Irish Research Council programme for Culture Night announced

Posted: 12 September, 2018

Culture Night 2018

Erotics of the Knock apparition, a reimagining of the traditional music of Seán Ó Riada and experimental poetry are amongst 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 College, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

The Council’s 2018 Culture Night programme builds on the success of the last two years, which has seen more than 700 people in attendance at Boston College.

Programme highlights

This year, there will be a range of performances, demonstrations and interactive talks led by researchers funded by the Irish Research Council.  Schedule highlights include:

  • Erotics of the Knock apparition: an interactive demonstration on how faith, sensation and yoga poses can help reconsider this notable Catholic event, by Niamh Campbell (Lonsdale Room, 7.15pm).
  • A reimagining of the traditional music of Seán Ó Riada, through live performance and digital visualisation, by Pádraig Mac Aodhgáin (Walton Room, 7.45pm).
  • A reading from an experimental poem, exploring the history of Irish women’s voices, by Kathy D’Arcy (Lonsdale Room, 5.45pm).
  • An exploration of the literature of Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fianna, by Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh (Lonsdale Room, 8pm).
  • A presentation on how a museum’s exhibition design affects the visitor’s experience, by Fernando Sanchez-Migallon Cano (Walton Room, 7pm).
  • An interactive review of digital media in the performing arts since the emergence of the internet, by Neill O’Dwyer (Lonsdale Room, 6pm).
  • An introduction to children’s and folk songs of 19th century composer Joanna Kinkel, by Anja Bunzel (Walton room, 5.30pm).
  • A conversation about how to write historical fiction by Fiona Whyte, with samples from her novel-in-progress (Walton Room, 6.15pm).

Announcing details of the Culture Night Programme today, Peter Brown, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: ‘We’re very excited to launch our programme of events for Culture Night 2018. Culture Night is an excellent opportunity for the public to meet and engage with our talented researchers.

‘Each year, we have been delighted to receive such strong interest in our programme, and we hope to further build on that this year. We have a fun and exciting line-up of activities, including interactive demonstrations, live music and stimulating discussions – there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.

‘We’re delighted to be back in the historical surroundings of Boston College on St. Stephen’s Green, for our third year running. I would encourage anyone with an interest in culture and research to join us on Friday 21st and to explore the building which forms such an important part of our architectural heritage.’

The Irish Research Council’s full programme for Culture Night is available here. All activities will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.