 2016. It’s a night of culture and fun for absolutely everyone!!

Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with Waterford City & County Council Arts Service,and all the participating groups, venues and individual artists.

Read about the events on offer nationwide HERE or download or browse through the leaflet with all the event information and details for Waterford HERE.

What is Culture?

Culture can be defined as: The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.

Here’s a taste of what you can sample in Waterford City and County on Culture Night 2016:

Waterford City:

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“Step aboard the Culture Train”. Starting at Greyfriars Art Gallery at 6pm, the Culture Train will wind its way around the city centre, stopping off at the main arts venues and event locations before returning to Greyfriars to start afresh. More information HERE.

Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:

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An evening of poetry and music with Dungarvan and West Waterford Writers. This popular event will fill up fast and places are limited so the night will be run on a first come first served basis. All current art exhibitions will also be open to the public for viewing on the evening. More information HERE.

Kilmurrin Cove, Co. Waterford:

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Join The Art Hand at Kilmurrin Cove for their annual Culture Night celebration. Take part in a stone stacking challenge and share some culture around a campfire! More information HERE and on our website.

The Viking Triangle, Waterford City:

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Welcome to Medieval Waterford! This is your chance to visit, free of charge, the award-winning Medieval Museum, situated in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle, which contains a world-class display of rare artifacts relating to the fascinating history of Ireland’s oldest city. It is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers, the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Don’t miss the stunning Heavens’ Embroidered Cloths, Waterford’s cloth-of-gold 15th century vestments. More information HERE.

George’s Street, Waterford City:

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Visit the Waterford Walls Studios & HQ at 5 Georges Street and enjoy an exhibition of artworks by the 40 artists who created murals across Waterford for this year’s Waterford Walls International Street Art Project in Waterford City. More information HERE.

Greyfriars Art Gallery, Waterford City:

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Join the Mayor of Waterford and the Arts Officer Conor Nolan as they explore the key arts premises in Waterford City. Find out what happens behind the doors of South East Makerspace, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Walls, Soma Contemporary Gallery, The Rogue Gallery, and many many more. Begins at 6.00pm from Greyfriars Art Gallery. Places are limited on this tour so booking is advised. More information HERE.

House of Waterford Crystal Plaza, Waterford City:

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The De La Salle Scout Pipe Band will perform at 7.30 p.m. on the House of Waterford Crystal Plaza. The De La Salle Scout Pipe Band was founded on December 15th 1933. Over the years, the band has upheld the tradition of highland piping and drumming in Waterford City and has entertained the general public at its many performances. More information HERE.

Greyfriars Art Gallery, Waterford City:

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6.30pm – 7pm: One of Waterford’s best known artists Ben Hennessy will give a fun and informative walking tour of the current exhibition in Greyfriars Gallery, including paintings by renowned Irish artists Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Mainie jellett, Louis LeBrocquy, Letitia Hamilton, and many more.

8pm – 10pm: Greyfriars Art Gallery will host Ireland’s 2nd ever “Scratch Art” event when four of Waterford’s up-and-coming visual artists will take turns to talk about their work – displayed on easels in the center of the gallery – before taking questions from the audience (you!) on the night. And of course if any artwork takes your fancy it may be purchased on the spot. This year’s artists are: Brenda Carroll, Eoin Coffey, Tony Hayes, and Jessica Terry. Last years inaugural Scratch Art event was a big success with a number of works sold. A cultural event not to be missed! More information HERE.

The Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford City:

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With the first performances in the Assembly Rooms and Playhouse in 1810, the Theatre Royal has been one of the most important cultural institutions in Waterford. On Culture Night let our guide Helena (Lena) Walsh take you on a magical and informative tour of this exquisite Victorian theatre uniquely contained within the Georgian splendour of City Hall. One of Waterford’s major 18th century buildings, right in the heart of the Viking Triangle. More information HERE.

Studio 20ten, 18 Lombard Street, Waterford City:

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20ten is a group of eight artists based in South East Ireland.

The gallery and workspace at Studio 20ten will open to the public from 5pm – 11pm on Culture Night. Members of the collective – Christine O’Brien, Milia Tsaoussis-Maddock, Darragh Lyons, Róisín Kinsella, Pat Carri and Conor Rush – will be available to talk about their work. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and experience the artworks of Waterford’s newest arts group.The participating artists work in a range of media including photography, paintings in oils, acrylic and mixed media, sculptures in wood, ceramics and mixed media, art installation and multi media audio/visual works. More information HERE.

The Quayside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:

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The Deise Brass band – talented veterans of the brass era and former stalwarts of Dungarvan Brass Band and other ensembles – will bring a taste of classic New Orleans music to Culture Night when they play jazz, blues, and gospel on the Quayside in Dungarvan from 8pm. More information HERE.

Merry’s Bar and Restaurant, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:

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Pygmalion priant Vénus d’animer sa statue, Jean-Baptiste Regnault

The Drama Circle presents a rehearsed reading of “Pygmalion”, one of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, upstairs in Merry’s Bar and Restaurant. The Drama Circle, Dungarvan is a forum of like-minded people who meet once a month to share original stories, poetry, monologues and drama for enjoyment. More information HERE.

Parnell Room, The Granville Hotel, The Quay, Waterford City:

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An tAthair Micheál Ó hIcí – Ostán an Granville, Port Láirge

Féile Çéad bliain de bhás an Athar Uí Icí 1860-1916.
Déiseach, Éireannach, bolscaire, eagarthóir, fear léinn, sagart. An Chúis le na hEaspaig/Cás Uí Icí.
The 100th Anniversary of the death of father Michael O Hickey. Lecture by Máire de Róiste, grand niece.
Native of the Déise, Irishman, propagandist, editor, a man of learning, priest.
The case with the bishops/The O’ Hickey Case.
“It was the reading of an essay of Thomas Davis, by the banks of the silvery Suir,
that awakened within my breast the longing to master our native tongue, and the ambition, Providence so willing to do one man’s work for its preservation.” More information HERE.

Joan Clancy Gallery,  An Rinn (Ring), Co. Waterford:

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Joan Clancy Gallery in An Rinn in the Waterford Gaeltacht are throwing their doors open in celebration of Culture Night 2016 – Oíche Chultúir on Friday September 16 with work by Blawnin Clancy, Damaris Lysaght, Ciara Gormley, Rayleen Clancy, Sinead Ni Chionaola, Noeleen Crossan, Katarzyna Gajewska and others. Music will be provided by local traditional performers.
The work of this talented group of artists is a feast for the eyes in this extraordinary gallery overlooking Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh Mountains in the Co Waterford Gaeltacht.
Joan is extremely knowledgeable about the artists whose work is featured in the gallery. All of the art is available for purchase so if you find a painting that you love, you can bring it home with you.

Joan Clancy Gallery is located between Coláiste na Rinne (Ring College) and the Cunnigar Beach 10k south of Dungarvan, and is well signposted. More information HERE.

The Rogue Gallery, Waterford City:

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The Rogue Gallery and Studios presents group exhibition “Selfhood” displaying a diverse range of artwork in all mediums. Featuring local and national artists, the exhibition will be curated by resident Rogue Gallery artists and is running from the 1st – 16th of September. More information HERE.

Clancy’s Bar, Tallow, Co. Waterford:

Culture Night 2016Brideview Drama Tallow will be hosting a night of stories,poetry, drama, songs and more in Clancy’s Bar in Tallow for Culture Night 2016 at 8pm on the 16th Sep. Our aim is to bring theatre into a more relaxed and casual environment in the hope that those who would not usually experience the arts in our local hall might get a chance to enjoy a night of entertaining monologues, poems, stories and songs acted out. More information HERE.

Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford:

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From 5pm – 7pm visit the artists of Garter Lane Arts Centre in their 5, 0’Connell Street Studios for a unique “behind the scenes” insight into their artistic activities including everything from ceramics to mixed media painting. Suitable for all ages. Please note that No. 5 O’ Connell Street is not wheelchair accessible.

From 7pm Garter Lane invites you to join in the opening reception of “Would You Die for Ireland?” an exhibition of new work by acclaimed Belfast artist John Byrne featuring photographic works and installations exploring childhood memories of growing up during the Troubles, exhibited alongside his iconic film “Would You Die for Ireland?” in which the artist travels the streets of Ireland asking this emotive question to a wide range of people, including members of the Gardaí, Defence Forces, The Orange Order and the then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. John Byrne attended the Art College in Belfast before attending The Slade School of Art in London in the mid’80s. It was there that he began to practice as a performer and has since performed at venues throughout Ireland, the UK, Denmark and Poland. John Byrne works in multi-media and performance and is best known for his public art commissions. “Would You Die for Ireland?” was curated by Sheena Barrett, Curator of the LAB Gallery, Dublin and co-produced with the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris with support from Dublin City Council, Dublin City Council 1916 Rising Commemorations Fund 2016 and the Arts Council. John Byrne will deliver an Artist Talk at 7pm entitled “From a South Facing Family”.

From 8pm Garter Lane Arts Centre courtyard will transform into a carnival of music with performances by Lorcan Reidy, Backroad Smokers Club and Kelly and the Cosmonauts.

Suitable for all ages. Lorcan Reidy 8pm / Backroad Smokers Club 8:30pm / Kelly and the Cosmonauts 9pm. More information HERE.

Bailey’s New Street, Waterford City:

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The 146 year old Barrack Street Concert Band will be performing a selection of pieces from its extensive library including well known music from decades past.

The Barrack Street Concert Band is a local community band and has entertained generations of Waterfordians since its first performance at the May procession in Mt. Sion in 1870 – an incredible 146 years ago! It is one the only bands in Ireland that have unbroken service in its 146 years, through a Civil War and two World Wars to say the least. For more information HERE.

Soma Contemporary Gallery, 6 Lombard Street, Waterford City:

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Artist Fiona Kelly will host an exciting drawing workshop called Throwaway Remnants from 6pm – 8pm. Suitable for all ages, this workshop will introduce new ways of perceiving ordinary bits and pieces through line, texture and tone. You will learn how to transform the mundane into exciting landscapes! Booking preferred but not essential. More information HERE.

Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford:

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Local musician and lecturer Bridget O’Connell specialises in fiddle playing and has taught the fiddle in the south-eastern Munster region for the past fourteen years. She has recently completed a PhD thesis regarding Newfoundland fiddle styles and has spent many months carrying out both intensive fieldwork and archival research in Newfoundland. Her presentation will provide a descriptive account of music making in rural Newfoundland with a particular focus on fiddle playing. Bridget has also completed a master’s degree majoring in fiddle performance at the University of Limerick and will perform some of the tunes that she collected whilst on her travels. More information HERE.

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Tramore, Co. Waterford:

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The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens will hold a FREE guided tour of the gardens incorporating poetry, music and song for Culture Night 2016. The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens tell the story of the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who grew up in Ireland and who spent his childhood summers in Tramore, Co Waterford. His fascinating life journey embraced several parts of the world and the gardens pay homage to the fame he attained through his literary works. This unique guided tour will tell the ‘Story of the Gardens’. As you wander through the ten garden areas you will be greeted by poetry, music and song to reflect Lafcadio Hearn’s Life and his writings, including the very insightful poem on Hearn by Waterford poet Sean Dunne. Tour will start at 6.00pm from the Garden Entrance at Pond Road Tramore.

Please email: or telephone: 087 0960013 if you plan on taking the tour. More information HERE.

Tramore Library, Tramore, Co.Waterford:

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Enjoy a high quality Irish traditional musical performance from students of the ever-popular Tramore Comhaltas in Tramore Library. Tramore Comhaltas excels at encouraging young musicians and regularly participates in fleadhs nationwide. More information HERE.

Brick Lane off Greyfriars, Waterford Viking Triangle,Waterford City:

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The City of Waterford Brass will perform a concert of well loved tunes in the beautiful surroundings of Brick Lane (Greyfriars Gallery exterior stepped performance area). Founded in 1932 the band has contributed hugely to the musical life of Waterford: providing players for both the Waterford Orchestral Players, the Light Opera Festival, the Waterford Grand Opera Society, and the many dance bands which originated in Waterford during the sixties such as the famous Royal Showband. More information HERE.

Bank Studios, Abbeyside,  Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:

Culture Night 2016Bank Studios will be adopting a hospital theme for this years Culture Night.The artists at Bank Studios will be performing a number of roles and treating the patients with art. Be prepared to be admitted to the ward! More information HERE.

Waterford University Hospital, Dunmore Road, Waterford:

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In celebration of Culture Night 2016, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) presents a live performance by Harmania in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford (UHW) from 7.00pm. More information HERE.

Jordan’s Bar, The Quay, Waterford City:

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Jordans American Bar will host this event curated by Waterford singer-songwriter Tom Mullane,featuring a number of readers of the spoken word plus a selection of well-known local singer-songwriters and musicians. More information HERE.

Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford City:

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As part of Culture Night 2016 the cast of The Green One, a new opera by Mark Roper and Eric Sweeney, will perform and discuss excerpts from the opera in Christ Church Cathedral at (duration 30 – 40 minutes). Admission is free. The full opera will be performed as part of the Imagine Festival in Waterford on 27, 28 and 29 October. The cast includes several singers who appeared in Mark and Eric’s highly acclaimed first opera The Invader which won a number of awards in 2014 including Outstanding Performance of the Year in the Waterford News and Star. This Project is supported by a Waterford City County Council Arts Grant. More information HERE.

St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick’s Street, Waterford City:

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Enjoy an enchanting musical event in St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre as violinist Cathy Desmond and pianist Marian Ingoldsby perform a selection of air,s that would have been popular in Irish drawing rooms, in the early part of the twentieth century. The repertoire for Culture Night 2016 will include traditional Irish airs and music by Moore, Carolan and Wallace. More information HERE.

The Cove Bar, Dunmore Road, Waterford:

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To celebrate Culture Night 2016 this event, hosted by The Cove Bar, will feature poetry, prose, and short stories and some of the best singer-songwriters around this area. Come along, grab a seat, and enjoy the craic! More information HERE.

Central Arts, The Quay, Waterford City:

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The cast and crew of ‘Pulled’ invite you to join them in Central Arts for Culture Night 2016 -for a post show chat. Pulled is a comedy about two girls fighting the fear and you will have the opportunity to delve into the writer and actors minds. You can then join them as they dance the night away with DJ Zoe Whelan from WLRs Green Scene as Niamh Moroney, ‘Amanda’ and Andrea Bolger, ‘Michelle’ work on their next epic hangover! More information HERE.

The Old Printworks, 4 Thomas Hill, Waterford City:

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South East Makerspace (SEMS) invites you to visit their workspace for Culture Night 2016 from 6pm to 11pm. Come meet our makers, check out our upgraded 3D printer, a variety of projects and works in progress. South East Makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art; can meet, socialize and collaborate. More information HERE.

The Gingerman, Arundel Lane, Waterford City:

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Seisiún ceoil, greim le nithe, caint agus craic i detach tabhairne An Gingerman, Pórt Lairge- bígí linn!

Music, chat, a bite to eat and a chance to use your Irish – all welcome at The Gingerman for Culture Night 2016!! More information HERE.

Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford City:

Culture for Kids! 

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Culture for Kids!

Gymboree: Music and Play
11:00am – 12noon
For Ages: 0-4yrs

Enhance your child’s development and love of music through play, song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of musical styles this class will help your child explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills.

Bright Sparks: Contemporary Dance
3:00pm – 4:00pm
For Ages: 5-8yrs

Jessica Rowell’s invigorating class is designed for girls and boys and is a lovely introduction to the magical world of dance. The class involves dance technique and creative exploration. Jessica aims to get the best out of each child, allowing their inner creativity to shine.

Comic Art Workshop
4:00pm – 5:00pm
For Ages: 7-12yrs

Ever wanted to make your own comic and create your own superheroes? Declan Pierce will show you how to draw your own comics and make your main characters come to life!

Create your Hero: Creative Writing
4.30pm – 6:00pm
For Ages: 12+yrs

In this creative writing workshop, Derbhile Graham will show you how to be the hero in your own story, tap into your own superpowers, travel to new worlds and go on exciting adventures.

Culture for Kids is hosted by Waterford Europe Direct Information Centre.
Please note that all workshops are free but places are limited. Reserve a place at Waterford Central Library on 0761 10 2975. More information HERE.

The choice of venues and events for Culture Night 2016 in Waterford City and County is vast. Plan your night well so you can visit as many venues as you like and enjoy, explore and experience your local culture  –  it’s all for FREE!!

Wishing you all a fabulous Culture Night 2016. Explore, Experience, Enjoy!!

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