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Culture Night 2018

Friday, September 21st @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The erotics of the Knock apparition, a reimagining of traditional music from the Seán Ó Riada collection and experimental poetry are among the highlights of the Irish Research Council’s 2018 Culture Night programme.

Culture Night takes place nationwide on Friday, 21st September, from 5pm to 10pm. For the third year in a row, the Irish Research Council is offering a packed programme of activities in the historic surrounds of  Boston CollegeSt Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.


MUSICAL CROSSROADS: BONN, LONDON, DUBLINAnja Bunzel uncovers fascinating crossroads of German, English, and Irish music-cultural European heritage through a discussion of selected art, children’s and folk songs by the German composer Johanna Kinkel (1810 1858).
WEIGHTED SILENCES: A WORK IN PROGRESSKathy D’Arcy will read from her work in progress, an experimental long-form poem exploring the history of Irish women’s voices.
HAGIOGRAPHY TO HISTORICAL FICTIONFiona Whyte will explore the creative processes and challenges of writing historical fiction, followed by a reading from her novel in progress.
DIGITAL SCENOGRAPHYNéill O’Dwyer will chart the use of digital media techniques – motion tracking, projection mapping, AR/VR technologies – in the performing arts since the emergence of the internet.
THE POWER OF DISPLAY: EXHIBITION CULTURES AND EXHIBITED CULTURESFernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano will explore how exhibition design affects the meanings and receptions of specific objects, images, artefacts, and buildings, and how installations shape the viewer’s experience of the cultural ritual of a museum visit.
EROTICS OF THE KNOCK APPARITIONNiamh Campbell will attempt to demonstrate, with your help, how faith, sensation, and yoga poses can help us to reconsider this particular event of Catholic phantasmagoria.
VISUALISING AND PERFORMING THE SEÁN Ó RIADA COLLECTIONPádraig Mac Aodhgáin invites you to listen to live traditional Irish music on the concertina and to interact with the story of musical projects from the Seán Ó Riada Collection at University College Cork through digital visualisations.
TREASURES OF IRISH MANUSCRIPTS: BODACH AN CHÓTA LACHTNADeirdre Nic Chárthaigh will tell this much-loved tale about Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fianna and explore its rich manuscript tradition.


Friday, September 21st
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Boston College
43 St. Stephens Green
Dublin, Ireland
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