It’s that time of the year again and ‘Culture Night 2014’ is set to take the country by storm once more this Friday, 19 September. As usual, the Church of Ireland is playing its part in the festivities and offering members of the public a range of activities, including concerts, historic tours, lectures and silent screenings.
Christ Church Cathedral will be open between 6pm and 10pm where visitors will be offered historic tours of the cathedral and its surroundings. This includes a trip to the twelfth-century crypt, storytelling for children from the Nightmare Club, music, and silent music screenings.
St Patrick’s Cathedral will also provide guided historic tours from 7pm and will also host a concert by the cathedral choir.
St Ann’s Church will provide a range of short recitals between 5.30pm and 9.30pm. The final concert will, fittingly, have music from 18th century Dublin to give visitors a taste of what the first members of the congregation were accustomed to hearing!
St Audeon’s Church and visitor centre will present an exhibition in the fifteenth-century Guild Chapel of St Ann. This fascinating building contains many surprises including the atmospheric ruins of the Portlester Church, the remains of a medieval laneway and the ‘lucky’ stone of Dublin.
St Stephen’s Church, popularly known to the public as ‘The Pepper Canister’, will host a number of concerts beginning at 7pm
St Anne’s Cathedral will host a range of short concerts between 6.30pm and 10pm. Meanwhile members of the cathedral will be providing refreshments on the steps outside to passers-by!
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will host choral evensong at 6.15pm followed by three slide shows and guided tours at hourly intervals starting from 7.15pm.
St Anne’s Church offers members of the public the chance to play the 18th century Bells of Shandon, enjoy the beautiful views of Cork from the tower balcony and take a look around the ‘oldest church in continuous use in Cork City’.
St Mary’s Cathedral is hosting a talk by Noreen Ellerker at 8pm on some of the monuments in the cathedral which date back to the medieval period.
St. Multose Church will present an evening of musical performances including orchestras and choirs. It all kicks off at 7.30pm.
St Patrick’s Cathedral will offer members of the public a tour of the church, where you will learn about the people that are interred there including the last high king of Ireland, Brian Boru. The tour begins at 6pm. This is followed by a short organ recital.
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St Columb’s Cathedral is opening its doors between 7.30pm and 9pm so that visitors can see the results of a recent £3.6m restoration project. In addition, Dr. Martin Neary, former organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, will offer an organ recital of popular classics.
For more information about events around the country, visit: www.culturenight.ie