Kildare is gearing up for Culture Night this Friday 17 September, with a broad variety of events taking place online and offline across the county.
In Athy, for example, the schedule includes a celebration of the life of John Shaughnessy in music and word (online, 7-8pm, booking via Eventbrite), while Athy Sing and Sign will launch their latest mural commission at Boortmalt (4-11pm at Minch Malt [wall] on the Kilkenny Road, no booking required).
O’Rourkes bar in Newbridge have dedicated their windows to a celebration of bog culture heritage and the Newbridge events for Culture Night for all to enjoy. The window will feature the return of a spectacular photo by Tina Claffey as well as Bridgit – the handcrafted needle felt creation by Newbridge resident Kelly Lane – while a book by Luka Bloom and his Kildare bog inspired poetry will feature also.
And local writing group Ink Tank is running an open mic night (6-7.30pm) at Josopes Café on Eyre Street in Newbridge. All are welcome to attend an event that will see some of the group’s members share a creative piece on the night.
Elsewhere, John Maher – one of the founders of punk rock band The Buzzcocks and now a noted international photographer – returns to Castledermot, the home of his parents, with an exhibition of an abandoned Scottish landscape which reflects the experience of his parents’ generation (Castledermot library, 5-9pm, pre-booking required – contact Colm via [email protected] or phone 087 9866217 to reserve your place).
Ballymore Eustace Concert Band will take to the streets of the village for an open-air concert, which will be opened by one of Ireland’s leading junior bands – Ballymore Eustace Prelude Ensemble. Expect jazz, classical and pop music in this year’s eclectic programme (6.30-7.30pm, no booking required).
In Kildare town, the temporary pop-up Sult Artist Gallery will have a late opening, a short demo and workshop – ceramics at 6pm and printmaking at 7pm. Participation in the demo and workshop is limited, so call or email before 6pm on 16 September to reserve your place. The exhibition will remain open to visitors during the demo and workshop (3-8pm, Boland’s Corner, Kildare town).
And in Naas, you can join renowned stained glass artist Eva Kelly at Tuckmill Gallery for a workshop on how to design your own light catcher. Places are limited for this workshop which will take place from 4-6pm. Contact Tuckmill Gallery via phone or email beforehand to reserve your place.
For more information and the full suite of events in Kildare, check out culturenight.ie.