Over 50 events organized for Galway City Culture Night

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Over 50 events have been organized for Galway City Culture Night which will take place in just under three weeks on Friday 23rd September.

Two hundred performers participating in a diverse program of visual arts, music, film and storytelling at locations around the city.

Galway City of Film, hosted by Ardán and with the support of Galway City Council, will celebrate Culture Night 2022 with a special public screening in Eyre Square from 8-10pm.

The screening will be free and open to the public and will feature a program of short films made as part of Galway City of Film’s activities over the past two years.

The program will include films from the Short Documentary Programme, the 48 Hour Challenge and the Misleór Fellowship and will show different examples of the incredible filmmaking taking place in Galway City.

Visual arts

Spend your cultural evening immersed in the works of art by local and international artists. Kicking off the program is Just Art It, the Westend’s creative community with hands-on print demonstrations led by visual artist and printmaker Elena Santos starting at 5pm.

The event will also feature a lecture and hands-on demonstration on the practice of printmaking publishing and feature each of the studio artists exhibited at the Just Art It gallery.

Starting at 6:00 p.m., Forge artists Aoife Natsumi Frehan and Emma O’Toole will host two Pumpkins and Prosecco workshops, a fun and inclusive introduction to ceramics. Participants will be able to decorate, paint and design using underglaze. Space in the studio is limited, so it is advisable to book through Eventbrite.

The Galway Cartoon Festival will launch its 2022 festival program on Culture Night at Galway Distillery with the opening of the Moon Cartoons exhibition from 6pm. It is sure to be a very fun evening with guest cartoonists, illustrators, visual artists and animators from Ireland and the UK.

A collection of artists will create drawings and digital art in real time while inviting participants to interact. Have your caricature drawn, learn how to create a cartoon and get a preview of the exciting 2022 festival.

Join the artists of the Array collective in a lively discussion and Q&A about their Turner Prize-winning work, The Druthaib’s Ball, currently on display at the Galway Arts Centre.

The Druthaib’s Ball is a constructed installation that invites the public into an immersive experience reflecting the bustling community center of the Irish síbin, a long-established tradition of an illegal bar and space for contradiction, dark humor and craic .

Music

Join Galway Arts Center and Áras na nGael for ceol agus craic in the unique setting of Druthaib’s Ball immersive installation with traditional Irish musicians Ciarán de Burca + Cairde in this open trad session! Expect traditional Irish music, singing and talking and the invitation to participate in a song! All taking place at the center of a unique and immersive installation of Turner Prize-winning artists from 10 p.m. to midnight!

Galway City will host a night of uplifting singing from two of Galway’s finest choirs. The IGNITE gospel choir singing great names in gospel music and the VILLAGE choir performing modern contemporary music. A Sing-Along will be encouraged!

Literature

The Black Gate presents BEYOND THE GATE, a hybrid evening of literature and music hosted by The Black Gate and featuring some of Galway’s best and most prolific writers and performers at the Mick Lally Theater from 10pm. Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories and contributed stories to journals in Ireland and North America. He signed a two-book deal with PICADOR and his first novel, Ithaca was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize for First Novel, the Dublin International Literary Prize and an Irish Book Award.

Eva Bourke is the author of seven collections of poetry and numerous translations, including a selection by the German poet Elisabeth Borchers in English, as well as two complete anthologies of Irish poetry in German. Anna Mullarkey is an award-winning composer and performer from Galway, whose music weaves electronics with piano and voice. The Irish Times called her “phenomenal” and Irish Theater Magazine described her music as “if a sultry Björk/Billie Holiday/Philip Glass household came together at the Wickerman Festival.

Galway City Library will host a series of readings from 6-8pm. Join writers Jimi McDonnell, Aoibheann McCann, Sacha White and Simon Costello for a program of poetry and fiction. The readings will be followed by the performance of a short play written by Anthony Daly.

Galway Arts Center at the Nuns Island Theater is hosting a very special storytelling event by master storyteller, seanchaí and author Eddie Lenihan from 9pm. Sharing Irish heritage and history for over 50 years, Eddie Lenihan has dedicated his life to collecting Irish stories and oral histories and publishing over 17 books. A national treasure, he has delighted generations of people in Ireland and around the world with his stories of fairies, ogres (The Good People), monsters, banshees, giants, ghosts and more. Expect scary stories for older children and adults!

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