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Culture Night 2017 at Dublin Castle

04 September 2017
3 min read

Historic Dublin Castle plays host to some of Culture Night 2017’s most exciting events.

Always a highlight in the creative calendar, Culture Night returns for its thirteenth outing on Friday 22 September with Dublin Castle once more playing host to many flagship events.

Growing from strength to strength over the years, Culture Night sees venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland fling open their doors on this annual evening to host free, all-ages, late-night entertainment that celebrates arts, heritage and culture.

Never less than utterly inspiring, thrilling and atmospheric, the 2017 programme (the biggest to date) is set to be just as impressive as ever.

Presented by RTÉ, in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works; historic Dublin Castle will set the scene for an inviting celebration of our vibrant culture.

Within these 13th-century grounds, culture vultures can revel in top notch music, comedy, poetry and theatre; while talks, workshops and live radio broadcasts will also capture your attention. Visitors of all ages are welcome to attend.

What’s On?

Open-air Concert | Upper Courtyard, 7pm–10pm

See and hear just how great radio’s made in the castle’s Upper Courtyard. RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena with Sean Rocks again presents a spectacular open-air concert for Culture Night. This captivating event will include music, theatre, comedy and poetry all in the company of the astounding RTÉ Concert Orchestra. No booking required.

Live Radio Programmes | Chapel Royal, times TBC

A great way to observe a radio broadcast in action, be part of the studio audience for a one-off live recording of RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide. Featuring a variety of guests from around the country, expect an exploration into the role of rural life in Irish culture – past and present. RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany will also bring a diverse selection of new writing and complementary music to a live audience on the night.

Sport is also on the agenda as Marty Morrissey and some very special guests reflect on the role of Gaelic games in an evolving Ireland.


Talks & Workshops | Times and booking info to follow

The popular talks series Banter presents Culture & Me in The Coach House. Asking what culture means to you and how it inspires your life and work, Jim Carroll will be probing the eclectic line-up of speakers on just that.

Families and youngsters are also culturally catered for as Poetry Ireland and Little Island Books explore Hopscotch in the Sky, a new book of poems for children. Poet Lucinda Jacob and illustrator Lauren O’Neill will take you on a magical journey in poetry and pictures through the seasons of the year. The duo will also be joined by singer-songwriter Enda Reilly and young readers from the Poetry Aloud poetry speaking competition.

RTÉ’s award-winning Drama on One team will also be on hand to demonstrate how to make a radio play, in a special event sure to spark the imagination of children of all ages.

What better way to explore our country’s unique cultural output than within some of its most historic walls, Culture Night at Dublin Castle takes place 5pm-10pm, Friday 22 September 2017.

Tickets for the Chapel Royal and Coach House events are available from Friday 8 September. Find out more here.

Discover what’s happening for Culture Night nationwide here.