Tonight is the night! Culture night is finally here! If you want to immerse yourself in Arts and Culture, you can do so in the safety of your own home with online events from around the country. With over 700 events, it was hard to narrow down a selection of events (all of which are going to be amazing), but we picked our Top 10 Online events.
Here are Theatremaker.ie’s top ten online picks:
Alchemy Arts – The Presence: An Interactive Digital Circus Experience
A fantastical, family friendly interactive story of the life of an eccentric busker which combines elements of circus skills, theatrical design and comic characterisation. As the viewer, you can choose where the character goes by selecting from a series of linking videos, each tracing a different narrative thread.
According to the description, it aims to capture the feel of a live street show and provide the audience with the opportunity to interact with the character in a digital format.
Time: 6pm – 12pm / Where: Click Here
National Leprechaun Museum – Dublin Folk(lore): Meet The City’s Colourful Characters
For those of you that have always wanted to visit the National Leprechaun Museum but couldn’t for whatever reason, this is the event that will finally make your wish come true.
The museum storytellers will introduce you to some of Dublin city’s colourful characters – like the vicious Dollocher of Cornmarket, eccentric inventor Richard Pockrich, or Stoneybatter strangler Billy-in-the-Bowl – and their spectral haunts and curious homes in Dublin.
RTÉ One – Culture Night Nationwide Special
This RTÉ-commissioned film features an original contemporary dance piece from an award-winning choreographer. It was filmed in the State Apartments and Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle. The piece will be accompanied by a specially commissioned arrangement of live traditional music inspired by O’Riada with vocals from Irish RnB artist, Soulé.
The programme will also include five local film projects from across the country which celebrate diversity, including Ramor Theatre’s ‘Barber of Belcoo’, which was filmed in the wilds of Cavan Burren GeoPark, and large scale street art created by young people from Cork’s migrant community.
Time: 7pm – 7.30pm / Where: Click Here.
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden – Music From Connemara: Live from the Neo-Gothic Church
A livestreamed concert set in the beautiful neo-gothic church in Connemara will feature trad, Irish harp music, traditional sean-nós dance and so much more.
Time: 7pm – 8pm / Where: Click Here.
Helga Deasy Dance – Dance Film: River Fragments
The description of the performance is all we need to hear in order to place it in this list: “In a dynamic flux two dancers journey along this river, until they meet, as the river meets the sea. Inspired by the philosophy of Heraclitus ‘River Fragments’ is a poetic exploration of the unity of opposites, constancy and change.”
Seems like they’re preparing something ethereal so we better grab the chance to see it!
Time: 4pm – 12pm / Where: Click Here.
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company – Limerick:Undreamed
An aerial dance film shot on locations throughout Limerick city and inside King John’s Castle? With an uplifting message to help us cope with the gloom that sometimes comes with being in a pandemic? That’s definitely a must-see.
Time: 6pm – 7pm / Where: Click Here
African Irish Association – African Drumming Session
Celebrating different cultures during Culture night is definitely going to be wonderful. This African drumming session and workshop with dance movement might just be what we need to lift our spirits up.
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm / Where: Click Here.
Union Yutaka Cork – Uniōn Yutaka – An Intercultural Exchange
This is going to be a digital showcase of Mexico and India, presented by members of the respective communities living in Cork. There’s going to be music, dance, stories, textiles and food. (It’s a shame that we won’t be able to actually taste it from home.)
Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm / Where: Click Here.
TVG will present a series of videos around Traveller language Cant/Gammon that explores the local Cork dialect, along with some surprise activities on Facebook, all celebrating Traveller Culture.
Time: 6pm – 8pm / Where: Click Here.
For those who have simple wants for the Culture night, why don’t you join CCÉ Leixlip for an evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance? The show is recorded at the historical landmark the Wonderful Barn in Leixlip.
Time: 7:30pm – 9pm / Where: Click Here.
Those are our top ten picks but you might want to browse the complete list of events and choose something else for yourself. Be warned though, that list is long!
Whichever of these events you decide on attending, we know you’re going to have a good time.