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The Welcoming Project at dance rehearsals for Culture Night

The Welcoming Project at dance rehearsals for Culture Night

Culture Night returns to Kerry on Friday 17th September, with 40 free events to celebrate the rich and diverse creativity that is alive and treasured throughout the Kingdom. Kerry County Council Arts Office has been busy organising a very special programme of events to bring people together again to celebrate theatre, live music, literature and the arts in all its glorious forms.

Listowel lives up to its rich cultural heritage with a raft of events happening throughout Culture Night. St John’s Theatre in Listowel are setting up Glamping Pods at the Ball Alley with Listowel Poet Laureate Dairena Ní Chinnéide, singer Lorraine Nash and Aoife and Deirdre Granville on harp and flute, all rotated so audiences experience a variety of live arts entertainment. Later, inside the theatre, The Twilight Hour will feature song, music art and chat with Larry Beau, Ann Blake, Billy Dante, Donal Gallagher and Aideen Wylde..

Outdoors at the Listowel Castle Amphitheatre, Tales from the Kingdom will launch the International Storytelling Festival with the finest of local storytellers, poets and musicians. A short film featuring the work of Theatrix youth theatre will be streamed while the eco-social farm The Barna Way outside Ballybunion will open its gates for an immersive experience in nature.

Díseart Gardens in Dingle will host a gala of events from 3pm right through the night. A special event in the afternoon will showcase the beauty of traditional Irish music and Sean-Nós dancing. Book launches from Ponc Press and Maria Ní Mhurchú will be followed by a night of slam poetry, music and song with An Díseart’s poet in residence Colm Mac Gearailt, musicians Fionn Ó Neill and Mattie Barker and Eoin P. Ó Murchú.

Mayor of Kerry, Jimmy Moloney who is looking forward to the night, says,

‘Culture Night is a great opportunity for people to come together and reconnect in our cultural venues, theatres and museums, and in the many spectacular outdoor locations that have been reimagined to celebrate this moment in our cultural calendar.

He continues, ‘This one night of celebration is a reminder of what we have been missing as we emerge from the pandemic and we can now have real hope that these experiences will be available into the autumn, winter and beyond’ .

Capacity at all venues will be restricted in line with Covid guidelines, so early booking is advisable. The full programme of events for Culture Night Kerry 2021 is live on www.culturenight.ie/kerry

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Culture Night is funded The Arts Council, Kerry County Council, Department of Tourism Culture Arts Gaeltacht Media and Sport, supported by Creative Ireland Kerry and the Local Live Performance Scheme.

For further information contact Sinead McDonnell 087 6310044 Email: kerryculturenight@gmail.com

—- Shane O’Ceallaigh

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